Archive for September, 2012
Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society
Dr Adrian Jannetta is chair of the Northumberland Astronomical Society. Here he reveals some of some of Northumberland’s best kept secrets, including beaches, where to rock pool, and historical places to explore and discover.
Classical music lovers must mark November 9 – 18 on their calendars. This is the time when the Northumberland Music Festival takes place, this year featuring Opera North.
The History Press has kindly given us three copies of the brilliant new book Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom by Edoardo Albert to give as prizes. Find out how you can enter and hopefully win!
Tickets for a big and popular event go on sale on Friday Sept. 28, and no doubt lots of parents are awaiting the date! The even is the Kielder Winter Wonderland – a day-long celebration of all things Christmas running from Nov. 17 to Dec. 22, 2012.
Bats have made the 375-hectare Holystone Wood near Rothbury in Northumberland their home and will be one of the wildlife beneficiaries of an initiative that will see which will see Holystone Burn become the centre of a diverse mixture of oak, Scots pine and birch forest. Forestry Commission rangers recently checked on the bats to see how they are doing.
More recommendations of great places to eat in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, this time selected by our In the Know interviewees and some of our writers. So we’re giving you word-of-mouth recommendations. We hope you enjoy discovering this new list of places to eat in the North of England and the Scottish Borders.
A spine-tingling fun run is set for this Halloween in Bothal Woods, near Morpeth, Northumberland. The Northumberland Wildlife Trust event is a fund-raiser for the Trust, with each £5 entry fee going to support the trust’s work. Alternatively, runners can get sponsorship for their run. There will be a prize for the most scarily dressed male and female!
New Volunteer Officers have joined Northumberland Wildlife Trust and will be giving much-needed help across the whole organisation.
The Intriguing Story of freed slave Ayuba Suleiman Diallo will be revealed at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery when it displays his portrait by William Hoare from October until March 2013. The portrait is on long term loan to the National Portrait Gallery and is touring only three venues in Britain. The event is part of Black History Month October 2012.
The popular Bowlees Visitor Centre in County Durham is set to be refurbished by the North Pennines AONB, following the announcement that the organisation has leader funding for the project.
Enjoy hands-on exhibitions and explore spooky science week this October at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.
The Haltwhistle Autumn Walking Festival 2012 is expected to be one of the community’s most popular ever, judging by bookings so far. Some walks are still available, so come and join the celebration of the beautiful landscape around Haltwhistle in Hadrian’s Wall Country.
Woodhorn, near Ashington, Northumberland, will show how some of the museum’s miners’ banners are repaired this weekend. It’s also the opening the Big Meetings photo exhibition, featuring photographs by Julian Germain, who chronicled the 2011 Durham Miners’ Gala.
The Forestry Commission and Sunderland Astronomical Society are staging a special event in October at Kielder where people will be able to see the Milky Way. Stargazers will use extremely powerful telescopes at Kielder Castle, enjoying stunning views of star clusters and taking tours of constellations.
Explore the north of England’s dark skies from Weardale, County Durham, and see some dramatic film footage of sun flares and spots at an event called Time Matters, being organised by the North Pennines AONB, in October 2012.
The lone Kielder osprey chick seen looking forlorn and alone last week has tuned into its instincts and will now bit on the 5000-mile journey south to Africa. Meanwhile, a kesrel has arrived on the nest to have a look about. See the images here.
Beginning with the Great North Run this coming weekend, there will be a great range of events and festivals taking place in Newcastle this autumn and winter, including Juice and BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking. We also look ahead to 2013, and highlight the arrival of the Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, and the British Science Festival which will be hosted by Newcastle.