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Archive for September, 2012

Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society

Dr Adrian Jannetta, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Chairman of Northumberland Astronomical Society

Other posts by  |  September 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Opera North set to open this Northumberland Music Festival 2012

Opera North set to open this Northumberland Music Festival 2012

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Win a copy of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, by Edoardo Albert

Win a copy of Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom, by Edoardo Albert

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

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!

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Kielder Winter Wonderland 2012 tickets on sale beginning Friday

Kielder Winter Wonderland 2012 tickets on sale beginning Friday

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland pipistrelle and natterer’s bats checked on by Forestry Commission rangers

Northumberland pipistrelle and natterer’s bats checked on by Forestry Commission rangers

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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More best places to eat in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders

More best places to eat in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust Bothal Woods Halloween Fun Run

Northumberland Wildlife Trust Bothal Woods Halloween Fun Run

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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!

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust new Volunteer Officers

Northumberland Wildlife Trust new Volunteer Officers

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

New Volunteer Officers have joined Northumberland Wildlife Trust and will be giving much-needed help across the whole organisation.

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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo portrait coming to South Shields as part of Black History Month

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo portrait coming to South Shields as part of Black History Month

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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County Durham’s Bowlees Visitor Centre set for refurbishment

County Durham’s Bowlees Visitor Centre set for refurbishment

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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What’s on at the Life Science Centre in October 2012

What’s on at the Life Science Centre in October 2012

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Enjoy hands-on exhibitions and explore spooky science week this October at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

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Northumberland Haltwhistle Walking Festival: places still available for walkers

Northumberland Haltwhistle Walking Festival: places still available for walkers

Other posts by  |  September 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Woodhorn Northumberland features Julian Germain Big Meetings exhibition; repair of miners’ banners

Woodhorn Northumberland features Julian Germain Big Meetings exhibition; repair of miners’ banners

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland star gazing event takes advantage of dark skies at Kielder Castle

Northumberland star gazing event takes advantage of dark skies at Kielder Castle

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Dark skies in the North of England to be explored at Weardale astronomy event

Dark skies in the North of England to be explored at Weardale astronomy event

Other posts by  |  September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Last Northumberland osprey chick leaves the Kielder nest; Kestrel arrives on nest to look around

Last Northumberland osprey chick leaves the Kielder nest; Kestrel arrives on nest to look around

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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Newcastle events 2012: things to do in autumn or winter

Newcastle events 2012: things to do in autumn or winter

Other posts by  |  Sheelagh Caygill on Google+ |  September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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.

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