Archive for October, 2012
Qualified walking guide Patrick Norris’s tackles the complex problem of choosing a rucksack and figuring out what to put in it in his latest column. Packing your back pack is not as straightforward as it may seem if you are walking in the uplands in Britain, where you can sometimes experience weather from all four seasons in one day!
Bob Holmes, Captain of Eyemouth Golf Club, enjoys the peace and tranquillity of the Scottish Borders and Northumberland
Eyemouth Golf Club Captain Bob Holmes enjoys the splendour of some of Britain’s best hills when he visits the Cheviots and the Lammermuirs, and he always appreciates a visit to Lindisfarne. Here he shares some of
There are many events and activities taking place this half-term in Northumberland. We’ve profiled some highlights here from Woodhorn and English Heritage. And we hope you enjoy half-term week, whatever you choose to do!
An exhibition marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will feature Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II taken by renowned portrait and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. They can be seen at the Laing Gallery, Newcastle. The exhibition highlights the V&A’s collection of royal photography and includes photos, film clips and excerpts from Beaton’s letters.
Astronomy and dark sky fans are in for at treat on Oct. 27 when the Forestry Commission and Wark Parish Council hold a free star party at Stonehaugh – and everyone is invited. You’ll get a chance to explore the night skies through powerful telescopes.
Juice is Newcastle and Gateshead’s festival for children and young people and it runs in key venues and attractions in Newcastle and Gateshead, including the Baltic, the Centre for Children’s Books, the Sage Gateshead and other locations. Find out what the key features and attractions of the Juice programme in 2012!
Keen to witness the struggles brand new Antlantic grey seal pups face in the first few weeks of life? Now is your chance. Special trips are running to the Farne Islands, Northumberland, home to England’s largest breeding ground of Atlantic grey seals, until October 31.
Fantastic news for Youth Hostels in Northumberland – they celebrate inclusion in the top five ranking in the Best UK Hotel category in the Guardian and Observer Reader Travel awards. The win is being celebrated by a special discount offer between November 1 and February 2013. Find out more.
Writer and walker Geoff Holland heads back to one of his favourite places in Northumberland and a place that he has not been to for some time – a walk around the small village of Alnham, Northumberland, which sits on the edge of Northumberland National Park and is about 10 or 12 miles west of the popular market town of Alnwick.
Cawfields Car Park on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is one of the best places to see the starts. It is recognised officially as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Northumberland National Park with Newcastle Astronomical Society and Herding Hill Farm will host a Dark Skies event at that place on the 20th October 2012. Book ahead to attend.
Winter is a great time to research the history of your home or explore the secrets of an historical figure or researching your family. Now you can do this with other keen historians by meeting people at the Northumberland History Fair at Woodhorn, set for Oct. 28, 2012. Be sure to book your place in advance.
An amateur astronomer and fan of Northumberland Dark Skies has created the same famous image of galaxies far away produced by the Hubble telescope in 1995. But Robbie did so by using only his own modest telescope at at Kielder Star Camp. Northumberland’s Dark Skies made it possible for Robbie to produce the image.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust has produced a series of mugs with wildlife images on them. Perfect gifts for the coming Christmas season.
If you are looking for a cottage to stay in on the Northumberland then consider Nantucket, in Bamburgh, Northumberland, close to the sea. It is based on the design of some of the old cottages on Cape Cod in the United States and offers a lovely holiday home.
An autumn walk at Ford and Etal Estates in North Northumberland reveals beautiful full foliage and wild flowers still in bloom following a wet spring and summer in Northumberland. Find out what you can do and enjoy at Ford and Etal in the coming months.