Archive for January, 2013
Do you love walking and history? Then the Haltwhistle Walking Festival is just for you. It will have plenty of walks that cover Northumberland history, including treks around Hadrian’s Wall, through Border Reivers country and ancient standing stones. There will also be walks touching on the impact of World War II and a history talk on the Reivers by Paddy Dillon. read on to find out more!
A special project is taking place in Northumberland National Park to protect threatened habitats and species. The Border Uplands is an important part of the park and home to a great and vibrant range of plants and animals. The scheme will aim to improve environmental networks and give the area a much better chance at thriving.
A grant from the Arts Council England will allow Kielder Water and Forest Park to embark on creating art and architecture history. The money will let visitors be involved in the creation of new works be becoming engaged with visual arts and artists at the Park. There are four new commissions, as well as workshops and master classes at Kielder.
Fantastic celebrations will take place on Feb. 10 in NewcastleGateshead as the community begins celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year. 2013 is the Year of the Snake. The day will be a free day of events for all the family. The chinese lion will perform colour street dances and pass through the arch at Chinatown.
Wallington in Northumberland is many things to many people. For Hexham-based writer Sophie Keates-Gazey it has served as the inspiration for a poem called Light Dancing on Water. The piece is featured on audio entertainment website listenupnorth.com, run by Rachel Cochrane. In this article, Rachel describes meeting Sophie and how her work has evolved in recent years.
Northumerland’s dark skies bid has received some impressive backing with the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics expressing a desire to support the initiative. The centre recognises the growing interest that people have in the skies, and believes that the few remaining dark sky sites should be protected as valuable resources.
Conservation Officer Kevin O’Hara struggles with the lack of daylight in the winter months, but has been enjoying the visit of a fox near his home in recent weeks. The cunning creature has been searching for food and, because it is mating season, is on the hunt for a vixen. Read this fascinating and curious tale!
Landscape photograph Keith Moss, who is based near Middlesbrough, is a fine art photographer who specialises in black and white. He loves shooting landscapes and also teaches landscape photography. He begins a new series of columns for This is Northumberland about landscape photography and how the landscape in this part of the world inspires some of the finest photographers and artists.