Archive for May, 2013
If you are looking for beautiful accommodation in a tranquil and secluded setting, look no further. Redwater Lodges on the edge of spectacular Northumberland National Park offer a peaceful retreat from everyday life. Here you will find a luxurious enclave, offering all you would expect of a luxury lodge. Find out more.
The Backworth Hoard is a collection of Roman treasure found in Backworth just outside Newcastle almost 200 years ago. It will return to the North East of England this year for the first time ever. The hoard will be on display at Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, on loan from the British Museum, from 24 May – 15 September 2013. Steve Smith tells more.
Travel writer Dixe Wills has produced a number of books, including one called Tiny Campsites. His new one, Tiny Islands, comes out this month, May, and features Inner Farne. Find out more about Dixe and why he loves Northumberland and his favourite places. He couldn’t choose between coast and country and asked for “both, please”!
Northumberland National Park makes a powerful contribution the economy of North East England. A report entitled Valuing England’s National Parks produced by National Parks England says the park contributes £81 million to the North East regional economy. That figure is set to increase in coming years as new projects come to fruition.
As an accommodation provider should you have a website? Many businesses still do not have them, but the value of a good website is indisputable. Colin Corlett explores the options and costs and gives guidance on free sites and paid-for, self-hosted options.
Lots of gardens across Northumerland, including Whalton Manor and Meldon Park will open June 1 and 2 in support of St Oswald’s Hospice. Find out more and how to visit.
Cycling is becoming a major sport in the Scottish Borders and on Saturday Sept. 14 it will be celebrated with The Tour Ride Scotland. Amateur cyclists will be on the road first before the professionals hit the road.
A fabulous new tourism and destinations map, powered by Twitter, is now available to show everyone the attractions of NewcastleGateshead. Called Geordieland, it goes live on Monday May 20 and will inspire visitors and locals to explore all the great city has to offer.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is keen to work with golf clubs in Northumberland and across the region to see how it can develop partnerships to help best care for these areas, which are often home to lots of wildlife.
Blyth Battery will host a special re-enactment in May. Re-enactment groups will demonstrate a ‘beach assault’ each day with blank firing weapons. There will be some big bangs! Come and see vintage vehicles and displays exhibiting not only the military way of living, but how people lived and made it through World War 1 and World War 2.
The Samson Inn at Gilsland, Northumberlnad, is coming to the fore thanks to a grant from Northumberland National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF). This is great news for everyone including walkers, as the inn is opening in for the 10th Anniversary of the Hadrian’s Wall National Trail. It is in the south-west corner of the county and is a traditional working village pub and a busy agricultural area. Frances Whitehead tells more.
Kevin O’Hara welcomes the arrival of spring and some warmer weather in the north of England. Find out what Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officer has been up to in the last few weeks in his garden. And see what he is looking out for as he explores the beautiful countryside and takes in the birdsong.
Looking for a city break in Newcastle upon Tyne? This is Northumberland is giving a lucky winner a chance to win two nights for two at this great Northern city’s newest premium budget hotel!
The success of last year’s Wooler Wheel has prompted organisers and local businesses to have more events this year. On May 11 a new event will take place. And it will have an even longer route, going into Northumberland National Park.
A tall Cyprus Evergreen growing at the National Trust’s Wallington Northumberland property has been chosen as the best to climb by kids. Its branches are loved by all because they are considered the best to climb on for miniature adventures! Steve Smith tells us more.
Ospreys have returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park for the fourth year in a row. Two eggs have been laid and two nests are occupied. Volunteers and people from the Forestry Commission are watching with enthusiasm and hope as they follow the journey from chick to fledgling.