Author Archive: Steve Smith
Steve Smith is a creative writer and lives near Darlington. He spends much of his free time in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders and his favourite locations are Hexham, Rothbury, Kelso and Melrose. He is interested in social media and in particular the use of blogs and Twitter, and recently Pinterest.
The NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival is now underway and it offers exciting activities rich in colour and beauty. Visitors from across the region will enjoy entertainment and arts and culture at this year’s event. Find out more.
Motorbike safety is essential and almost always in the news. Helmets and visibility are crucial, especially in darker months. A lot of new equipment and technology is displayed at motorcycle shows, with the largest one in the UK being the Carole Nash NEC Motorbike Show. It is set to take place in Manchester in January, 2014.
Woodhorn near Ashington Northumberland plans thrills and fun for folks of all ages with its summer exhibitions. See everything from Pitman Painters, Daleks, Jedis and more at this impressive visitor attraction.
Organisations in Northumberland have revealed more details about Northumberland’s Dark Skies park plan. They are putting together a bid to have a designated as an international preserve dark sky park for the quality of its starry skies by this Autumn. Find out more about this exciting new venture!
The Lindisfarne Gospels return home to North East England on Monday July 1 and will be here until September. There will be a lot of excitement around the exhibition, and many additional events, too. Find out more information and details about a special bus service running to Holy Island for residents and visitors alike.
Visiting Northumberland and wonder where to find information? Are you a resident and want to check news? Discover the brand new Big Local App, which contains all this as well as vouchers and more. It’s developed by a local taxi driver Andrew Park, even contains a business directory and is free to download.
If you are not able to make it to Durham to see the remarkable and priceless Lindisfarne Gospels, take advantage of the opportunity to see a copy of the Gospels at various churches and museums in Northumberland this summer.
History and heritage combine in Northumberland in July with the area’s Sill project team announcing exiting taster sessions for members of the public. Enjoy key and age-old skills that play a vital role in heritage conservation. Find out more.
A new walking guide book covering St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way Northumberland has been published by Cicerone Press.
EAT! NewcastleGateshead offers a fantastic range of foods and drink this summer, with chefs cooking meals in dramatic, unusual outdoor locations! As well, look for the return of Cake City and the secret Speakeasy, all in August and September.
Come and celebrate an important part of North East industrial heritage on Saturday at Woodhorn, near Ashington, Northumberland, with the 2013 Northumberland Miners’ Picnic. There will be an phenomenal amount to do for all the family, including music, dance, a picnic and of course a brass band.
Brinkburn Music Festival artistic director Paul McCreesh will step down on a high as his last festival will celebrate the music of Benjamin Britten. It takes place July 5 – 7, 2013.
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.
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.