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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.

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Northumberland: Mountain biking paradise

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Northumberland has excellent opportunities for mountain biking. Find out where the best places to cycle are and also what to do when you’re not out riding!

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Quality in Tourism consultancy service offers support, advice

Quality in Tourism consultancy service offers support, advice

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Quality in Tourism is much more than an assessment service. It also covers the provision of advice and a consultancy service. Find out how to make take advantage off all that is offered by Quality in Tourism. Gary Swarbrooke with the assessment service discusses.

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Highlights of NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival unveiled

Highlights of NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival unveiled

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  November 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Motorbike Safety Over the Years

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland mammals prepare for winter

Northumberland mammals prepare for winter

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The constant struggle for survival faced by most mammals in Northumberland takes on a whole new dimension as winter approaches. Head of Conservation Steve Lowe at Northumerland Wildlife Trust outlines the challenges in months ahead.

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Intergalactic Invaders Expected at Woodhorn Northumberland this summer

Intergalactic Invaders Expected at Woodhorn Northumberland this summer

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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A Caravan’s Day Through The North of England

A Caravan’s Day Through The North of England

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

A caravan journey through the North of England, including Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District.

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Dark Sky bid on track as chiefs reveal single Northumberland park plan

Dark Sky bid on track as chiefs reveal single Northumberland park plan

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  July 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

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!

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Lindisfarne Gospels return to North East, extra buses for Northumberland pilgirms

Lindisfarne Gospels return to North East, extra buses for Northumberland pilgirms

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Visitors and residents can discover Northumberland with new Big Local App

Visitors and residents can discover Northumberland with new Big Local App

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland to host tour of Lindisfarne Gospels

Northumberland to host tour of Lindisfarne Gospels

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland Sill pilots heritage skills sessions as project gathers pace

Northumberland Sill pilots heritage skills sessions as project gathers pace

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way Northumberland walking guidebook

St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way Northumberland walking guidebook

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

A new walking guide book covering St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way Northumberland has been published by Cicerone Press.

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EAT! Newcastle Gateshead – Festival of adventures in food and drink

EAT! Newcastle Gateshead – Festival of adventures in food and drink

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Woodhorn Northumberland Miners’ Picnic

Woodhorn Northumberland Miners’ Picnic

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Northumberland Brinkburn Festival to feature Benjamin Britten

Northumberland Brinkburn Festival to feature Benjamin Britten

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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Backworth’s Roman treasure found 200 years ago back to North East England for first time

Backworth’s Roman treasure found 200 years ago back to North East England for first time

Other posts by  |  Steve Smith on Google+ |  May 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

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