Read a round-up of Valentine’s Day gift ideas from around the North of England and the Scottish Borders. This article includes information on where to purchase the best chocolate and flowers, as well as information about some of the most romantic and unusual places in the region.
The most romantic day of the year is Valentine’s Day and we suggest that you enjoy it in North East England or in the Scottish Borders. Enjoy the great outdoors or some of the city highlights of Newcastle-Gateshead. Take in sophisticated dining, tea in a historic house, a walk in beautiful scenery, or enjoy a weekend in a luxury hotel or guest house.
A colourful feature story about Winter’s Gibet in Nortumberland, on the edge of the National Park. It stands on a windswept and lonely moor just to the south east of Elsdon and is a chilling monuments to the area’s bloody and violent past. Read more.
A feature about the ancient stone circle next to the small village of Duddo in Northumberland. It was created in the Neolithic period and includes five large blocks of stone. Duddo is located near the Scottish Borders, not far from Berwick upon Tweed.
What is the history and traditions behind the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere? This feature explores the origin of some of the myths around the day and they way they have influenced our lives as well as Christmas and New Year’s.
The North East England Farmers’ Markets (NEEFM) group has compiled a list of some of the best places to shop for the pick of the region’s festive poultry. This means shoppers will know where to get poultry in the region. Locations include farm shops and markets.
Heritage Big Brother is an historic take on the modern day Big Brother. Set in the 1840s, it sees 30 youngsters staying at Featherstone Castle in Northumberland. The teens had to live without electricity, mobile phones, or any modern gadget. They even had to prepare their own food from basic ingredients. The documentary is going to be aired at Woodhorn in Ashington until the end of November.
The Salmon Inn, Belford, has reported spooky goings on after a glass seemed to move across a table on its own. The event was captured on CCTV footage and showed the glass moving across a table and then falling off. No-one had their hand on or near the drink at the time.
One of the most beautiful and atmospheric places in Northumberland is Lordenshaws Hill Fort, near Rothbury. It was once a busy Iron Age community, but now is an historic site in Coquetdale. This feature explores the beauty of Lordenshaws and the surrounding countryside which stands above the River Coquet near the hills of the Cheviots.
The story of the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster from World War Two, which was discovered some years ago in a box in Barter Books, Alnwick, Northumberland, by owner Stuart Manley. The original World War II poster is so popular that it has been copied and recopied (as well as parodied) by others around the world, and sold in the millions.
North Country Organics is based at Vallum Farm at East Wallhouses in the Tyne Valley. It is a family-run vegetable business beloved of the region’s top chefs, located in the 18th century walled garden at Little Harle.