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.
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.
The historic town of Berwick upon Tweed has been selected by the Royal Geographical Society as one of the most interesting to explore. A walk through Berwick has been unveiled on Discovering Britain, which aims to explore the stories behind the UK’s built and natural landscapes.
Looking for the perfect real Christmas tree? Come to Kielder Castle on Dec. 8 and 9 and select from some superfresh fir and spruce trees. Want a tree to last through until the New Year? Read on for tips on how to keep your tree fresh and healthy.
Do you enjoy beautiful winter evenings, visual art, bright lights, sculpture and performance? If so, then you will love Enchanted Parks. This is a NewcastleGateshead Initiative that will see parks transformed with creativity in preparation for the festive season.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been affected by cuts in funding for wildlife conservation work. The organisation and its patron, the broadcaster and keen conservationist Bill Oddie, are hoping people will support it over the Big Give Christmas Challenge, set to take place in early December.
A Travelodge survey of 2,500 children sees majestic and magnificent Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and Cumbria featured as one of the top ten landmarks. The survey was carried out by the famous travel guide Lonely Planet and was carried out online earlier this year.
The wildlife trust hopes to received funding to help conserve grasslands in the region. The unique and beautiful places could receive additional care thanks to monies from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
There are many events and activities taking place this half-term in Northumberland. We’ve profiled some highlights here from Woodhorn and English Heritage. And we hope you enjoy half-term week, whatever you choose to do!
An exhibition marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will feature Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II taken by renowned portrait and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton. They can be seen at the Laing Gallery, Newcastle. The exhibition highlights the V&A’s collection of royal photography and includes photos, film clips and excerpts from Beaton’s letters.
Astronomy and dark sky fans are in for at treat on Oct. 27 when the Forestry Commission and Wark Parish Council hold a free star party at Stonehaugh – and everyone is invited. You’ll get a chance to explore the night skies through powerful telescopes.
Juice is Newcastle and Gateshead’s festival for children and young people and it runs in key venues and attractions in Newcastle and Gateshead, including the Baltic, the Centre for Children’s Books, the Sage Gateshead and other locations. Find out what the key features and attractions of the Juice programme in 2012!
Keen to witness the struggles brand new Antlantic grey seal pups face in the first few weeks of life? Now is your chance. Special trips are running to the Farne Islands, Northumberland, home to England’s largest breeding ground of Atlantic grey seals, until October 31.
Fantastic news for Youth Hostels in Northumberland – they celebrate inclusion in the top five ranking in the Best UK Hotel category in the Guardian and Observer Reader Travel awards. The win is being celebrated by a special discount offer between November 1 and February 2013. Find out more.