It includes food and craft fairs, parades, storytelling, competitions and, not least, concerts by some very talented musicians. The gathering also includes a change to see Morris dancers – a very English tradition – as well as the Scottish and borders tradition of sword dancing.
Local interest events have been added to this year’s programme, and they include barn dance, theatre and street performance which includes a young people’s pageant as part of the Border Cavalcade.
The emphasis of the Gathering is on the traditions of Northumberland which have evolved over the centuries and have been influenced by many cultures and people. There will be a lot of traditional music from across the British Isles at the festival, although the focus is well and truly on local culture.
You can get programmes, tickets and information at The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1PJ, 01670 535200.