Local ale is making a return to the Coquet Valley in Northumerland, with Coquetdale Brewery, owned by father and daughter Owen and Caroline Jackson of Rothbury, introducing new brews for ale fans. The firm was established in 2010 to bring back the centuries-old tradition of brewing in the valley. It now has three fantastic brews .
The Haltwhistle Walking Festival is growing to be one of the best and biggest in England. It returns again this spring and will cover some of the most beautiful and majestic hills in Northern Europe. Walk in the steps or Romans, or discover the lesser-known, but fascinating Issac’s Tea Trail.
The Battle of Heavenfield was a fierce fight between a Northumbrian army, led by Oswald of Bernicia and a Welsh army under Cadwallon ap Cadfan of Gwynedd. It was fought in 633 or 634, and resulted in a decisive Northumbrian victory. Writer and historian Jon Tait tells the story of what some belive is Northumberland’s Alamo!
Wildlife watchers arrived at Druridge Bay not too long ago to tabulate numbers and species in the area. In total, more than 500 species were recorded. The highpoint was when they spotted an otter at nearby Hauxley Reserve. And children were delighted when they saw an brown rat get into a scrap with a bird!
Sarah Hall is a PR consultant on Tyneside. She shares her love of the North East and a few secrets about places to stay, see and eat in the great North East of England! She lives in Whitley Bay.
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.
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.
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.
Blyth Battery will host a special re-enactment in May. Re-enactment groups will demonstrate a ‘beach assault’ each day with blank firing weapons. There will be some big bangs! Come and see vintage vehicles and displays exhibiting not only the military way of living, but how people lived and made it through World War 1 and World War 2.
The success of last year’s Wooler Wheel has prompted organisers and local businesses to have more events this year. On May 11 a new event will take place. And it will have an even longer route, going into Northumberland National Park.
A tall Cyprus Evergreen growing at the National Trust’s Wallington Northumberland property has been chosen as the best to climb by kids. Its branches are loved by all because they are considered the best to climb on for miniature adventures! Steve Smith tells us more.
Landscape photograph Keith Moss, who is based near Middlesbrough, is a fine art photographer who specialises in black and white. He loves shooting landscapes and also teaches landscape photography. In his second piece he shares his two passions: a love of analogue black and white photography and Northumberland. Discover white fires these passions and Keith’s favourite locations!
If you would like to see costumes worn by the stars up close, now is your chance. Woodhorn in Northumberland is displaying outfits worn by actors including Kiera Knightley, Kate Winslett, Bette Davis, Jude Dench, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. The exhibition will include information about designers and the processes involved in creating the clothing.
Do you love walking and history? Then the Haltwhistle Walking Festival is just for you. It will have plenty of walks that cover Northumberland history, including treks around Hadrian’s Wall, through Border Reivers country and ancient standing stones. There will also be walks touching on the impact of World War II and a history talk on the Reivers by Paddy Dillon. read on to find out more!