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Further afield

History & heritage

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CONTENTS Welcome...................................................................................... 09 Northumberland is a county like no other!

History all around.......................................................................10

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You’ll be fascinated by our amazing – and often bloody – links to the past.

A taste of Northumberland – and the world........................ 14 When it comes to dining out, you shall have a fishy on a little dishy – and a lot more besides.

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Ten reasons to love this region.............................................. 28 There are dozens of reasons to love it here – check out a few of our favourites.

Our sporting life......................................................................... 32 Whether you’re an adrenalin junkie or just have a hankering for the great outdoors, this county’s stunning landscape offers boundless opportunities.

Let’s go there.............................................................................. 36 When it comes to places to see and things to do you’ll be spoilt for choice – with countless options for a memorable and enjoyable day out.

Let’s explore................................................................................ 54 One of Northumberland’s strengths is the access it offers to other northern and Scottish destinations – so why not explore a little further afield?

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Both Classic and Chic Country Clothing We have an extensive range of men’s & ladies country clothing. From beautiful tweed shooting suits to luxury ladies handbags. We have everything you may need for a day out in the countryside. Full collections from leading country clothing brands such as Dubarry, Schoffel, Musto, Jack Murphy, Le Chameau, Beretta, Hucklecote & The Olney Hat Collection.

Bywell Shooting School Why not spend a pleasant day in the countryside with clients, colleagues or friends? At our shooting school we cater for the complete novice up to the expert shot. If you are looking for a new challenge that will be a little bit different then why not give this Olympic sport a go. Ladies & children are very welcome. Cost £72.50/hour (includes all equipment). Let Bywell organise a package to suit you and your needs.

Bywell Shooting Ground, Bywell Farm, Felton, Northumberland NE65 9QQ Telephone: 01670 787 827 Email: sales@bywellshootingground.com WWW.BYWELLSHOOTINGGROUND.CO.UK Open: Tuesday – Saturday 9.50 – 5.30pm (Closed Mondays)


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Welcome to the night............................................................... 58 If you thought nightlife was only to be found in cities, think again – because Northumberland really comes to life when darkness falls.

Like to shop? You’ll love it here............................................. 62 From high street giants to stylish boutiques and shops selling locallyproduced arts and crafts, this really is a shopper’s paradise.

Ten things you must do........................................................... 76

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There are loads of things to do here – make sure you don’t miss these.

A region at the heart of art....................................................... 78 The landscape has inspired artists for many centuries, and Northumberland remains a magnet for artists and art lovers alike…

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Getting here and getting around............................................ 84 This is a huge county, but it’s simple to get to and find your way around.

We’re open for business........................................................... 88 Northumberland is home to a diverse – and growing – army of businesses both ancient and modern.

If you’re planning to stay longer............................................ 90 If an Englishman’s home is his castle, then where better to put down roots or invest in property than Northumberland?

If you’re only here for 48 hours.............................................. 92 Try our whistle-stop guide to this fabulous region.

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Expect the unexpected Rutherfords of Morpeth is an exclusive family-owned department store which has been the heartbeat of Morpeth since 1846. Morpeth’s flagship store originally started as a tiny draper’s shop and has evolved through five generations of the Rutherfords family. Priding ourselves as a contemporary lifestyle store, stocking exclusive womens and mens fashions, luxurious home furnishings from candelabras to cushions, cookware, shoes, cosmetics and handbags. The personal touch is evident throughout the store, with attention to detail that attracts customers from throughout the UK and beyond. Once you have shopped till you’ve dropped, our mouth-watering café is the perfect haven where you can relax in comfort and enjoy a bite to eat.

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elcome to Northumberland, a county like no other. This region is a magical place filled with ancient castles, hidden gardens, unspoilt golden sandy beaches, rolling hills, rugged moorland, sweeping views, friendly little market towns and villages, and a cultural heritage all of our own. It’s a county of contrasts, a place where unrivalled scenery has often been marked by turbulent, bloody warfare – this land has been violently fought over for more than 2,000 years. Visit Northumberland today and you’ll find beauty, peace and tranquility in almost every little corner you visit. The most sparsely populated county in England, the traffic you are most likely to encounter is of the woolly, four-legged variety or a tractor making the short journey from farm to field. Whether you’re planning some vigorous outdoor activity, a gentle walk on the beach or hills, or a cosy meal in a country pub, you’ve chosen the right place. Please enjoy – and come back and visit us soon! l

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county, which is undoubtedly England’s best kept secret, you’ll find plenty to amaze, impress, inspire and entertain you. As you travel through this fascinating county you will find reminders of its history at every turn. Spanning Northumberland from east to west, one magnificent monument links us like no other to the past – Hadrian’s Wall. The Romans started work on this defensive fortification against the Scots in AD 122 and much of it can still be explored and walked today. In the centuries that followed, kings and bishops keen to secure England’s northern most county continued to build, which is why Northumberland has so many castles – 39 to be precise. For history buffs, not to mention Harry Potter fans, a trip to Alnwick Castle is a must. Home to generations of Dukes of Northumberland and the backdrop for the young wizard’s Quidditch matches, this grandest of castles provides a fun and fascinating day out for visitors of all ages. Alnwick was once a staging post on the Great North Road between Edinburgh and London and still makes a great base from which to explore the rest of the county. p12

t’s the most northern county in England, and is a magical place of castles, kings, battles, invasion with more than its fair share of myth and legend. Once an independent kingdom that stretched from the Humber to Edinburgh, it is also where Roman occupiers once guarded a walled frontier, Anglian invaders fought with Celtic natives, and Norman lords built castles that still stand to this day. Northumberland has more castles than any other county in the UK, as well as the greatest number of recognised battle sites. Even now, it is not hard to imagine the pounding of hooves and the skirl of the Northumbrian pipes of the Border Reivers who once rampaged across the land. In later years, the land over which they once fought so hard, supplied much of the coal that powered the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century and the homes of the men made rich by their ingenuity and skill are now a magnet for visitors keen to see Victorian grandeur at its most spectacular. Whether you are paying a fleeting visit or planning to spend some time exploring the

“NORTHUMBERLAND IS THE MOST NORTHERN COUNTY IN ENGLAND, AND IS A MAGICAL PLACE OF CASTLES, KINGS, BATTLES, INVASION WITH MORE THAN ITS FAIR SHARE OF MYTH AND LEGEND”

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From there it is only a short drive to the island of Lindisfarne, the home of St Cuthbert and the birthplace of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels – just remember to keep an eye on the tide timetable to avoid getting stranded. Back inland, you will find the quaint village – and castle – of Bamburgh, from where Grace Darling and her father rowed, through violent storms, to rescue sailors on the stricken HMS Forfarshire in 1838. Head north and you will find Berwick; an ancient border town, which was captured or sacked 13 times over the centuries before finally falling into English hands in 1482. But, perhaps of all the sites and attractions this county has to offer, the greatest sense of its history can arguably be found in its most remote spots. When, with no trace of the modern world for as far as the eye can see, the past really does seem very present. l

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chips as you enjoy the sea views in Amble or Embleton. Northumberland offers the lot: from crab and oysters, to lobster and cod. Along with one of the best walks in the county – from the village to nearby Dunstanburgh Castle and back – Craster offers two seafood delicacies not to be missed. The first is the famous Craster kipper, which is as much a part of Northumberland as its stunning coastline. The Robson family have been making their unique kippers since 1865, briefly brining the herrings then slowly smoking them over a fire containing oak sawdust and whitewood shavings before stringing them high in the smokehouse rafters. Not far from Robson’s is The Jolly Fisherman. Boasting stone flagged floors, low beam ceilings with roaring fires in winter and a stunning view of the coastline in summer, this pub also offers the finest crab sandwiches to be had in the county and people travel from far and wide for them. The recipe is a secret but, served in brown bread with a packet of crisps and a view over the coast, there are p18

ith the variety of cuisines and eating establishments that have made their home in Northumberland, the only issue you’ll have is choosing where to try first. From regional favourites like Pan Haggerty to international dishes that have found their way to the north, Northumberland has a rich variety of food choices available. No matter if you choose to stop off at a rural country pub or a bustling town centre bistro, you’ll be sure to be met with a number of carefully-crafted dishes with an atmosphere and venue to match. For, when it comes to eating out, the list of dishes you must try is almost as long as the list of restaurants, pubs, cafes and hotels in which you should try them. The region is home to a number of coastal towns and cities and therefore it would be a crime to pass up on the freshly-caught seafood that’s in abundance. There are options for everyone, whether you prefer your seafood on a plate in a cosy café, or eaten straight out of the paper with

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Danielle’s FINE MEDITERRANEAN & TRADITIONAL CUISINE

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for £11.95 EVENING SPECIAL Tuesday-Friday 2 courses for £15.95 or 3 courses for £17.95 À la carte menu also available

Opening times Tuesday-Friday: Lunch 12 noon-2pm Tuesday-Saturday: Dinner 6pm-9pm Closed Sunday & Monday

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We are open from 8:30am serving breakfasts, light snacks, lunches and afternoon tea throughout the day and stylish bistro dining from 6pm. Home-made cakes, delightful sweet treats and pastries, barista-prepared freshly ground coffee and Ringtons loose leaf teas are available. We also operate a take away service through the day. Our chef, Ian Kersten, showcases the wealth of quality ingredients found on our doorstep to create a truly memorable dining experience! Seafood is sourced from Beadnell Bay and nearby Seahouses harbour. Meat from Bamburgh butcher “Carters”, including the famous Bamburgh Banger sausage for breakfast, and local game from the Cheviot Hills regularly feature on our menu. Whether it be a hearty Northumbrian breakfast, an indulgent afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco, or a stylish and intimate bistro dining experience as the lights go down at night, we cater for all. We are fully licensed all day and offer a wide selection of beers wine and spirits including an interesting selection of premium gins – look out for our gin of the week!

Pop in and see what delights Salt Water Cafe has to offer!

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few dishes to match them. Alternatively, why not stop off at one of the county’s numerous, superb delicatessens or farm shops and snap up some fresh ingredients for a picnic? Choose Northumbrian ham and pease pudding in a filling bread bun or try a lamb pinwheel from Alnwick butcher, R Turnbull and Sons. This family run firm has been going for more than a century and specialises in minted lamb in a pinwheel casing of puff pastry: just the ticket to keep you going on a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, particularly when followed by that most traditional of treats, a Border tart. Just as the Borders themselves have been the subject of constant battles between the Scots and the English, so the Border tart is caught in a custody battle between those to the north and south. Its origins are lost in the mists of time but it is a shortcrust pastry case filled with rich dried fruits and sometimes topped with a latticework of pastry or even icing. Another Northumberland dish worth looking out for, as it is enjoying a resurgence of interest thanks to the increased popularity of artisan dishes, is pan haggerty. Although it may have found popularity in pit towns like Ashington and Bedlington as a cheap way to fill stomachs, the simple recipe and taste speaks for itself and has cemented its place as a regional favourite. Like Alnwick stew, it is a layered dish but this time

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the ingredients are potatoes, cheese and onions, layered in a shallow pan and fried until brown on the bottom. You then either turn it over to brown the other side or pop it under the grill until cooked. However, while tradition is never far from the surface of most menus, modern British cuisine is soaring in popularity in Northumberland as a new generation of chefs looks for original and exciting ways of presenting familiar ingredients. Pubs provide the perfect platform for this sort of cuisine and there are plenty of superb ones to choose from, many of which also offer a wide range of locally-brewed beers, ales and ciders to accompany your meal. Hexham is home to a number of fine eateries serving a combination of local and European dishes. Not far from the town centre, Bouchon offers classic French country cuisine with daily specials in the evening, where diners can enjoy dishes like roasted skate wing with buerre noisette and capers. Offering more European dishes in the town, Stalida Greek Taverna serves authentic Greek food with an interior to match, hoping to recreate the atmosphere of being in a white painted building on a Greek island. There is also The Barrasford Arms, which has two superb restaurants combining local ingredients with classic French cooking techniques to produce dishes such as their classic twice- p23

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The Apple Inn is an award-winning gastro pub. Our ethos is simple, we aim to serve outstanding food, in quality surroundings in a relaxed and homely environment.

Every drop of Spurreli’s award-winning ice cream is made with passion and enthusiasm from start to finish. So take your time to enjoy our opulent ice creams, decadent cakes, sundaes & sorbets in our relaxed lounge.

Located in the heart of Lucker village and only a few minute’s drive from the A1, we are within easy reach of Bamburgh, Seahouses and Belford. Our accessible decked terrace with ample seating and dining area is perfect for warmer days and nights. Lucker • Belford • NE70 7JH Tel: 01668 213 824 DOG FRIENDLY

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Di Sopra offers an authentic Italian dining experience at our family-run restaurant in the heart of the market town of Alnwick. We source our ingredients directly from Italy, where possible, and use local supplies for our fantastic meat and fish dishes.

9 Bondgate Within | Alnwick | NE66 1SX For bookings and enquiries please call 01665 606540

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BERWICK’S NO.1 FAMILY GASTRO PUB ONLY 3 MILES FROM THE TOWN CENTRE

This is a love story unfolding and a legacy beginning. We are so excited to welcome you to our Plough on the Hill, which overlooks the wild and beautiful rounded hills and valleys of the Cheviots in Northumberland. After 9 months hard work and a 1.3-million-pound renovation we have managed to create the most special and enchanting ‘hidden gem’ as she is now known. From the moment you walk in you are met with a hearty greeting and welcome together with a feast for the eyes with beautiful antiques and artefacts collected from all over the world by the owners. Our head chef John La Monde has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens and has brought back with him his worldly experience to create great pub food. We only use the finest Northumbrian and Scottish produce to create our delicious and mouth-watering menu coupled with a well-stocked wine cellar. We are also delighted to be recognised as Berwick’s only gin bar hosting around 50 different gins which are paired with complementing Fever Tree tonics and garnishes. This bar comes alive on a Friday and Saturday evening as it is filled with musicians from up and down the country. Even a Sunday lunch is an exceptional experience with live acoustic music echoing through the eves.

Here’s just a few things that will make your visit memorable: • Great outside decking area with fire pits to enjoy outside sunsets over the Cheviot Hills • Fabulous children’s play park and ropes course with half price meals for children up to 12 years on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays • A pick up and drop off service if your party has 4 or more guests (8 max) • A loyalty scheme with rewards

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Sicilian-born chef Emanuele’s fine dishes combine fresh Northumbrian produce and imported Italian delicacies: olives, herbs, lemons, oranges, almonds, aubergines and seafood. The relaxed, family-run ristorante is tucked away behind Corbridge’s Hill Street. Savour a glass or bottle of fine wine in the intimate Stuzzico wine bar. Italian and craft beers are served. Choose tapas with an Italian twist from the blackboard in the corner – antipasti, calamari and more. Pam cherry picks the best from Italy and the rest of the world for the deli area – from artisan pastas, vinegars and oils, to rare gins and malts. Luxurious Movenpick and Italian Ciccarelli ice creams are available in the gelateria. Live music, swing nights and occasional wine tasting events are enjoyed in the restaurant.

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holidays, when tiny Low Newton is packed with families enjoying the scenery, the sand, and some pretty good food and beer from The Ship’s own micro-brewery. Along with interesting vegetarian food and delicious old fashioned puddings, the pub also serves very good fish, nearly all of which is caught by local fishermen – in fact, if you arrive between June and October at the right time of day you will see the lobster man walking up the beach to The Ship with a bucket of lobster in each hand. Perhaps because it is off the beaten track, the restaurant has restricted opening so do check times, but few sights are more memorable than that of Low Newton beach as dusk falls – so do add an evening visit to your itinerary during your stay in Northumberland. Great local ingredients are also at the heart of one of Alnwick’s most popular venues; the Treehouse Restaurant, at Alnwick Gardens, where fish, seafood, organic meat from Northumberland’s farmlands and other regional specialities are cooked and served in a spectacular rustic setting in the tree tops. Incidentally, Alnwick’s culinary heritage also brings us Alnwick stew, a hearty dish p25

baked soufflé and North Shields hake, Provencal vegetables, confit potatoes. Not too far away, at Hedley on the Hill, The Feathers; a former drover’s cottage, produces artisan style dishes such as Northumbrian cheese rarebit with mixed garden pickle and devilled Blaydon burn Soay lamb’s liver, kidney and heart with Northumbrian bacon, mash, greens and ale gravy. Tucked away on the edge of the sand dunes, Low Newton is another hidden gem on the picturesque Northumberland coast that is not to be missed. A tiny hamlet which consists mainly of cottages on three sides of a small village green, it also boasts a pub with a big reputation. The Ship Inn often finds itself full to the brim at weekends and in the summer

“IF YOU ARRIVE AT THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY YOU WILL SEE THE LOBSTER MAN WALKING UP THE BEACH WITH A BUCKET OF LOBSTER IN EACH HAND”

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For bookings please call or email us on: 01670 505 000 - barlugamorpeth@vaulkhardgroup.co.uk Barluga, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth NE61 1NS

Set in the beautiful market town of Morpeth, Barluga is a unique and unforgettable venue to enjoy great food and drink with good company.

Whether returning after a long day on the river or the daily grind of the office, The Wheatsheaf provides a convivial, cosy atmosphere with open log fire and comfortable armchairs to relax in, overlooking the quiet village green of Swinton. Family run small hotel with award-winning restaurant – 2014 Scottish Hotel Awards – Best Restaurant in the Borders. Great food and friendly, efficient staff with an excellent selection of wines by the glass, 30 malt whiskies and real ale. A-la-carte, Grill and Bar Classics menus – 35 day matured beef, fish delivered daily. Ideal for small intimate weddings. Private dining rooms available. Open for lunch and dinner every day from noon and 6pm.

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believed to have first been cooked many centuries ago for the Percy family, at the castle itself. Gammon or ham is cubed and placed in a layer in a cooking pot, followed by a layer of sliced onion, then a layer of sliced potatoes, with plenty of mustard powder, salt and pepper. You keep building the layers before adding some stock or water for moisture, bringing to the boil and simmering very gently until it is entirely cooked through. But, of course, one of the joys of eating out is that someone else is doing the cooking and there are plenty of smaller venues in the county where they are justifiably proud of their home cooking. The family run Drift Café, near the beach at Cresswell, is a must for home-made cakes, while the quirky dog friendly Café des Amis at Morpeth is a hidden gem, serving hot food all day but gaining a particularly excellent reputation for its scones and cakes. Morpeth also boasts a number of vibrant eateries, with Lollo Rosso sporting an extensive menu of pizza, pasta, chicken, fish and grilled meat, and not far down the street, Ephesus offers a range of authentic Turkish dishes in a charming setting. A favourite among visitors, Sea & Soil at Amble, boasts stunningly-presented dishes, crafted from a range of local ingredients, with a number of vegetarian

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options, while the rustic Fish Shack, situated on Amble’s harbour, offers a seafood selection with an array of seasonal specials. The Copper Kettle Tea Rooms, at Bamburgh, is also worth a special mention as it’s one of the busiest cafés in the county – thanks to its good home cooking, its close proximity to Bamburgh Castle and the Grace Darling Museum. While the Copper Kettle Tea Rooms is something of a fixture on the eating out circuit, a new kid on the block is gaining an equally impressive reputation, particularly for its lobster dishes. A trip to nearby Holy Island is a must for any visitor to the area and the aptly-named First Class Food café, within the Post Office, is always a treat. Selling everything from home-made cakes to crab and lobster caught by the island’s fishermen, this little venue is certainly proof that small is beautiful. You might even like to wash your meal down with a glass of Lindisfarne Mead, made exclusively on the island and packing a far stronger punch than it’s ecclesiastically-inspired labelling might suggest. For those looking for somewhere a little grander, Northumberland certainly delivers on that front, too. When you’ve spent all day in the stunning surroundings, possibly in hiking boots and a raincoat, there’s sometimes nothing nicer than p27

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Award-winning food in a relaxed country pub atmosphere, roaring fires and a stunning beer garden with valley views.

The Ship Inn is a small pub & micro brewery. We serve our own ales, bar lunches every day 122.30 & dinner Wednesday to Saturday. We pride The Ship Inn is a small pub and micro brewery. ourselves high quality produce, We serveon ourserving own aleslocal and bar lunches every day fromcooked 12pm to simply 2.30pm but and dinner from Wednesday to a high standard to

Conveniently situated just a few minutes from Hexham and the ancient Roman village of Corbridge, The Rat is an historic former drovers inn with a colourful past. The pub champions local food, using wonderful produce from the surrounding Northumberland countryside.

Saturday. We pride ourselves on serving local, high quality produce cooked simply, but to a high standard.

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making the effort to dress up for dinner. With more than its fair share of sophisticated settings, the region offers a number of venues with fantastic food in a special surrounding. Langley Castle, for example, is home to the two AA rosetted Josephine’s Restaurant – a wonderfully romantic setting in which to enjoy a range of menus featuring locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients in contemporary British dishes. Or, if you prefer the restrained elegance of the Georgian period – not to mention the chance to drive through some stunning Northumberland countryside – why not try the George Runciman Restaurant at four, red AA starred Doxford Hall Hotel, near Alnwick? Using the finest seasonal ingredients, the restaurant offers awardwinning dining, along with an increasingly-popular afternoon tea and a Sunday lunch that brings patrons in from far and wide. Another charming Northumbrian establishment is Jackdaw Restaurant at Warkworth which offers locally-sourced meals such as Northumberland venison casserole with swede & potato topping and their home-made steak and kidney pie. However, for dining in true grandeur, few venues can match the Olympic Suite at Alnwick’s White

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Swan Hotel. The hotel itself, a 300-year-old coaching inn and Grade 2-listed building, is rather lovely, but its Olympic Suite is very special as it takes its name – and its interior – from the RMS Olympic, whose sister ship was the ill-fated RMS Titanic. The RMS Olympic was launched in 1911, a year before its sister’s tragic maiden voyage. Despite being converted to oil-fired engines in 1919-1920, it became uneconomical in comparison to the new and luxurious Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth and was finally retired in 1935 and scrapped in 1937. Before it was dismantled completely, many of the fittings and artworks were auctioned. The thenowner of The White Swan bought the Olympic’s dining room and transported it to the hotel, reconstructing it in all its glory. All the restaurant’s paneling, mirrors, ceiling and stained glass are almost identical to those on the Titanic herself; of superb quality, supreme elegance and a wonderful setting in which to enjoy seasonally-changed menus and an extensive wine list. Quite like much of Northumberland – it really is something special. So whether you choose to try a local delicacy or an authentically-crafted dish brought to Northumberland from further afield, the region has it all. l

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[01] ITS SKY

The incredibly low levels of light pollution make this the best place in the country to spot stars, particularly if you’re staying in the designated dark sky area around Kielder and its unique observatory. Not only do the stars seem bigger and brighter but, on a clear night, it is perfectly possible, with the naked eye, to identify planets, the Milky Way and even the International Space Station.

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[02] ITS COASTLINE Whether you want to walk the shoreline of Alnmouth, the county’s prettiest beach, go rock-pooling, or tread in the footsteps of centuries of travellers, between Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle, the rugged coastline is ever changing and ever beautiful. [03] ITS WALL One of the world’s most famous wonders, Hadrian’s Wall, built, ‘to separate the Romans from the barbarians,’ stretches the breadth of the county – and has done for almost 2000 years. Because it is so precious and so famous, visitors are always amazed at how accessible it is and how remote. On a quiet day you can expect to have great swathes of it virtually to yourself, making it the perfect place for a quiet wander. [04] ITS WILDLIFE Northumberland’s varied landscape is home to a vast array of animals, birds and fish. Wander through Kielder and you’re sure to spot a red squirrel or two, while rare osprey fly through the skies above. Or take a boat trip from Amble or Seahouses to the Farne Islands – home to a circus of

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brightly-beaked puffins. Visitors come from all over the world to take these boat trips so make sure you put it on your to do list.

too; shipwreck heroine Grace Darling, industrialist Lord Armstrong and railway pioneer George Stephenson to name but a few.

[05] ITS FOOD Thanks to its diverse landscape Northumberland produces some of the country’s finest meat, fish, dairy and vegetables – and some of the best chefs to cook them. Try our world-famous Craster kippers or give in to pan haggerty, a Northumberland classic made by layering fried onions, thinly sliced potatoes and mature cheddar cheese and baking in the oven.

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[06] ITS CASTLES From the majesty and riches of Alnwick Castle to the ruins of Warkworth and the splendid isolation of Dunstanburgh, each of Northumberland’s 39 castles has a character all of its own. Far more than just fancy homes for the rich in days gone by, these castles go back to Norman times and were very much built to defend the region from invaders. [07] ITS PEOPLE Wherever you go you’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome. We’re proud of our famous Northumbrians,

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to the harshness of its Scottish counterpart. Northumberland also boasts its own, checked tartan – black and white, naturally. [09] ITS COUNTRYSIDE Wild, unspoilt and sparsely populated, Northumberland is a walker’s paradise, where it is possible to wander for hours and barely see another living soul. The further north you go, the harsher the climate and the craggier the terrain, but to the west, near Kielder, the landscape is softer and ideal for cycling.

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[10] ITS SECRETS Northumberland is awash with secrets and legends and myths and stories abound. Are the Simonside Hills really home to mischievous faerie-folk and might the wolf of Allendale come back to stalk the villagers and smallholders of Hexham? And just maybe, it is true that King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and their court of Camelot really do still lie in enchanted sleep in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall near Sewinghshields Crags. l

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ith its miles of jagged coastline, acres of wide open space and rivers that stretch for miles and miles, this stunning, unspoilt county could have been designed with sport and exercise in mind. Start exploring and you’ll soon find countless routes for walkers and riders, as well as ways to take to the waves and activities that will test even the bravest of hearts – it all depends on how energetic you want to be. For the more adventurous, there really is no shortage of activities on land and on sea – and even a combination of both. Thrill seekers can try their hand at everything from rock climbing to paintballing and quad biking to the latest craze, coasteering, which is a daring combination of cliff jumping, sea level traversing and sea cave exploration – certainly not for the fainthearted. Those seeking something a little more sedate can enjoy a leisurely stroll along Hadrian’s Wall, utilising a clearly marked long distance footpath. The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail runs through the World Heritage Site and offers 84 miles of glorious walking, including rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape. If the full distance sounds a little daunting, then why not do what most people do and take advantage of the many circular walks and shorter trails, which have been devised to cater for all abilities and take in many of the great sites and sights along the way? A word of warning though, the wall has a climate all of its own and it is perfectly possible, even in Spring, to walk through both snow and sunshine in a matter of minutes. There is also a Hadrian’s cycleway, for those for who like to take to two wheels, which offers a coast-to-coast route along the length of the wall. For those who prefer the sea air, the Northumberland Coast Path is the perfect route. It takes in castles, sand dunes and castles aplenty and even passes Craster so you can drop in for one of the famous kippers as you pass. Staying with country pursuits, shooting is part of Northumberland’s heritage and clay pigeon shooting offers a wonderful – and harmless – way to enjoy the sport for all ages and abilities. Northumberland Sporting Clays in Morpeth is just one of a number of venues offering safe, target clay pigeon shooting. From clay birds, you don’t have to travel far in Northumberland to find the genuine, feathered variety. The county’s diverse landscape is home to a considerable number of native birds so remember to take binoculars with you every time you set foot outside.

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find pretty riverside walks of varying distances and terrains, picnic facilities and an activity centre offering a variety of adventure sports? While many youngsters are happy to spend time in the great outdoors, the Northumbrian climate doesn’t always make that possible and, thankfully, there are lots of indoor activities geared to giving holidaymakers a great time. The Tyne Valley is home to two super leisure centres, which both provide indoor fun for the whole family. Prudhoe Waterworld is notable particularly for its wave machine and spectacular 40m aqua slide, but it also has a fitness studio, soft play and crèche. Meanwhile, Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre offers the best of both worlds with three outdoor heated pools with fun sessions, giant inflatables and a giant water flume open from April to September. No visit to Northumberland would be complete without a trip to the multi award-winning Kielder Water and Forest Park. The area has achieved national p35

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Whether a complete beginner looking to try this exciting sport, or a seasoned pro who wants to play all day on the automated Pay & Play system Bisley at Braidwood has everything you need. CLAY SHOOTING SCHOOL: Single, Shared & Group Lessons. Gun hire, professional tuition, safety glasses, headwear, clays and cartridges all included in a novice lesson. PRIVATE & CORPORATE EVENTS: Birthdays, Stags/Hens, Team Building, Client Entertainment.

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Hire a bike and explore the many miles of natural and purpose-built mountain bike trails that Kielder has to offer!

At The Bike Place you will receive quality service from friendly and informed staff, who can help you to plan your cycling experience in the area. We have a range of bikes to suit all abilities, or how about trying an electric bike? A new dimension! Kielder Cycle Centre is now a regional demo centre for electric bikes from well-known brands like Raleigh, Haibike and Lapierre. Why not book yourself a demo? Our hire centres are conveniently located in Kielder Village and Kielder Waterside Holiday Park (formerly Leaplish). Kielder Cycle Centre, Kielder Village, Hexham NE48 1ER | Tel: 01434 250457 | Email: hire@thebikeplace.co.uk The Bike Place, Kielder Waterside, Falstone NE48 1BT | Tel: 01434 250144 | Email: sales@thebikeplace.co.uk

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recognition for its dark sky status, with minimal light pollution allowing for the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe. At its heart lies Kielder Observatory from which, on long winter nights, you can view deep sky objects such as galaxies, while, in summer, you can view the beautiful Milky Way, passing comets, shooting stars and even see the Sun’s surface through a state-of-the-art telescope. But that’s not all Kielder offers. Here, you’ll find northern Europe’s largest man-made lake and England’s biggest forest – the perfect environments for nature trails, mountain biking, water sports and walking – as well as attractions such as the Minotaur Maze. Kielder, which boasts England’s most important red squirrel reserve and Northumberland’s only breeding osprey population, is also home to Leaplish Waterside Park, which runs a packed – and diverse – schedule of activities, from fencing and snorkelling to the chance to try sea scooters and even archery. Not all activities need to be high octane, though, and, for those who like their holiday pastimes to be slightly more sedate, Kielder also offers top-quality fishing courtesy of the Northumbrian Water trout fisheries. There is, as you can see, no shortage of activities – both indoor and outdoor – for all ages to enjoy here in Northumberland. The trick is to be prepared for everything the weather may throw at you and to do a little advance research to check that outdoor activities, in particular, will be suitable for the ages and abilities for those in your party. After that, all that remains is to have a brilliant time. l

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oodside is owned and managed by gardening duo Emma and Stephen Emmerson, with help from an enthusiastic and dedicated team of staff. Located within a Victorian Walled Garden, Woodside is home to a large and wellstocked plant centre, filled with plants professionally grown at our own nursery site, as well as plants sourced from other British growers. Our cosy Birdhouse Tearoom overlooks our bird-feeding station, where you can enjoy up close views of our garden birds, whilst enjoying a cup of freshly made coffee and

delicious home-baking, or a light lunch. On dry days our garden seating area is very popular with tearoom users as the south facing site makes it a sun trap! Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden seating area. We cater for a range of food allergies, intolerances and preferences, including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. The Plant Centre is attractively located within the gardens and offers a good selection of hardy plants, many of which are grown at our own nursery. The Garden Shop stocks a range of practical gardening items such as seeds, seasonal bulbs, garden tools, gloves, and string as

well as a superb range of wild bird food and feeders. In addition, we also now stock a select range of unusual gifts for gardeners and non-gardeners. The Plant Centre and Garden Shop is manned by plant and bedding experts, so we are able to help with your purchases and offer sensible advice. We are open 7 days a week, all year round. And there’s no charge for just enjoying the garden. We hold a wide variety of workshops and events at Woodside throughout the year, on a range of topics including gardening, nature, art, photography and anything else we think you might enjoy!

HERE ARE OUR EVENTS FOR 2018! April 6th – Wee Woodsiders – Seed Sowing Workshop £2.50 per child. Please book a time slot: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am. April 22nd – Woodside Garden for Wildlife & Wellbeing Launch Event 12 noon-2pm FREE EVENT May 13th – Basket Making Workshop with Roger Ingledew £60pp including lunch. Materials provided. Suitable for all levels of experience, from none upwards! 10am-3pm, please book. June 16th – Willow Weaving Workshop £60pp including lunch. Roger Ingledew provides all the materials and tuition you need to build a willow “wig-wam” for your climbing plants. 10am-3pm, please book. July 2018 – Equestrian Theatre at Woodside. Date to be decided A spectacular open-air theatrical performance with real horses, here in the Woodside Garden. Ticket price includes a buffet supper. Adults £18, under 16s £12, family ticket £50

Art Classes in August – a Series of Art Classes £60pp per class, including lunch and all materials. 10am-4pm. Please book pastels with Mary Goulden, water colours with Judy Collins Painting on slate with Wendy Patterson. All dates to be confirmed – please phone for dates.

November 1st – “Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter” Hands-on practical workshop £25 including lunch. 10am-2pm. Please book.

August 14th – Bird Ringing Demonstration with the RSPB 9am-12 noon. Join Mike Fraser for netting and ringing. This event is weather dependant, so phone first if in doubt. No need to book. FREE EVENT

December 4th – Baking Masterclass “No Fuss Celebration Cake” £30pp. 4.30pm-7pm. Please book.

September 18th – Curry & Quiz Night £8.50pp. Teams of 4 answering questions loosely based on gardening and nature with some general knowledge too. 6.30pm start. Please book. September 23rd – Wee Woodsiders – Making Bird & Beastie Homes £2.50 per child. 10am start to about 11am. October 9th – Baking Masterclass “Shortbread” £15pp. 4.30pm-6pm. Please book.

November 7th – Baking Masterclass “Scones” £15pp. 4.30pm-6pm. Please book.

December 5th – Wreath Making Workshop Make your own wreath from scratch to take home. All materials supplied. £30pp. 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. Please book. December 6th – Wreath Making Workshop Make your own wreath from scratch to take home. All materials supplied. £30pp. 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. Please book. December 14th – Festive Dining in the Kailyaird Restaurant Menu for both veggies and meat-eaters with vegan option too! Prosecco at 7pm, meal at 7.30pm. Please book.

TO BOOK ALL EVENTS PLEASE PHONE 01835 830315 OR EMAIL EMMA @WOODSIDEGARDEN.CO.UK Visit the Kailyaird Restaurant at Woodside open fortnightly on a Friday. Our vegetarian restaurant serves meals 7pm-9pm and has options for meat-eaters too! For dates please sign up to our emailed newsletter, phone us, or better still call in at Woodside.

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of a chip or two, and they’ll certainly have their eye on your leftovers. While the coast has plenty to offer day trippers, there is just as much to do inland. Just a little to the west of the fishing and marine village of Amble, on the bend of the River Coquet, lies Warkworth. Warkworth Castle – despite being in ruins – is an absolute gem. A perfect example of a Motte and Bailey castle, it overlooks the town and is a must-see. It often holds activities such as medieval jousts and so forth in the summer months, but even in winter is still worth exploring, even if just for the view. About a mile away on the north bank of the river, the Warkworth hermitage is a fascinating, medieval site, cut into the rocks and comprising a chapel, a smaller chamber and an effigy of a lady. Staying with medieval castles and brave knights, a trip to Alnwick is a must for visitors of all ages. This castle is not only home to the Duke of Northumberland – descendant of the famous Harry Hotspur – but also to the Alnwick Gardens, created by the current Duchess. Along with a poison garden, there are more than 4,000 plant varieties, not to mention water sculptures, food stalls and cafés – so it is no wonder this is not only one of the county’s most popular attractions, but one of the UK’s. You can easily spend an entire day here – and that’s without a trip to the pretty market town p45

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Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.

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of Alnwick itself, which you should include if you have time. While castles like Alnwick’s make fascinating attractions for the modern day visitor, they are a sobering reminder of this county’s turbulent – and, often bloody – past and history buffs may be interested in a trip to the Flodden battlefield, just eight miles west of Wooler. The Battle of Flodden Field, on September 9, 1513 was the most famous battle ever fought on Northumbrian soil. It took place eight miles North West of Wooler, near the village of Branxton, between English and Scottish troops and was a decisive victory for the English. For the Scots it was a disaster, with many of the most important members of Scottish society slain in the conflict. The Scottish dead included 12 earls, 15 lords, many clan chiefs, an archbishop and, above all, King James himself. Thankfully, today’s visitors can enjoy a less grisly experience and, as well as taking in the battlefield, can pop into tearooms and even enjoy a ride on the nearby Heatherslaw Light Railway, the most northerly steam railway in England.

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To make a day of it, you can catch the train from Heatherslaw to Etal Castle, from which you’ll have great views of the River Till and the chance to spot riverbank wildlife such as swans, herons, ducks and the occasional otter. If wildlife – both native and exotic – is of interest, then head for the Whitehouse Farm Centre near Morpeth. A working farm, this offers a great day out with soft play for younger visitors, a restaurant, outdoor play area, tractor-trailer ride and animals to feed, pet and stroke. Along with typical farmyard animals such as pigs and cows, there is a reptile house, and even a meerkat enclosure. Spring is a particularly lovely time to visit as it is possible to see lambs being born and to bottle feed some of those old enough to be separated from their mothers. Farms and farming have been vital to the economy of Northumberland for centuries and you can find out more about this at the Heritage Centre at Bellingham. In fact, this fascinating exhibition covers a number of traditions and aspects of the heritage of the North Tyne Valley and Redesdale. As well as the chance to find out more about p49

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BINCHESTER ROMAN FORT Binchester, or Vinovia to give it its Latin name, was the largest Roman fort in County Durham and was accompanied by a very extensive civil settlement. It was one of a chain of forts guarding the main north-south Roman road east of the Pennines (known in later times as Dere Street) and was positioned so as to control the crossing of the River Wear. The earliest fort built c. AD 79 was more than 7 hectares in size, capable of housing a battle-group two legionary cohorts and one or more units of auxiliary cavalry. The later fort built c. AD 158 was 4 hectares in size and was occupied by cavalry units including one from Spain. Visible on the site today are the remains of part of the commanding officer’s residence including an attached bath-building. First exposed in 1815 and fully excavated in the 1970s the bath-building features one of the best preserved

examples of a hypocaust (underfloor heating system) in the whole of Britain. During the early months of 2018 the timber building protecting the baths has been completely replaced by a new and more robust structure affording an improved visitor experience. The Binchester Roman Festival takes place weekend July 14/15, repeated August 27, and features groups of re-enactors. Events commence 11.00am are repeated at 2.00pm Facilities and restrictions There is ample parking space for cars and coaches beside the visitor centre. The majority of the site is fully accessible and the reception building has also been recently replaced by a more modern structure incorporating a shop selling souvenirs and a range of publications and modest refreshment facilities. The site has portaloo toilets. Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed on site.

Opening dates and times 2018: Saturday April 14th until Wednesday 31st October. 11.00am-4.30pm; July and August 10.00am-4.30pm. Entrance fees: Adults – £5.00, concessions – £4.00, children – £3.00 (aged four and under free). Event days: Adults – £7.00, concessions – £6.00, children – £5.00.

Contact details: Address: Binchester, Bishop Auckland DL14 8DJ. Fort tel: 01388 663089. Out of season Archaeology Section tel: 03000 267013.

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• Explore historic colliery buildings • Dig deeper into the history of coalmining • Get to grips with the science of mining • Living history and special exhibitions • Year-round events programme • NEW Adventure Playground • There’s so much to see and do on our 45 acre rural site, whatever the weather

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Steeped in history, this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent past. This was no baron’s stately home. The Castle was a grim reminder of royal authority where armies gathered and criminals were imprisoned and executed. It is where the story of Newcastle began; the reason the city got its name, and has the most commanding views across the city and the River Tyne. Explore the ancient passageways and chambers, discover the hidden stories of its inhabitants and take a journey through The Gateway to Old Newcastle.

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traditional farming methods, you can learn about mining in the area over the centuries and find out a little more about the romantic age of steam. One of the newest and most unusual attractions is Northumberlandia, which is in the south of the county near Cramlington. Northumberlandia, known affectionately as the Lady of the North, is a unique piece of public art set in a 46-acre community park, boasting four miles of footpaths and is free to enter. Designed by American landscape architect Charles Jencks, it is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining lady and is 34 metres high and 400 metres long, making it a perfect place to while away a few hours. It was created as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine and, since opening in 2012, has become a massive visitor attraction. Or why not uncover the fascinating history of the Border reivers; lawless English and Scottish families who, between the 14th and 16th centuries, rode through the Borders, stealing cattle and causing mayhem? However, one of the most fascinating aspects of the centre – which is suitable for all ages – is the forge by blacksmith Arthur Grimwood. When 90-year-old Arthur decided it was finally time to retire after 50 years, his family donated the entire forge – tools, hearth and bellows and even a bottle of his favourite tipple – to the Heritage Centre. History does not record if iron bars were among the items forged by Arthur, but they were certainly a familiar sight to those imprisoned in Hexham’s Old Gaol. Dating back to 1330AD, this is definitely worth a visit and not only can you meet a gaoler but you can even try on clothing of the type the fearsome reivers might have worn on their night time forays into the Borders. Of course, the reivers weren’t the first to recognise the threat that lay to the north of the county and, when it comes to a day out, no visit to Northumberland would be complete without a trip to Hadrian’s Wall. p53

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Home of Britain's top archaeological treasure the Vindolanda Writing Tablets and an astonishing collection of 7,000 Roman shoes! Roman Vindolanda | Bardon Mill | Hexham | Northumberland | NE47 7JN | 01434 344 277 www.vindolanda.com

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‘Home of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe’ Spectacular state rooms • Paintings by Matisse Famous Belgian tapestries • Guided castle Tours Walled gardens • Glasshouses open to the public Formal millennium garden • Gift shop Castle kitchen and deli shop • Cafes • Walks Cycle Trail • Adventure playground Castle & Grounds open May – October Walled Gardens & Terrace café open daily all year round. Quote NBG18 for a VIP package

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Ford & Etal

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Northumberland’s hidden gem – a fabulous day out! Explore the delights of this rural estate with its picturesque villages, indoor attractions, outdoor adventure activities, tearooms, accommodation, antiques and collectables and the only thatched pub in Northumberland.

DON’T MISS • Heatherslaw Cornmill – a restored and working Victorian watermill • Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre - RBST accredited rare breeds centre • Heatherslaw Light Railway – 15” gauge steam railway • Lady Waterford Hall – the old school, housing stunning 19th century artworks • Events – held throughout the year – visit our website for details

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VISIT BRITAIN’S MOST HAUNTED HISTORIC CASTLE! Chillingham Castle is a 13th-century, Grade 1 star-listed stronghold, famed for action and battles. With its fine rooms, gardens, lakes, fountains and tea rooms it is a perfect day out for all the family.

ghosts! You might be lucky enough to spot them during the day but for the best chance, you should visit the castle at night on one of our highly-popular, guided ghost tours (dates, prices and info on the website) – exploring the haunted areas of the castle and grounds.

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Adults £9.50 • Concessions £8.50 Children £5.50 (aged 5-15) Under 5s go free Family ticket: £23.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children, aged 5-15)

Open to castle day visitors 30th March 2018-28th October 2018 Every day 12.00 noon-5.00pm Last entry 4.00pm

Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Northumberland NE66 5NJ E. enquiries@chillingham-castle.com T. 01668 215359

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If you thought this was simply an 84-mile stretch of stone, then think again. For, while the wall itself is spectacular, equally fascinating are the forts and visitor centres nearby. Chester’s Roman Fort at Chollerford is the best-preserved Roman cavalry fort in Britain. You can easily see what life would have been like here at the Empire’s northern outpost as you wander round the officers’ quarters and explore the well-preserved baths and steam room. Inside the museum, there’s also a large collection of Roman items found during the excavation of the wall. Or head for nearby Vindolanda, where you can watch an award-winning 3D film from the viewpoint of an eagle. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the experience of soaring across the Northumberland landscape, over Hadrian’s Wall and through 1,000 years of history. This is a great way of finding out what life would have been like for the soldiers who guarded the Wall before, perhaps, you head for Housesteads Roman Fort. This is the most complete fort on the wall and was home to around 800 Roman soldiers. You can still see the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant’s house, as well as some of the oldest toilets in existence and a museum packed with information and exhibits.

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One of the newest arrivals on Northumberland’s landscape is The Sill, which became the UK’s first dedicated National Landscape Discovery Centre when it opened its doors in the summer of 2017. The £14.8 million, state-of-the-art visitor centre features a landscape exhibition, modern youth hostel, a local food café, shop and much more, and has been describe as ‘a showcase of local pride and passion’. Naturally, as you might expect from a county which has had such a long and fascinating history, the activities and sites of interest are too numerous to mention here in their entirety. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about a day out in Northumberland is the variety of landscapes and activities you encounter at every turn. It is perfectly possible to take in a coastal trip, a countryside walk, a visit to a castle and even a browse around the shops, in the course of a day and, sometimes, it’s best just to let the day unfold of its own accord. However, whatever your plans, take clothing suitable for all weather – Hadrian’s Wall, in particular, is very exposed and can be cold even in summer – and check out English Heritage and National Trust websites in advance to be sure of opening times and admission charges. l

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NEWCASTLE Affectionately known as “the Toon”, it’s not for nothing that this stunning city has an international reputation for the warmth of its welcome and the fun you can have within its boundaries. Enjoy shopping on a major scale at intu Eldon Square and check out the city of years gone by in the historic Grainger Market, now home to some amazing artisan food stalls. Enjoy the sheer spectacle of the architecture on Grey Street – home to the Theatre Royal – or wander along the Quayside which also plays host to the city’s famous Sunday market. GATESHEAD Once upon a time Gateshead was considered the poor relation to Newcastle – but that’s certainly no longer the case. Stroll across the famous Millennium ‘winking eye’ bridge and find yourself face to face with spectacular cultural venues. Home to The Sage Gateshead with its two concert halls, you can see a show, eat or just wander around and soak in the atmosphere. And it’s a stone’s throw away from The Baltic, a former flour mill transformed into a superb art gallery, with possibly one of the best gift shops in the region. It also houses a fantastic, rooftop restaurant with unparalleled views across the city. p57

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DURHAM Durham is the spiritual home of the region, where cobbled streets lead to bijoux restaurants and stylish stores. Spend an afternoon on the river or visit the historic Cathedral, a World Heritage Site which is widely acknowledged as one of the most impressive buildings in Europe. Leave time to visit the Open Treasures exhibition which showcases 2,000 years of history. Don’t forget to include Durham Castle on your “to do” list as well. Also designated a World Heritage Site, this Norman castle is part of Durham University and is home to a number of lucky students. Guided tours are available however so don’t miss the opportunity to step back in time.

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EDINBURGH Grab a fast train and in little over an hour you can find yourself in the glorious Scottish city of Edinburgh. There is so much to enjoy here from the castle to the zoo, walking along the Royal Mile to climbing Arthur’s Seat. Every year it plays host to the Edinburgh Festival and the Fringe Festival, which is now the largest arts events of its kind in the world.

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WELCOME TO THE NIGHT! If you thought nightlife was only to be found in cities, think again – because Northumberland really comes to life when darkness falls

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f you want to literally enjoy nightlife then look no further than Northumberland. In this case we’re not talking about clubs, bars and theatres – although there’s those in abundance – but a unique visitor attraction. Thanks to the exceptionally low levels of light pollution, this most unspoilt area of Northumberland boasts the largest expanse of dark night sky in the whole of Europe – lit up by the largest, brightest, sparkling stars you may ever see. If this appeals then head to Kielder Observatory, at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, which holds events all year round, from open days and interactive shows to observing nights and lectures. In fact, evenings offer the chance to see much of the Northumbrian countryside at its best – and, of course it’s free. After all, what could be nicer than watching the sun go

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larger towns, all of which have a variety of venues, from traditional country pubs to stylish and sophisticated wine bars. Those looking for a lively night out might want to head to Charlie’s, or Bedrocks, at Berwick-uponTweed, while lovers of live bands would enjoy The Tavern at Blyth which offers a packed programme of live music, showcasing some well-known bands as well as local aspiring artists. Alternatively, try The Quay at Blyth which regularly hosts nights dedicated to acoustic buskers, party anthems and the classic push the button bar games and pool. And party-goers can look forward to the weekend events at Dejavu at Blyth, with two floors offering a variety of music for clubbers. At Hexham, Donnies Bar offers the best sports coverage, with a lively venue that will make you want to stay out late. And for anyone who is partial to craft alcohol, The Tannery at Hexham is an award-winning beer and whiskey house, stocking craft brewers from around the region, with a great atmosphere and a bustling events calendar. Those looking for more structured evening entertainment can look to the larger towns, where many have thriving community arts centres and theatres, hosting a varied range of events year-round. For live performance ranging from theatre, dance, music and comedy, as well as event broadcasts, classes and visual arts exhibitions, the Malting’s at Berwick ticks all the boxes. As well as its Main House Theatre and Henry Travers Studio it has a very popular Stage Door Bar and Maltings Kitchen restaurant, which are ideal for a pre-show drink and bite to eat. Alnwick Playhouse and Arts Centre is definitely worth checking out as it is a well- known and loved venue for many of the UK’s touring shows and offers a pretty impressive programme of film, comedy, theatre, dance and music. It’s also home to the Bondgate Gallery, which attracts art lovers from across the county to exhibitions throughout the year. There are plenty of opportunities, too, for film buffs to catch the latest releases and, while multiplex cinemas may be thin on the ground in rural Northumberland, the county does boast some great, independent venues – and what they lack in size, they certainly make up for in character. People travel from far and wide to visit the Forum Cinema in Hexham, as, along with films, it also hosts live theatrical and musical performances and exhibitions. Tiny and wonderfully intimate, it offers

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a wonderful combination of old world charm, and up-to-the-minute art. Also in Hexham is the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre which routinely offers varied and packed programmes of live shows, while the Phoenix Theatre, Blyth, specialises in bringing both amateur and professional practitioners together to develop work for the community. And, speaking of theatre, the impressive Northumberland landscape often takes centre stage thanks to the number of open air productions which take place throughout the summer months. The grounds of both Wallington, near Rothbury and Alnwick Castle, play host, respectively, to everything from open air Shakespeare to bands, such as Madness and Il Divo although tickets sell fast so it always best to plan as far in advance as possible. It is also often the case that the show goes on whatever the weather, so if you’re planning to go to an outdoor production then you would be well advised to take a waterproof rug or groundsheet (seating is generally limited). It’s also a good idea – and fun – to take a picnic and, of course, to make sure you have everything from sun lotion to umbrellas and cagoules, just to be on the safe side. l

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LIKE TO SHOP? YOU’LL LOVE IT HERE! From high street giants to stylish boutiques and shops selling locallyproduced arts and crafts, Northumberland really is a shopper’s paradise

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to soak up the sunshine while picking all manner of berries. Brocksbushes, on the A69 near Corbridge, is one of the most popular and also has a year-round café and shop, so local produce is always at hand. If you’re shopping list runs to the original, the quirky and the downright different then Corbridge itself could be the answer to your prayers. This picturesque town offers a fabulous range of one-off shops, from delis packed to the rafters with local produce to stores like Vintage at the Tower, which specialises in restoring items from Victorian times to the 1960s to their former glory. Corbridge is also home to an incredible Aladdin’s cave of home accessories called RE. Home to an eclectic mix of cool and colourful accessories for the home, it attracts everyone from actors to artists passing through the county looking for that special something. Like all Northumberland’s towns, Hexham offers a combination of big names, high street chains and smaller independents and is a particularly popular option for antique hunters – although the standard is exceedingly high so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to unearth a rare Chinese vase, for example, at a bargain price. The town is home to national chains such as department store Beales p64

rom tiny rural shops and galleries to big farmer’s marts and large shopping centres, Northumberland really does have it all. While many parts of the country have fallen victim to out of town shopping centres, in Northumberland you will find a healthy mix of independent stores and bigger retailers sitting side by side. It means that those larger towns like Morpeth, Berwick, Corbridge and Hexham boast an unrivalled selection of retailers, from high street giants like Marks & Spencer and Laura Ashley to owner-run shops, salons and boutiques. Most of these places began life as market towns, where famers from the surrounding area would gather to sell their wares. And this tradition is very much alive and well, as farmers markets are now a huge business and the popularity of locally-sourced food means shoppers can now buy everything from locally-reared meat and game to dairy products and all manner of kitchen staples. An example can be found at Hexham, where a twicemonthly farmers market and weekly markets sit happily in a town centre packed with exciting, quirky shops and galleries. In the summer months, many of the nearby farmers open up their fields to families wanting

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and other high street favourites, but its streets are also packed with smaller, unique shops like Northumbrian Candleworks. Another treasure trove for shoppers is Morpeth, which is a perfect example of the way in which an ancient town can fulfil all the needs of the 21st-century visitor, without losing any of its charm and appeal. With a small and compact centre and plentiful car parking, Morpeth is a joy to visit and the jewel in its crown is surely its very own, family-run department store; Rutherford & Co. This charming shop, which has been trading since 1846, started off as a draper’s and has evolved through five generations of the Rutherford family. And, although it lies at the heart of this historic market town, there is p68

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Seasons is situated in the Castle Corner, the old historical part of Alnwick. We hope to make your visit memorable. My staff are very knowledgeable about all the brands we stock and can advise you about sizing, quality and matching garments. You are free to browse without any pressure and there is help at hand should you need it! We offer a lovely selection of leading fashion brands, with varied price brackets and cater for all occasions from day wear to weddings and hat hire. Many of my brands are new to the industry, fabrics which are tested for harmful substances, and irritations. The shop is very bright and cheerful with a homely atmosphere, we wish for you to enjoy your experience at “SEASONS”.

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Open 7 days a week & Free Car Parking

Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NS

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Expect the unexpected Rutherfords of Morpeth is an exclusive family-owned department store which has been the heartbeat of Morpeth since 1846. Morpeth’s flagship store originally started as a tiny draper’s shop and has evolved through five generations of the Rutherfords family. Priding ourselves as a contemporary lifestyle store, stocking exclusive womens and mens fashions, luxurious home furnishings from candelabras to cushions, cookware, shoes, cosmetics and handbags. The personal touch is evident throughout the store, with attention to detail that attracts customers from throughout the UK and beyond. Once you have shopped till you’ve dropped, our mouth-watering café is the perfect haven where you can relax in comfort and enjoy a bite to eat.

Look no further than Rutherfords for fashion, home, beauty… and the unexpected. 10-16 BRIDGE STREET | MORPETH | NORTHUMBERLAND | NE61 1NJ MONDAY – SATURDAY 09:30 – 17:30


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nothing old fashioned about its stock. Contemporary all the way, it’s home to exclusive women and men’s fashions, luxurious home furnishings, cookware, shoes, cosmetics and handbags. You’ll find Rutherford and Co at Bridge Street – which is Morpeth’s high street – across the road from the Sanderson Arcade. Among its 27 shops is the Morpeth Larder, a delicatessen and café, which focuses mainly on local products and producers, along with a range of fine food. To the west of Morpeth sits Kirkharle, birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and now a collection of boutique shops, arts and crafts workshops set in a converted 18th-century farm courtyard. Here, you’ll find an eclectic mix of bespoke and restored furniture, antiques, local artwork, gifts and decorative accessories and, as many of the shops double as workshops, you can also get to see glass being blown and jewellery being soldered. Further east, next to the giant land work Northumberlandia, at Blagdon, is another shopping centre, similar to that at Kirkharle. The Milkhope Centre is also an assortment of converted farm buildings and, along with a very popular café, there is a gallery selling an assortment of paintings, sketches and sculptures, a home goods shop selling gorgeous decorative accessories and perhaps the

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best farm shop in the region. Stop off here and pick up one or two of the shop’s famed lamb and apricot pinwheels – but be warned, they sell out quickly so it’s often worth giving a call in advance to check they have some before making the journey. While Alnwick is perhaps better known today for its Harry Potter connection, it is also an interesting town in which to spend a few hours indulging in some retail therapy. It is split into three main streets – Bondgate Within, Market Street and Fenkle Street – which form a triangular circuit around the Market Place. Bondgate Within was voted Britain’s best street for shopping in the 2011 Google Street View Awards, beating off stiff competition from all over the country. This was undoubtedly down to its selection of shops, from mainstream shopping chains to independent crafts and gifts, butchers, bakers and delis – all set at the heart of this charming market town, overlooked by the Duke of Northumberland’s home, Alnwick Castle. One of the pleasures of shopping in Alnwick is the sheer diversity and number of independent shops you will find, many of which have been trading for decades and provide a fascinating glimpse into life here. Take Jobsons of Alnwick, which not only stocks the best brands in country clothing for riding, walking and fishing and all manner of p72

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FR AMEWORKS of Blyth • Est. 1996

Set in an elegant Victorian building in Northumberland’s largest Port of Blyth, Frameworks is the perfect destination for visitors to

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From the moment you step into Frameworks you will be plunged into a magical world. A cornucorpia of ART, GIFTS, FURNITURE, MIRRORS and fabulous INTERIOR PRODUCTS. Set across two floors, visitors are sure to find something unexpected as they lose themselves in the splendour of their surroundings. But Frameworks is also true to its original aim of providing a quality PICTURE FRAMING service. With a vast range of framing options to choose from, they can frame anything from art and photography to personal and sporting memorabilia, showcasing the highest standards of quality and workmanship throughout. Once you have finished exploring head to the stylish and comfortable ART CAFÉ-BISTRO where there is a good choice of hot and cold food. You can even enjoy the live music from the grand piano as you indulge in a decadent breakfast, lazy lunch or delicious afternoon tea. FRAMEWORKS / ART CAFÉ 24 BRIDGE STREET / BLYTH / NORTHUMBERLAND / NE24 2BP 01670 355304 / WWW.FRAMEWORKSBLYTH.CO.UK


Gifts for you, your friends, your family and your home. Individually sourced products that express the mood of Scandinavia by adding a special atmosphere of homeliness and calm. We welcome you to view our range of gifts and homeware as well as our exclusive range of handmade jewellery by Charles Robertson.

www.marehalm.com 27 Bridge Street | Berwick-upon-Tweed | TD15 1ES

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Edrom Nursery has been long established in the Scottish borders since 1925 supplying plants across Europe.

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We offer a wide range of interesting and unusual plants from alpines to shade loving woodlanders, all good hard working perennials for the garden. Please see our website for details below.

Since 2001 Petals of Hexham has been serving the lingerie needs of the North East. Gail is a trained Rigby and Peller fitter, passionate about ensuring women have the best fitting bras on the market.

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Petals is the proud stockist of brands you won’t find anywhere else in the region, such as Prima Donna, Marie Jo and Empriente. Not only will you be able to fulfill your lingerie desires, but Petals also stocks an array of Wolford hosiery, swimwear and nightwear. Come and visit this hidden gem in the fabulous market town of Hexham, where you’ll find a plethora of independent boutique shops. 6 Market Street k Hexham k NE46 3NU k T.01434 604300

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CASHMERE HERITAGE CENTRE, CLOTHING, COFFEE SHOP AND FREE GUIDED MILL TOURS OPEN 7 DAYS JOHNSTONSCASHMERE.COM

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equestrian accessories, but is also famous for its saddlery, with a saddler boasting more than 35 years’ experience. Meanwhile, the nearby Scotts of Alnwick is recognised as one of the leading outlets of ladies golf in the region, specialising in clothing, golf equipment and accessories. For the discerning gentleman, Bell and Sons is a must if you’re seeking the finest in menswear, while art lovers will enjoy a trip to The Gate Gallery, on the opposite side of the road. Shoppers of a certain age will no doubt remember when every high street in every town had a wool shop. As handicrafts like knitting and embroidery fell out of favour, many of these closed, but some, like the Alnwick Wool Shop, rode out the storm and are now positively booming as knitting enjoys a resurgence of interest. From Alnwick it’s an about an hour’s drive to Berwick upon Tweed, which, due to its close proximity to the Scottish border has changed hands numerous times over the centuries. It has been part of England since 1482, and its turbulent history is ever present, not least in its shops, many of which have a vintage theme. Alisha’s Attic, and the Bridge Street Bazaar are just a couple of independently owned gems to be found in Berwick, while those looking for more contemporary goodies will find them at the retail park in Tweedmouth, on the south of the river. As is generally the case in Northumberland some of the most interesting discoveries are to be made by heading off the beaten track – and this certainly applies to shopping. One of the pleasures of travelling – be it for business or pleasure – is taking home a memento of your trip and, for a genuine Northumbrian souvenir, head for Otterburn Mill, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park Encompassing a retail outlet, country coffee shop, restaurant, and visitor information Centre, Otterburn Mill’s heritage as a textile mill is still evident. Have you heard the expression, to be on tenter hooks? Well, this saying has its origins in p75

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Bell & Sons EST 1897

MENSWEAR SPECIALIST

We’re an independent family run business trading since 1897 with over 121 years of experience and are able to use all of that experience to be able to find the right products at the best prices. We have a well-stocked shop in Alnwick in the heart of rural Northumberland specialising in a wide selection of contemporary clothing and shoes.

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plaid shawls, scarves and rugs in the distinctive black and white check of Northumberland and these make stylish and practical mementoes of your stay. Northumberland tartan is held by many to be one of the oldest check patterns, predating the more colourful Highland tartans which followed it. Textile historians have been able to date a fragment of the pattern, discovered in a bottle near Falkirk, to the third century AD, so it may have been a familiar sight to the Romans stationed at Hadrian’s Wall. Variously known as the Border or Shepherd Plaid – because it was traditionally worn by shepherds tending their flocks in the Border area – it is also closely linked to the Percy family, forming the official dress of the Duke of Northumberland’s piper. Another good hunting ground for shoppers – particularly in Northumberland, which is so rich in attractions and sights – are National Trust gift shops, as great trouble has been taken to ensure the stock in each reflects the unique character of the area. After all, with so much here that is special, interesting and memorable, which shopper would not want to take home a reminder of their visit? l

the textile trade and Otterburn Mill boasts the last set of Tenter frames in Europe. After cloth had been woven it needed to be washed and dried and the drying process was carried out on Tenter frames. Cloth would be hooked onto the top and bottom bars of Tenter hooks and the bottom bar would be released to stretch the cloth. So, if you buy nothing else while you’re here, you should buy an Otterburn rug – and if you do, you’ll be in good company. While on a visit to Alnwick Castle, Queen Alexandra (our present Queen’s grandmother) was presented with a hand spun travelling rug from Otterburn Mill. The gift marked the beginning of a royal love affair with Otterburn tweeds, woollens, and rugs. In 1926, following the birth of Princess Elizabeth (our current monarch), royal patronage for Otterburn Mill was extended as Buckingham Palace requested a custom-made baby rug for the royal pram. Over the years the rugs have remained largely unchanged and the classical design is highly sought after around the world. Throughout the county you will also find independent shops and visitor centres selling

The Glamorous Owl The Glamorous Owl is a new and unique shopping experience in Newcastle. It’s the vision of Claire Chapman, a local silversmith. Claire has opened the shop as a celebration of the incredible talent across the arts and crafts scene in the North East. The Glamorous Owl has over 40 local artists showcasing their work in the gift shop and gallery from painters, printers and photographers to ceramics glass textiles and jewellery. The shop has an open workshop where Claire creates her beautiful silver and gemstone jewellery. You can even book into one of their workshops and create your own piece of jewellery under expert tuition!

0191 261 7283

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[01] WALK AT LEAST SOME OF HADRIAN’S WALL

If you do nothing else you should explore a little of the Wall, or one of its neighbouring forts. Possibly the prettiest spot is Sycamore Gap, near Milecastle 37, where a lone sycamore tree stands in a small valley with the wall snaking away on either side. Just beautiful.

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[02] VISIT HOLY ISLAND No trip to Northumberland is complete without a visit to this famous island – the epicentre of Christianity in Anglo Saxon times – and the famous Lindisfarne Priory, the birthplace of the famous Lindisfarne Gospels. Crab sandwiches for lunch are must when you visit, but make sure you pay attention to the tides before you head out – miss the crossing time and you’ll be marooned there overnight. [03] WALK THE WALLS OF BERWICK-UPON-TWEED If you thought Hadrian had a monopoly on walls, think again. These Elizabethan walls around Berwick are considered the bestpreserved example of town defences in Britain designed for post-medieval warfare. Which may be just as well, given that the most northern town in England has been passed between English and Scottish hands at least 13 times. [04] VISIT HEXHAM ABBEY There has been a church on this site for more than 1300 years since Etheldreda, Queen of Northumbria, made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674. Wilfrid’s Benedictine abbey was constructed almost entirely of material salvaged from the nearby ruins of the Roman wall and forts and its Saxon crypt still remains.

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[05] SEE WILD CATTLE AND, POSSIBLY, GHOSTS, AT CHILLINGHAM CASTLE This ancient fortress has been owned by one continuous blood line since 1246 and, while ghosts reputedly stalk its corridors, its grounds are home to the only wild cattle in the world, sole survivors of herds that once roamed the forests of Britain. [06] STEP IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHAKESPEARE’S HOTSPUR Warkworth Castle is the ancient seat of the Percy family, Earls and Dukes of Northumberland, and it is believed that Hotspur, made famous in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, set out from here to travel to Shrewsbury and his death.

“THIS STUNNING HUMAN LANDFORM SCULPTURE OF A RECLINING LADY IS MADE OF 1.5 MILLION TONNES OF ROCK, CLAY AND SOIL AND IS 100 FEET HIGH AND A QUARTER OF A MILE LONG”

village and warm up with a hot drink at any one of a number of charming tea rooms. [09] SPEND A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS AT KIELDER A star gazing and astronomy heaven, Kielder Observatory is at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. It has the largest expanse of dark night sky in Europe, so you can gaze at galaxies and marvel at the Milky Way. [10] VISIT NORTHUMBERLANDIA The latest – and most stunning – addition to the Northumberland landscape, this human landform sculpture of a reclining lady is made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil and is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long. l

[07] SEE PUFFINS AND SEALS Just a short trip by boat from Seahouses, these uninhabited islands are home not only to puffins but also rabbits and arctic terns. The islands also hold a colony of about 6000 grey seals, with several hundred pups born every year between September and November. [08] WATCH THE SUN RISE OVER ALNMOUTH BEACH Widely considered to be one of the prettiest beaches in Northumberland, this is a must for any visit. You can then walk up the hill into the

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A REGION AT THE HEART OF ART! The landscape has inspired artists for many centuries, and Northumberland remains a magnet for artists and art lovers alike…

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Painters, which has received rave reviews not only in the north east, but also at London’s National Theatre and on Broadway. From natural wonders such as its coastline, to man-made ones – its castles in particular – Northumberland has inspired generations of artists. For centuries artists have been seduced by the clear, northern light and the county’s array of natural wildlife, and this is seen in many of Northumberland’s galleries and art shops. Galleries can be found in towns, villages and even in rural spots, many selling the work of contemporary artists such as Northumberland’s Walter Holmes whose pastel seascapes are highly sought after. The Newbiggin by the Sea Art Trail gives visitors the chance to see a range of community, historical and modern art all inspired by and created in the coastal town. This includes Sean Henry’s Couple sculpture, which was installed on the sands in 2007 as part of the breakwater and is the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture. The Allendale Forge Studios Art and Craft Centre – built on the site of the 17th-century village forge at Allendale – is another hunting ground for visitors wanting to snap up some contemporary, locally-produced art as a memento of their stay. The centre is home to 12 working galleries, a café and a gallery shop and displays traditional and contemporary art from Northumberland as well as hosting craft fairs, workshops, exhibitions, musical evenings and open studio events. p81

rt and culture are two words which have long been synonymous with Northumberland. Its rolling hills and rugged coast have provided the scene for fine works of art over the generations, and it’s also played host to award-winning exhibitions and art events. While the world admired the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, Northumberland made its own contribution a year later. Woodhorn Museum in Ashington hit the headlines when it staged the Weeping Window, where a cascade of poppies streamed from the winding wheel of one of the former colliery’s pit wheels. Of course, this isn’t the first time the county’s industrial past has produced art, and visitors to Woodhorn can also learn more about a remarkable group of men known as the Pitmen Painters. The Pitmen Painters were coal miners who first came together in 1934 through the Workers Education Association to study ‘something different’ – art appreciation – at evening class. They produced paintings which captured every aspect of life in and around their mining community, above and below ground, from the scenes around the kitchen table and in the allotment to the dangerous and dirty world of the coal face. At Woodhorn you can see 80 of their best paintings and find out more about the group, who inspired Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall, to write the play Pitmen

“NORTHUMBERLAND’S ROLLING HILLS AND RUGGED COAST HAVE PROVIDED THE SCENE FOR FINE WORKS OF ART OVER THE GENERATIONS, AND IT’S ALSO PLAYED HOST TO AWARD-WINNING EXHIBITIONS AND ART EVENTS”

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Paul Stangroom FINE ART GALLERY

Remote fells, forests and landscapes of the North Pennines, often seen through the windows of its abandoned farmhouses and cottages. (Gallery open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-4)

WATERCOLOURS | PRINTS | CARDS | BOOKS | COMMISSIONS

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The Queen’s Hall is a magnificent early Victorian building which faces Hexham Abbey.

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Robinson-Gay Gallery is based in a 18thcentury town house in the heart of Hexham. You will find the work of some of the finest original artists and designer makers in the region, alongside a selection of hand-made furniture by Robinson-Gay. All the work is original, bespoke and unique.

It boasts a year-round programme of theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, comedy and film, a 350-seat theatre, two galleries and Hexham Library.

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Box Office 01434 652477 www.queenshall.co.uk

3a Market Street, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3NS

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To the west of Morpeth lies Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard, the tiny village which was the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, arguably Britain’s most famous landscape architect. Today the Courtyard offers a unique shopping experience promising home-cooked food, boutique shops, and arts and crafts workshops. There is also a regular craft fair selling everything from sculptures to papier mâché by nationally-renowned craft people. Along with contemporary art, there is also plenty of scope to view the area through the eyes of artists who are no longer with us, but whose interpretations of its landscape and people are still much admired today. LS Lowry – of “matchstick men and matchstick cats and

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dogs” fame – holidayed regularly in Berwick upon Tweed from the mid-1930s to the summer before his death in 1976 and visitors can now visit sites depicted in some of his paintings and drawings of the area. The three hour Lowry trail takes in the Elizabethan Walls and Berwick town, before crossing the River into Tweedmouth and Spittal. Meanwhile, no visit to Northumberland is complete without a trip to Wallington Hall. Lived in by 10 generations of the Blackett and Trevelyan families, it is full of fabulous curiosities and fascinating stories. A highlight is the Central Hall, where Pre-Raphaelite artist William Bell Scott created eight large wall paintings capturing 2000 years of local history, interspersed images of flowers and

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plants painted directly on to the stone. The paintings include the artist’s famous Iron and Coal – showing the growth of heavy industry on the Tyne – and a Border reiver being served a stirrup instead of a meal by his disgruntled wife – a clear indication that the cupboard was bare and it was time he got on his horse and went hunting. Also worth seeing at Wallington is the Parlour, still decorated with its original William Morris wallpaper and hung with paintings by Turner, Ruskin and Burne-Jones. And do pop into the doll’s house room, which is a favourite with visitors of all ages. The oldest doll’s house dates to 1835, while the Hammond House has 36 rooms, each lit by electricity. This room also displays 3,000 lead soldiers played with by the Trevelyan brothers. Finally, don’t miss the Cabinet of Curiosities on the top floor, which contains everything from fossils to a porcupine fish, Egyptian figures, narwhal tusks and kangaroo paws collected by Wallington’s former owners during the course of their travels. More fascinating objects, from suits of armour to artworks, porcelain and even the occasional item by Fabergé, are to be found at another must-see attraction; Bamburgh Castle, which towers over the pretty coastal village. In addition Cragside, former home of the millionaire industrialist Lord Armstrong, houses treasures gathered from around the globe. However, art lovers would also be well advised to head into the grounds where they will see a sculpture with a difference. It is the Green Man; an imposing sculpture carved from a 140-year-old Douglas fir which fell victim to disease. This stunning piece of p83

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Davy’s design and it took a Parliamentary inquiry to clear Stephenson’s name. Finally, having viewed art created by a group of 20th-century Northumberland men, it is worth finding time to look at the work of one Northumbrian man, more than 1000 years earlier. His name was Eadfrith and he was Bishop of Lindisfarne between 698 and 721, during which time he single handedly created one of the world’s greatest artistic and religious treasures; the Lindisfarne Gospels. This book, recounting the life and teaching of Jesus Christ according to the gospels of Saints Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, is testament to the tenacity of Christian belief during one of the most turbulent periods of British history. Eadfrith employed an exceptionally wide range of colours, using animal, vegetable and mineral pigments, to create the Lindisfarne Gospels. However, his great work remains partly unfinished, suggesting the monk died before he could complete it. Although the original is now in the British Library, visitors to the Lindisfarne Centre on Holy Island can see a perfect replica of the illuminated manuscript and find out more, not only about Eadfrith but also about the Vikings who invaded the island in 793AD. With such a turbulent history, it’s perhaps no surprise that this county, which has fought off invaders from Scotland and Scandinavia, offers such rich, cultural heritage which really is second to none. l

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natural art is the work of award-winning tree sculptor and artist Tommy Craggs, from Consett, County Durham and is inspired by the mythical Green Man, believed by our ancient ancestors to be the guardian of the forests. It has oak leaves forming a pattern on its face and took Tommy three days to carve into shape. While Cragside is testament to the industrial might and ingenuity of Victorian Northumbrians, it is worth remembering that the county was also the birthplace of the father of the railways; George Stephenson. George was born in 1780 at Wylam, on the banks of the Tyne and is most famous for building The Rocket, which achieved a record speed of 36mph in a competition in 1829, to find the best locomotive. The Wylam Railway Museum, opened in 1981, the bicentenary of his birth, to commemorate the village’s unique contribution to railway history and is well worth a visit. It is slightly less well known that, prior to his interest in railways, George Stephenson worked in the coal mines, where he saw at first hand the danger of using naked flames in pits full of flammable gases. And, in 1815, he developed a safety lamp – unaware that further south Britain’s leading scientist, Humphry Davy, was producing an alternative version. The fact that a self-taught, virtually unknown northerner could match one of Britain’s best brains leads to accusations that Stephenson had merely copied

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GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND! Northumberland is a huge county, but it’s simple to get to and easy to find your way around

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GETTING HERE BY AIR Flights land at Newcastle International Airport, a 25-minute drive from Morpeth and 45-minute drive from Alnwick. As well as domestic flights, Newcastle welcomes flights from across the globe including direct Emirates flights from Australia and New Zealand. Further south is Durham Tees Valley Airport, which is just over an hour’s drive from Morpeth. BY RAIL Less than three hours from London Kings Cross, stations on the East Coast mainline from London Kings Cross to Aberdeen include Newcastle, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Berwickupon-Tweed. Connecting westbound services are run by CrossCountry and Hadrian’s Wall Country Line. Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information and online ticket bookings. BY BUS Make for Northumberland with coach operator National Express which stops at numerous points. Catch the Megabus to Newcastle and connect with regular local services from Newcastle to towns and villages throughout Northumberland. Extra services run during summertime and school holidays. BY CAR Enjoy a scenic drive into Northumberland passing the famous Angel of the North at Gateshead travelling on the A1 northbound. Heading southbound into Northumberland from Scotland, the A1 crosses the magnificent River Tweed. From the west, take the A69 and A66, while the A19 links Northumberland with the Port of Tyne.

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Approximate journey times: • London to Newcastle: 4 hrs • Edinburgh to Berwick: 1 hr • Manchester to Hexham: 2 hrs 30 minutes • Leeds to Alnwick: 2 hrs 30 minutes BY SEA Just 20 minutes drive from the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Royal Quays and you’re in Northumberland. DFDS Seaways run a shuttle bus service from the Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal to Newcastle Central Station on easily identifiable buses bearing the DFDS Seaways logo. Scheduled to coincide with DFDS ship arrival and departure times, transfer times take around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic levels. The Tyne & Wear Metro rail service also runs from Newcastle city centre (Newcastle

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Central Station) to Percy Main, the closest Metro stop.

GETTING AROUND You’ll find travelling around Northumberland easy, whether you explore with or without a car, thanks to well-thought out bus and train services in operation. BY BUS Coastal bus route: Arriva’s Coast and Castles service has an excellent bus service with extra routes running during summer months and peak times. See Northumberland’s main attractions via the following bus routes: Northumberland coast and castles: Arriva’s scenic X18 route runs along the Northumberland coastline from Newcastle to Berwick. It’s an ideal route for walkers heading out to the Northumberland Coast Path. Arriva offers Coast and Castles itineraries too, such as the Birds

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by Bus day out around Coquet Island or Low Newton-by-the-Sea. Travelsure and Perrymans Buses run services between Berwick-uponTweed and Alnwick as well as the Holy Island bus service, route 477. Morpeth and south east Northumberland to the coast: Catch Arriva’s X18 service from Newcastle to Berwick, calling at Morpeth, Alnwick, Amble and the coast, while the 418 service covers the Alnwick and Belford. A Saturday and school holidays route, the X16 travels from Newcastle to Belford and the coast and offers great value family tickets which are transferable on all routes. The X15 offers a similar weekday route. Wooler and the Cheviots: Explore Wooler and the gateway to the Cheviots with the 267 and 464 routes operated by Glen Valley Tours and Perrymans. The 470 route operated by Travelsure runs on school days links Wooler with Chillingham, Chatton and Alnwick. Kielder Forest & Water Park: Board the 880 bus on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays p87

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Berwickupon-tweed

Loanend

Cheswick Ancroft

Grindon Duddo

Cornhill on Tweed

B6396

Mindrum

Etal

Bowsden

Shotton

Doddington Horton

Akeld

B6349

Harehope

Brandon

Alnham

Sharperton

National Park

Byrness

Billsmoor Park

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Kielder Water

Harwood

Wark Forest

CUMBRIA

B6319

Greenhead

Henshaw A69

Knarsdale

A1

Juniper

B6303

Allendale Town Ninebanks

A193

Cramlington

Seaton Delaval

Prestwick

Ponteland

Horsley

A69

T YNE & W E AR

Prudhoe

A695

B6395

Stocksfield

Slaley B6306

Blyth

Newsham

Stannington

B6321

Corbridge

B6307

Bedlington

Harlow Hill

Fourstones Oakwood

Haydon Hexham Bridge B6305

A189 A1068

Clifton

B6323

Riding Mill Bearsbridge

MORPETH B6524

Stakeford

A196

Milbourne

B6309

Newbigginby-the-Sea

A1068

A197

A696

Heugh

Bingfield

A6079

A69

Catton

A686

A689

Slaggyford

Bardon Mill Beltingham

Plenmeller Halton Lea Gate Lambley

Ryal

Low Brunton

B6318

Newbrough Haltwhistle

Middleton

Black Heddon

Walwick

Ellington

Ashington

B6342

Simonburn Whiteside

B6343

Whalton

Colwell

Cresswell

Longhirst

Pigdon

Belsay

Park End

Widdrington

Stobswood Ulgham B1337

Kirkharle

Wark

Red Row A189

A1

Fenrother

A68

Stonehaugh

B1330

Hartburn Cambo

B6320

Amble

Eshott A697

Rothley

Ridsdale

Birling

Togston Radcliffe

B6345

B6344

Longhorsley

West Woodburn Bellingham

A1068

Shilbottle

Longframlington Felton

B6342

A696

Falstone

Alnmouth

Bilton

Swarland Guyzance

Pauperhaugh

Gatehouse

B6341

A1

Forestburn Gate Harwood Coldrife Elsdon Forest

Raylees

Kielder Forest Park

Longhoughton

Denwick

Edlingham

Rothbury B6341

B1340

Alnwick

Thrunton

Hepple

A68

Kielder

Warton

Howick

B1339

Titlington

B6341

Holystone

Stamford

Rennington B6341

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Embleton

B6347

Powburn

Yetlington

Scrainwood

A1

B6346

Branton Glanton Whittingham

Swinhoe Chathill

Eglingham

A697

Seahouses

B1340

Lucker Warenford

Berwick Brownieside Moor

Wooperton

Barrowburn

B1341

Bellshill

Hepburn

Roseden

Linhope

Bamburgh

Glororum

Rosebrough

Haugh Head Langleeford

B1342

B6348

Chatton

Wooler

Budle

Belford

Hethpool

B O R D E RS

Ross

Holburn

Milfield

B6351

Holy Island

Fenwick Buckton

B6353

Ford

Kilham

B6352

West Mains

Lowick

B6353

A697

Crookham Flodden Downham B6352

Holy Island

B6525

B6354

A1

Wark

North Sea

West Allerdean

B6470 A698

Scremerston

Murton

Thornton Park

B6309 A68

Coalpits Grange

Sinderhope

Whittonstall

Carterway Heads

B6295

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from Hexham to Kielder, while the 882 route runs from Hexham to Colwell. Hop on the 714 service from Gateshead Metrocentre and Newcastle to Kielder, a seasonal service on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Look out for special offers and passes like Arriva’s Passport Weekly and Discover Day tickets. Valid in the north Northumberland area, ticketholders enjoy benefits including discounted rates at attractions including Bamburgh Castle and Bailiffgate Museum. BY CAR Explore Northumberland by car, taking in lovely landscapes, dramatic spots and fascinating history along some of the most scenic roads in the country. Drive the Northumberland Coastal Route, a 39-mile stretch spanning the coastline, taking in seaside villages like Seahouses and Alnmouth. Northumberland’s quiet roads can get busier in peak times, so allow extra time for your journey and finding a car parking space. Free parking has recently been introduced in council parking places in a number of towns and villages.

BY TRAIN The main East Coast line passes through Northumberland and has stations at Berwick-uponTweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth. Northern Rail operates a service along the East Coast line with stops between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Cross Country trains run westward from Newcastle, while the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line provides an excellent service along Hadrian’s Wall. Buy a Hadrian’s Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond Carlisle along the Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass. Visit National Rail Enquiries and The Trainline for help planning your journey and online ticket bookings. l

“KIELDER WATER & FOREST PARK PROVIDES A GREAT BASE FOR A CYCLING HOLIDAY WITH AN EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF OFFROAD TRACKS”

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BY BIKE Cycling is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Northumberland countryside. The county is criss-crossed with long-distance cycleways including England’s longest ‘challenge’ cycle route the Pennine Cycleway which runs through Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Wooler. The Hadrian’s Cycleway runs the length of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage

Site passing roman forts and temples. The Coast and Castles route showcases some of our best coastal attractions including Holy Island, Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle. Northumberland has two new cycle hubs, based in the towns or Haltwhistle and Wooler, which are ideal town cycling bases with cycle-friendly accommodation, bike shops, cycle hire and transport companies. Each cycle hub features seven routes of varying difficulty for you to explore. Kielder Water & Forest Park also provides a great base for a cycling holiday with an extensive network of off-road tracks as well as the Lakeside Way, a 26-mile trail encircling the shoreline of Kielder Water.

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BUSINESS

WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Northumberland is home to a diverse – and growing – army of businesses both ancient and modern


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isitors head to Northumberland for lots of reasons, but businesses locate here for many more. From mining and agriculture to tourism and hospitality, Northumberland is home to a diverse and ever expanding range of industries. For, not only does it offer space in abundance, acres of coastline and a busy port, but it also has a skilled labour force, an estimated 750,000-strong, making it an appealing option for everything from owner-run micro businesses to multi-nationals. As you might expect from a county so rich with farmland, food and drink plays a vital part in the modern Northumberland economy. Alongside global brands like Coca-Cola and General Mills and long-established local firms, such as Simpsons Malt, artisan producers such as Northumberland Cheese Company are helping put the county on the UK and international food map. Growing demands for distinctive, high quality, locally-sourced food, have also helped products such as Craster Kippers and Lindisfarne Oysters gain a worldwide reputation. The county’s rich heritage has also provided inspiration for hospitality-based ventures. Arguably the most well-known of these is Alnwick Gardens, in the grounds of the castle which was the setting for many of the Hogwarts scenes in the Harry Potter films. However, other, admittedly smaller, stately homes also welcome overnight guests and diners and one of the county’s best known former pubs has now become a destination wedding venue. Le Petit Chateau is a Frenchinspired chateau complete with Mediterranean garden which occupies the site once known as The Percy Arms in Otterburn. Northumberland does not just attract north east businesses, however, luring national and multi-national firms with factors as varied as lifestyle, transport and the accessibility of incentives such as Enterprise Zones. Four of the sites within the Blyth Estuary Renewable Energy Zone (BEREZ) have Enterprise Zone status, with agencies such as Northumberland County Council, Port of Blyth and North East Local Enterprise Partnership keen to drive forward economic growth and job creation. The BEREZ site, within Port of Blyth, on the east coast, makes it exceptionally well placed for companies wanting to take advantage of both onshore and offshore opportunities in the renewable sector. Another area in which Northumberland is

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leading the UK field is that of advanced engineering. The county is now home to businesses offering a comprehensive variety of capabilities, ranging from technical engineering, through advanced composite materials to pipeline technology, as well as unique niche products. Draeger, AAF (American Air filters), Advanced Electronics, Cramlington Precision Forge, IHC, Precision Hydraulic Cylinders, Renown Engineering and Tharsus Group are just some of the leading engineering firms, to have made their home in Northumberland. Northumberland also has a long manufacturing tradition, which is maintained by a diverse group of outstanding businesses. These range from small-scale

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companies, such as the Northumberland Tartan Company, which manufactures the county’s distinctive black and white plaid, to larger companies such as Kilfrost, EGGER UK, AkzoNobel, Jackel International UK. Skilled local labour, excellent transport links and access to regional universities and centres of excellence all contribute to a great business environment, as companies such as Renolit, SCA, TT Electronics and Thermacore have all also discovered. Northumberland is also home to an impressive array of pharmaceutical businesses and has a growing presence in the biotechnology sector thanks to companies such as Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Piramal Healthcare, The Specials Laboratory and MSD. l

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PROPERTY

IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO STAY LONGER… If an Englishman’s home is his castle, then where better to put down roots or invest in property than Northumberland?


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out throughout the year, resulting in an established and successful rental market. Further inland, many farmers have, in recent years, diversified into the property market – converting and renovating everything from small cottages to barns. While these can be off the beaten track they are invariably set in beautiful countryside and are generally finished to a very high standard indeed. Those wishing to live within a town are spoiled for choice. As well as the large, market towns, such as Alnwick and Morpeth, there are some very pretty smaller towns, such as Alnmouth, which overlooks the sea and boasts one of the prettiest bays in Northumberland. Largely developed in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, Alnmouth has a station on the East Coast line, making it within commuting distance of both Newcastle and Edinburgh. Consequently, prices are higher than in other areas of the county, so those on an inflexible budget would be well advised to go west. The Tyne Valley, which follows the route of the river west to Hexham and beyond, has some very pretty towns and villages, such as Corbridge, just a few miles east of Hexham, Riding Mill and Stocksfield. Alternatively, the border towns of Berwick and Jedburgh are great options for anyone who wants the best of both worlds as they are around halfway between Newcastle and Edinburgh – both of which are easily accessed by train or road. Whether you are looking for an unspoiled rural idyll or a thoroughly modern seaside apartment there is plenty to choose from and property in Northumberland will generally prove to be a solid investment. l

hen it comes to property, there is an old adage: location, location, location – so it isn’t surprising that the housing market here is buoyant. After all, there aren’t many counties that offer the breadth of choice that is available to buyers in Northumberland. From barn conversions to new builds, from traditional country cottages to stylish beach view apartments, there is plenty here to tempt even the most discerning buyer. And not only do those wishing to purchase second homes here or even relocate completely, have plenty of property styles from which to choose but they can even opt for coast or countryside – or somewhere in between. Also, there’s a little thing called price. Southern buyers are always stunned at what you can get here, and it’s not unusual to be able to find a stunning large detached home with land and a view for the same price you’d pay for a one-bedroom flat inside the M25. So, how to narrow your property search? Generally speaking, the first step would be to determine if you want a coastal, rural or populated location and take into account access to either main roads or rail networks. Those looking to buy in a coastal location would be well advised to head for Bamburgh, Beadnell or their slightly more affordable neighbour, Seahouses. All offer a mix of older, traditional stone built properties along with more modern housing and, at Seahouses in particular, contemporary flats overlooking the sea. Bamburgh and Beadnell are also very popular destinations for those living in nearby Newcastle and a lot of families have second homes here which they let

“FROM BARN CONVERSIONS TO NEW BUILDS, FROM TRADITIONAL COUNTRY COTTAGES TO STYLISH BEACH VIEW APARTMENTS, THERE IS PLENTY IN NORTHUMBERLAND TO TEMPT EVEN THE MOST DISCERNING BUYER”

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IF YOU’RE ONLY HERE FOR 48 HOURS… You can pack a lot into a couple of days – try this itinerary to make the most of it

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ith so much to see and do, where do you begin to get a true flavour of this fascinating county? Here are a few suggestions.

DAY ONE

MORNING You’ll need to make an early start but few sights are as moving or as memorable as that of the sun rising over Sycamore Gap at Hadrian’s Wall – you really will feel you’ve stepped back in time and an early start means you may even have this particularly pretty stretch all to yourself.

“IF YOU FANCY A SLICE OF HOMEMADE CAKE AND A WARMING POT OF TEA IN A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE CAFÉ THEN HEAD SOUTH DOWN TO CORBRIDGE”

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LUNCH If you fancy a slice of home-made cake and a warming pot of tea in a traditional village café then head south down to Corbridge, where the Watling Coffee House is one of many charming coffee shops in this pretty – and upmarket – little town. There is also free WiFi so you can upload all your photos and relive your special sunrise. AFTERNOON If a trip around a stately home is up your street, then you are spoilt for choice. At Cambo you will find Wallington Hall, former home of the Trevelyan family and with an entire room devoted to their collection of exquisite dolls houses. North, at Rothbury, is Cragside – built by industrialist Lord

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Armstrong and the first house to be entirely lit by hydroelectric power. If it’s raining, stay inside and explore this monument to Victorian opulence and, if it’s sunny, head out into the grounds. DINNER When it comes to eating out, Northumberland is your oyster. For variety of cuisine then one of the larger towns such as Hexham, Alnwick or Morpeth will fit the bill. Alternatively, why not hunker down in a traditional country pub? The Pheasant Inn near Kielder, is a popular family run gem which attracts visitors from all over the region, serving fantastic locally-sourced food – just be aware they don’t serve chips.

DAY TWO MORNING There’s nothing to beat the feeling of fresh, sea air in your lungs and a morning walk along the beaches at Beadnell or Alnmouth is hard to beat. At the latter, you may well find sea coal washed up on the shore and, while you may struggle to gather enough to stoke a campfire, it does make a lovely memento of this pretty stretch of coastline. LUNCH The simple things in life often bring us the greatest pleasure and – as most Northumbrians and Geordies know – nothing beats sitting on the harbour wall p94

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“SEAHOUSES IS ALSO THE DEPARTURE POINT FOR BOAT TRIPS TO THE FARNE ISLANDS, WHERE YOU CAN SPEND THE AFTERNOON IN THE COMPANY OF PUFFINS AND SEA LIONS”

at Amble, eating fish and chips out of the paper. So what if you have to fend off the occasional greedy seagull? For some reason fish and chips taste better here than just about anywhere else on earth. AFTERNOON If you’re visiting with children, then a trip to Seahouses is a must. Possibly Northumberland’s most family friendly town, it offers crazy golf, arcades and great gift shops, just perfect for pocket money purchases. It’s also the departure point for boat trips to the Farne Islands, where you can spend the afternoon in the company of puffins and sea lions.

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DINNER Northumbrians are good eaters and with such a wealth and breadth of local ingredients to choose from, you’ll find good, well-priced restaurants very easily. The Cook and Barker Inn at Felton is one of the finest eateries in Northumberland and its location – just a hop away from the A1 – puts it in easy reach wherever you are in the county. l

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Welcome to Coquetdale Holiday Park, Rothbury, Northumberland Malcolm, Kathy and Matthew Muckle welcome you to their family-owned and run holiday park near the tranquil and beautiful Rothbury in the heart of Northumberland. Coquetdale Holiday Park is the perfect location for those wanting to escape to their very own country retreat. Located just over 30 miles north of Newcastle. Just off the A1, 15 miles north west of Morpeth and 12 miles south west of Alnwick.

Coquetdale is owned and run by the same local Northumbrian family that started the original Caravan Park back in 1967. With generations of local knowledge and industry expertise, our customer service is of the industry’s highest.

If you are looking to own your very own static caravan, holiday home or luxury lodge in a timeless, breathtaking and private setting, look no further than Coquetdale Holiday Park. View our website for the range of static caravans, holiday homes and luxury lodges we currently have available for sale and maybe you could start enjoying owning a holiday home at Coquetdale Holiday Park in Northumberland.

Contact Malcolm, Kathy or Matthew Muckle

Tel: 01669 620 549 or 0797 419 0881 Email: enquiry@coquetdaleholidays.co.uk Coquetdale Holiday Park, Whitton, Rothbury, Northumberland NE65 7RU

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Own a holiday home at

Haggerston Castle

Owners’ lounge at Haggerston Castle

Badger Lodge is a space to enjoy a full restaurant menu, lounge and bar overlooking one of our sparkling lakes just for holiday home owners. Our dedicated team is available to take care of you and your caravan.

How does £6,000* towards a brand new holiday home sound? Let us, here at Haggerston Castle help you buy your dream holiday home with £6,000* available from us towards the cost. All you have to do is let your holiday home through our Holiday Home Letting Service over three years for enough weeks to generate a minimum income of £2,000 per year.

Give us a call on 0333 202 1431 or visit haggerstoncastle.com and come and take a look around. Terms and conditions: *Available on new models only. You must join our Holiday Home Letting Service for three consecutive years and agree to rent out your holiday home for sufficient breaks to generate a minimum letting income of £2,000 per year. The breaks available to let and the associated guaranteed letting income per break is available from the park team on request. If letting income of more than £2,000 is generated in any year, we will credit any amount in excess of £2,000 to your owner’s account. If you have provided us with sufficient breaks to generate letting income of £2,000 but that amount is not generated we will still credit your account with £2,000. Subject to status and deposit criteria. Parks cannot be used as a permanent residence. For all terms and conditions, including call charges, please visit www.haven.com/terms. Bourne Leisure Limited. Registered office: 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 4YL. Registered in England (No. 04011660). Bourne Leisure Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register No. 312847). HAV6730_14591

Welcome to Northumberland  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...

Welcome to Northumberland  

Unique, beautifully designed, high-quality visitor guide, which is available in leading hotel bedrooms. For those enjoying a break, or stayi...