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Welcome to Northumberland’s Heritage Open Days 2012 Thursday 6th September – Sunday 9th September “Heritage Open Days provide a great opportunity to see behind the scenes at some of the County's many grand houses and castles, whilst also providing the chance to see some of the hidden gems tucked away in our towns and villages. In this booklet you will find something for everyone, including expert talks, guided walks and fascinating exhibitions. The event is a firm favourite on the Northumberland calendar and I would encourage as many people as possible to explore the County's heritage and learn more about our history.”

Councillor Neil Bradbury, Executive Member for Customer Relations & Culture

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About this guide This is your guide to the Heritage Open Day events taking place in Northumberland. Heritage Open Days aims to give visitors the chance to see buildings which would not normally be open to the public or which would normally charge for admission. We've done our best to give you a flavour of the many events happening all over the County but the information listed may be subject to change and some events require pre-booking. Please double check the details before you travel.

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Please note: this guide includes all registered events at the time of going to press. To see a full list of events in your area, please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Allendale Ninebanks Literary and Heritage Celebration Event Type: Property opening and exhibition Ninebanks Church Hall West Allendale NE47 8DB Saturday 8th: 2pm – 5pm Suitable for children: No Visit Ninebanks Church Hall to fall in love with Northumberland writers of yesteryear, Austin Clare and Joseph Ritson and discover why Ninebanks was such an inspiration for novels and poems. To find out more visit: www.northumberlandlife.org/teatrail

Alnwick Aln Valley Railway Walks and Talks Event Type: Talk and guided walk Lionheart Station Lionheart Enterprise Park NE66 2HT Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Walk: 10am, 11am, 2pm & 3pm. Talk: 10am, 11am & 3pm Suitable for children: Yes J Events at the new Lionheart station. Talks and guided walks along parts of the railway line not yet in service. To find out more visit: www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


The Armstrongs’ Household and Farming Museum Event Type: Exhibition North Charlton NE67 5HX Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J Fascinating collection of items which evoke memories of rural life in the early 20th century including farming tools and equipment, kitchen utensils and crockery, costumes and toys. To find out more visit: www.northcharltonfarm.co.uk/museum.htm

Ashington Clare Money – Open Studio Event Type: Talk Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park NE63 9YF Sunday 9th: 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Clare Money, artist in residence, hosts an open studio day. Find out about Clare’s creative process and artworks on site during 2012. To find out more visit: www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Oliver Kilbourn: My Life as a Pitman Event Type: Exhibition Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park NE63 9YF Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 5pm Photo supplied courtesy of The Ashington Group Suitable for children: Yes J Unique collection of paintings by Ashington Group artist Oliver Kilbourn. The collection forms a comprehensive record of and insight into the life and environment of a working miner throughout the 20th century. To find out more visit: www.experiencewoodhorn.com

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Grace Darling Genealogy Surgery Sessions Event Type: Family history workshop Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park NE63 9YF Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Woodhorn is holding special family history surgery sessions for anyone who thinks they are related to Grace Darling, the 19th century sea rescue heroine. Book a time slot with one of our search room mentors who will provide a one to one advisory session to visitors with ancestry linked to Grace Darling. Pre booking is essential. Contact: 01670 528080. To find out more visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Winding House Demonstration Event Type: Tour Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park NE63 9YF Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J but demonstration involves climbing steep stairs - children must be supervised at all times. Visitors will be able to see some of the workings in action in the last Victorian engine house in Northumberland. Demonstrations of the winding gear will take place on the hour on both Saturday and Sunday. To find out more visit: www.experiencewoodhorn.com

Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway Event Type: Activity Woodhorn Museum QEII Country Park NE63 9YF Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 3.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J Enjoy an educational and interesting look into the mining industry transport system and experience a ride on an original mancarrying car and locomotive.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Ashington Community Woods Event Type: Walk and talk Off Lintonville Terrace Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 12.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J A mining heritage walk and illustrated talk about the mines and mining history of Ashington. From Lintonville Terrace, pass Police Station, cross railway line and meet at the seating area 100m from line. Refreshments and further visual information at the Rugby Club on the way. Please pre-book on 01670 811549 or email dennisturner198@btinternet.com

Bedlington St Cuthbert’s Church, Bedlington Event Type: Property opening NE22 5EL Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J See the restored memorial chapel and colour of Tyneside Scottish 2nd Battalion. Craft Fayre, cake stall and activities for children. Meet members of the Tyneside Scottish Association and the Bedlington ATC and listen to the music of Bedlington High School Steel Band.

St John’s Parish Church, Bedlington Event Type: Property opening NE22 7ED Friday 7th & Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Appreciate the wonderful interior, with stained glass windows, marble & tiled chancel, carved pelican lectern and also a war memorial to the fallen of the parish in the First and Second World Wars. There will also be a craft and homemade jam stall and children’s quiz and art competition.

Pompeii and Herculaneum: Illustrated Talk Event Type: Archaeological talk 16 Station Street NE22 7JN Friday 7th: 7.30pm – 9pm Suitable for children: No Two of the finest Roman archaeological sites in existence. This fully illustrated talk by archaeologist Barry Mead includes stunning mosaics and wall paintings.

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Belford Ecological Self-Build House Event Type: Property opening and tour 1 West Back Lane NE70 7NR Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 12pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J but some areas not advisable for children under 12 - children must be supervised at all times. Self-build house under construction using local timber, sheep’s wool insulation, sedum planted roof, passive solar and woodburning stove. Please pre-book for groups over six, tel: 01668 219247 or email: mary@segalselfbuild.co.uk To find out more visit: www.segalselfbuild.co.uk

Belford Hall Event Type: Property opening and tour NE70 7EY Friday 6th - Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J , but some areas not advisable for children under aged 7. Grade 1 listed manor house by James Paine, extended in the regency by John Dobson, now divided into private apartments. Communal areas, wine cellar, servants’ tunnel and gardens open. Please pre-book for Friday or groups of over 12: Tel: 01668 213576 email: jhharris@dircon.co.uk To find out more visit: www.belfordvillage.co.uk

Berwick-upon-Tweed Holy Trinity Church Event Type: Property opening and tour Wallace Green TD15 1DF Saturday 8th: Tours hourly from 10am – 3pm Suitable for children: Yes J Designed and built as an uncompromisingly Puritan place of worship, this building is of exceptional historic importance as a very rare example of a church built during the Commonwealth period. Reputedly at the express order of Oliver Cromwell, it has no tower or steeple. Sympathetic alterations have taken place over the years and a Millennium window installed. It is hoped that organ recitals will take place throughout the day.

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Archaeology and Artichokes Event Type: Guided walk and talk Lions House Allotments Sunday 9th: Tour 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm Suitable for children: No A wealth of history and vegetables – everything from bowling greens to Tudor Forts! Discover how to become an archaeologist in your own back garden. Meet at the Gunpowder Magazine on Berwick Town Walls.

Sandstell Fishing Shiel Event Type: Property opening Sandstell Road Spittal TD15 1RE Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 3pm Suitable for children: Yes J This Grade II listed building was built in 1735 and will undergo a full external and internal restoration to turn it into a heritage museum depicting both the local salmon and herring fishing industries while preserving much of the Shiel. To find out more visit: www.spittalisgreat.co.uk

Cumberland Bastion Event Type: Property opening Coxon's Lane TD15 1DA Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Berwick is the only British town to be defended by bastioned fortifications which represented the most advanced technology of the Elizabethan period, a time when England faced a very strong threat from Scotland. Here it is possible to enter the eastern flanker and really get a feel for how the walls were defended by short-range artillery.

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Berwick Castle Tour Event Type: Guided tour The Riverside near the Railway Station Friday 7th: Tour 10am & 12pm Suitable for children: No One of the most important fortresses of the Anglo-Scottish wars, Berwick Castle was probably built by King David of Scotland circa 1124. Find out about this forgotten Jacobean palace. Meet at the top of station approach, Railway Street. Please pre-book via Berwick TIC tel: 01670 622155 or email: berwicktic@northumberland.gov.uk

The Tower Tour Event Type: Guided tour Ness Gate Pier Road TD15 1HS Sunday 9th: Tours 10am & 11.30am Suitable for children: No 500 years in 500 yards! Discover the secrets of Berwick’s medieval walls on this short-distance guided tour. Includes entry to Coxon’s Tower and New Tower. Meet at Ness Gate above Pier Road. Please pre-book via Berwick TIC tel: 01670 622155 or email: berwicktic@northumberland.gov.uk

1 Wallace Green Event Type: Property opening and tour TD15 1EB Sunday 9th: Tours 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Possibly dating from the 18th century, this building is under major renovation. In the process of stripping away modern “improvements” a host of interesting features have been discovered. Berwick's first photographers, the Totheric brothers, ran their business from here in the 1850s – 1870s. Please pre-book via Berwick Tourist Information Centre on 01670 622155 or email: berwicktic@northumberland.gov.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Main Guard Event Type: Property opening and exhibition Palace Street TD15 1HN Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm & Sunday 9th: 11am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J Formerly a guard house for the town this building was built in 1743, dismantled in 1815 and rebuilt in its present position. Current exhibitions are “The Story of a Border Town” and “Diamond and Gold – Royal Celebrations in Berwick”. To find out more visit www.berwickcivicsociety.org

The Masonic Hall Event Type: Property opening Church Street TD15 1ET Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Berwick Freemasonry has enjoyed a presence in the town since 1773 and the present site was bought in June 1872 for £95. Memorabilia within the exquisite furnishings of the temple includes chairs, snuffboxes, banners and a gavel reputedly from the time of the Spanish Armada.

The Old Gaol Event Type: Property opening and tour Wallace Green TD15 1ED Saturday 8th: Tour every half hour from 10.30am – 1.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J Built by the Town Council, from the mid 1840s until 1878 this building operated as a gaol. From 1878 it was used as a court house/police station until c. 1890. Following alterations and the addition of a stable block, the building has held administrative offices for the council since 1892.

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Bank Hill Icehouse Event Type: Property opening Bank Hill TD15 1AP Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Icehouses were in use until the mid 1930s and were used to store ice cut from local ponds during winter months or, during mild winters, imported from Scandinavia. The export of salmon to London was a huge and profitable trade for Berwick. Built around 1786 – 1799, this icehouse was used as an air raid shelter in WWII. The brick walls at the rear of the chamber are a grim reminder of this period.

Berwick Watchtower Event Type: Property opening West End Tweedmouth TD15 2HE Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Now a private house, this commanding building was built in 1848 as a Presbyterian Church. Over the years it has had various owners and occupants, including the Co-operative Society and at one point soldiers were billeted here. The present owner Kate Stephenson has reinstated the original large open space within the building and a major programme of art shows is planned for 2013. The official opening of The Watchtower is due to take place on 8th September.

The Gunpowder Magazine Event Type: Property opening Berwick Ramparts near Ravensdowne TD15 1HX Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Built of local sandstone and surrounded by a high wall, this purpose-built ammunition store was constructed in 1749 to provide safe storage of explosives required by the military garrison at the Barracks, a few hundred yards away.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Blyth Blyth Battery Event Type: Military exhibition NE24 3PQ Friday 7th – Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J WWI and WWII battery buildings including one of the only remaining battery observation posts from WWI. Military vehicles, George Formby imitator. Tours available. To find out more visit: www.blythbattery.org.uk email: bbv1916@hotmail.co.uk

St Mary the Virgin, Horton Event Type: Property opening and tour NE24 4HH Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No Victorian church built on Saxon foundations. A short written history of the church and parish is available.

Heritage Coffee Morning Event Type: Exhibition Open Learning Centre The Blyth School Community College Chase Farm NE24 4JP Thursday 6th: 10am – 12pm Suitable for children: Yes J This heritage coffee morning at the Open Learning Centre offers the opportunity to view photographic displays, a DVD film of old Blyth and the Bates Colliery banner. To find out more visit: www.theblythschool.co.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Branxton Flodden Battlefield Walks Event Type: Guided walk Flodden Monument TD12 4SN Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 2pm Suitable for children: No Conducted walks over the Battle of Flodden Trail lead by local historian and Flodden researcher. This covers a 2 mile grass track across the hilly ground where the Battle took place in 1513. Meet at the Flodden Monument car park, just to the west of Branxton village. To find out more visit: www.flodden.net

Corbridge area Guided Walks around Historic Corbridge Event Type: Guided walk Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 2pm Suitable for children: No Walks last approximately 1.5 hours. Meet in the village car park, south side of bridge over the River Tyne. Please pre-book via Corbridge TIC or tel: 01434 632815

Vallum - Artisans on the Wall Event Type: Archaeological talk Vallum Artisans on the Wall East Wallhouses Military Road NE18 0LL Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 11am – 3pm Suitable for children: Yes J Vallum is situated on Hadrian's Wall at Milecastle 18 and has a wonderful, clear profile of a Vallum as you enter the site. Usually used to graze livestock, a steward will be on hand to talk about the purpose of a Vallum and how it contributed to a soldier's life on the wall. To find out more visit: www.vallumfarm.co.uk

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Dilston Physic Garden Event Type: Open garden NE45 5QZ Sunday 9th: 1pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Enjoy the unique herb garden and learn all about the power of plants. Discover over 800 medicinal flora, with display signboards on historical and modern uses. Volunteers on hand to answer all your questions with guided tours also available for £2.

Cramlington St Nicholas’ Church, Cramlington Event Type: Property opening Church Street NE23 6QQ Friday 7th & Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No Built in 1868 this grade II listed church is said to be adapted from a John Dobson design. 'Cramlington Then and Now' photographic exhibition also on display.

Hexham Moothall and Medieval Hexham Event Type: Property opening and exhibition Hallgate NE46 1XD Saturday 8th: 11am – 3pm Suitable for children: Yes J View Hexham Moothall and an exhibition of Medieval Hexham. Pick up a town walk and explore the remains of Medieval Hexham.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Hexham Abbey, Tours of the Old Court Event Type: Guided tour NE46 3NB Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: Tours 11am, 12pm, 2pm & 3pm Suitable for children: No This year we will be offering guided tours of the Old Court House. The visit will offer a chance to see this rarely opened room before it is due to be restored to its previous glory as part of the Hexham Abbey Project. Hexham Abbey will also be open to visitors as usual. Originally a Benedictine abbey and then an Augustinian priory this has been a place of Christian worship since AD 674, including Wilfred's famous 7th century Saxon crypt and night stairs. Please pre-book by calling Hexham Tourist Information Centre on 01434 652220. To find out more visit: www.hexhamabbey.org.uk

Forum Cinema, Hexham Event Type: Property opening and tour Market Place NE46 1XF Saturday 8th: 11.30am – 4pm & Sunday 9th: 2pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Children over 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The 1937 purposebuilt cinema now forms a 200 seat cinema. The projection room houses the 35mm projector and a brand new digital projector. Small tours and groups will be allowed to visit the projection room. Please pre-book via Hexham Tourist Information Centre on 01434 652220. To find out more visit: www.forumhexham.co.uk or www.hexhamcommunity.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Medieval Hexham Self-Guided Tour Event Type: Self-guided tour NE46 1QE Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th: 9.30am – 5pm, Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Pick up a self-guided tour leaflet from Hexham TIC and discover Hexham’s medieval roots.

Secret Hexham Event Type: Self-guided tour Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 9am – 7pm Suitable for children: Yes J Pictorial self-guided tour around the historic centre of Hexham, picking out hidden features of the town. Leaflet available from the Old Gaol, Hexham Library and TIC, or downloadable from the website. To find out more visit: www.hexhamhistorian.org

Horsley The Hearth Event Type: Property opening and tour Main Road NE15 0NT Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 2pm – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J This Grade ll listed building dates from the 17th century. Restoration work completed in 2004 converted the building to a community arts centre and coffee shop. Part of the complex includes Horsley Village Church which celebrates 350 years of worship and will provide visitors with a historic tour, including the secretive worship by an outcast preacher in the attic and a tour of the artists’ studios. Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the cafe and purchase art on display. Please pre-book for the historical talk on Saturday 8th at 12.30pm, email: chris.stonecroft@btinternet.com To find out more visit: www.thehearth.co.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Kielder Kielder Observatory Event Type: Property opening NE48 1ER Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Kielder Observatory will open its doors (unusually) in the daytime! Come and see the fantastic building with its breath-taking views, and use the solar telescope to stare safely at the sun, with its prominences and swirling sunspots. Expert astronomers will be on hand to help answer your questions and show you around. To find out more visit: www.kielderobservatory.org

Morpeth area Mayor’s Parlour: Meet the Mayor Event Type: Property opening Morpeth Town Hall NE61 1LZ Thursday 6th: 5pm – 7pm Suitable for children: Yes J Come and visit the historic Council Chamber and Mayor's Parlour. An opportunity to meet the Mayor and see the town's treasures. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Meet Morpeth’s Time Team! Event Type: Archaeological talk The Chantry Bridge Street NE61 1PD Saturday 8th: 2pm – 4.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J Meet local archaeologists Liz Young and Barry Mead who will entertain you with stories from their digging experiences. Also a chance to see and handle a range of historic objects courtesy of Morpeth Antiquarian Society. Have you got something old and ancient that needs identifying? Then why don’t you bring it along and we will see if they can help. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Mitford Church Event Type: Property opening NE61 3PZ Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No A lovely Northumbrian church with a 12th century bell on display, believed to be the oldest in Britain. Plus medieval grave covers. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Morpeth’s Town Treasures Event Type: Property opening and exhibition Morpeth Town Hall NE61 1LZ Thursday 6th: 2pm – 5pm Suitable for children: No Come and visit the Mayor’s parlour and Council Chambers in the civic suite and see displays of Morpeth's Treasures, some hundreds of years old. Usually not open to the public. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Spinning a Yarn: St George’s United Reformed Church Event Type: Property opening NE61 1PD Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J This beautiful Victorian church will be open to the public. Spinning demonstrations: 10am - 1pm. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Sporting Morpeth Exhibition, Town Hall Event Type: Exhibition Market Place NE61 1LZ Thursday 6th & Friday 7th: 10am – 4.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J An exhibition celebrating Morpeth's sporting heroes and heroines, including displays on the Morpeth Olympic Games 1870-1958. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Art Workshops at the Chantry Event Type: Crafts and family fun NE61 1PJ Saturday 8th: 10am – 1pm Suitable for children: Yes J A chance to make costumes representing local craft guilds with Elaine Porter. A fun activity for all the family. Pre booking essential, please ring Elaine on 07941 443296. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Matmaking Demonstrations: Woodhorn Matters Event Type: Have a go crafts Morpeth Methodist Church Howard Terrace NE61 1HH Sunday 9th: 12pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Enjoy a demonstration of traditional 'hooky' and 'proggy' mat making. Plus a small exhibition of work completed by members of the group. 'Have a Go' supervised mat frame for visitors of all ages to try the craft. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Tommy’s Field: Allotments and the Community Event type: Guided talk Opposite St George’s Hospital Sunday 9th: 10am – 2pm Suitable for children: Yes J Find out more about the delights of "growing your own" and self-sufficiency when you meet some of the plot holders. Also discover who Tommy actually was! To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Bothal Castle Event Type: Property opening NE61 6SL Sunday 9th: 11am – 1.00pm and 1.30pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Informal guided tours with archaeologist Barry Mead of the grounds of one of Northumberland's hidden gems. Please note there is no access into the castle building itself. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

St Andrew’s Church, Bothal Event Type: Property opening NE61 6SW Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Beautiful church with the finest collection of medieval stained glass in Northumberland. Local crafts for sale. Some guided tours at selected points. Tours of the grounds of nearby Bothal Castle available on Sunday 9th. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Wallington Event Type: Property opening NE61 4AR Saturday 8th: 10am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J Home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family, this is an impressive, yet friendly house within an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland. Beautiful walled garden. To find out more visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington

Morpeth Castle Gatehouse Event Type: Property opening NE61 2PP Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J A rare opportunity to see inside the Old Gatehouse of Morpeth Castle, Carlisle Park. Built in approx. 1300. Also, traditional Northumbrian music will be played by members of Fligarishon at certain times between 11am - 2pm. To find out more visit www.gmdt.net

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Bowls! An Exhibition about the History of Bowling in Morpeth Event Type: Sports/Leisure exhibition NE61 1LW Saturday 8th: 10.30am – 4pm & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No Bowling competition Saturday, 10am - 4pm spectators very welcome. Sunday offers an exhibition in the Bowls Pavilion on the history of bowling in Morpeth. A chance to combine a stroll through this lovely park with an opportunity to discover some more unusual heritage! To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Busman’s Holiday: A Coach Tour of the Morpeth District Event Type: Coach tour Morpeth Bus Station - Bay A Sanderson Arcade NE61 1PB Sunday 9th: 10.30am – 1pm Suitable for children: Yes J Coach tour of Morpeth/Longhirst/Widdrington/Cresswell with local historian Neil Taylor. Includes a stopover at Longhirst Hall and ice cream break in Cresswell. You will be amazed at how much heritage there is on your doorstep. Please pre-book via the GMDT office on 01670 503866. For more information contact tour guide, Neil Taylor, on 01670 860213.

Collingwood House Event Type: Property opening Oldgate NE61 1QF Thursday 6th: 2pm – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J A rare opportunity to see inside the home of Admiral Lord Collingwood. Local Author Andy Griffin will be on hand to tell you about the 'Hero of Trafalgar'. Please note there is only access to the main room with viewings every half hour. Pre-booking essential on 01670 503866.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


From Past to the Present Newgate Street and Oldgate Event Type: Exhibition Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 9am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J A photographic exhibition in shop windows along both streets. The displays will show shops in the old days and what they used to sell. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Church of St James the Great, Morpeth Event Type: Property opening Copper Chare NE61 1BP Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 10.30am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J This Victorian church founded in 1844 has many notable features including impressive apse paintings and Minton tiled flooring. Information leaflets will be available. Guide books will be available to purchase. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth Event Type: Property opening St Mary’s Field NE61 2QT Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 10.30am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J The oldest church in the parish and one of the best preserved medieval churches in Northumberland. The grave of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is located in the churchyard as well as those of other notable Morpethians such as painter Joseph Crawhall and William Woodman. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

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Heritage Talk: Newminster Abbey Event Type: Archaeological talk Morpeth Library NE61 1TA Thursday 6th: 2pm – 3.30pm Suitable for children: Yes J An illustrated talk by local archaeologist Barry Mead. Discover the glories of this amazing abbey and what it looked like before Henry VIII got upset and pulled it down. Plus a handling session of artefacts excavated in the 1960's courtesy of Morpeth Antiquarian Society.

Heritage Walk: Lynemouth and Ellington Event Type: Guided walk Meet outside Lynemouth Resource Centre NE61 5YJ Thursday 6th: 10am – 12.30pm Suitable for children: No A guided walk with local historian and author Neil Taylor. Neil will reveal the mining and other heritage of this less well known part of Northumberland. Walk includes a visit to the Ellington Colliery memorial which was the last deep pit in the North East to close in 2005. For more information contact Neil Taylor on 01670 860213.

Heritage Walk: Wallington to Little Harle Tower Event Type: Guided walk Wallington Hall Cambo NE61 4AR Suitable for children: No Thursday 6th: 1pm – 4pm Walk lasts approx. 6.5 miles and starts at the field car park at Wallington Hall. It goes via Broom and a visit to the private Little Harle Tower to re-enter Wallington Park with a final optional tea/scone stop at the NT café. For more information contact David Barker on 01670 515351.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Netherton Biddlestone RC Chapel Event Type: Property opening Netherton NE65 7DT Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No Repaired and constructed by the Selby family of Biddlestone Hall, the Chapel is furnished in mid-Victorian gothic revival manner and contains stained glass dating from 1862 and displaying Selby heraldry. To find out more visit: www.hct.org.uk

Newbiggin by the Sea St Bartholomew’s Church, Newbiggin by the Sea Event Type: Property opening NE64 6DR Thursday 6th, Friday 7th & Sun 9th: 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Beautiful church in dramatic location overlooking the North Sea. Church trails and children’s activities.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre Event Type: Property opening Church Point NE64 6DB Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th: 10am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J This year the Newbiggin Maritime Centre comes to life for the Heritage Open Days with craft demonstrations, stalls, talks and an extra special cameo from the Mary Joicey herself. So why not come down and help us celebrate the rich history and heritage of Newbiggin by the Sea. To find out more visit: www.newbigginmaritimecentre.org.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Ponteland Kirkley Hall – A History of Kirkley Hall Event Type: Property opening NE20 0AQ Thursday 6th: 10am – 11.30am & 1pm – 2.30pm Suitable for children: No Behind the scenes look at this 17th century, Grade II listed building set in beautiful grounds and gardens. Please pre-book: tel: 01670 841235 To find out more visit: www.kirkleyhall.co.uk

Holy Saviour Church, Milbourne Event Type: Property opening Ponteland NE20 0EE Saturday 8th: 10am – 4pm, Sunday 9th: 12pm – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Victorian church containing a photographic exhibition of beautiful Northumbrian churches. To find out more visit: www.pontelandstmary.co.uk

Railway and Archive Film Screening Event Type: Film showing St Mary’s Church Hall Ponteland NE20 9PZ Saturday 8th: 3pm & 7.30pm Suitable for children: No Films of Scotland from the 1950s and 1960s including journeys out to Mallaig and the Kyle of Lochalsh. To find out more visit: www.pontelandstmary.co.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


St Mary’s Church, Ponteland Event Type: Property opening NE20 9UH Thursday 6th & Friday 7th: 9am – 4pm, Saturday 8th: 9am – 12.30pm & 2.30pm – 4pm, Sunday 9th: 11am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J 14th century church with some older work and fascinating monuments. Display of the Authorised Version, the Book of Common Prayer and Royal connections of the parish. To find out more visit: www.pontelandstmary.co.uk

Prudhoe Spetchells Centre Event Type: Property opening and tour 58 Front Street NE42 5AA Thursday 6th: 9am – 6pm, Friday 7th: 9am – 5pm, Saturday 8th: 9.30am – 1pm Suitable for children: Yes J Modern community building using the principles of low carbon design, utilising heat pump technology for heating, hot water by thermal solar panels and on-site generation of electricity via photovoltaic, this modern, contemporary designed building which opened in April 2012 is planned around a central atrium and has a light, airy feel. For large numbers, please pre-book on 01661 839470 or email: spetchells@prudhoe.org

“Heritage Open Days encourages local people to discover the history they have on their doorstep,” Lloyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days.

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Rothbury Cragside Event Type: Property opening NE65 7PX Saturday 8th: 10am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J Home of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. First house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. Huge rock gardens lead down to the iron bridge and the formal gardens. To find out more visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

The Elsdon Murder Walk Event Type: Guided tour Friday 7th: 11am – 2.30pm Suitable for children: No The 5 mile walk starts at Winter’s Gibbet on the minor road from Cambo to Elsdon and takes in many of Elsdon’s heritage sites. A visit to the Raw, the site of the murder, will end the Photo supplied courtesy of Mario Czekirda and walk. Remember to pack visitnorthumberland.com your picnic lunch! For further information please contact David Barker 01670 515351. To find out more visit: www.gmdt.net

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Seahouses St Cuthbert's House Event Type: Property opening Main Street North Sunderland Seahouses NE68 7UB Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 12pm – 5pm Suitable for children: No St Cuthbert's House is an imposing former Presbyterian church, built in 1810, which has been beautifully and imaginatively restored. Many of the original features have been incorporated into the restoration, including the pulpit, which now forms a lovely viewing gallery overlooking the spectacular guest lounge. A new book chronicling the building's history has recently been published, and will be available to browse. There will also be lots of film showing, of the restoration and building project as it unfolded. To find out more visit: www.stcuthbertshouse.com

Seaton Delaval Hester Pit Disaster Exhibition Event Type: Exhibition New Hartley NE25 0RP Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: No Exhibition in the Memorial Hall to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Hester Pit Disaster, in its day the worst mining disaster in Britain’s history. Includes memorabilia and banners. To find out more visit: www.seatonvalley.org.uk

For full event details visit: www.northumberland.gov.uk/open


Seaton Delaval Hall Event Type: Property opening The Avenue, Seaton Sluice NE26 4QR Saturday 8th: 11am – 5pm (last entry 4.15pm) Suitable for children: Yes J Built in the early 1700's, the Hall is a masterpiece of English Baroque with formal gardens designed by James Russell. “Group Hug,” a dance performance by choreographer Roberta Jean will also take place. To find out more visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/seaton-delaval-hall

Seaton Sluice Watch House Museum Event Type: Property opening and exhibition 3 Rocky Island NE26 4RB Friday 7th – Sunday 9th: 10am – 4pm Suitable for children: Yes J Grade II listed 1880 Volunteer Life Saving Company Muster room with integral observation tower. View our collection of rocket apparatus, historic photographs and interpretation panels. Spectacular views out over cliffs and sea. Screen shows architecture of the village over the last century.

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Stocksfield Cherryburn Event Type: Property opening and exhibition NE43 7DD Saturday 8th: 11am – 5pm, Sunday 9th: 11am – 5pm Suitable for children: Yes J Birthplace of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828), Northumberland’s greatest artist, wood engraver and naturalist. Exhibition on Bewick’s life and work at the nearby 19th century farmhouse. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Wark Wark Mechanics Institute and Town Hall - Victorian Library Event Type: Property opening Main Street, Wark NE48 3LG Sunday 9th: 10.30am – 3pm Suitable for children: No Wark Mechanics Institute and Town Hall is a newly refurbished Grade II listed Town Hall. The extensive Victorian library of about 3000 Victorian books has been restored and catalogued, many of local interest. Local historic photographs and artifacts will also be on display.

Wylam George Stephenson’s Birthplace Cottage Event Type: Property opening and exhibition NE41 8BP Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th: 11am – 5pm Suitable for children: No Cottage built circa 1760 and birthplace of George Stephenson, the great rail pioneer, in 1781. Furnishings reflect George’s birth year when his whole family lived in one room. Live interpretation. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Berwick

A1 Seahouses

A1

Wooler

Alnwick

A697

Alnmouth Amble

Rothbury A1068

A68

A1 Otterburn

Newbiggin by the Sea

Kielder Wallington Morpeth Bellingham

A68 A696 Belsay

Haltwhistle A69

A69

A1

Blyth

A69

Hexham Corbridge

A68

Allendale

Road Easy access from the A1/A1(M) and the A69. Rail For information about train times and fares contact National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484 950. Stations are located at Alnmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Corbridge, Cramlington, Hexham, Morpeth and Newcastle. Bus For information about bus times and fares contact Travel Line: 0871 200 2233 or Northumberland County Council public transport enquiries: 01670 533128.

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n Heritage Open Days is England's contribution to European

Heritage Days, taking place across 50 countries. Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland (www.doorsopendays.org.uk); Open Doors Days in Wales (www.civictrustwales.org); European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (www.ehsni.gov.uk); Open House London (www.open-city.org.uk). n Heritage Open Days is run locally by a large range of

organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils), community champions and thousands of volunteers. n On a national level, Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and

promoted by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership. The Partnership brings together Europe's largest conservation and heritage charity in the form of the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk), the most extensive network of local community based heritage organisations through Civic Voice (www.civicvoice.org.uk) and expertise from the leading coalition of national voluntary heritage organisations in The Heritage Alliance (www.theheritagealliance.org.uk). The Heritage Open Days National Partnership

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Everyone is talking about Heritage Open Days on Twitter How do I get involved? ? To join the conversation just add #NLandOpen to your tweets. ? To listen to what people are saying, search for #NLandOpen on twitter.

What should I talk about? Here are a few ideas to get you started: ? What are you looking forward to most? ? Highlights of the day! ? Pictures of your favourite moment!

But I don’t use twitter! Don't worry, just visit: northumberland.gov.uk/open We will be providing regular updates before and during all of the events.

This leaflet is just the start... There is much more information about these events including full access arrangements and facilities, up-to-date booking details and public transport options at: Website: northumberland.gov.uk/open twitter.com/EventsNE facebook.com/northumberlandevents

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