Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in Hexham

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Celebrate the Queen’s birthday in the Hexham Abbey grounds on Sunday 12th June 11.30 am. Hexham Abbey will be joining a countrywide bell peal at 12 noon to celebrate! Strawberries and cream will be on the menu as you sit back and listen to Hexham Brass playing in the newly refurbished bandstand.

Round off the day with ‘A Vintage Tea Dance’ in The Great Hall of The Priory Buildings from 4-6.30pm.

Bridge Repairs at Hexham

Network Rail are repairing the railway bridge in Hexham and this means the road will be closed from 6th June until mid-July!!

Our guests staying at Leazes Head during this time (6th June – 18th July) will need to check their travel arrangements if starting or finishing their walk in Humshaugh. If arriving by train from Newcastle, it might be better to get off at Corbridge and arrange a taxi. If getting a train from Hexham to the airport or East or West train routes- check timetables and order a taxi to either Corbridge Railway Station or Haydon Bridge Railway Station.
The AD122 and 680 ‘Tynedale Links’ bus to Humshaugh will be diverted to the West Road junction into Hexham. Add more time to your journey to allow for these disruptions.
Also please remember that Hexham is still open and there are lots of lovely cafe’s, shops and things to see and do, not least Hexham Abbey!!

Half Term Fun!

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There is lots to do in half term in the Hexham area! Bank Holiday Monday sees the fantastic County Show return to Bywell. They have over 350 stands, live bands, hundreds of animals on show and lots lots more. It is open 9am – 6pm and details can be found on their website at www.northcountyshow.co.uk

Along Hadrian’s Wall there will be various activities during half term and running through the summer. Chesters Roman Fort will be having their  ‘How to be a Roman Soldier’ day where children can dress up and learn all about the life of a Roman Soldier. At Vindolanda you can see a potter at work, you can watch him recreate Roman pottery found here at the live demonstrations.

The Mansio, which has been created to celebrate new works from poets and artists has been created as a modern day contemporary ‘place of rest’ where you can experience the art, literature and video whilst having a cup of tea in the ‘touring tea-house’. It will be touring along the wall at various sites and on the 28th may -2nd June it will be at Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport Cumbria. It will be back in Northumberland on 25th July at Walltown.

 

Easter is Coming!

There are lots of events happening in Tynedale this Easter. Chesters Roman Fort have their own Easter Egg Trail. In fact there are hundreds of egg trails going on in the region…Allen Banks, Brocksbushes Farm Shop Wallington Hall  and Wheelbirks Farm all have events.

If you are visiting the area with children, the nearby city of  Newcastle has such a range of things to do and see. A visit to The Centre for Life and The Brain Zone is really worthwhile.

 

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“Better than Stonehenge”

USA Today travel writer Josh Roberts described Hadrian’s Wall as “England’s top ancient monument.” Of course I’m biased and I agree with him, it is fantastic. There is nothing better than standing on the bleak windswept frontier watching the mist rise from the crisp frosty moorland. We are, however, a county bursting with ‘fantastic’ things to see! – Visit Northumberland lists all of the up and coming events as well as the castles, National Park, stately homes etc.

A visit to nearby Kirkharle Courtyard is worthwhile, especially as it is “The 2016 Year of the English Garden”  Kirkharle is the birthplace of Lancelot Capability Brown and 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of his birth. Kirkharle also has a very good cafe with lots of homemade cakes!