Three ways to celebrate the Northumberland Coast

Celebrating the landmarks, communities and maritime history of Northumberland’s 64 miles of beautiful North Sea Coastline

Earlier in the summer, a range of independent seaside events in Northumberland joined together under the banner of the Festival of the Coast. The centrepiece of the 2016 Festival of the Coast is the prestigious North Sea Tall Ships Regatta coming to Blyth in south-east Northumberland during the August Bank Holiday. With fun for all the family, this is a weekend not to be missed.

Oosterschelde Tall Ships Blyth

Enjoy traditional maritime celebrations including parades of crews and mock sea battles. There’ll also be three music venues, street-theatre and sports competitions. At the Northumberland visitor village in Ridley Park, attractions such as Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park will show you how to experience all the great landscapes and landmarks around the county. By night, firework displays will light up the night sky.

Tall Ships Blyth Harbour

If you can’t make it to the Tall Ships Regatta at Blyth, or just want to explore more seaside events, you can enjoy a diverse range of events along the Northumberland Coast this year including walks, music events, duck races and a Chilli Fest.

Events include:

Fighting Knights at Warkworth Castle

Tuesday 30th – Wednesday 31st August 11:00 – 17:00 

Two highly trained knights will take to the arena for fascinating displays of combat at the home of England’s most famous knight, Sir Henry ‘Harry’ Hotspur. Admire their skill and endurance, and then meet them throughout the day to find out more about their arms, armour and training.

Lindisfarne Festival

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th September

Now in its second year, the Lindisfarne Festival is a unique and special music and cultural festival based opposite Holy Island in north Northumberland.  Acts include the likes of Reef, British Sea Power, the Cuban Brothers, Beardyman, Little Comets and Katherine Tickell, alongside a whole host of other acts from the North East and beyond.

On The Sands – L.S. Lowry

Saturday 2nd July – Sunday 25th September 11:00 – 17:00 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

A chance to see the work entitled ‘On the Sands, Berwick’ by renowned Lancastrian painter L.S. Lowry.  It was produced by the artist in 1959 during one of his many visits to the town. It has only been exhibited twice previously at the Leferve Gallery, London in 1961 and the Royal Academy, London in 1976.

Find out more about the Festival of the Coast 

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5 seaside places to gaze and graze | Tall Ships 26-29 August

The Port of Blyth in Northumberland will come alive over the August Bank Holiday this month, as it hosts the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta from Friday 26 – Monday 29 August.

Morgensterbig - Tall Ships Blyth 2016

We’ve pulled together five places in south-east Northumberland to see up to thirty of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships in the world sail into Blyth for this spectacular event. Continue reading

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5 Beautiful Buildings in Northumberland

Northumberland is renowned across the globe for its gorgeous coastline, rugged landscape and wealth of unique wildlife-spotting opportunities. A postcard-worthy county by anyone’s standards, there’s no denying Northumberland has plenty to offer when it comes to natural beauty – but what about its architectural assets?

Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in Britain’s rich medieval heritage or feast your eyes on some of the UK’s most timeless and extraordinary architecture, Northumberland’s unspoilt beauty is only matched by its exhaustive lineup of beautiful landmarks.

From impenetrable fortresses to grandiose country homes, take a peek inside five of the county’s most beautiful buildings – more than enough incentive for architecture lovers to visit Northumberland! Continue reading

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It’s in our nature: 5 Best Camping and Caravanning Hotspots

Poor exchange rates and hot British summers have led to thousands of UK citizens choosing a holiday destination closer to home, rather than jetting off abroad. With so many hidden holiday hotspots in the UK, it’s easy to see why more and more holidaymakers are staying put.

Whether you’re in desperate need of an escape to the country for a long weekend or want to get back in touch with nature on your summer holiday, visiting some of Northumberland’s most naturally beautiful hotspots should be on your checklist this summer season.

To help you explore the great outdoors and discover how ‘it’s in our nature‘, we’re bringing you 5 of our favourite places to pitch up in Northumberland. Continue reading

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Ann Cleeves on why she loves Northumberland

Northumberland is a magical place of rolling hills and rugged coastline, colourful moorland and panoramic vistas.  It is filled with ancient castles hiding centuries of secrets and beautiful gardens ready to delight the senses in every season. Our friendly market towns and seaside villages are bursting with foodie delights, and we have a cultural heritage all of our own…

It's in our nature favourite Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland is owned by English Heritage and National Trust, credit M Czekirda

What’s that? We have to say that? Hmm… Well, we can see how you’d come to that conclusion, so don’t just take our word for it. Ann Cleeves, author of the brilliant Vera Stanhope crime series, chatted to English Heritage earlier this year about why she loves Northumberland. Frankly, we couldn’t have put it better ourselves! Continue reading