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Northumberland & Durham

NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM

The striking NORTHUMBERLAND coastline between walled Berwick upon Tweed and more southerly Amble is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the finest seascapes in Britain. Its broad sandy beaches and dunes surge for 39 miles through resorts such as Seahouses where ferries can be taken to the wildlife-rich Farne Islands, while further north lies the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a founding centre of Britain’s Christian heritage, much visited for its castle and serene priory ruins.

The buzzing metropolitan streets of Newcastle upon Tyne contrast with theWorld Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall, served by small towns such as Haltwhistle, near the breathtaking archaeological excavation area of Vindolanda. Northumberland National Park stretches northwards through picturesque river valleys including the Beamish and Rede into the remote Cheviot Hills, ideal for walking. Kielder Forest adds further accessible wilderness, while towns such as Morpeth offer history and excellent shopping. Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, is called the “Windsor of the North”.

Heading south into COUNTY DURHAM leads to one of the finest Norman buildings in Europe, Durham Cathedral, final resting place of the Venerable Bede, author of the first English history. The city’s 11thcentury castle links with the cathedral to form a World Heritage Site, while the wider county’s attractions include the lead mining museum of Killhope, in the Durham Dales, the newly regenerated once-industrial Heritage Coast between Sunderland and Hartlepool, and the immense North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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April

Berwick Walking Festival
Berwick Walking Festival

Some great walks for all abilities including long guided walks along the coast, Nordic Walking and even a Navigational Walk. (photo - VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival
Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival

Walks for all standards. Take a look on theirt site for details of the walks to find out which are suitable for you. All walks must be pre-booked and numbers are limited. (photo - VisitEngland/Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

An exciting three-day annual festival of street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect, heritage and traditional fun - held the weekend after Easter in the medieval market town of Morpeth, 14 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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May

Amble Puffin Festival
Amble Puffin Festival

Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! A week of fun and activities in the Friendliest Port takes place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins as they care for their new young. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Coastal Challenge Walk
Coastal Challenge Walk

All the challenge walks in Northumberland (except Cragside and St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk which has a guided option) are self guided. You will be sent the route beforehand, but all the challenge walks we hold in Northumberland will be way marked to make for an enjoyable day.(photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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Riding of the Bounds
Riding of the Bounds

The annual Riding of the Bounds in Berwick. The ride is open to all riders, who are confident in walk, trot and fast canter in large groups and open spaces. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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June

Rothbury Walking Festival
Rothbury Walking Festival

With 16 guided walks, taster sessions and themed walks over the nine days there is something for everybody in the heart of Northumberland. (photo ©VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)

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September

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Transforming the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big screen through film premieres, site-specific installations and live events in locations across Berwick and along the town walls, attracting over 8,000 visitors, and artists and filmmakers from all corners of the world to Berwick.

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Berwick Food and Beer Festival
Berwick Food and Beer Festival

Berwick Food and Beer Festival is a must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer. Organised by Slow Food Berwick, and held in the magnificent surroundings of the towns 18th Century barracks, the entrance fee to the festival also grants you access to the museums many informative exhibits. (photo - VisitEngland)
 

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