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Tour of Britain
Tour of Britain Comes to Northumberland

 7  SEPT TOUR OF BRITAIN COMES TO NORTHUMBERLAND On Monday 9 September, cycling's Tour of Britain will bring some of the world's top cyclists to Northumberland. This top cycling event is organised by British Cycling, the sport's governing body in the UK, and is a multi-stage race...

Ancient Wonders E03: Ancient Castles and Hulne Priory

Part three of this captivating series considers the turbulent history of Northumberland during the Middle Ages   Wandering the ruins of Mitford Castle captures an eerie sense of history at the site of what was Britain's only five-sided keep. Built in the 11th Century, it was burnt to the...

Great reasons to Visit Northumberland

The benefits of visiting Northumberland are much in the news recently.   Earlier this month, the Northumberland National Park was voted the UK's National Park of the Year while Bamburgh Castle scooped Landmark of the year. Tonight's edition of London's local paper, the Evening Standard, carries a full page...

Wooler bus station
Wooler public transport

Wooler's public transport connections are centred on its bus station, while inter-city trains serve Berwick-upon-Tweed. Wooler buses The bus station, Wooler (Barbara Carr) / CC BY-SA 2.0 Wooler bus station is located in the heart of town, off the High Street by the Black Bull Inn. Some buses...

Gold Award from VisitEngland

We are chuffed to have won a Gold Award to sit alongside our 4 star self-catering cottage status from Visit England.   VisitEngland is the National Tourist Board for England, and explain their Gold Award as: No matter what the star rating or designator, you can find accommodation which excels...

Doddington Dairy stall
Local produce

LOCAL DAIRY Doddington Dairy Producers of excellent award-winning cheese, ice-cream, yogurt, biscuits and more, Doddington Dairy is few miles from the cottage. You can't get much more local than this! The winner of "Best Food Produce" in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015, a good range...

The Battle of Homildon Hill: 14 September 1402

On this day, 14 September, in the year 1402, the battle of Homildon Hill was fought between the Scots and the English. History is littered with the ongoing feuding in the Borders, with Scots and English engaging in many bloody battles over the centuries. Henry IV had...

Dark Sky Stargazing
Dark Sky Park: a window to the stars

Come and marvel at the stars and planets revealed by a truly dark night sky Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is officially the best place in England to gaze in marvel at the stars. The International Dark Sky Association has awarded the park its top "gold...

Ancient Wonders E02: Old Bewick and Duddo

The second part of this excellent series continues exploring the sequestered wonders of Northumberland   This episode begins by the cascading waters of Hareshaw Linn, once the centre of iron smelting industry yet now the sound of the falls is all that dominates while being home to...

Perseid meteor shower
Perseids meteor shower 2015 peaks this week

The Perseids meteor shower hits its peak this Wednesday night. The annual light show will provide night owls with some one hundred “shooting stars” an hour.   Regarded as one of the more “reliable” meteor showers, the Perseids provide plenty of wonder for the amateur night sky...