Thinking of a stay at South Meadows … ?

Here are a few of the events happening over the next few weeks to help you decide on a date.

Classic Cars

This weekend on Sunday 22nd April, Sunnyhills of Belford, our good friends next door, are holding a classic car show.  So, if you’re interested in cars from yesteryear this is the place for you.  It’s a very easy walk from South Meadows and it’s on from 10am to 4 pm.

A real classic

If you’re not too fussed over classic cars they do lovely food … but think about booking! …



I’m sure you know that if Northumberland has plenty of anything … it’s castles.

Many of these hold various events which are great for the whole family.

For example, at Bamburgh there are the following:

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer … Join Rusty on the 5th or 6th of May as he explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself and see how well you do! (Small charge for ‘have a go’)

Rusty with his bow

The Vikings are coming … on Sunday and Monday 27th and 28th May … The Northumbria Herred of the Vikings invades the castle to show us what life was like with a tented camp, talks and demonstrations. (Included in admission)

The Viking arrives!

Get more details here …


Whilst at Alnwick  …

Be transported back to medieval times with the Trouvère Minstrels’ traditional musical performances. Experience the ‘courtly entertainment of medieval music-making’ …  they might even teach nearby young peasants how to play some of their instruments!

A minstrel with pipes

They are at the castle on the following dates …Sat 26th May to Mon 28th May, Sunday 10th June, Sunday 17th June, Sunday 24th June and Saturday 30th June.


Alnwick Castle had a starring role as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.  You can meet the characters from the magical world of Harry Potter with all kinds of magic and mayhem!

Harry Potter costumed witches and wizards especially welcome!

A young magician at Alnwick Castle

It’s on Wednesday 30th May and Thursday 31st May and then Saturday 16th of June and Sunday 17th June

Find out more here …


Gardens and a good cause …

If you enjoy visiting country gardens here is a great opportunity for you … and you’ll be able to support a wonderful local charity.  HospiceCare North Northumberland is an amazing organisation that provides care and support to individuals, families and friends when they need it most.

In support of the charity, the following houses are opening their gardens for you to enjoy!

In all cases the entrance fee for adults is £5 and children are free.

Blagdon Hall Sunday 3rd June 1pm to 5pm
Hedgeley Hall Sunday 3rd June 2pm to 6pm
Glanton Pyke Sunday 10th June 1pm to 5pm
Mindrum House Sunday 17th June 2pm to 5pm
Whitton Gardens Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 11am to 4pm


The gardens at Glanton Pyke

To find out more about the gardens and what’s happening please download the PDF here.

To find out more about HospiceCare North Northumberland check out their website here …


Music and entertainment …

Richard Durrant 2018 Tour

Friday 8th June … Holy Island

Concert guitarist and composer Richard Durrant is to tour the UK in 2018 as part of his Stringhenge album launch.

Richard Durrant

Durrant cites the British landscape as the main inspiration for this tour and  accompanying album Stringhenge (a double album available on vinyl, CD and download). But the instruments played at each gig also played a huge part in the formation of this project.

Find out more here …


Hymn to Love: Homage to Piaf

This takes place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Norham on Thursday 26th April … it’s recommended for over 14s.

This is going to be an experience out of the ordinary! Olivier Award-nominated actress Elizabeth Mansfield plays the legendary chanteuse, Edith Piaf in this tribute to the singer, touring with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

Elizabeth as Edith

An extraordinary musical homage to Piaf, Hymn to Love explores love, loss and longing and includes 13 of Piaf’s songs, each given fresh meaning in vibrant new English translations, with the obvious exception of the final “Je Ne Regrette Rien”. Songs featured include: Milord – L’Accordéoniste – La Vie en Rose – Padam Padam – La Foule – L’Hymne à l’Amour – C’est à Hambourg – Mon Légionnaire – Comme Moi – La Ville Inconnue.


A little more history …

Riding of the Bounds in Berwick

Riding of the Bounds is a traditional ride-out of the boundaries of Berwick, to keep them known to the Scottish and the English.

The 2018 date for Riding of the Bounds is Saturday 5th May.

Riding the Bounds

The Riding of the Bounds now regularly attracts around 100 riders. As well as the cavalcade departing from the town, fun equestrian games are held at the half way halt (weather permitting!) and then the riders head back to the town to be offered refreshments in St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre.

9am – Gather at the Parade Car Park.

10.30am – Riders leave the Barracks, via Walkergate, and proceed to The Guild Hall. The Mayor grants permission for the traditional ceremony to commence.

Find out more here …