“Went to see Hadrian’s Wall. Saw it. Came back.”
I was hoping for to be able to conjure up a slightly more evocative review of Hadrian’s Wall than that from the famed teenage diarist following my visit to one of the region’s most-loved landmarks.
Walking the Wall in Northumberland National Park
I was visiting a small stretch of the world famous Hadrian’s Wall on a guided walk organised by Northumberland National Park volunteers. This was my first experience with guided walks and one I was very much looking forward to. Although I like walking outdoors I’m far too reliant on modern technology. The draw of Google and their ubiquitous maps mean as soon as I enter a mobile phone black spot, I’m lost.
What I needed was a walking experience with a knowledgeable guide who could explain the surroundings to me; one that did not really on 3 to 4 bars of 4G signal. (more…)
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: What goes on behind the scenes?
Anyone who is a keen gardener will know the hard work involved keeping your own personal green haven in check. So imagine what goes into managing those at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens: a 40 acre garden which is hundreds of years old, Grade-One Listed and full of extremely rare and exotic plants, mosses, ferns, shrubs, bulbs, flowers, trees and more.
Aerial view of Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens
Head gardener Jo Harrigan leads the six-strong gardening team, supported by dedicated volunteers. Unsurprisingly, it’s a full-time, year-round job that requires a great amount of skill, knowledge and most importantly a passion and love for all things horticultural.
One of the world’s most contemporary gardens, The Alnwick Garden was built to break the rules.
Eighteen years ago, The Duchess of Northumberland embarked upon the creation of “A huge public garden of classic symmetry and astonishing beauty…” and today The Alnwick Garden is not only an inspiring landscape with beautifully sculpted foliage vivified by water, but the Wirtz International design has combined unique features and spaces to encourage interaction, learning and play.
The Grand Cascade at The Alnwick Garden
You are invited to a history dinner…
When we get an invite like that it is hard to refuse, so we arrived at The Angel Inn of Corbridge looking forward to finding out more. Little did we know the evening would be full of surprises.
The impressive white facade of The Angel Inn, Corbridge
In preparation for the February half-term (13-21 Feb) and the popular How to Be a Roman Soldier event at Chesters Roman Fort, staff at English Heritage have compiled their favourite facts about what life was like 2000 years ago for Roman Soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall.
The top five facts reveal a fascinating insight into Roman life. (more…)