There will be vintage motorbikes galore on show – including some of the earliest types from around 1910 – at the annual vintage motorcycle event on Sunday 11th June. ‘The Bamburgh Run’ will start and end at Etal Village Hall and will take in the quieter roads of north Northumberland, with part of the route passing along the road between Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle. You can view the bikes and chat to the owners before they set off at around 10.30am, or when they return to the village hall at around 3pm.
Bellshill Farm, near Belford, is hosting an Open Farm Sunday on 11th June – a great opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer, and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside. An open day is also taking place at Cragend Farm, Rothbury, on Wednesday 14th June, where visitors can explore the Victorian farm steading designed and created by Lord Armstrong of Cragside.
Lovers of traditional music can enjoy a lively concert of tunes, songs and stories at the Memorial Hall, Craster, on Tuesday 13th June, featuring the Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, and Renaissance and Swedish bagpipes.
Explore some of Northumberland’s incredibly beautiful countryside with an organised walk in the glorious Harthope Valley, near Wooler. This ‘Rangers’ Favourite Walk’ takes place on Sunday 11th June and is suitable for most abilities. There are plenty of chances to stop and take in the views and catch you breath – and even though it includes a short, steep climb, it’s well worth the effort, with spectacular views up the valley and over the coastline.
Get along to the Keel Row shopping centre in Blyth for The Artisans’ Market on Saturday 10th June. As well as arts and crafts galore, you can sample lots of yummy delicacies from the many food stalls there.
If you want to burn off some energy, why not check out Kielder Sports? Activities you can get involved in include clay pigeon shooting, archery and there’s also an air rifle range. Or if you fancy something a little more relaxing, why not go on a Bastle Walk and find out more about the history of Northumberland? This guided tour is led by ‘King of the Bastles’ local historian Alister Murray. Bastles were fortified farmhouses, found along the Anglo-Scottish border in the area plagued by raiders of both nationalities, who were known as the Border Reivers. The word ‘bastle’ is said to come from the French word, Bastille.