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The Alnwick Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland had the vision of creating a garden open to all, which would reinvigorate the historic gardens at Alnwick Castle. Opened in 2001, the Alnwick garden reflects the glory and spirit of the earlier gardns on the site. Using the talent, expertise and technology of our time, the Garden – while mindful of its predecessors – is not a slavish recreation of the past, but a garden for the 21st Centry using state of the art technology to control The Grand Cascade.  It is a place of beauty and learning, relevant to future generations as well as our own. It is a garden for the community as well as a high provile tourist attraction and is evolving over time. To find out more about the garden and its facilities go to www.alnwickgarden.com The garden is open daily – see website for times and prices. and the What’s on Guide for events Only assistance dogs are permited in the Alnwick Garden. Tickets to visit the Alnwick Garden include admission to the walled garden, the …

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We’re Roasting in Northumberland

We love meeting our suppliers and finding new ones is a great adventure.  General Manager Lisa Herbertson, has been looking out for some new items to put in our welcome packs for guests, something local, something useful, and really tasty.  Last week she turned her efforts to finding some great coffees.  Gone are the days of leaving our guests sticks of Nescafe instant, or even a jar of Dowe Egberts – we want to provide something that’s been lovingly sourced and produced locally. Step up to the plate Jonny and Andy, the guys run their roasting rooms out of Pilgrims Cafe on Holy Island, and following a bit of detective work, Lisa sussed out that the boys actually import coffee beans, roast and blend, package and despatch all from their Yurt in the grounds. We’ve learnt that its actually a skilful art to get that great cup of coffee, the right quantity of grounds, the exact amount of water carefully drizzled over the top at just the right temperature. Jonny and Andy are both pationate about …

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Alwinton

  If you’re serious about walking or genuinely want to “get away from it all”  then a holiday in & around Alwinton will be ideal for you. The village is located at the head of the Coquet Valley on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and the Cheviot Hills, probably the last largely unexplored area of England. Alwinton is the intersection of a number of ancient drovers roads which linked England and Scotland and is the last village in Upper Coquetdale,  surrounded by rolling hills and is a great starting point for walks or cycling in the Border country.

New Seal Pup on the Farnes

Seal pups arrive on the Farne Islands

This little archipelago off the North East coast of Northumberland can be one of the most inhospitable places you could wish to visit as we enter the windy, stormy winter months, but it is here that a large group of Grey Seals choose to live, mate and breed,  with pups arriving into this trecherous environment and the challenges of survival begin.  This year’s