Hexham This July
Lots and Lots Happening This Summer
- Hexham Carnival
- Food and Music Festival
- Hexham Abbey Flower Festival
- History Uncovered
- Natural Remedies and Mind Food
- Hidden Gardens
- A Range of Events on the National Park
- Tea at The Abbey
Hexham Carnival Kicks Off Summer
This year the Carnival is on Sunday 2nd July at Hexham Park and Bandstand. As usual the organisers have worked jolly hard to put together a great day out for all the family. Kick-off is 11.00 am and parties through to 6.00 pm.
There is an open air service from an inter-denomination group of clergy from the bandstand. Relevant in these times I think.
#WeStandTogether The Mayor of Hexham then performs the official opening with the bands getting straight into festive mood.
The band line up (though not sure of order) is awesome and, with the weather looking dry, this is a “must not miss” line-up. The Bad Pennies are likely to attract a big local following and provide us with a fantastic set.
Local Hexham band The Jokers, who are enjoying massive demand this Summer, are guaranteed to get the whole Park going. They are a Bluesy Rock band playing from ZZ Top, AC/DC all the way to Jimmy Hendrix. Be ready for a loud wonderful noise.
Barely Human, a South Shields band, are a great five-piece with a huge range of material through the decades. From The Stones and the The Who through ELO and Squeeze to Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and loads more to boot. They are worthy regulars at the Carnival and I look forward to seeing them again.
A BIG THANKS to Billy Charlton for his support with this fantastic entertainment
There will also be a large selection of trade and craft stalls with a wide range of goods and services on offer from local Jams to Sand Art. A sumptuous selection of food is also available including Burgers, Noodles, Hotdogs and a new addition of Crepes. Very tasty !
The Slaters’ Family Funfair are supporting the event and are bringing a small amount of their Funfair to the Carnival. Other rides and attractions will be brought along too. So expect a range of family rides with a Fun House and Bouncy Castle.
Tommy Bungle the Clown will be there to delight young and old alike. He will be entertaining with his “invisible” dog who does woopsies and needs a poop bag. He does creative balloon art with hats and swords etc.. Finally, there is no show without Punch ! Mr. Punch and Mrs. Judy will be there to delight children of all ages.
This event has taken a lot of hard work to put together and is a wonderful day out without spending a fortune. Our own Tynedale Hospice will be raising money for the invaluable work they do in our community supporting families when they need it most. The Dystonia Society will have a stall to raise awareness and money for the charity. If we all give a little on the day it makes a huge difference.
Get Stuffed at The Food and Music Festival
Taste Tynedale Food Festival
What an opportunity to eat and drink and be merry! Many top regional chefs will be doing demonstrations and masterclasses, and cooking up some gourmet feasts for us all to enjoy. They will be using plenty of local produce so we might pick up a few tips that we can use back in our own kitchens. A street market with fabulous Food and Drink producers awaits you.
Bands and artists will perform in the beer tent throughout the event. Again, the focus will be on the local brews but there will be plenty of wine and fizz for those of a more delicate taste. This is a full-on Beer and Wine Festival and not to be missed.
There are fairground rides and a range of children’s activities
The event takes place at Abbey Park on Friday 28th July (10 am to 9 pm) and Saturday 29th July (10 am to 5 pm). This event is all my favourite pastimes rolled into one, so I’ll be sure to see you there.
Event organised in association with Hexhan Courant, Hexham Town Council and delivered by CNevents. Bless them.
Flowers and Family Fun at The Abbey
On the weekend of the 21st to 23rd July Hexham Abbey hosts a fantastic event with something enjoyable for everyone in the family. Local businesses and clubs are also invited to come along and promote themselves whilst supporting the Abbey Roof Fund and the Hexham and District Flower Club.
The Abbey will have approximately 40 individual displays in prominent locations within the Abbey. These are individually sponsored by businesses and associations and colour, craftship and diversity are assured. You will probably never see such a range of floral displays anywhere else in your lifetime. Even if you don’t have a strong Floral bent yourself, bring someone you love to see this display,
On the grounds outside there will be a big marquee and lots of market stalls with a wide assortment of goods. There will be food available and a BBQ. There are children’s crafts and entertainment. There is also a stage for demonstrations and talks from a variety of individuals including the physic garden, horticultural society and the district flower club. What a nice pleasant day out, in beautiful surroundings, for all the family. Go on. Try it. You will want to go back next year!!
Kids’ crafts include making paper flowers in a range of different colours and decorating shortbread flower biscuits and edible flower pots. I hope they let us adults have a go too! There is also a bouncy castle and a beehive. Best of all – a jazz band.
History Uncovered Before Your Eyes at Vindolanda
The scale of excavations, recreations and abundance of exhibits make a trip to this old Roman fort a must-see for anyone with an interest in history or construction. A great educational day out for eager minded young ones too. This world renowned site is only down the road at Bardon Mill.
The museum alone takes you on a tour through those Roman times. But, the extent of the ongoing excavations is stunning and some of the recreated buildings enable one to visualise the fort as it would have been thousands of years ago. You can watch the excavation work taking place.
For full information visit Vindolanda
Food For The Mind
Dilston Physic Gardens near Corbridge is an oasis of calm and unusual and beautiful treatments and activities. The substantial gardens are full of herbs and trees with health and healing properties. Easy to read labeling tells the story of each one and how it used. The gardens flow naturally between distinctly different themes but maintain a sense of calm and intrigue.
The gardens also offer an unusual (but lovely) range of events and workshops. Learn how to perform Indian Head Massage on 1st July, followed by a day learning about the Native American Medicine Wheel on the 2nd. Through the month are Mind Spa Magic, Plant Spirit Medicine, Flower Essences, Astringent Nature of Oak Bark, Children’s Potion Club, Reiki, Wild Medicine and Shamanic Herbs,
This is a place to properly relax your mind and get away from the stress and relentless fast pace of life. Check out the website, put the family in the car and take your first step in finding a place of peace.
Hidden Gardens of Hexham
This is the second year for this lovely, personal and sharing event. There will be 10 private gardens on display on the day. Some will be big and some smaller but between them they offer a vast range of flora, fauna and information. Tea and cake will be available and some live music if the weather holds. There will also be a raffle.
Maps and guides are available from Cognito Books and the Abbey Shop. The event takes place 16th July. Please provide me with some feedback and contact information.
National Park at Full Speed for Summer
Northumberland National Park kicks off July with a 2 hour wander through some of the counties best hay meadows. The idea is to show the children the diversity of flowers and insects. The price is £5 per child and the event is on Saturday 1st July.
Other 2 hour walks focusing on particular topics include a Ranger’s favourite walk through meadows and burns accompanied by a little poetry, you can visit the last Blackhouse at Catcleugh, enjoy the Milecastle Circular (as part of the Walk To Wellbeing Programme),
There are a selection of 3 – 4 hour walks including Seldom Seen – a walk through a quiet nature reserve with remnants of coal and lead mining, flowers and birds at Greenlee Lough, Crag Lough & Sycamore Gap, Wild Wednesday- a minibeast safari to entertain and engage the children and the Upper Coquet Valley and its history.
The Falstone Cakewalk is a great few hours for adults and children to walk along some riverbanks and an old railway line with some cake at the end.
There are some longer outings and full details can be found at The National Park website
Afternoon Tea at The Abbey
On 7th July Hexham Abbey is hosting a fabulous afternoon tea in the Georgian Hall. Expect a splendid range of sandwiches, cakes and pasteries.
Booking is essential so please mail email@example.com or call 01434 611908.