Ford & Etal is open all year round for visitors to explore and enjoy the countryside, however attractions and other venues are either closed or operating on reduced opening hours. Details of attractions below; for other venues please check their webpages or individual websites.
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre: open Tuesday-Sunday until 30th November. Closed December and January; re-opens February 2019.
Heatherslaw Cornmill: open most Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-2pm - admission by donation. Supplies of flours and cereals can also be purchased online
Heatherslaw Light Railway: closed until spring 2019 (open for Santa Specials in December - pre-booking essential).
Some new works of art - a splendid array of hand-crafted quilts, cushions, purses, scarves, and home textiles - can be found on display in the Lady Waterford Hall until the end of September. The creator of these beautiful pieces is the very talented Judith Bellamy of Old Lace & Roses, who lives near Wooler where she has her own studio. Much of Judith’s work incorporates upcycled, vintage and quirky fabrics which she sources online and from antiques outlets, so that each of her designs is completely individual and unique.
The Lady Waterford Hall is a multi-functional building which, as well as being a registered museum and gallery, is also a village hall available for private hire. Because of this, from time to time it is closed to the public. Please note that the Hall will be closed for two private functions on Sunday 16th September and Thursday 27th September.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The North Northumberland Bird Club Annual Dawn Chorus walk took place at Ford Moss on Sunday 20th May, led by Lord Joicey. He reported "This is surely the Year of the Chiffchaff. All across our area the sharp staccato ‘chiff-chaff-chiff-chiff-chaff’ of the bird is a universal feature. There was probably not a single moment of this year’s Dawn Chorus when a Chiffchaff was not audible."
Ford & Etal Estates, with its wide range of habitats for birds, offers many opportunities for bird watching.Click here for a brief guide suggesting walks along public footpaths and bridleways from where it should be possible to observe or hear some of Northumberland’s best birds. You can also download the reports from this and previous years' Dawn Chorus Walk.
8th June was the final opportunity to view an impressive exhibition of artworks by pupils from local schools, displayed in the Watchtower Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
As part of the bicentenary year celebrating the life and legacy of Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, the Lady Waterford Trust invited local High Schools to enter an art competition, themed “Portraits and Landscapes.” In order to allow students to explore their creativity to the full the specification for the competition was deliberately open, with no limitation to size or media. Portraits could be of any person, past or present, and landscapes of any location, real or imaginary.