During the last few days of February and the first two days of March our little village of Ford will be under the influence of the Italian Riviera! This is no weather forecast but the promise of a delicious Italian week courtesy of Giuliano Piscina, chef and restaurant manager, who is returning to the Old Dairy following the success of last year's visit.
There will be three individual cookery classes on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th culminating in an Italian dinner on Friday 1st March and Saturday 2nd March. Saturday is already booked but there are still places on Friday.
An opportunity has arisen to lease this Grade II Listed 19th Century walled garden within beautiful historic location.
Built in the mid-19th Century for the Marchioness of Waterford, the Walled Garden remains a beautiful example of craftsmanship within 100 yards of Ford Castle. Run as a plant nursery for many years, there are a wide range of other possibilities for the garden. Large areas of the site have been cleared and the garden, a seculded and secure space, offers a blank canvas for new ventures.
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.