Thursday, 21 December 2017 11:43

A Fond Farewell at Heatherslaw Tearooms

After many years running the Heatherslaw Tearoom, Kathleen Craig has decided to hang up her apron in order to concentrate on other things.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:38

The Black Bull

Exciting times lie ahead at the Black Bull in Etal.  The pub - the only thatched-roof  hostelry in Northumberland - has been out of service for two years during which time it has been a huge miss with both locals and visitors. 

Thursday, 23 November 2017 09:24

A Miller's work is never done...

Keeping a working mill in good running order is quite a task and at Heatherslaw Cornmill maintenance goes on behind the scenes throughout the year. As the visitor season draws to a close you might be forgiven for thinking that the miller puts his feet up on a sack of grain and takes a well-earned break but in fact the opposite is true.

Monday, 06 November 2017 14:32

Opening Hours 2018

Details of winter/spring opening hours below.  For further information please contact the venues direct.

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is once again hosting the “Looking Back” event on 7th & 8th October and this year has something special to celebrate.  The Centre has just been accredited by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) as a Rare Breeds Conservation Centre.  This award coincides with the RSBT’s launch of their #SaveOurHeavyHorses campaign. 

Friday, 29 September 2017 14:06

Along the Banks of the Till

Tweed said to Till, ‘What gars ye rin sae still?’

Till said to Tweed, ‘Though ye rin wi’ speed,

And I rin slaw,Yet where ye droun ae man,

I droun twa.’

The River Till is the only tributary of the Tweed that lies wholly in England. As the rhyme above suggests, it has a deceptive appearance. Although picturesque and tranquil-looking, it hides strong currents, and it is a spate river – fed from the Cheviot Hills, it can rise fast in wet periods, flooding large areas.

The countryside is constantly changing, both with the seasons and with the activities of man.  This week regular visitors to Ford & Etal will notice a big change to the landscape on the road between Heatherslaw Railway Station and Etal. The small clump of Poplar trees beside the cycle path has been felled. 

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:10

Heritage Heroes!

The children from Hugh Joicey C of E First School, Ford Village, became “Heritage Heroes” this summer by taking part in the Heritage Lottery funded Village Atlas Project run by local archaeological group TillVAS.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:33

BBC4 MAKE! Craft Britain

MAKE! Craft Britain first aired on BBC4 in 2016 and proved to be extremely popular, and we are very excited that a new show (to be aired in 2018) will be filmed in the beautiful Lady Waterford Hall, Ford.  The Hall's wonderful murals and artworks provide an inspirational setting for keen artists and crafters to learn new techniques and hone their skills.  RDF Television is looking for outgong individuals or pairs to take part in the free 2-day craft workshop which will run over the weekend of 21st and 22nd October so if you are interested, or would like more information, contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:26

Hannah Longmuir at Lady Waterford Hall

Hannah Longmuir is a countryside artist, building delicate, detailed drawings by layering thousands of little pencil marks. She combines her love of the great outdoors with her passion for drawing and an obsession with beautiful paper goods.

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