Enjoy fangtastic family fun from 24th-30th October when Ford, Etal and Heatherslaw get frightfully festive with alll manner of Hallowe'en antics!
Collect a trail sheet and follow the famous Scarycrow Trail around the villages - score them all to help us choose a winner! Decorate the Hallowe'en Tree in Lady Waterford Hall, dress as a Harry Potter character and take your photo with the Stupefied Owl in Ford Village Shop or get creative and enter the carved pumpkin competition at Lavender Tearooms. Choose a square or two on the Haunted Treasure Board at Heatherslaw Tearoom for a chance to win a high street voucher.
From Tuesday 25th-Thursday 27th there are Terrorific Treats for kids in fancy dress (participating venues only) and Creepy Crafts for you to enjoy at Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Follow the Beastly Bat Hunt on Heatherslaw Light Railway, try one of the Tricky Trails at Etal Castle or join in the Blood-curdling Baking at Heatherslaw Mill (11.30am and 2pm; booking recommended).
Wednesday 26th gives sellers a chance to empty their attices with a Table Top Sale at Lady Waterford Hall from 12 noon - 4pm (at only £5 for a table it's well worth booking!) and buyers are welcome to come along and bag a bargain! (Admission to the Hall is by donation during the sale). From 4-6.30pm at Heatherslaw Cornmill listen to Spooky Tales from Northumberland. To calm the shivers from this spooky story-telling session warming soup and homemade bread are included. (Booking recommended, cost £2.50 per person - suitable for all ages.
On Thursday 27th it's 'luck-dip loco' at Heatherslaw Railway with Bunty, Lady Augusta and Binky all running at different times - which loco will you travel with to follow the bat trail?!!
Throughout the week funds are being raised for Radio Borders Cash For Kids, so why not come along, have some fun and help support this local charity!
Normal admission charges apply to venues - all activities included in this cost unless otherwise stated.
Jane Jackson, one half of the husband and wife team 'Brightseed Textiles' who live and work in Northumberland, will have a range of her work displayed in the artists' cabinet at Lady Waterford Hall from 18th September until 30th October.
Jane is a textile artist who has developed her own distinctive style of creating needle felted "paintings" from Harris Tweed, a unique heritage fabric that is still handwoven by crofters in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Her cards and pictures have to be seen to be appreciated - call at the Hall to view and purchase!
When we think of harvest time this usually conjures up images of combine harvesters, trailers of wheat or barley, bales of golden straw and stubble fields. But there are other harvest crops too... for example, pictured here is a potato harvest in full swing, on the centre of Ford & Etal Estates.
The potatoes - 'Juliette' salad potatoes - are grown by Greenseed on contract for Tesco Supermarkets, and will be stored until early next year so reducing the volume of potatoes imported into the UK. The fields yielded 38 tonnes per hectare, gross weight.
Taking into account the average size of a salad potato, that means about 500,000 individual potatoes per hectare (or just over 200,000 per acre). One person, eating a portion of 4 salad potatoes every day, would take 137 years to eat just one acre of production
Join the Head Miller at Heatherslaw Cornmill, get behind the scenes and be Guest Miller for the day. During this fully interactive, hands-on experience you'll find out everything you need to know about the art of milling in a traditional watermill. From opening the sluice and setting the giant machinery into motion to operating the hoist to helping with maintenance you'll learn all about the history and practice of milling, including how to make the finest of flours. At the end of the day you'll take home some of the flour you've made, along with some amazing memories to cherish.
For once, the sun was shining, even at the early hour of 5.00am. It was ten years since the Dawn Chorus had been at Etal and the report from 2006 tells us that this had been the first occasion when we had heard the song of the Nuthatch. How things have changed.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the HandleBards have announced their ‘4 for 400’ season – four Shakespeare plays, each performed by four actors who will cycle to over 70 venues across the country, with all of their set, props and costumes in tow.This is the HandleBards’ fourth UK season, having begun their adventure in 2013 with a 967 mile cycle from Glasgow to London. Back then, it was theatre on a shoestring - and not meant figuratively - the boys used shoelaces and a sponge to attach their trailers to their bikes.
Heatherslaw Mill has added to its flour power by launching a new product specially made for cakes and scones.
Traditionally Heatherslaw Mill has only produced flours for the bread baker but the new flour known as Heatherslaw Light is a traditionally made stoneground flour, lightly sieved to reduce the bran content then given added raising agents for perfect cakes.
Janet Dickson graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria) in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Having worked in graphic design then as a senior lecturer at the University she gradually returned to her first love of printmaking.