September 10, 2017
There are a variety of exciting events on in Northumberland throughout the month of October from culture to farming, there's something to keep everyone amused.
The Northumberland Vintage Tractor Club hold their annual rally on the 21st and 22nd of October at Brunton Airfield with the theme of Muck and Loaders. The club are made up of a group of farmers passionate about restoring and show casing vintage farm equipment. As well as the impressive machinery to view there are all kinds of stalls as well selling food and drink, crafts, beer and car boot stalls. There is also a vintage collective auction sale on the Saturday at 12pm. Entry costs £5 on Saturday and £7 on Sunday with kids up to the age of 12 getting free entry.
The Morpeth Food and Drink Festival is being held on the 7th and 8th of October at three locations in Morpeth – Bridge Street, the Town Hall and the farmers markets on Market Place. There’s loads to see and do including cookery demonstrations by Master Chef Finalist Lorna Robertson, John McKale former pastry chef at the Ritz in London and David McDonald from Geordie Bangers. Also as well as plenty of stalls to keep you amused there are competitions you can enter to show off your culinary skills. Choose between jam making, scones or sweet pie.
If you're heading to Northumberland for the English half term break there are some special events planned for the kids. Alnwick Castle is hosting a week long activity programme. Events are based around a spooky Halloween theme and include a gothic falconry show by expert falconers Raphael. Or you could take some Broomstick training lessons. Alnwick castle was used to film some of the scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone indeed this was where Harry himself took his very first broomstick lessons! Other spooktacular activities available include the chivalrous knights, a medieval alchemist and a spooky trail. All the events are included in the price of the admission to the castle. For further information visit the website.
If you prefer something a bit more cultured why not pop along to one of the art exhibitions that are on this October? A couple to mention are the Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection at Berwick Visual Arts the Maltings Theatre and Cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Also Peter Quinn Water Colours at Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Scottish Colourists are made up of four artists, FCB Cadell, JD Ferguson, GL Hunter and SJ Peploe. They all spent much of their early career at the beginning of the twentieth century being inspired in France. Peter Quinn is a modern day artist who graduated from Glasgow school of art in 1986. His work is vibrant and brightly coloured. His work includes Scottish harbour towns and Newcastle terraces as well as more exotic locations abroad such as Singapore and Bangkok. The Scottish Colourists exhibition runs until the 15th of October whilst Peter Quinn will be showing until the 13th of October.