Preparing For Christmas In Northumberland - Are You Ready?

Published: Monday 6th Nov 2017

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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Preparing for Christmas in Northumberland

Northumberland is a great place to be at Christmas time, but the lead up to Christmas is just as magical as the big day itself. There are many events that are taking place from NOW, many which may require booking, so even if you think it is a little too early to think about Christmas, it is worth taking note.

Here’s just a few we think you’ll be interested in:

A Little Norham Christmas

Norham Village hall

Later this month on 24th November, you’ll be able to experience a whole new festive event all in the aid of charity! You’ll find handmade gifts vintage goods and artisan foods from local artists.

You can pick up thoughtful gifts, decorations and art, jewellery, baskets, candles, fashion accessories, foodie gifts and more!

Tickets available IN ADVANCE ONLY — and they are £5 each, with a glass of prosecco (or soft drink) and canapés - over 18s only!

Proceeds to the Great North Air Ambulance and Northern Soul Kitchen. Tickets are on sale now — email for more information or to book.

Santa Special Trains

Heatherslaw Light Railway

Ford and Etal Estate, TD12 4TJ

This is a great trip for anyone with children who wants to experience the magic of Christmas in Northumberland. Trains run at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Your ticket will include the return journey on the festive train, as well as light refreshments and a family visit to Santa with a gift for each child.

Bookings taken via their website, email or by phoning 01890 820244 or 07887 845153.

It is really important that you book early to avoid disappointment!

The cost is £12.00 per ticket and the train runs on the following days:

Sunday 10/12/2017 11:00 - 14:30

Saturday 16/12/2017 11:00 - 14:30           

Sunday 17/12/2017 11:00 - 14:30

Saturday 23/12/2017 11:00 - 14:30

Christmas Food markets in November

The Ford Christmas Market is taking place on 26th November this month in The Visitor Centre, Heatherslaw. This is a big annual event, with an undercover street marquee, where you will find over 50 stalls selling a huge range of goods and gifts. There’s also a carousel ride for the children.

Parking and admission at this event are free.  There is a shuttle bus running all day from 11am between Etal, Heatherslaw and Ford.

This week

Of course, if you’re not in the Christmas-y mood yet you will probably know that Remembrance Sunday is also right upon us. If you are in Northumberland for the weekend and wish to mark the day, the Remembrance Sunday Concert at St Paul's Church, Alnwick is a good place to go. Alnwick and District Choral Society presents a concert which will begin with a number of settings of sacred music from across Europe. The concert will finish with a performance of Bob Chilcott's "Requiem".

A ticket for entry is £12.00 per person and the concert starts at 7.30pm-9.30pm on Sunday 12th November.

Staying Longer

If you want to stay a little longer in Northumberland, why not book a luxury cottage at one of Grace Darlings locations.

You’ll find plenty to see and do in the nearby area while enjoying this exclusive location.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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