What's Happening In Northumberland In January 2016?
Published: Thursday 14th Jan 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
A whole new side of Northumberland can be best enjoyed during the winter.
Those that are willing to wrap up warm against the cold and blustery weather can leave the luxury of their holiday cottage and get out and about in the beautiful scenery of the surrounding areas.
You can fill your days exploring rural villages and seaside towns. You can often find a market where local producers show off the quality of their wares. Pick up some fresh produce to take back and cook in your holiday cottage for the best self-catering experience in Northumberland.
Below are some events that are happening in Northumberland throughout this January.
- Snowshoeing at Hadrian’s Wall - Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort
Sat 16th and Sun 24th January 2016
Have you ever been snowshoeing? No? Then come along to this World Heritage Site and get outdoors to embrace the snow in this dramatic location. You can take a journey alongside Hadrian’s Wall through the snow, wearing snowshoes. These shoes allow you to travel a great distance with ease.
Throughout the day you will be taught a selection of key winter walking skills such as navigation and making emergency snow shelters. You can also enjoy some fun activities including sledging and snowballing.
Booking ahead for this event is essential and it is popular so you need to get your place secured as soon as possible. The experience lasts approximately 6 hours. General admission prices apply.
- The Ashington District Star Exhibition – Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives.
This exhibition presents the work that inspired photographic artist Julian Germain. He has embarked on a two year collaboration with local people to produce a new newspaper; The Ashington District Star. At this exhibition, you can view the original paintings and maps that were incorporated into developing a new collection of photographs about contemporary Ashington.
This exhibition can be viewed Wednesday – Sunday from 10am until 4pm. The exhibition is free of charge and so is exploring the museum and the country park it is located in, although parking charges do apply.
- Astronomy for Absolute Beginners – Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory
29th January 2016 – 20:00 until 23:00
At this workshop you can enjoy an introduction to stargazing on the edge of the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe.
This workshop is specifically aimed at helping newcomers’ find their way around the cosmos. You will be taught how to prepare for a night of astronomy covering topics such as clothing, equipment and technology. You will discover easily recognisable constellations, features of the moon, how to spot planets, aurorae, star clusters and the Andromeda Galaxy.
The Observatory will be kept warm and cosy for this workshop and hot drinks will be available. This will provide the perfect setting to be introduced to the night sky.
All events at the observatory go ahead in any weather conditions but observing the sky can only happen if it’s clear. You will still learn the theory of what there is to know about the skies, even if you can’t perform the practical work to back your theory up.
Ticket prices are £15 per adult, £12 per child and £49 for a family ticket (4 people). You need to book ahead to ensure you get a place as these workshops are extremely popular.