A new and exciting events programme has been launched by the National Trust along the Northumberland coast.
The trust is trying to encourage people to get outdoors, explore the local area and discover more about the fantastic places to be found.
Its programme ranges from walking events, art exhibitions, photography trails, music to wildlife experiences, outdoor theatre and food events and spans the whole year.
In developing the programme the National Trust was keen to work with many different local partners and invited some of Northumberland’s finest activity providers to participate and share some of its beautiful sites including Lindisfarne Castle, the Farne Islands, Cuthbert’s Cave, Ros Castle, and Low Newton; as well as selected beach and coast stretches from Holy Island in the north to Druridge Bay in the south.
Activity providers include Footsteps in Northumberland, Shepherds Walks, The Grazer Supper Club in Newcastle, Northumberland Photo Training, and there are even some chances to spot whales with boat operators out of Seahouses harbour.
Claire Ashby, the Northumberland Coast’s visitor experience manager for the National Trust said: “We really have got something on offer for everyone this year and are working with some great local providers to deliver an exciting programme of events across all our sites celebrating the beauty and variety offered in Northumberland.
“From small scale events like rock pooling for families to longer walks in the Northumberland countryside, from wildlife watching to a musician playing a rare unplugged concert on the roof of Lindisfarne Castle, there is much to appeal.”
Highlights include some rare dining experiences at Lindisfarne Castle or on the Farne Islands, and a major art exhibition in St Cuthbert’s Chapel on the Farnes in the summer with children’s book illustrator Kate Slater.
Patrick Norris, of Footsteps in Northumberland said: “ We are delighted to be working with the National Trust this year offering a series of walks to help introduce visitors to the area to some of the National Trust’s finest sites.”
Andy Craig, of Andy Craig Photography in Alnwick added: “Northumberland has some real treasures and I am really looking forward to taking people onto National Trust sites with their cameras and helping them capture some great pictures and memories.”
For a full list of the events happening on the Northumberland Coast this year, have a look at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Lindisfarne.