Tucked in the shadow of the Cheviot Hills Wooler Hostel is in the perfect location for those keen to walk, cycle, and explore the hills of Glendale, and the castles and coastline of Northumberland.
Ford Christmas Market
Sunday 26th November- 11am- 3.30pm
This annual event, which takes place inside the beautiful Lady Waterford Hall and outside under cover of a a street marquee, grows in popularity each year. With around 50 stalls selling a huge range of goods - from artisan bread to holly wreaths, seasonal cakes and bakes to hand-made knitwear, and some exclusive 'not available on the high street' items too - there will be plenty to choose from when selecting your Christmas gifts.
There's a kids carousel Santa's grotto, and some very special Christmas donkeys too! With a range of yummy refreshments including hog roast, fresh baked pizza, Crispy Conewich and fish and chips there's plenty to keep you going through the day. And if you just want to sit down over a quiet cuppa and cake the Estate House Tearoom and Ford Village Tearoom will be open too.
Free admission and free parking. Disabled parking in centre of village, limited parking around the village. Shuttle bus will run through the day picking up from Heatherslaw and overflow car park at the bottom of Ford Bank.
Hay Farm Christmas Fayre
Sunday 17th December, 10am- 4pm
FISHING SEASON IN ENGLAND
1 February-31 October, Salmon
22 March- 30 September, Brown Trout
3 April- 31 October, Sea Trout
The nearest lake holding stocked fish is Caistron
*Coarse fishing closed season between 15 March & 15 June
Prehistoric Rock Carving; Romans, Towers and Castles; Hills, Forts and Fells; Border Rievers, and Rievers' Trails; Belting Beaches, Broad Skies and Vistas; Long Distance Ways and Battlefield Walks.
Search the local hills for cup and ring markings, bronze age farms and forts. Archaeology extends to the twentieth century, with local defences and the often touching remains of wartime.
There are even more activities to be found inland. The market town of Alnwick offers Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and famous filming location of the Harry Potter films. Learn how to fly with broomstick lessons hosted by Hogwarts Professors in the courtyard, and test your nerve by visiting the dungeons beneath the ancient fortress.
Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum in Alnwick are a delight for garden lovers, and offer a variety of unusual plants throughout the seasons. Families can also enjoy the woodland walks on Howick's seasonal "Family Challenge", where they can spot red squirrels, ducks, swans and herons along the way. Relax in the Earl Grey Tea House afterwards, and learn about the Grey family seat of Howick.
If you haven't had your fill of gardens, one of the jewels in Northumberland's crown is The Alnwick Garden. Founded and nurtured by the Duchess of Northumberland, the gardens are a wonderful combination of family fun, and serene tranquility. Enjoy the Grand Cascade water fountain, marvel at the Poison Garden, and explore one of the world's largest tree houses; there is plenty to entertain all ages.