Tuesday, 14 August 2018

More success for local pubs

We already know that Northumberland is home to so many excellent pubs and restaurants, as was proved last year with the success of The Rat Inn’s Kevin MacLean, who was named as Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year, and of Corbridge’s The Valley, named as a finalist of the 2018 Tiffin Cup. 

The success keeps on coming though, as The Boathouse in Wylam has been named as one of the top 10 pubs in the UK. Commended on the quality of its beers and events, including its Bank Holiday beer festivals, this is just the latest accolade for The Boathouse. The pub has previously been named as the CAMRA Pub of the year, one of 15 CAMRA awards they have won over the years. 

Congratulations to everyone at The Boathouse on a great achievement. The full list is available here- https://www.holidaycottages.co.uk/pick-of-the-pubs/pubs



Monday, 13 August 2018

Happy Birthday The Sill!

One of Northumberland’s best attractions is celebrating its first anniversary. Just over 12 months ago The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre opened for the first time, and since then more than 170,000 people have visited. 

Around this time last year I visited The Sill for the first time to have a first look around the fantastic new facility and meet staff and the people working hard to make the opening a success. Since then I have visited several times, most recently with the Environment Secretary Michael Gove. 

Designed to blend in with the landscape surrounding it, allowing visitors to engage with the beautiful landscape of our National Park, a highlight of The Sill is definitely its grassland roof, giving panoramic views in all directions from the viewing platform. Facilities also include interactive exhibits, learning rooms for educational groups, a youth hostel and a café with locally sourced food.

A brilliant facility that we should be very proud of, The Sill has had a great first year and I am sure will only get more successful. Happy Anniversary to everyone at The Sill!







Saturday, 11 August 2018

2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair- top employers confirmed to attend!

It’s not long now until my 2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair, and with four of the area’s biggest employers confirmed to attend, it’s the perfect event if you’re looking for work or for a change of direction.

Just some of the employers confirmed to attend and looking to recruit include:

  • Essity
  • Thompsons of Prudhoe
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Egger
  • Northumbrian Water
  • Newcastle United Foundation
  • Waitrose
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Fergusons of Blyth
  • Release Potential
  • Walwick Hall


Sponsored by Northumberland County Council and Thompsons of Prudhoe, the 2018 Tynedale Jobs Fair takes place on Friday 7th September, 10am-2.30pm at Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham. I hope to see you there!