Friday, 11 August 2017

Friday Focus... on Hexham

The heart of the constituency, there is always a lot to see and do in Hexham. With the weekend about to begin, here are some of the things you can do in Hexham this weekend.

Hexham Abbey stands proudly in the centre of the town. Dating back to 674 AD, the Abbey has many historic features including the 7th century Crypt and Dark Age Cross. There is also an interactive exhibition and visitor centre, making it a fantastic place to visit and explore. Hexham Farmers' Market is also nearby and takes place in the Marketplace twice a month. With a wide range of locally produced foods for sale, it is a wonderful celebration of Northumberland and its produce.

Another example of Hexham's long history, Hexham Old Gaol is the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England, built in 1330-1333. Originally built to hold the Archbishop of York's prisoners, the Gaol is also a great place to explore Hexham's history and learn all about crime and punishment in the Middle Ages.

If you're looking for culture, Hexham's Queen's Hall Arts Centre has a fantastic programme of artists, music, dance, exhibitions, drama, film and comedy all year round, with facilities including a 350-seat theatre and two galleries. Meanwhile the community-owned Forum Cinema shows great newly released films for everyone to enjoy.

There are also some great sports activities on offer in Hexham. The Wentworth Leisure Centre has a great variety of activities including swimming, fitness classes, tenpin bowling, a soft play and an outdoor athletics track. It is also worth paying a visit to the Hexham Racecourse, the only racecourse in Northumberland.

Whatever your interests, and with a large variety of shops and cafes to suit every taste, there is always plenty to do in Hexham- give the town a visit this weekend!