Sunday, 30 May 2021

Happy Northumberland Day

Today is Northumberland Day.

First held in 2017, this year's Northumberland Day will no doubt be a little different, with many events to celebrate taking place online. However, with celebrations being held into June from Hexham to Holy Island, there are so many great ways to get involved and celebrate our beautiful part of the world.

Northumberland is the most northern county in England and has a truly unique history. Because of its position between England and Scotland, historically Northumberland has been the site of many battles, as evidenced by the large number of castles in the county- more than any other in England! And, of course, for hundreds of years the Romans controlled Northumberland, constructing Hadrian's Wall and many of the fascinating sites we can still visit today, such as Housesteads and Vindolanda. 

Northumberland is home to the stunning Northumberland National Park, which covers more than 400 square miles of nature, hills and walking routes. It's also the perfect place to enjoy Northumberland's Gold Tier status dark skies at night in the winter. We also have England's largest forest here in Northumberland, Kielder Forest, which is also famous for providing the magnificent Christmas tree in Westminster every year. 

Today Northumberland is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country, and it's not difficult to see why. With its historical sites, museums, stunning nature and landscapes, proximity to the coast and an outstanding range of small businesses offering shopping, food, activities and accommodation, there is no doubt that there is nowhere else like Northumberland.

Happy Northumberland Day to everyone who lives in, works in or loves our wonderful county.