HODs – St Andrew’s Church, Bothal

Beautiful Medieval Church in Bothal, a small Northumbrian village.

Open 11:00 – 16:00 on both Saturday and Sunday

St. Andrew’s Church, Bothal has been designated a Grade I Listed Building as it is of exceptional architectural and historical interest. There will be refreshments available and there will be a wide variety of craft stalls with items for sale. Tours of the building are available on Sunday.

Access Information: No bus service to the village.

Additional information: There are excellent homemade refreshments for sale as well as locally handicrafted goods from the craft stalls.

Directions: The village is situated between Ashington and Pegswood and signed from the A1068 Ashington to Bedlington road.

HODs – St John the Evangelist, Longhirst

Beautiful Victorian Church in small village.

Open 10:30 – 15:30 on both Saturday and Sunday

There are recently restored original floor tiles and a new servery area which has been created using recycled pews.

Access: There is disabled parking near the lychgate. Although there are steps up to the church, ramps will be in place but care should be taken on the path to the lychgate and on to the church as these are old and uneven. There are toilets in the Village Hall further along the main street. There will be no access to the altar area.

Additional Information: There will be a church service on Sunday morning at 9.30 to which all visitors are welcome. Contact for the day: Jill Elphick 01670 790764

HODs – St Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford

A beautiful historic church in a small village.

Open daily 10:00 – 16:00

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford, is a 12th Century church steeped in history. There are Norman remains; the oldest church bell in the country and interesting stained glass, all in a delightful setting overlooking the remains of Mitford Castle. The church is open for visitors, but especially for HODs there will be a guide to share with you the beauty and history of this lovely church.

HODs – Church of St James’ the Great

Impressive Victorian Church with fine wall paintings.

Open 09:30 – 15:00 daily

A Victorian, Norman-style church by Benjamin Ferrey, former apprentice to Augustus Pugin. Impressive apse murals from 1875, recently conserved, and a fine Minton tiled floor in the Chancel. Information leaflets will be available. Guide books & handmade cards will be available to purchase.

On Saturday, volunteers will be present to talk to and refreshments will be available. On other days, information is available about the church and its history.

Access: The church is accessible by wheelchair from the north porch, although access to the High Altar and Grey Chapel is limited due to steps.

Additional Information: A separate car park is next to the church, behind the church hall on Wellway. On Sunday there is a service of Holy Communion at 8.00am and a Family Communion Service at 11.15am to which all visitors are welcome.

HODs – Church of St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth

One of the best medieval churches in Northumberland with a 14th Century Jesse Window.

Open 10:00 – 15:00 daily

A lovely church set in an interesting churchyard which holds the graves of several famous people including the artist, Joseph Crawhall and the Suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison, who died at Epsom racecourse. There is also a Watch House used to guard against grave robbers. Refreshments are available throughout the day and there will be volunteers to speak with about this unique medieval church.

Access: Some steps within the church. Disabled parking and access via churchyard.

Additional Information: There is a church service on Sunday at 9.30 to which all visitors are welcome.

Directions: The church is set back from the A 197 (feeder road to the A1) near to Morpeth Golf Club. Enter by the Lychgate opposite the Sun Inn or through the churchyard by Storey Park Community Centre.

HODs – St Robert of Newminster RC Church

A beautiful Victorian church near the banks of the River Wansbeck

Open 12:00 – 16:00 on both Thursday and Friday

A glorious church of 1850 with stained glass windows by the renowned William Wailes. An icon to St Robert is incorporated into the stained glass of the Sanctuary. There is a marble memorial for those who fell in the First World War.

Church members will be on hand to give information about St Roberts’ and its most important features. There are new booklets available on the history of the church and of its statues.

Directions: The Church is on Oldgate behind Collingwood House. This house, the home of Admiral Lord Collingwood, will be open at the same time.