HODs – Bothal Castle

Visit the grounds of a 14th century manor house.

Informal tours of the grounds of Bothal Castle to reveal the history of one of Northumberland’s less well known strongholds. Also a table with archaeological curios, where people may wait if a tour is already in progress. There is no entry to the Castle which is privately occupied.

Access Information: Park in village or car park and walk up tarmac drive leading to the Castle, gravel paths around the grounds with some steps on the rough path outside the castle walls.

Additional information: Tours around the grounds will be led by Barry Mead, local historian and archaeologist. The nearby St Andrews Church is also open for refreshments and sale of locally made handicrafts.

Directions: Bothal is between Ashington and Pegswood. There is no bus service to Bothal.

HODs – Poetry Heritage Tour

A guided walk with costumed poets in the centre of Morpeth.

A tour of some of Morpeth’s heritage sites in costume conducted by members of Morpeth Poetry Group, including our child poets. Gain insights into the people and places of Morpeth’s famous past through the medium of poetry. We will be remembering a number of Morpeth characters and some examples of People Power. In addition there will be a number of other famous, and not so well known, Morpethians both male and female. Poets will be in costume.

Tours start at 11:00 and 14:00 on both Saturday and Sunday

Booking required
Tour is free but places are limited to 12 on each tour and must be booked. Please ring or email Barbara Ross 07718989566 Email: barbarajoyceross@gmail.com Booking opens: 1 September 2019 12:00 Booking closes: 22 September 2019 11:00

Additional information: Max 12 people per tour/session. Children must be accompanied. Walk takes 1 hour. Meet 10 minutes before the start time in the Market Place.

HODs – Morpeth Town Treasures

The Civic Suite will be open in Morpeth’s Town Hall.

This year’s Heritage Open Days will include an opportunity to visit Morpeth Town Hall on Thursday, 19th September, from 2 – 4pm, where you can see the Council Chamber and the Town Treasures in the Mayor’s Parlour.

There will also be the opportunity to Meet the Mayor, Cllr Alison Byard, and Deputy Mayor, Cllr David Bawn, and enjoy free tea or coffee and a selection of delicious cakes supplied by local businesses.

Morpeth’s treasures include the silver mace from 1604 – the oldest working civic mace in the country, cannon balls from the 1644 siege of Morpeth Castle and the Town Hutch from 1513. Also the scold’s bridle (or ‘branks’) which was given to gossips or scolding wives.

Access: There is both lift and stair access to Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber which are on the 1st floor of the Town Hall building.