Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Wonder Wednesday - Cragside Estate Northumberland

A new weekly series highlighting places to visit, things to do and enjoy about my new home Northumberland.  If you don't know where it is - it's a wild county in the North East of England bordered by the sea on one side and pretty big hills on the other.

This week's feature is the Cragside Estate.  Originally built for Lord Armstrong (of the munitions firm Armstrong Vickers) in Victorian times, it's now run by the National Trust.  This month, to celebrate Armstrong's obsession with electricity, the estate has been transformed by light.  The picture (below) from Northumberland Tourism's blog shows the recently restored Iron Bridge crossing the gorge with the House itself blazing light from every window in the background.

Here's an impressive slideshow of The Electric Estate lighting shows.  These are running until 28th November, details here.  Find the National Trust's Cragside Estate page here.

On Friday 26th November 2010, there's a procession from Cragside to the local village of Rothbury and many shops will be open late and be dressed in Victorian style, including Coccuveda Gifts & Crafts who, I am pleased to announce (in a shameless plug) are carrying some of my greetings cards.   Coccuveda is run by a very friendly and talented lady and has a wide and enticing range of glass, textile and paper gifts.  Another local shop close to my heart is Rothbury Wines, mostly because they have pretty much the full range of Mead etc from Lindisfarne (which will be featured in a future Wonder Wednesday).

Rothbury has a surprising number of shops carrying local produce, crafts and 'must have' goods and gifts in addition to all the useful amenities more usual in a town. In fact the village is so thriving, it's got it's own websites here  and here and the surrounding area of Coquetdale is stuffed full of natural beauty, places of interest and most importantly, great places to stay and eat.

Next week's Feature: (p)review of the newly opened Beetroot Grill & Cafe, Morpeth

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