Arts, music and sport events for first Northumberland Day

Howick Hall and gardens
Picture by Jane Coltman
Howick Hall and gardens Picture by Jane Coltman

The arts, sport and music are the latest sectors to support the first Northumberland Day, taking place on Sunday, May 28, and in the days leading up to and after this date.

Craster Art Club is holding an exhibition of its members’ works in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and mixed media at Howick Village Hall, running from Saturday, May 27, to Monday, May 29.

The Howick Coastal Choir will be performing a two-hour concert in the Earl Grey Tea Rooms at Howick Hall on the evening of Sunday, May 28. The concert will celebrate Northumberland Day through song, fiddle playing and the poetry of Noel Hodgson. Tickets on 01665 577285.

On the same day, the Ashington Rocks event will be staged in Ashington, featuring local rock bands. Tickets cost just £10, for an event that will go on until late, from www.we gottickets.com/event/388082 or by calling 01670 814091.

When it comes to sport, SMILE Through Sport – a not-for-profit organisation founded by Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE – is arranging two open-to-all, inclusive Northumberland Day taster events, to encourage more people with disabilities and mental-health conditions to get involved with sport.

The first is at Willowburn Leisure Centre in Alnwick, from 10am to noon on Tuesday, May 23, and will have Stephen attending as a special guest. Here and at the second taster event, at Blyth Sporting Club, on Saturday, May 27, also 10am to noon, those attending are encouraged to dress in red and yellow.

National Trust Wallington is encouraging people to get involved in a sport of a different kind, as it links the opening of its new Dragon Cycle Trail in with the Northumberland Day celebrations. Red and yellow colours are again encouraged as cyclists explore two new trails.

Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt, said: “These arts, music and sports-focused events show how Northumberland Day is touching every aspect of life in the county. It’s not too late to put your own event on, have a great time, unite the community and maybe scoop one of our very special Northumbie awards, designed in fused glass by local artist Helen Grierson.

“Northumberland Day is about communities and people coming together and celebrating everything that makes the county great. These events embody all that the day stands for.”

More information about all events, along with ideas of how to get involved, can be found at www.northumberlandday.net To make inquiries, email NDay@catapultpr.co.uk