Bamburgh up for Britain's best village

Bamburgh Castle and beach. Picture by Jane Coltman
Bamburgh Castle and beach. Picture by Jane Coltman

Bamburgh has made it through to the grand final of Channel 4 show, Village of the Year.

The Northumberland location is now on the brink of winning the competition and landing the £10,000 prize.

The show is hosted by Penelope Keith, who is joined by judges Alex Langlands, Juliet Sargeant and Patrick Grant on a nationwide quest to find the best village. Thousands of locations applied and have been whittled down to a select few.

Bamburgh has reached tomorrow night's final after making it through the Northern Zone's first heat, which was aired earlier this week, and this afternoon's semi-final, which has just finished.

It beat the villages of Tarskavaig, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland; Croston, in Lancashire; and Kinlock Rannoch, in Perthshire, Scotland, in today's episode to seal its place in the final.

Tomorrow's final will be shown on Channel 4 from 8pm to 9pm and Bamburgh will go up against Beer, in Devon; Broughshane, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland; and Hampstead Norreys, in Berkshire. But only one can be crowned Village of the Year. Coincidentally, Broughshane has a twin-town arrangement with Wooler, in Northumberland.