Join in on Northumberland Day

The lightship LV50 at Blyth.
The lightship LV50 at Blyth.

The organisers of Northumberland Day are hoping to get more people involved, with the launch of a new website.

Northumberland Day takes place on May 27, but events and activities are currently running from May 19 to June 2, and possibly further into the first week of June.

A new website – – showcases all that is great about Northumberland Day and gives every type of event organiser, from a village hall or community group, to a business, school, art group or food producer, a platform from which to publicise their event.

The site has been commissioned by organiser Jane Hunt, managing director of Catapult PR, with the help of new Cumbrian web design business, Pencil to Pixel, which devoted some unpaid time to the project. Jane devised the concept of Northumberland Day for her client Langley Castle, which championed it and brought it to fruition in 2017.

Now, passionate Northumbrians everywhere are taking ownership of the celebration and giving it the grassroots support that will see it grow year-on-year.

One of the events already enjoying its new profile at the Northumberland Day website is a SMILE Through Sport disability sports morning, which will enable people to have a taster session of three disabled sports – athletics, boccia and cricket.

The event at the Willowburn Sport and Leisure Centre in Alnwick on May 22, will be attended by champion Paralympian Stephen Miller.

The new website also now carries a section that is focused on schools, with an education pack highlighting Grace Darling and George Stephenson, with suggested activities based around them.

It also has a focus on Northumbrian food and drink and has activities linked to the Northumbrian language and the county’s flag.

Finally, it looks at one of the county’s lesser-known landmarks – the lightship LV50 at Blyth – providing information about this important historic vessel, but also offering one primary school class the chance to visit.

The Friends of LV50 have also planned a Northumberland Day event, which will take place on May 31, when visitors can go aboard between 10am and 4pm and discover what life was like for the men manning a lightship.

To contact the Northumberland Day office, email or ring 01253 891114.

The event listing at the new website is a work in progress, with new details arriving every day. There is still plenty of time to organise activities and share details with the whole county, or plan an event that could just win a Northumbie award – one of the special, fused-glass creations made by local glass artist Helen Grierson, which reward participation in Northumberland Day.

There is also still time to join one of the growing list of sponsors of the Northumbie Awards, picking a category to support.

Jane Hunt said: “There was so much positive feedback from exhibitors and attendees at the North Tourism Fairs that I knew it was time to give the initiative a more deserving online home and create materials that will help schools across the county get involved.

“Since launching the new site, there has been an amazing response, with more event details instantly coming in. Northumberland Day 2018 is set to be even more vibrant than last year’s event and we cannot thank passionate villages like Norham, Boulmer and Beadnell, or groups like the Friends of LV50, enough for their support and the can-do attitude that makes things happen.”