Bank holiday bonanza

ANYONE looking for something to keep them busy this bank holiday weekend is in for a treat.

Whether you’re active and sporty or just looking for a relaxing day out, there is everything from night-time mountain biking to music festivals and agriculture shows.

If you’re looking for an adventure, the Cheviots Challenge, a long distance walk in the Cheviot Hills open to walkers and fell runners to raise funds for the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, will be taking place on Saturday.

Music lovers can head over to The Craster Arms Hotel in Beadnell for Crastonbury 2011 which starts on Saturday, with live music and bands all weekend, including headliners Cuban Bros. Or drop in to Brinkburn Priory where Fitzsimons Choir will be performing.

Also on Saturday, Swarland Show will provide a great day out for the family, with stalls, rides, games and activities for all, while adventure lovers can have a go at Cragside’s tree climbing activities.

On Sunday, there’s a chance to take in some of Northumberland’s beautiful coastline on the Great North Bike Ride or head down to Amble Lifeboat Day where you’ll find a host of stalls as well as attractions such as paintballing and surfing.

Adrenaline junkies can have a go at abseiling at Bamburgh Castle or mountain biking at Kielder.

On Monday, Glendale Show, north Northumberland’s premier agriculture show in Wooler, will be taking place with attractions such as the Devil’s Horsemen and the Jamie Squibb Freestyle Stunt Team.

Families can join the Teddy Bears’ Picnic taking place at Wallington Hall or head over to Seahouses to support the lifeboat day in aid of Seahouses RNLI.