It’s curtain up for new winter festival

Rev Michael Boag at All Saints church in Rothbury.
Rev Michael Boag at All Saints church in Rothbury.

The final details of Rothbury’s inaugural Christmas Festival have been released, focusing on a number of local businesses.

The highly-anticipated event is due to take place this weekend and will feature more than 50 different local businesses, who will be providing a variety of gifts for Christmas.

Rector of Upper Coquetdale, the Rev Michael Boag, who has been organising the event, said: “Our emphasis has been on encouraging local businesses that are deeply connected to and passionate about this area.

“There is so much talent at every turn, and so much beauty in every fold of the landscape, that we wanted to celebrate in our Christmas Festival, and we very much hope people will find businesses and products they have not come across before.”

Businesses participating in the event including the Moorland Spirit Company, Black Rory, Coquet Chocolates, Gift in a Tin, the Yellow Dog Company, Rothbury Makers collective, Alnwick’s Bread and Roses, as well as many more.

The festival will also feature a special postal service staffed by owls, which will be flying in to make sure that children’s letters are delivered to Santa Claus in time for Christmas.

However, the main attraction is the imminent arrival of a skating rink.

The rink, which will be located on the Haugh car park, will be open from 10am to 4pm each day.

Tickets are £5 for 30 minutes and include the hire of skates.

The service is being provided by Starlite Entertainments of Blackpool.

With more than 20 years’ experience, these veterans of the mobile skating rink industry are looking forward to visiting Northumberland for the first time.

Tickets will need to be booked in advance. For details visit and search for Rothbury Christmas Festival Skating Rink.