The sounds of the summer

Wooler Free Music Festival, Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24

SPEND a summer’s afternoon enjoying free music, dancing and entertainment set against a busy street market with local food and crafts.

The weekend of the 12th annual festival kicks off with a ceilidh in the Glendale Hall on Friday night with the tunes called by the Northumberland Fayre folk group.

It starts at 7.30pm with tickets costing £6 to include pie and pea supper. Tickets are available from Market Place News and the Cheviot Centre.

On Saturday, cyclists are invited to join the Valley of the Sentinels bike ride on a route which goes from Wooler through Akeld and Kirknewton and up the College Valley to Mounthooly and then back to Wooler.

The route takes its name from the chain of Iron Age Hillforts which it skirts.

Other significant heritage features along the route are the site of the Ad Gefrin palace of the Anglo-Saxon kings of Northumbria near Yeavering and the medieval Church at Kirknewton.

The ride will leave Padgepool Place car park at 10am and is expected to take around four hours. To register for the ride, please contact Kevin Malloy on or 01668 283703.

The music festival itself takes place on Sunday between 11am and 6pm with live music in the bus station and dancing and other entertainment in the High Street.

A car boot sale will be held in the Wheatsheaf car park while local food producers will be setting out their stalls with tempting produce in the High Street.

There will be a craft fair in the Cheviot Centre – with special visitors Barnacre Alpacas outside, storytelling for children and scrumptious, home-baked teas courtesy of Roddam WI.