Win tickets for inaugural festival at Northumberland beauty spot

Bamburgh Festival promo shots
Bamburgh Festival promo shots

A festival bringing the sound of music to a Northumbrian coastal landmark is to be held at the end of this month – and we’ve got tickets to give away.

Bamburgh Castle will host the B Festival – a feast of musical talent in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland, a charity based in Alnwick and Berwick – on Friday, July 31.

Bamburgh Festival promo shots

Bamburgh Festival promo shots

The event will offer music of all descriptions, taking in classical, opera, folk, jazz, pop and more.

And we are offering our readers the chance to win tickets for the festival worth £60.

The event is sponsored by Neil and Jackie Forysth, owners of Seahouses-based holiday cottage company Stay Northumbria, with support from St Cuthbert’s Hospice at Durham.

Neil said: “A little under two years ago, I lost my sister to pancreatic cancer, one of the most invasive and quick developing of cancers.

Bamburgh Festival promo shots

Bamburgh Festival promo shots

“For the last two weeks of her life, she received the kindest of care at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, where there was round-the-clock care to ensure her pain level was always controlled.

“I just think she would appreciate Jackie and I, as Staynorthumbria, sponsoring the B Festival for such a worthwhile cause.”

The event is being held by permission of Francis Watson-Armstrong and the Armstrong family, who have adopted HospiceCare as their charity of the year.

Chris Calvert, director of the castle, said: “We’re really excited about working with HospiceCare on this project.

Duchess's Community High School Sport teams 2015

Duchess's Community High School Sport teams 2015

“We’ve never had an event like this at the castle, so it’s a first. It will be a great evening and a great way to raise funds for a very deserving charity.”

Julie Frost, marketing co-ordinator for HospiceCare, said: “This event is really exciting for us and incredibly special because Bamburgh Castle is such an iconic building.

“Guests will be able to enjoy the music while watching the sun set over the sea, knowing that they are not only part of an exclusive event, but also helping to raise much-needed funds for our local hospice.

“We’ve had tremendous support from all the bands playing on the night.

“Special thanks have to go to Neil and Jackie Forsyth owners of a local business, Stay Northumbria, who have sponsored the event, making it possible for all ticket sales to go directly to HospiceCare.

“With Neil and Jackie’s support, the music festival has been significantly enhanced by what we have been able to offer, including the hire of a professional organiser providing a covered stage, lighting and sound system for our bands and musicians. We are all hugely grateful for their support.”

The line-up for the event includes the Berwick Concert Band, Candi’s Dog, Renata and Trev, the Attic Band, Lionheart Harmony, the Grey Catz, Rhionne, the James Mathewson Musical Theatre Ensemble and State 4.

Tickets are £15 each, and under-16s go free.

Concert-goers are invited to take along picnics, although a selection of food and drink will be available on the night from A Taste of Northumberland and Alnwick’s VIP Brewery.

For more information call 01665 606515, check out festival’s Facebook page or email

Tickets can be bought online at www/ or at the castle, Clarks the Grocers in Bamburgh and HospiceCare’s Alnwick office.

To enter our contest, answer the question on the form on the right, fill it in and send it to us by Friday, July 17.