Close House at Heddon-on-the-wall is the venue for this year’s British Masters Golf Tournament, which takes place from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October. It will be hosted by Lee Westwood, Close House’s attached tour professional, who originally opened the Colt Course in 2011 as the world’s number one golfer. First held in 1946, the British Masters event returned to the European Tour schedule in 2015. Past British Masters champions in the 1980s included Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo.
If you’re an art enthusiast (or you’d simply like to sample the auction experience), head along to the village hall in Kirknewton on Saturday 30th September. One hundred paintings by professional and amateur artists will be auctioned in aid of Macmillan Nurses. Prices for all pockets and pictures for all tastes!
Learn all about the incredible journeys of migrant birds during a walk at the Wildlife Discovery Centre at Hauxley Nature Reserve, near Amble, on 30th September. Suitable footwear should be worn. Binoculars recommended but not essential.
Fancy foraging for food in the wild? Go on a full day foraging course and find the ingredients for a wild food feast! Taking place in Kielder on three consecutive Saturdays – the 30th September and the first two in October. Starts at Kielder Village Campsite.
It’s Red Squirrel Week at Wallington Hall, Cambo (27th September to 1st October). Join the ranger for a squirrel spotting walk and squirrel-themed activities in the West Wood and find out all about the important work going on to protect this rare species.
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon takes place over the weekend of 7th/8th October. Its route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, and the marathon is the finale to a weekend of events, starting with the Kielder 10k and Kielder Run Bike Run on the Saturday, followed by the Kielder Half Marathon and junior races on the Sunday. An electric atmosphere and a fabulous weekend in this beautiful part of the country.
Join National Park rangers on one of their favourite walks to the Shepherd’s Cairn on Wednesday 4th October, starting off at the church in Alnham. You will begin the 5-6 mile walk by following ‘Salters’ Road’, named after 18th Century traders who smuggled salt by packhorse from salt pans on the north Northumberland coast to Scotland. You will stop at the Shepherd’s Cairn, a memorial to two shepherds who lost their lives in the winter of 1962. Reasonable fitness is required as this is a moderate level of walk.