Masters helps putt the county on the tourism trail

26 Sep 2017

Visitors to the British Masters this week are being reminded there’s plenty more of Northumberland to check out while they’re here.

First held in 1946, The British Masters is recognised as one of the leading professional tournaments on the European Tour. Stars playing this year include Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter.

The event is taking place at Close House near Heddon on the Wall, ideally situated as a base for visiting other attractions in the county.

Cath Homer, Cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, said: “It’s fantastic to have another international sporting event in our county, just two weeks after the Tour of Britain.

“We’re delighted the British Masters is being held in Northumberland and hope visitors will take some time to explore what else the county has to offer when they’re not watching the golf.

“Close House is centrally located with great road links to other parts of the county and with free parking across our towns it’s great to showcase what we have to offer to a new audience.”

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To ensure the event runs smoothly and the thousands of visitors can get in and out to the event, the council is also advising a range of traffic management is in place.

There are closures in place for non-event traffic on the B6528 Hexham road from Heddon on the Wall to the Holeyn Hall road junction.

​A closure will also be in place for non-event traffic on the U8209 Bluebell Lane in Wylam.

​Full diversion routes are in place and drivers should follow the signs. Event traffic should also follow the appropriate signage.

​The roads will be closed on September 26 from 2:30pm-10pm and from 6am on September 27 to 11pm on October 1. These could be extended to October 2 should the event overrun.

Access for local businesses and residents will be maintained at all times. While every effort will be made to minimise disruption, traffic will be delayed and drivers are advised to allow additional time for their journey.

There will be a large amount of traffic using the road and transport network during the event and residents and road users are asked to be patient.

Bus diversions routes are also in place.