All set to show what's Great about Northumberland

Visitors to this weekend’s Northumberland County Show will be able to taste, touch and see for themselves what’s Great about the county.

Northumberland County Council’s Great Northumberland marquee will give visitors the chance to try Northumbrian delicacies from Produced in Northumberland producers, as well as having a go at an Active Northumberland Zumba class.

Children will be able to meet Peter Rabbit in person, shake his paw and enjoy stories and activities in the storytelling tent within the marquee. Peter will be appearing on the hour throughout the day from 10 - 3 with stories at 15 minutes past each hour.

The marquee will also promote Great Northumberland 2018 - an exciting eight-week summer programme of events which celebrate the arts and culture, heritage and innovation in the county.

The summer celebrations kick start on 7 July with a showcase event in Hexham Abbey grounds. This “fun for all the family” event will include street theatre, music performances and a spectacular showcase event giving a snapshot of of the whole Great Northumberland 2018 programme.

Over the following 56 days there will be everything from celebratory festivals to international sculpture exhibitions, culminating in an event in Berwick on 1 September, celebrating Northumbrian music and featuring a performance of a newly commissioned song suite The Song of the North.

Visitors to the County Show on Bank Holiday Mon (28 May), can enter a special Great Northumberland prize draw and be in with a chance of winning a 1 night, dinner, bed & breakfast stay at Matfen Hall, a family pass to Whitehouse Farm or a Produced in Northumberland hamper.

There’ll also be a chance to “Name a Gritter” with one of the council’s new fleet of gritters on display. Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service will also be there with a fire engine.

There will also be stalls from tourism attractions across the county including Alnwick Garden, Kirkharle and Northumberland National Park, as well as council services such as Northumberland Archives and the Registrar service.

Cllr Cath Homer, cabinet member for culture, arts and leisure at the council, said: “Northumberland County Show attracts more than 23,000 people every year from both within the county and outside, so it was really important for us to be part of this fantastic family event.

“The Great Northumberland marquee will help us to tell the story of this amazing county. We will be showcasing all the exciting things on offer, whether that’s going along to one of the Great Northumberland events in the summer or taking advantage of one of the many council services or activities.”

For more information about Great Northumberland go to www.greatnorthumberland.co.uk
 
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