Werneth Youth Concert Band - Northumberland Tour 2015
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2015Werneth Youth Concert Band had another very succesful tour to Bellingham, Northumberland, from May 1–4, 2015. It was a great weekend where we got to know each other better, had a lot of fun and played two great concerts. There was no cost to join the tour, although individual players arranged their own transport and accommodation and food for the weekend.
Outline of the weekendFriday 1st May
- Arrived at Bellingham Brown Rigg Camping and Carvanning Club, set up tents and caravans (or check into the local hotel / B&B).
Saturday 2nd May
- Morning and Early Afternoon - people continued to arrive and/or explore the area!
- Late Afternoon (5pm) - Set up for the concert and have a meal together.
- Evening (7pm) - Concert in Bellingham Town Hall with special guests from the area.
Sunday 3rd May
- Free to explore Bellingham and the North Tyne Valley.
- Late Afternoon - BBQ and informal concert at the camp site.
Monday 4th May
- More opporunities to explore the area before departing sunny Northumberland!
Bellingham Brown Rigg Camping and Carvanning ClubThe band was based at the Bellingham Brown Rigg Camping and Carvanning Club. The site is run by Jo Avis and family who played French Horn for over ten years with Werneth Concert Band before moving to Northumberland in 2013.
Bellingham Brown Rigg Camping and Carvanning Club takes caravans, motorhomes and tents, or some rented a camping pod. The site’s address is Bellingham, Hexham, NE48 2JY, phone 01434 220175.
The North Tyne Valley, NorthumberlandBellingham is located at the edge of the Northumbrian National Park. There are numerous walking and cycling opportunities from the town of Bellingham. The site itself is on the Pennine Way and Pennine Cycleway.
You can walk from the town to the magical Hareshaw Linn waterfall through ancient woodland. There’s more walking to be enjoyed from Greenhaugh village or spend the day in Kielder Water and Forest Park (north west of Bellingham campsite) which includes northern Europe’s largest man-made lake. There are a lot of activities to enjoy including walking, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, canoeing on the North Tyne, water skiing, rock climbing, fishing (lots of salmon) and golf. The Kielder Observatory is an excellent place to view Northumbria’s dark skies. There is also Go Ape tree top adventure at Matfen while Hexham is a tourist market town with its own attractions.
The North Tyne Valley has an abundance of wildlife with a large red squirrel population, ospreys, kestrels, buzzards, otters, bats - plus a lot of tough Cheviot sheep! The spectacular coastline has its own superb bird life.
For history lovers, you can spend an interesting day at Hadrian’s Wall and associated Roman sites, Alnwick Castle and Gardens or the National Trust houses Cragside and Wallington.