Outdoors Northumberland Festival 2010

Outdoors Northumberland will be showcasing Northumberland’s wide array of outdoor activities this autumn during the first Outdoors Northumberland Festival.

Running from 25th September to 17th October 2010, the festival will include a range of outdoor events provided by members of the Outdoors Northumberland network, allowing residents and visitors to get out into the great outdoors and perhaps try a new activity.

Graham Vickers of Recreational Tourism Services and secretary of Outdoors Northumberland said: “We showcased Northumberland’s outdoor offer at this year’s Birmingham Outdoors Show and want to continue this momentum with the Outdoors Northumberland Festival.”

Northumberland provides an unequalled outdoors playground during the summer and we hope to continue people’s interest in outdoor activities beyond the end of the main season and autumn half term.

Cycle Challenge

The festival will be officially launched on the 25th September with a mass participation cycle challenge, centred in Haltwhistle, called the H100.

The challenge will take riders over 100 hills in and around Hadrian’s Wall country, but there’ll also be a family oriented cycle ride on the same day for people wanting something a little less strenuous.

Other events include

  • Assorted discounts for outdoor activities including GoApe, and cycle hire.
  • Board and Bike’s inaugural Annual Surf-O-rama – details here
  • Craster Archeology Walk  – An archaeology walk that takes in the site of one of the oldest houses in Britain
  • Beginner’s Birdwatching at Allen Banks
  • Dawn Patrol Photography Course
  • Survival Skills Day Course – A day course in survival skills.

Download –  the full list of events (.pdf) can be found here

Outdoors Northumberland Festival

The Outdoors Northumberland Festival has been supported by Northumberland National Park Authority and the Sustainable Development Fund.

Outdoors Northumberland is a network of businesses and public sector partners interested in recreational outdoor activities.  Members include cycling, walking, wildlife, horse-riding, watersports, multi-activity, photography and holiday guides and providers, as well as tourism specialists and representatives from Northumberland Tourism, the AONBs and Northumberland National Park.

Outdoors Northumberland was established in 2007 to build stronger relationships between public agencies and private business with the aim of enhancing Northumberland’s tourism offer.

The Northumberland Outdoors Activity Directory showcases Northumberland’s magnificent natural environment and lists outdoor activity providers and related organisations.

The directory is available online at www.visitnorthumberland.com

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