Category: Visits

Going Back To School

On a raw February afternoon a group of Smallholders made their way to a Newcastle primary school. We had been invited to put on a display of country crafts to a class of 6-7 year olds who had spent the previous week exploring the use of natural materials. Neither group in this arrangement knew quite […]

Northumbrian Quality Meats

On Sunday 22nd June we visited Steve Ramshaw at Monkridge Farm who showed us around his premises where he runs his business Northumbria Quality Meat He sells his meats at farmers markets several shops around the area and they have their own butchers shop in Fenwicks Monkridge is an organic farm of about 750 acres […]

High House Farm Brewery

Friday 13th was not at all unlucky. Not only was it another visit for the smallholders but it was to a brewery!! Mr and Mrs Urwin provided us with a warm welcome, a fascinating tour and a tasty supper. High House Farm is a traditional non intensive farm with a mixture of arable and livestock. […]

A Farm Visit To Hawthorn Cottage

We watched the weather forecast the night before this event and a large black cloud moved slowly north and descended on Ashington at about 2pm with some lightning flashes just above Hawthorn Cottage (which could be clearly seen on the weather map on account of the gleaming new shed roof). It was therefore with wellies […]

A Visit to Gyrwe

On a glorious afternoon in May we had an opportunity to step back in time and experience life in the Anglo Saxon village of Gyrwe –Jarrow for those of you not fluent in Old English. Billy and Betty organised this fascinating visit which provided an opportunity to see two of their Dexters settling in to […]

Wild Cattle and Milk Bottles

If you are looking for variety and something new, look no further than Northumbria Smallholders. What other organisation can offer such rich diversity and at the same time consistency of pleasure. If you are willing to give yourself up to experts who either invite questions or prefer you to keep your mouth shut, then a […]

A Smell of Honey….

One glorious summer Sunday afternoon, a gathering of Smallholders made its way north to Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Berwick, where we were warmly greeted by our hosts, the Robson family.  When we were all comfortably seated around the bus café patio, Mr. Robson told us how the honey farm had been developed by his father […]

September Social

For the social evening on the 1st September we went to Alder Hall at the invitation of George and Ina Dent. The weather was good to us and as usual we all asked for a tour of George’s garden so we could see what we were up against for the show. His garden was impressive […]

Visit to the Fenton Centre

Having been snowed off earlier in the year we were blessed with a bright and sunny day for our visit at the beginning of April. The Fenton Centre is just North East of Wooler and enjoys splendid views of the Cheviots. The centre had just opened for the season and the very young staff had […]

Visit To Lanternside

On Sunday 28th July we were invited to a return visit to Lanternside the home of Gill and Julian Philipson in the lovely Coquet Valley. We started with a visit to see their two horses which are sometimes used to haul timber out of the woods. We saw Gills Shetland cow Pepsi with her fine […]

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