(l-r) Annalise and Sydney from Barmston Village Primary School collecting hazelnuts in Washington Old Hall's nuttery

Wallington Food and Craft Festival brings countryside and culture together

Both Wallington House, Gardens and Estate and Washington Old Hall will be celebrating autumn’s rich bounty this weekend

Ballet dancers Alice Bayston and Gavin McCaig of The Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet bring Cinderella to Seaton Delaval Hall ahead of Theatre Royal shows

Northern Ballet, who will be performing Cinderella from October 21, said the Hall's scandalous and famous past made it the perfect setting

Delegates gather at the 2014 addition of MuseumNext, at The Sage Gateshead

Newcastle entrepreneur behind Europe's top museum sector conference

Jim Richardson, founder of Newcastle design studio Sumo, has successfully grown MuseumNext to attract international attention

A Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphin

Record year for whales and dolphins off North East coast

The Farne Islands Wildlife Report for 2013, published by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, reveals that there were a total of 138 sightings of cetaceans

Blimps flown above Rayburn Lakes by RES

Major wind farm plans for Belford and Netherwitton set for rejection

Major plans for wind farms at Belford and Netherwitton are likely to be thrown out by Northumberland County Council next week

Formal decision on major development The Sill at Hadrian's Wall is delayed

Plans for The Sill visitor centre were approved but the application has been referred by a third party to the Planning Casework Unit

Oliver Maurice

One man's mission to protect natural and built heritage

Ex-North National Trust boss in pilgrim walk to rase conservation funds.

A red squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth at Kielder Forest

Survey gives hope as red squirrels hold their own

North East's red squirrels hang on to their territory in face of grey advance, a new study suggests

Fire of the North event

Fire of the North blazes a link between the borders

Burning beacons add their own drama on a night dominated by Great North Run opening ceremony

The Spirit of Wallington exhibition captures through a serious of vibrant and rich textiles the lives of the last of the Trevelyans to live at the ancestral seat

New exhibition captures the Spirit of Wallington

A crowd of textile artists have been responding to the National Trust property for a new exhibition which has history sewn right in, as Sam Wonfor discovers

The Bridled Tern on the Farne Islands

Farne Islands seabird population rising Northumberland breeding figures show

Numbers of breeding pairs of shags, kittiwakes, eider ducks, terns, and puffins on the rise on Northumberland coast

Skinny dipping at Druridge Bay

North East Skinny Dip at Druridge Bay returns for third year to raise charity cash

The North East Skinny Dip returns to Drurdige Bay for the third time next month to raise money for a mental health charity

Actor Ben Crompton, from Game of Thrones, at Housesteads Roman Fort

Game of Thrones actor Ben Crompton launches Hadrian's Wall exhibition

TV star Ben Crompton who plays Eddison Tollett in fantasy drama unveils historic faces exhibition on Hadrian's Wall

Sir Mortimer Wheeler

Stories behind Hadrian's Wall pioneers are honoured in new exhibition

Historian William Hutton thought in 1801 he would be the last man to walk the length of the wall


Nature wardens to celebrate the life of St Cuthbert with twin beacons

Plans have been announced to mark St Cuthbert's Day by lighting beacons on both sides of the Scottish Border

Donors come forward to fund Penshaw Monument graffiti removal

V for Vendetta graffiti cleanup of Penshaw Monument paid for by bank

The National Trust's Penshaw Monument in Sunderland was daubed with red paint slogans from the film and graphic novel V for Vendetta

Master Stonemason Brendan Teasdale, who is starting to carve a 4ft x 5ft block of stone which will be used in the restoration of the front of Seaton Delaval Hall.

Master stonemason tackles heavyweight historic hall job

Head mason at Teamforce Restoration in Blyth is taking on a restoration mission at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland

Actor Robson Green at Cragside house where he turned on the 17-metre (56ft) Archimedes screw that has been installed that will use water to produce enough energy to light the 350 bulbs at the 150-year-old Cragside house in Northumberland.

Actor Robson Green turns back the clock at Cragside

Hydro power returns to light up Lord Armstrong's Northumberland home

Little tern and chick at the Long Nanny site in Northumberland

Five go camping to protect colony of threatened terns in Northumberland

The five assistant wardens, all in their 20s, are employed by the National Trust to keep a 24-hour guard on the rare birds from May to August

Tom Wills

Tom Wills: Don't let inquest verdicts stop you checking your trees won't hurt anyone

Sintons Law Firm rural specialist Tom Wills has a lucky escape while walking his dogs


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