A family having a picnic on the beach

National Trust invites people to its Big Beach Picnic

If the sun is shining and you love al fresco dining, there are two stretches of North East coastline you should head for

Dusk at Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse in South Shields celebrates 25 years of being open to public

Souter Lighthouse, in South Shields, opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1990

Embleton Bay, Northumberland

National Trust Neptune coast campaign marks 50th anniversary

The National Trust Neptune scheme is celebrating a landmark birthday after being set up to save North East shoreline stretches

Dale Stevens, right, placing one of the pots on the bridge at Cragside

Gardeners turn back the clock at Cragside's Ivy Bridge

The National Trust has been replanting a picturesque bridge at Cragside to restore its original look

New recruit to North East-based design agency Sumo are account director Wendy Wilson, left, and Kala Preston, event director

Appointments: Key appointments for design agency Sumo

Design agency Sumo has appointed two new members of staff at the Newcastle-based business

A Labour Party gathering at Wallington

National Trust Northumberland property reruns 1929 election

A new exhibition tells story of the socialist landowner who gave the Wallington Estate to the nation

Keith Hann: A Question of Trust

Journal columnist Keith Hann on why he has lost faith in the National Trust

Sir Richard Branson and seals on the Farne Islands

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson offers seven figure sum to buy the Farne Islands

He wants to rename it Lafi Island and build a luxury lodge for him to stay in when he visits Virgin Money at Gosforth in Newcastle

Local volunteers working at the ancient priory dig site next to St Mary the Virgin church in Holystone

Ancient medieval priory unearthed by Northumberland villagers

Volunteers unearth remains of nunnery at Holystone, which was targeted in Henry VIII's Dissolution of the monasteries in 1539

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage

Left to right, John Gilfillan of Delavals with Simon Johnson of NEL at Seaton Delaval Hall

Delavals looks to crowdfunding for next round of investment

Delavals Brewers aims to raise £400,000 through a crowdfunding platform to support its future plans

The bottle works at Seaton Sluice

Bid to make more of Northumberland harbour heritage

Seaton Sluice harbour heyday could link with stately home in visitor attraction package

Superyacht the Sovereign arrives at Newcastle Quayside

Review of the year: We look back at the biggest stories from July to September

July to September saw the North East lead the way in a 'three-parent babies' project to protect unborn infants from congenital genetic defects

Cragside in Northumberland

Cragside is still a great place to explore in the winter - especially if you pop into the tea room

The tea room at the National Trust property in Northumberland is offering a soecial Christmas lunch menu for visitors

The Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle

North East tourism bosses hoping more people will explore the region's hidden gems

Tourism bosses are hoping the recent announcement that Newcastle has been named as the UK’s favourite city will help bring more visitors to the North East

Grahame Stone from STS on St Pauls Cathedral

County Durham firm complete work on St Paul's Cathedral

The contract is one of a number of recent wins for Stone Technical Services

Cragside

Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series

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The national spotlight is on Lindisfarne and Cragside's historic gardens as they appear in a new TV series

'What makes a Geordie?' debate to be held in Newcastle

Newcastle University event will examine links between heritage and the Geordie character as Tony Henderson explains

(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

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