This December Rothbury is creating a new Christmas tradition. The first Rothbury Christmas Festival will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December offering the whole family a Christmas cracker of a day out.
There will be a Christmas Crib Exhibition threading its way through Rothbury village centre that aims to have 80 nativity scenes on display. Treasure hunts, a Christmas market, live music, a fun fair, a skating rink and a North Pole postal service staffed by live owls will all be part of the weekend and proceeds will go to support young people’s projects throughout the valley.
The Christmas market has attracted stall holders from all over the region including Hexham based, award winning business and stars of the 2014 series of Dragon’s Den - Gift in a Tin. Artists, photographers, crafters and food traders will be offering unusual and original decorations and present ideas. Stall holders have been carefully selected to ensure that all budgets from pocket money upwards will be able to enjoy the stalls.
Creches: one for the children – to ensure some Secret Santa shopping time – and one for your bags, will be in operation along with a gift wrapping service in aid of Northumberland Hospice Care so save yourself time and hassle and do a good turn in one easy step.
On Saturday 5th December North East songsters Voice Male and the Coquet Wassailers will perform traditional and folk inspired Christmas music. Sunday 6th December will see the Coquetdale Chamber Choir perform a programme of music and poetry for Advent. Both free concerts take place in All Saints’ Parish church.
There will be a children’s fun fair with rides for younger children and an outdoor skating rink will be in the village for three days offering fun for kids of all ages. Tickets are £5 for 30 minutes on the rink and include skate hire.
The village will also host a branch of the North Pole Owl Post. Consistently rated the county’s top tourist attraction by Trip Advisor, Falconry Days Northumberland will bring their Winter Wonderland experience to Rothbury. Children are introduced to a range of owls and, with a little help from his favourite Elves, write their letters to Father Christmas. The owls then fly those letters away to the North Pole and once he has had a chance to read them, Father Christmas will write back to each child in time for Christmas. Tickets are £5 per child – well behaved adults accompanied by a child come free!
Tickets for the skating and Owl Post should be booked in advance. More information and the on-line box office can be found at www.facebook.com/RothburyChristmas2015 or on Twitter @RothburyXmas