Over the years, GMDT has developed a portfolio of events, largely built up and developed by the Trust's interest groups. This section previews and reports on GMDT- organised events, for a comprehensive listing of events in and around Morpeth, we recommend the More in Morpeth website.
Victoria and Abdul (2017)
07 September 2018
Morpeth Community Cinema - screening films on the first Friday of the month from September to June - Morpeth Town Hall 7pm
Tickets available for the month before screening from GMDT. Chantry TIC or the Town Hall - or on the door if not sold out
Friday 7th September Victoria and Abdul (2017)
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Friday 5th October Darkest Hour (2017)
Friday 2nd November The Post (2017)
Friday 7th December Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)
Heritage Open Days 2018
13 September 2018
The Morpeth Heritage Open Days programme 2018
Morpeth Past and Present: Shop Window Displays
Newgate Street/Oldgate/Market Place/Newmarket, Morpeth
Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September 9am to 5pm
A photographic exhibition in shop windows along main streets of Morpeth. The displays give a potted history and old photographs show how the town centre shops have changed over the years.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth
St Mary's Field, Morpeth, NE61 2QT
Thursday 13, 14 & 15 September 10am to 3pm; Sunday 16 September Noon to 3pm
There is a church service on Sunday at 9.30am to which all visitors are welcome..A lovely church set in an interesting churchyard which holds the graves of several famous people including the artist Joseph Crawhall and the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. There is also a Watch House used to guard against grave robbers. Inside the church there will be an exhibition 'St Mary's - moments and memories which will feature a display of wedding and baptism dresses and associated photographs.
Church of St James’ the Great, Morpeth
St James Terrace, NE61 1BP
Thursday 13 September to Sunday 16 September: 10.00am to 4pm
A Victorian, Norman-style church by Benjamin Ferrey, former apprentice to Augustus Pugin. Impressive apse murals from 1875 recently conserved, and a fine Minton tiled floor in the Chancel. Information leaflets will be available. Guide books and handmade cards will be available to purchase.
St. Robert's Church, Morpeth
Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF
Thursday 13 September Noon to 4pm; Friday 14 September Noon to 4pm
A glorious church of 1850 with stained glass windows by the renowned William Wailes. An icon to St Robert is incorporated into the stained glass of the Sanctuary. There is a marble memorial for those who fell in the First World War. Church members will be on hand to give information about St Roberts' and its most important features. No booking required.
Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF
Thursday 13 September Noon to 4pm, Friday 14 September Noon to 4pm
Admiral Lord Collingwood was Nelson’s second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar and spent long periods of time away at sea but this Georgian house in Morpeth was where his family lived. Although his visits home were rare, he wrote fondly of his time spent here in Morpeth. This house is now the Presbytery of St Robert’s R.C. Church which will be open at the same time. No booking required.
Morpeth Heritage Walk - Blagdon to Belasis
Village Hall, Stannington, Morpeth, NE61 6EL
Thursday 13 September 12.45pm
This is a 5.5 mile circular walk from Stannington to Belasis and will include a visit to the normally closed Blagdon Hall, home of Lord Ridley. The walk will end with optional refreshments at the Ridley Arms, Stannington. No booking required. This is a country walk and children must be accompanied by an adult Please come equipped for possible rough ground and the weather. Contact for the day: David Barker (01670 515351).
Morpeth Town Treasures
Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ
Thursday 13 September 2pm to 4pm
Visit the Mayor's Parlour and the Council Chamber to see displays of Morpeth's treasures, including the silver mace from 1604 - the oldest working civic mace in the country, cannon balls from the 1644 siege of Morpeth Castle and the Town Hutch from 1513. Also the scold’s bridle (or ‘branks’) which was given to gossips or scolding wives! The Mayor Coun. Jack Gebhard will be in attendance.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford
Stable Green, Mitford, Morpeth, NE61 3PZ
Thursday 13 & 14 September 2pm to 4pm; Saturday 15 September 10am to 4pm & Sunday 16 September Noon to 4pm
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford, is a 12th Century church steeped in history. There are Norman remains; the oldest church bell in the country and interesting stained glass, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the remains of Mitford Castle. There will be a service in the church on Sunday from 10.30am to Noon to which all visitors are welcome.
Collingwood Society Lecture: "Why Naval Battles Don't Matter"
Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ
Thursday 13 September 7.30pm to 9pm
Collingwood Society member and Head of History at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, Simon Tilbrook, will take a tongue-in-cheek look at 'Why Naval Battles Don't Matter'.
Morpeth Heritage Walk - Halls of Coquetdale
Harbottle Castle Car Park, Harbottle, Morpeth, NE65 7BB
Friday 14 September 11am
This is a guided walk of approximately 8.8 miles featuring the history of Harbottle Castle and Hall, Biddlestone Hall and the Biddlestones and Clennel Hall. Bring a picnic lunch. This walk can be muddy so come equipped for the weather. Meet at Harbottle Castle Car Park, NE65 7BB, on the A68. [55.337055N 2.112308W] Possibility of car sharing from Morpeth Contact David Barker (01670 515351) No booking required.
Clock Tower Tours and Bell Ringing Experience
Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF
Saturday 15 September 10am to Noon & 2pm to 4pm Sunday 16 September 2pm to 4pm
Built in the early 1600s and containing the oldest original peal of civic bells in Britain, the Clock Tower is one of Morpeth’s landmarks. There will be short tours of the Clock Tower and an opportunity to ring the bells. There is no booking required but at busy times people might have to wait or be asked to come back later. Leaflets will be available.
St George’s United Reformed Church, Morpeth
Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PD
Saturday 15 September 10am to 4pm
This fine, spacious church will be open all day serving refreshments.
St John the Evangelist, Longhirst, Morpeth
St John the Evangelist, Longhirst, Morpeth, NE61 3LS
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September 10.30am to 3.30pm
This is the first time that this Victorian church has opened as part of HODs. There will be a church service on Sunday morning at 9.30 to which all visitors are welcome. Contact for the day: Jill Elphick (01670 790764).
Morpeth Poetry Heritage Tour
Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ
Saturday 15 September 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sunday 16 September 10.30am & 1.30pm
A tour of some of Morpeth's heritage sites conducted by members of Morpeth Poetry Group including child poets. We will be remembering a number of extraordinary women including Emily Wilding Davison, Lady Collingwood, Councillor Dorothy Robson and Alderman Isobel Smail. Pre-booking: Required. Booking essential as numbers are limited Contact: Barbara Ross Email: email@example.com Booking opens: 10 August 9am Booking closes: 10 September 2018 5pm. Additional information Max 12 people per tour/session. Walk takes 1 hour Meet 10 minutes before the start time in the Market Place. Contact for the day: 0771 898 9566.
Bowling in the Park
Morpeth Bowling Club, Carlisle Park, Morpeth
Saturday 15 September 11am to 3pm
Morpeth Bowls Club was formed in 1926 and has its home in beautiful Carlisle Park. The members invite you to watch them bowling and give it a try yourself. In the clubhouse there will be a display of trophies, historic items and refreshments will be available. No booking required.
St Andrew’s Church, Bothal
St Andrew's Church, Bothal Village, NE61 6SL
Saturday 15 & 16 September 11am to 4pm
St. Andrew's Church, Bothal has been designated a Grade I Listed Building as it is of exceptional architectural and historical interest. There will be occasional tours of the building during our open days and there will be a wide variety of craft stalls with items for sale and excellent homemade refreshments.
Bothal Village, Morpeth, NE61 6SL.
Saturday 15 September 1.30pm to 4pm
Informal tours of the grounds of Bothal Castle to reveal the history of one of Northumberland's less well known strongholds. There is no entry to the Castle which is privately occupied. Tours will be led by Barry Mead, local historian and archaeologist.
Cresswell Pele Tower Archaeology Open Day
Cresswell, NE61 5JT
Sunday 16 September 11am to 3.30pm
A chance to see what new finds have been made at this site. No booking required. Half hour tours with Barry Mead. Refreshments in Village Hall.
Celebrating Morpeth’s Heritage
Butter Market, Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ
Sunday 16 September Noon to 3pm
There will be a display about Local Notable Women including the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison whose grave is in St Mary's Churchyard. Also what was happening in Morpeth during the last year of WW1 and the locally organised pilgrimages to the battlefields of Ypres which took place in 1928. There will also be a display about Morpeth's leather trade and the Tanner's Guild.
Picnic in the Park 2019
14 July 2019
Free family fun at the annual Picnic in the Park
We are always on the look out for new opportunities so if you have an event you could see working well in Morpeth or would like to work with our interest groups to develop new ideas please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01670 503866.
We also recommend "Inside Morpeth" magazine edited by Ian Leech email: email@example.com for more in-depth reporting of local events.