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.
Community Cinema "Florence Foster Jenkins" (2016)
01 September 2017
1st Sept: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
The 2017 Community Cinema Programme
The programme continues usually on the 1st Friday of each month
6th October: "45 Years" (2015)
3rd November: "Everest" (2015)
1st December: "Inside Out" (2015)
Heritage Open Days 2017
07 September 2017
The Morpeth Heritage Open Days programme 2017 runs from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September and includes ten buildings open to the public, three exhibitions, three walks and a talk
St James the Great, Morpeth
Impressive Victorian church designed by Benjamin Ferrey, former apprentice to Augustus Pugin, which is based on the style of the Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily. See the apse paintings and fine Minton tiled floor in the Chancel. Information leaflets available. Teas/coffee. Guide books and handmade cards available to purchase. Church is accessible by wheelchair from north porch although access to High Altar and Grey Chapel is limited due to steps.
Times: Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th 10am – 4pm
St Andrew’s Church, Bothal
A designated Grade I Listed Building because of its exceptional architectural and historical interest. Occasional tours during the Open Days and there will be craft stalls with items for sale as well as art and photography exhibitions
Times: Sat 9th & Sun 10th 11am – 4pm
St George’s URC, Morpeth
The Church at the end of Telford Bridge
Times: Saturday 10am - Noon & 1.45pm - 4pm
There will be a jazz event from 12.30pm - 1.30pm which is not a HODS event and entrance is £5 including strawberries & cream.
St Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford
A 12th Century church that is steeped in history. There are Norman remains and the oldest church bell in the country as well as fascinating stained glass windows, all in a beautiful setting overlooking Mitford Castle. A service will be held from 10.30am on Sunday 10th September and all are welcome to attend.
Times – Thurs 7th Fri 8th – 2pm to 4pm; Sat 9th – 10am to 4pm; Sun 10th – Noon to 4pm
St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth
One of the best medieval churches in Northumberland with a 14th Century Jesse Window. There will be a variety of variety of activities available to take part in including mouse trails, quizzes and guided tours. In the churchyard visitors will find the grave of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison and an early 19th Century watch tower to guard against grave robbers.
Times: Thurs 7th Sept to Sat 9th 11am – 3pm; Sun 10th Noon to 3pm
St Robert of Newminster RC Church, Morpeth
A glorious church with stained glass windows by the renowned William Wailes. The church is behind Collingwood House which will also be opening during the Heritage Open Days
Time: Thurs 7th Sept 1pm – 4pm
Celebrating Morpeth’s Heritage
A mini-display and heritage drop-in afternoon at the Butter Market in Morpeth Town Hall run by Morpeth Antiquarian Society with an exhibition of 1917 births and deaths plus the Society’s 70th Anniversary. Meet Society members for a chat about ideas for the future of its museum collection.
Time: Sunday 10th Sept Noon – 3pm
Morpeth Town Treasures
The Mayor’s Parlour and the Council Chamber will be open to visit in Morpeth Town Hall to see displays of Morpeth’s treasures including the Silver Mace that dates from 1604 and is the oldest working civic mace in the country. See also cannon balls from the 1644 siege of Morpeth Castle; the Town Hutch that dates from 1513 and the scold’s bridle or branks which was given to gossips or scolding wives. The current Mayor Cllr Nic Best and several past mayors will be present.
Time: Thurs 7th Sept 2pm – 4pm
Tours of the Castle grounds led by local historian and archaeologist Barry Mead that will reveal the history of one of Northumberland’s lesser known strongholds. No entry into the Castle itself.
Time: Sun 10th Sept 11am to 4pm
Tours and bell ringing experience. Built in the early 1600s the Clock Tower is one of Morpeth’s landmarks and it contains the oldest original peal of civic bells in Britain. Short tours of the Clock Tower and a chance to ring the bells. No booking required but at busy times visitors may have to wait or be asked to return later. Leaflets available. There are steep steps at the entrance and further flights of steep stairs to the ringing chamber. All children must be accompanied by an adult
Times: Fri 8th Sept 2pm – 4pm; Sat 9th Sept 10 – Noon & 2pm – 4pm; Sun 10th Sept 2pm – 4pm
Admiral Lord Collingwood was Nelson’s second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar. When he was not away at sea, this Georgian house in Oldgate, Morpeth was where he lived with his wife and family. Although he was often not at home he wrote fondly of his time spent there. The house is now the working house and Presbytery of St Robert’s RC Church so full access is not available. The main door on to Oldgate will be open with access to the dining room, main hall and staircase. The Church will also be open to visitors.
Time: Thurs 7th Sept 1pm to 4pm
Collingwood Society Lecture
Dr Tony Barrow will talk about "Collingwood’s Midshipmen" some of whom were local to the North East. The talk will be given In the Corn Exchange (downstairs), Morpeth Town Hall.
Time: Thurs 7th Sept 7.30 – 9pm
Morpeth Past & Present
Photographic displays in shop windows along Oldgate, Newgate Street and the Newmarket giving a potted history showing how the town centre shops have changed over the years.
Times: Thurs 7th Sept to Sun 10th Sept – All day
Morpeth Railway Station
Small exhibition on the history of the Grade II listed Victorian station designed by Benjamin Green and opened in 1848, as well as information about the current redevelopment project to restore the station’s buildings. Also short guided tours of the current station buildings - maximum six people per tour session (call 01670 503866 to book). As this event takes place at a main line railway station, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Times: Fri 8th Sept & Sat 9th Sept 9.30am – 12.30pm
John Caffrey – ‘The Birds of Thoreau Country’
John Caffrey was a well-known Morpeth artist who became interested in the American naturalist, writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau whose environmental concerns reflected John’s own views. This year is the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth and the event will include John’s collection of Thoreau books as well as literature about the early English publishers and editors of his work. John’s own original watercolours depicting ‘Birds of Thoreau Country' will also be on show. The event takes place at The Bagpipe Museum, upstairs in the Chantry, where cards of John’s watercolours will be on sale.
Times: Thurs 7th to Sat 9th Sept 10am to 5pm
Rothbury WW1 Trenches & Iron Age Forts
A nine mile walk featuring WWI trenches and an Iron Age Fort along with a visit to the normally private Cartington Castle. Meet at Beggars Rigg car park quarter of a mile west of Rothbury on the B6341 road to Thropton. No need to book but take a picnic lunch. The walk route can be muddy.
Contact (01670) 515351. No booking required.
Time: Fri 8th Sept 10.30am
A five-and-a-half mile walk featuring Codgers Fort and Rothley Castle and lakes. Meet at Rothley Crossroads on the B6342 (NZ 0437 8973). The walk route may be muddy.
Contact (01670) 515351. No booking required.
Time: Thurs 7th Sept 1pm
Morpeth Poetry Heritage Tour
A tour of some of the town’s heritage sites led by members of the Morpeth Poetry Group including child poets. Gain an insight into the people and places of Morpeth’s past through the medium of poetry. Poets will be in costume. A maximum of 12 people per tour session. Meet on Newgate Street at the entrance to St James Church 10 minutes before tours start. The route may vary according to weather conditions. The walks around Morpeth town centre will last one hour and cover less than one mile.
Times: Sat 9th & Sun 10th Sept 10.30am & 2pm
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 email@example.com or tel 01670 503866.
We also recommend "Inside Morpeth" magazine edited by Ian Leech email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more in-depth reporting of local events.