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Style & Stuff Editorial

morpeth19.jpg When I say gather, GATHER!

The 52nd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering is taking place in April with enough street entertainment, music, dance, craft – and more! – to fill an entire town.

This glorious festival, which always takes place the weekend after Easter, is one of the regional spring highlights with people coming together to enjoy the traditional culture of Northumberland and the wider north-east area. The Gathering, which began back in 1968, is brimming with concerts, drama, workshops, storytelling sessions, singarounds, battle re-enactments (think: the return of Lord Greystoke from the Battle of Otterburn in 1388), competitions, stalls, clog dancing, bell-ringing, orienteering, tours, walks, talks and street performances, which includes a young people’s pageant as part of the Saturday morning Border Cavalcade. Many performers come back year on year because they receive such a warm welcome and that’s sure to be the case again this April. If you’ve never attended before then it’s high time you give yourself a real treat, and if you have, well, I’m sure you’ve already made plans to attend this year’s celebrations already.

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, Friday 26-Sunday 28 April. More details: northumbriana.org.uk/gathering