9 September 2014

Family adventures into the Northumberland wilderness with The Sill

This autumn heralds a celebration of wild Northumberland, with an exciting day brimming with adventurous activities, organised by The Sill project team at Northumberland National Park Authority and YHA (England and Wales).

On Sunday September 21, people of all ages are invited to discover the wild beauty of the Breamish Valley at a unique event for the whole family. Audiences are invited to experience the valley in ways they have never had a chance to do before, discovering the sights, sounds and stories of Northumberland National Park and Breamish Valley.

Adventure will be the name of the game during the 'Walk on the Wild Side' walks which offer the chance to explore the Valley in a range of ways, including a guided walk with a difference, with the Wynn Family the Walking Theatre Company, river-dipping with a park ranger, bug-hunting and foraging with Northern Wilds, and panning for precious stones.

bug hunt 

Senses will be heightened during the 'Listening to Nature' walks, which provide a unique opportunity to hear nature in its full glory using a parabolic microphone and headphones guided by sound artist Dan Fox from Sound Intervention. Dan will also be bringing his "Boom Bike" – a three-wheeled mobile sound system – to add a musical backdrop to the event.

'Discovering the Breamish Valley' on September 21 is just one of four events due to take place throughout the coming months as part of The Sill's exciting pilot activity programme, from public events to international symposiums.

Inspiring people to discover and explore the many exciting features of our natural environment is one of the key aims of The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre. Throughout the course of the development phase of the project, the team are trialing a range of activities which opens up this theme to the public.

Stuart Evans, The Sill Project Director at Northumberland National Park Authority, said: "Northumberland has very many beautiful and wild places just waiting to be discovered. This autumn, The Sill hopes to introduce people of all ages and businesses to the exciting activities and opportunities that will be on offer should The Sill go ahead.

"Pilot activities such as these are instrumental to the development of The Sill to help showcase our exciting landscapes. Thanks to the popularity and success of previous taster events, we are confident that 30,000 new activity days can be promoted and supported through The Sill."

sound walk 

These latest pilot activities have seen The Sill further add to its emphasis on partnership working by enlisting the services of Northumberland-based project and production management company, Culture Creative, to organise the exciting events.

Zoë Bottrell, Director of Culture Creative, said: "Culture Creative has developed a specialism in developing and delivering events in landscape and heritage nationwide, so we are very excited to be working with the Sill project to see what new opportunities can be cultivated. Working with some very talented artists, professionals in specialist fields, businesses and students, we hope to open the National Park and the Sill to a whole new audience – exploring as we go."

The Walk on the Wild Side walks - which last around 45 minutes - will take place on September 21 at 12pm and 2pm. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for children under 18. Under 4s go free but need to be able to walk for 45 minutes and still require a space to be booked.

Listening to Nature walks - which also last 45 minutes - start at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3.50 for children. Under 4s go free but a space still needs to be reserved.

Zorbing will also be on offer in five-minute sessions costing £3 for both adults and children aged five and over.

To book tickets for any of the Discovering the Breamish Valley events on Sunday September 21st, visit the events page and click on the 'Book Now' icon.


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