29th July 2017
On Saturday 29 July Northumberland National Park Authority will officially welcome its first visitors to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre and 86-bed youth hostel at Once Brewed on Hadrian’s Wall.
The grand opening of the £14.8m state-of-the-art visitor centre and world-class youth hostel will also be the finale to the UK National Parks Week festivities, which run from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July.
To celebrate, Northumberland National Park is hosting a week-long festival of activities and events at key locations across the Park, which will culminate in The Sill opening weekend on 29 and 30 July.
Sarah Glynn, Sill Manager explains: “The Sill is Northumberland National Park’s new world-class visitor attraction and the UK’s first dedicated National Landscape Discovery Centre. An all-weather, all-year facility, The Sill is designed to excite, inspire and enable people of all ages to understand and explore the landscapes, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland and the many other fantastic attractions in the county and beyond.
“We’ve planned the public opening to coincide with UK National Parks Week and the beginning of the school summer holidays to encourage as many people as possible to join in the celebrations, take a tour of the building and try out lots of family-friendly activities.
“We are transforming our site at Walltown into a giant playground and we’re also making it easier and cheaper for people to get involved. Visitors can buy a wristband for all our National Parks Week events and take advantage of a free vintage bus service which will be operating on the Saturday to take them between Walltown and The Sill.
“With exhibitions, a café, YHA, information point and a shop packed with local produce, arts and crafts, there’s plenty to keep everyone happy for a visit or a stay. After many, many months of dedication and hard work it’s fantastic to be celebrating the opening and welcoming the public at last!”
During the opening weekend there will be regular guided tours of the unique Whin Sill Grassland roof and youth hostel (YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall).