Turbulent Tales of Northumberland


Hexham Abbey, Saturday 27th May 2017, 10.30-4pm

Drop-in activities, talks and demonstrations running all day

For all ages: a fascinating & hands-on living history day,

exploring the ups and down of past times in Hexham & Northumberland.

Find out…

  • Why going to school in 1296 really could have been deadly!
  • Could Hexham have won the smelliest town award in Georgian times?


Join us, in and around the Abbey, for a day of Turbulent Tales to celebrate Northumberland Day 2017. Tynedale-based Wild Dog Outdoors will bring to life characters from Northumberland’s turbulent past: come & meet William Wallace who terrorised 13th century Northumberland with his unruly band of ‘Galwegians’, and Saint Wilfrid who put Hexham on the map just before he was kicked out of Northumbria by the King!

Local heritage skills experts will be taking us back in time to see what life would have been like. Andy Bates will tell us whether the long-standing leather industry made Hexham the smelliest town in the region and Ruth Hicken from Textiles Through Time will show us how not to get your knickers in a twist while making them! A team from Dilston Physic Garden will be on hand to show you how to create remedies to save your life or make someone fall in love with you.

There will be a chance to literally get your hands dirty as you have a go with clay, train as a knight, work with leather, make life-saving ointments, write medieval letters and more.

Refreshments served all day in the Abbey’s Refectory Café.

Free entry but generous donations invited.

For information email education@hexhamabbey.org.uk / call Toni Bush 01434 611 905