Summer begins with castle trip

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MORPETH Antiquarians started their programme of summer excursions with a local visit to Bothal Church and Bothal Castle.

As one group heard the fascinating history of the ancient church from the Reverend John Parks, a second group braved the summer elements and stormed the castle, umbrellas at the ready, under the leadership of Barrie Mead.

Welcome hot drinks, scones and cakes were provided by congregation members at ‘half-time’ during this excellent visit to these beautiful historic gems on our doorstep.

The antiquarians welcome non members to their meetings and summer excursions.

There is to be a full-day excursion to Temple Newsam, a historic house near Leeds on Friday, June 8, leaving Morpeth Leisure Centre at 9am and returning about 7pm. The cost of £20 includes a guided visit, access to the gardens and bus travel.

The bus for the evening excursion will leave the leisure centre at 5.30pm on Tuesday, June 26 and the £10 cost includes travel and a guided tour of the refurbished Leazes Park, returning between 8.30pm to 9pm.

The final full-day excursion, costing £15, leaves the leisure centre at 9.15am for a morning at the Chain Bridge Honey Farm near Berwick. The afternoon in Bamburgh includes a guided visit to St Aidan’s Church and the Grace Darling Museum, returning to Morpeth for approximately 6.30pm.

These events are planned by Miss C Houlton on 01670 513039, who can give further details of these meticulously planned, enjoyable and value for money excursions.