Showcase at hall’s wedding open week

Kirkley Hall set for a wedding.
Kirkley Hall set for a wedding.

Couples preparing to tie the knot can view facilities and speak to members of the specialist team at Kirkley Hall over the next few days.

A wedding open week is currently taking place at the venue – a Grade II-listed building set within a stunning 17th century estate.

Those who attend will be able to see the hall and grounds all set up and dressed as it would be for a marriage ceremony and they can also view a showcase from some of the North East’s leading wedding suppliers.

General manager Wayne Vickers said: “Couples have exclusive use of the hall to make their day extra special.”

Guests may drop in between 10am and 7pm today and tomorrow and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about the wedding open week, call 01670 841235 or email

Meanwhile, the Friends of Kirkley Hall – the charity that supports students at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus – is inviting members of the public to attend a talk about a life-saving service.

Janet Hume, public liaison officer for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), will give a slide presentation and talk about its work.

She will describe the history of the GNAAS, where it is based, examples of who it has rescued and give insights from executives, doctors and paramedics from the charity.

It operates three helicopters all year round, across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. The crews respond to around 1,000 call-outs each year and on board are specialist trauma doctors and medics.

The event will take place at 2pm on Wednesday. It is part of a series of public talks organised by the Friends of Kirkley Hall.

Entry is £5 per person and booking is essential. Anyone interested in finding out more about the event and those wanting to book a place need to call Brenda Parke, chair of the friends group, on 01661 853489.

Proceeds from the event will go towards educational trips for students and to improve facilities for the public at the campus such as the gardens, zoo and the hall itself.