Updated opening hours for Allendale Co-Op

The new hours are to allow staff to clean the shop, refill the shelves and makeup home deliveries – while keeping a social distance. The closure from 5pm-7pm is to give staff the opportunity to get essential orders put up and replenish the shelves. It is not a special shipping slot for keyworkers. Any key … read more

Community In Action

Allendale was the destination for one of the new North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll’s visits around his new domain. In taking over the role at the beginning of May, Jamie became the first directly elected mayor of the new North of Tyne Combined Authority which has ambitious plans to create 10,000 jobs, add over … read more

Volunteers needed for the 2019 Allen Valleys Folk Festival

Come along and help out at the 2019 Folk Festival and help us build on the success we had last year. We have a variety of roles that need to be filled including Festival Steward and helping in the Festival Office. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, we will give you a ticket for … read more

The Carrshield Camping Barn is open for business!

The newly converted 18th century Barney Craig Mine Shop is ready for visitors and already has great reviews. Take a look inside the Carrshield Camping Barn

Two days at Catton – A poem by Paul Mein

Two days at Catton Day #1 Autumn winds raid the valley early in a wild circling from a colder place. Sturdy dry-stone walls are suddenly fragile, offer no lee to plants flattened, horizontal and shaking, while meres of grass ripple, race, break round the white reefs of sheep. Along the steep hairpin road, rowan, shocking … read more

Blog Post – A tour of Isaac’s Tea Trail by Nuala Obrien

Isaac Holden was a remarkable man. He was born into a lead mining family around 1805. When the mines closed he ran a grocery in Allendale with his wife from where he sallied forth on foot delivering tea to customers in the furthermost parts of the North Pennines. Along the way, he raised money for … read more

Blog Post – Deneholme Woods by Nuala Obrien

It started with a zip wire. It wasn’t supposed to. It was meant to be a short walk around the village, but in Allendale that walk starts in the play park and there it was. My friend Julie was beside herself, climbing on and setting off with abandon, Murphy the chocolate Labrador racing alongside. Julie … read more

Tar Barrels – A living tradition

The famous Tar Barrels procession at Allendale in Northumberland may seem to visitors just a quirky way to mark the arrival of the New Year, but to the residents of Allendale it is much more. It is part of the fabric of the town involving every local family. The origins of the Tar Barrels are … read more

North Pennines Stargazing Festival

The first ever North Pennines Stargazing Festival will run over the schoool half-term, 21-29 October 2017. Coinciding with the opening of the North Pennines Observatory at Allenheads, the festival will celebrate the wonder of the cosmos with events throughout the AONB, including a Pop-up Planetarium here in Allendale and talks at the Observatory. The festival … read more

Allen Valleys Youth Folk Award

Fantastic opportunity for Allen Valley’s young and talented.  Are you or do you know someone under 21 who would like to showcase their musical, dance or spoken word talent at the 2018. Simply enter by submitting a 30 second video to Rob Kitchen. Please share with those you know will be interested.  

Allen Valleys Folk Festival – Volunteers Wanted!

Allen Valleys Folk Festival is into its fourth year, and every year it has got bigger and better! A huge part of the success of the festival is built on the dedication and enthusiasm of the volunteers who get involved in every part of the festival. If you are interested in joining the team, being … read more

Ninebanks Youth Hostel and Chalets Open Afternoon

Pauline and Ian at Ninebanks youth Hostel and Chalets  would love you to come for tea and cakes at Ninebanks Youth Hostel next Sunday 23rd July between 3.30 – 5.30pm. We’d like everyone to see our new Chalet and enjoy refreshments in the Hostel. All welcome. Information and location at  

Five-Star Bug Hotel Opens in Deneholme Wood

INSECTS in the Allen Valleys will be as snug as bugs thanks to a luxury new home built by staff and volunteers at the North Pennies AONB Partnership. The hotel is a welcome addition to the ongoing restoration work at Deneholme Wood, which has included the building of a new access path and footbridge, improved … read more

Footpath repair

The North Pennines AONB Partnership plans to repair an important section of footpath between Allen Mills and Allendale. As you can see from the photo, this short stretch of riverside footpath is rapidly disappearing into the river. We plan to use local timber to hold back the bank, with weld mesh netting to keep everything … read more

Deneholme Wood: volunteer day

We are running volunteer days at Deneholme Wood and we need your help! Join us to learn new skills, meet new people and help protect a beautiful local woodland. When: 10am, Tuesday 21st March 2017 Where: Allendale Village Hall What: Tree and shrub planting. Help us create brand new habitat for wildlife  and  to protect Deneholme Wood for … read more

Deneholme Wood – volunteer days

Come and help us look after Deneholme Wood.  A series of volunteer events this winter to warm you up, keep you fit and to ensure Deneholme Wood gets the care it deserves. The tasks include coppicing and thinning trees and shrubs, removing some laurel, fixing steps, removing debris and litter from the burn and making bug … read more