Christmas menu @Otterburn Mill

Every year a few of us await the Christmas menu, as big “dinner” fans we are never disappointed and this year is just the same. Served every Sunday from 26th November, our glorious menu served in the calm of Northumberland is always popular and certainly worth the effort.

Gluten free options available – no need to book

Spooky events for Halloween 2017

Halloween is always good fun and a great excuse to celebrate not only that but believe it or not it also happens to be my husbands birthday (!) for those who know him that will come as no great surprise. So here is a run down of some of the spooky goings on!–halloween-events-north-east-october-2017.html


Be sure to wrap up warm with our range of warm coats and jackets

Gluten Free Sunday Lunch at the Mill

Our Sunday Lunch has always been popular and now they are even more so, as we offer a gluten free version of our tasty Sunday Roast, no need to book, just come along and enjoy our licensed Weavers cafe.

You may be wondering about a gluten-free diet for many reasons. Maybe you were recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Or a classmate of your child’s can’t eat gluten. You may have noticed restaurant menu selections marked as gluten free or all the foods in natural food stores that are labelled gluten free. Whatever the reason, you want to know, “what exactly is a gluten-free diet?”

A gluten-free diet does not include the grains wheat, barley, rye, or hybrids of these grains. This includes all varieties and forms of these grains, such as spelt (a type of wheat) and malt (made from barley).

A gluten-free diet is called a gluten-free diet because the grains that must be avoided all contain a protein called gluten.

Most people who follow a gluten-free diet have celiac disease, a serious genetically-based autoimmune disease. When gluten is eaten by a person with celiac disease it triggers an immune system reaction that damages the lining of the small intestine. When the lining of the small intestine is damaged, nutrients can not be properly absorbed. Once gluten is completely removed from the diet the intestine is able to heal.


*Bank Holiday Event Sun 27th August*North East England Cadet Pipes & Drums @Otterburn Mill

Come and join us on Bank Holiday Sunday for two performances by the wonderful North East England Cadet Pipes & Drums. A crowd stirring performance for young and old. Playing a range of traditional music with dancers,on the ever impressive bagpipes.

Performance times are 11.15am and 2.30pm – lasting approx 20-25 mins

Why not make a day of it?

Enjoy time on the lawn with kids play area and freshly cooked food from Weavers Cafe. With free parking and relics from the old mill to see you can also spend time in our shop with a range of top brands at competitive prices.

We’ve also outdoor picnic area and nature trail. Look forward to seeing you.

This event is free.

The Tour of Britain Passes Our Doors on Mon 4th Sept- Literally!

The Tour of Britain passes our doors on Monday 4th September and we mean passes our doors! The route on Stage Two Kielder Water & Forest park to Blyth takes you past our glorious mill, so we thought what better way to enjoy it then to take full advantage of our –
> Free parking
>Home cooked produce in our cafe
>Kids play area
>Outside picnic area
>Nature train
>Large retail shop
See link below for ETA’s & full route details


The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will return to Northumberland this September as Stage Two of Britain’s premier road cycling event takes place in the county on Monday 4 September.

The stage will see 120 of the world’s top cyclists racing from Kielder Water and Forest Park to Blyth, building on the success of the 2015 race when two stages visited Northumberland for the first time ever.

At just over 211-kilometres the Northumberland stage will be the longest of the 2017 Tour, and also include a finishing loop, giving spectators at the Blyth finish the chance to see the race twice. The route will also take in the likes of Rothbury, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Morpeth plus the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

ETA’s –

Holy Island at Easter


Holy Island’s history, culture and scenery attract tourists from all over the world and Easter is always one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Holy Island, also known as Lindisfarne, is an island off the coast of Northumberland with a strong Christian heritage.

St Aidan came to Lindisfarne around AD635 and is credited with bringing Christianity back to the region and other parts of England. The Lindisfarne Gospels were also produced here in the 700s. The savage Viking onslaught on Britain also started with the sacking of Lindisfarne.

Many come to Holy Island for its tranquility

It is against this unforgettable backdrop of peace, war, culture and nature that Holy Island celebrates Easter.

Easter on an island

Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice a day by tides and if you have ever visited you will have witnessed first hand the isolation this can bring.

You might think this would pose a problem for organising services at practical times for Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday night and Easter Sunday.

But, the tides are always well-timed as they are set naturally to the moon, and the moon sets Easter. They link together perfectly so the island always gets excellent crossing times for Easter Sunday morning.

The isolation and the peace and safety it brings is also the reason many pilgrims, scholars, families and tourists come to the island and with many people choosing to holiday in Britain, Lindisfarne should be busier than ever.



It’s all change at Otterburn Mill

Yes, and its all change for the better. Some of you may remember we closed our Rothbury store for a few days whilst it was refurbished and smartened up and the same treatment has been applied to our Otterburn store.

This was in advance of our new partnership with Regatta, Craghoppers and Dare 2B. So as official partners we can offer you a wider range of clothes and styles which aren’t available to other stockists, you may notice whilst men and women’s departments have expanded this can be seen over whelmingly in our kids department which has some wonderful colours and styles in and a more expansive range.

Dare 2B is a new brand for us and is a more street savvy range for men, women and kids. Vibrant and wearable clothes which will see you through from morning to night and still keep you looking smart. We hope to have a limited number of lines for Spring/Summer 2017 but grow the selection for Autumn/Winter 2017.

We have also introduced a wider range of footwear for men, women & kids from walking shoes and sandals to kids active wear and of course the iconic Joules wellington in all it’s glory. Coming soon will be a range of new Croc styles, from the original clog style for those die hard fans to a newer fresher range of floral sandals and slip-ons’ for women.
Our Joules & Petface range of dog beds and accessories continue to be some of our best sellers as we do our bit for the pooches of this world. As a nation of dog lover this range has grown to be a firm favourite of visitors to the mill and on-line.

Don’t forget to bear us in mind when looking for that ideal birthday or celebratory gift as our range of books, food gifts, t-shirts, purses, scarf’s, bags and tea towels are perfectly priced.

The famous Otterburn Mill pram rug continues to carve its path to some of the best dressed prams and buggies throughout the land. With 4 colourways in the range you can be gender specific or neutral should you wish to buy in advance. These are available in all our stores and on line.

As if that was not enough our next phase sees a re-development of our website, which will see a new and improved navigation and add on preview features which will allow you to see more for less clicks and will of course have the same expansive range you find in our shops. So if you’re anything like me and regret not buying something when you’re in store then you can easily jump on line and order it.

Every year in the wee small hours…………………

Every year, in the wee hours of a Sunday morning in March, 60 minutes vanish from the clock and the time reappears each year in November! No, it’s not a magic trick — it’s Daylight Saving Time!

Daylight Saving Time (or ”
summer time” as it’s known in many parts of the world) was created to make better use of the long sunlight hours of the summer. By “springing” clocks forward an hour in March, we move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. On the first Sunday in November, we “fall back” and rewind our clocks to return to Standard Time.

But where did Daylight Saving Time come from? And how is it useful?

The idea was first suggested in an essay by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, and later proposed to British Parliament by Englishman William Willett in 1907.

Daylight Saving Time is most helpful to those who live farther from the equator, where daylight hours are much longer in the summer than in the winter. In locations closer to the equator, daylight hours and night time hours are nearly the same in length throughout the year.

That’s why many equatorial cities and countries do not participate in Daylight Saving Time.

There are currently about 70 countries that participate in Daylight Saving Time

In Europe, Daylight Saving Time runs from the last Sunday in March through the first Sunday in October. In the southern hemisphere, where the summer season begins in December, Daylight Saving Time is recognized from December through March. Kyrgyzstan and Iceland observe Daylight Saving Time year-round; equatorial countries do not observe Daylight-saving Time at all.

Advocates in support of Daylight Saving Time suggest that in addition to reducing crime and automobile accidents, extended daylight hours also improve energy conservation by allowing people to use less energy to light their businesses and homes. Opposing studies argue the energy saved during Daylight-saving Time is offset by greater energy use during the darker autumn and winter months.