*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.
Directions http://bit.ly/2gcpz2f

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 – http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-two/

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.

Can you ever have too much of a good thing?

 

 

Well I’m a natural treater. It does not take much for me to declare we all need a treat, so yes, after that hard week at work you’ll find me filling the whole weekend with treats and delights for the whole family. So in my opinion No, you can never have too much of a good thing and that’s how I feel about our Regatta Spring/Summer 2017 Range for boys and girls.

 

We’ve broadened our range of fleeces, tees, jackets and trousers by adding a little more colour and spritz to the range. From football motif packit jackets to pretty unicorns we have it all.

 

Shop boys Now >

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Our pick of the Winter Jackets

It’s an important purchase, and has several roles to play. As well as looking stylish and smart, a new winter jacket also has to fend off the harsh wind and cold, as well as being water resistant.

We’ve that many brands that this has not been an easy task, but here is our round up of our top 3. We think we’ve covered most things so if you like something knee length or waist length, dark or bright, zips or buttons, angled packets or deep pockets we think we’ve got just the thing for you.

1.Icepeak bring us our first little beauty in a fab green which is sure to brighten up most dark days, finishing at the waist and with a contrasting green over the shoulders with a darker bottom section, pockets and a hood finish this little beauty off

2.No collection would be complete without a contribution from Joules and I feel this floral jacket is a great reminder of summer days, lovely thick padding make this a must have.

3.Target Dry bring us our full length jacket, not as heavy as some of our other jackets but that suits some who prefer to layer up. A versatile colour which will go with most bags and shoes.

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The histoy of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today onHalloween.

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III (731–741) later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.

In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.