21st - 23rd April 2017 Programme

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An exciting three-day festival of street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect and traditional fun - this year with a Medieval theme, held the weekend after Easter in the medieval market town of Morpeth, 14 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne.


Tickets and accommodation Information are available from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre, The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PD. Tel: 01670 623455.

Tickets and programmes are also available during Gathering weekend at Town Hall Exhibition and other venues.
Patrons' Scheme - there are no weekend or family tickets, but you can receive discounts by becoming a Patron. See website for application forms.

Gathering Office - all competition, general and administrative queries on the Gathering, its fellow organisation the Northumbrian Language Society and mail-order details of books, posters, recordings, etc. contact: Kim Bibby-Wilson, Chairman, Westgate House, Dogger Bank, Morpeth, NE61 1RE. Tel.: 01670 513308.

Free Park and Ride - vintage buses (Saturday only, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm) will operate between County Hall and the town centre. Thanks to Northumberland County Council and NE Vintage Buses.

Car parking – town centre parking is free but requires a £1 disc available from shops and public buildings. Beware of the hour-long road closure for the Pageant on Saturday morning!

First Aid – St John Ambulance staff will be located inside the Town Hall on Saturday.

Access and child protection – The Gathering seeks to be accessible and safe to all – our policies are available on request from the Chairman (see above).

See noticeboards at Town Hall and outdoor venues, or website, for any last-minute programme alterations or cancellations. Both the Town Hall and Chantry are fully DDA compliant - please keep lift button depressed when summoning, or travelling in, the lift.


M.N.G.Committee, part of Morpeth Antiquarian Society, Reg. Charity no. 507640, reserves the right to alter event details.

Tickets and accommodation Information are available from Morpeth Tourist Information Centre, The Chantry, Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PD.  Tel: 01670 623455. 

Tickets and programmes are also available during Gathering weekend at Town Hall Exhibition and other venues.

Patrons' Scheme - there are no weekend or family tickets, but you can receive discounts by becoming a Patron.  See website for application forms or ask at Exhibition.

Gathering Office - all competition, general and administrative queries on the Gathering, its fellow organisation the Northumbrian Language Society and mail-order details of the Gathering’s new CD “Morpeth’s Music”: contact: 01670 513308.

Free Park and Ride - vintage buses (Saturday only, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm) will operate between County Hall and the town centre. Thanks to Northumberland County Council and NE Vintage Buses.

Beware of the hour-long road closure for the Pageant on Saturday morning!

First Aid – St John Ambulance will be located in or near the Town Hall on Saturday.

 Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Committee is a standing committee of Morpeth Antiquarian Society (Reg. Charity No. 507640) and a member of the Association of Festival Organisers/Folk Arts England. MNGC reserves the right to alter programme details.

Morpeth Gathering is aided by individuals and organisations including in recent years: Meeting Point Baghdaddies project: Arts and Heritage supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Brumell & Sample, C Bradford, Catholic Women’s League, Friends of Morpeth Museum, D Girard, Greater Morpeth Development Trust, FH Hardy, D Hoblyn, Longhorsley Parish Council, A MacDonald, Morpeth & District Chamber of Trade, Morpeth Antiquarian Society, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers, Morpeth Herald, Morpeth Lions, MorpethNet, Morpeth Rotary Club, Morpeth Town Council, Morpeth Town Team, Northumberland and Tyneside Orienteering, Northumberland County Council, Northumbrian Language Society, Old Bakehouse Millennium Green Trust, Pegswood Parish Council, St George’s Community Players, Stait Photography, A Starkey, A Swailes, C Telford, A Tebbutt, The Flagman, W Toy in memory of A Dolphin, J A Turnbull, Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, Ulgham Parish Council, Woodhorn Trust. 

A full list of patrons including competition plaque patrons will be displayed in the Crafts Exhibition.

Special themed events for the Golden Gathering
plus events for St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday.

Before the Gathering: Contact Office for full details
COMMUNITY BAND WORKSHOPS with Stewart Hardy. 6 pm - 8 pm Weds. 29th March & 12th April Bagpipe Mus.
FAMILY ART WORKSHOPS Easter holiday Leis. Centre

Friday 21st April 2017:

9.30 - 5.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION with refreshments; adult & junior craft competitions (entries received Thurs. 20th April 5.30pm - 7 pm). Displays/stalls: proggy mats, needlecrafts, jewellery, smallpipes, photos, shepherds’ sticks, CDs, books Town Hall Corn Exchange 60p/40p
10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Hautbois (music for St George’s weekend), Punch & Judy, Rent a Peasant, Jim Grant’s stories, etc. Market Place
Daytime ART EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
Daytime FAMILY ART WORKSHOP Market Place Yurt
Daytime DANCE WORKSHOPS – circle, Breton, clog, maypole etc Town Hall; £2/£1 each session at door
Daytime YOUNG PIPERS’ SESSION Bin 21 upper lounge
Daytime NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: PLAY IN A DAY for adults (over16) with Dave Shaw. Pipes provided. Chantry Bagpipe Museum: please contact Gathering to book place
2.00 OFFICIAL OPENING of Gathering by Mayor Town Hall
Daytime SONG WORKSHOP details to be announced
Daytime PIPES HISTORY LECTURE to be announced
4.30 BEDTIME TALES with Taffy Thomas Library Free
6.00 STORY SESSION with Sedayne Ice Bar Free
7.30 GOLDEN GALA CONCERT including Bottle Bank Band, Bob Bolam, Tom Patterson & Dave Morton, Tyne-side Fiddle Alliance, David Oliver etc. MC Alex Swailes Methodist Church £10 adult/ £9 unwaged/ £5 school age
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends Tap & Spile Donations


Saturday 22nd April: (10-4 Park & Ride at County Hall)

St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall.
9.30 - 6.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall
9.45 - 10.45 SINGING WORKSHOP St Robt’s Hall £2/£1
9.45 - 10.45 SONGWRITING WORKSHOP Town Hall £2
9.45 CHILDREN’S STORIES Library Free
Daytime ART EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
10.00-3.30 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS
Punch & Judy, local dance teams, bands, Time Bandits, Astral Circus, etc. Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade
STORYTELLERS' GARDEN with Jim Grant, Sedayne and Rapunzel, Taffy Thomas Bakehouse Millenn Green
TUDOR TIMES Living History, music, hands-on activities with Rent a Peasant, Archaeosoup Wm Turner Herb Gdn
10.00 – 4.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY Landmark Trust opens doors to public. Music, stories, heritage Free
10.00 MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS Bagp Mus
10.00 - 10.45 CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP Town Hall
10.15 RING O’ BELLS; Clock Tower tours from 11.30
11.00 PAGEANT Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from Otterburn, costumed groups, welcomed at Town Hall by the Morpeth Gadgy and civic leaders. During this time (10.30 - 11.45 am) Market Place & town centre from Chantry to Manchester Street closed to traffic. Alternative route via Dark Lane/ Dacre St/ Manchester St.
12.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSIONS Black & Grey, Tap & Spile

12.00 YOUNG PEOPLE’S MUSIC SESSION tba
12.00 - 3.00 SINGAROUND with Beeswing Joiners Arms

Saturday Competitions:

Passport ticket for entrants & audience £2.00/£1.50 includes free entry to Exhibition. Doors open 30 mins before times below to allow entrants to register.
12.00 CLOG DANCING Town Hall
1.30 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES & LOWLAND/ BORDER /HALF-LONG PIPES Bagpipe Museum
1.30 SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, hoafies (tall tales) plus results of pre-Gathering competitions and recitals by dialect prose & poem entrants (writing closing date 18th March, juniors 1st April);. St Robert’s Church Hall
2.00 BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor)
3.30 SINGING including groups Town Hall

12.00 – 1.00 NED CORVAN Ed Waugh on stories behind his new play on the music hall star St Robert’s Ch Hall £2
12.30 - 1.20 MORPETH WAITES early music concert
St George’s Church £2/£1 at door
1.00 – 3.00 BUSY BEES bee and bird feeder workshop Bakehouse Millennium Green Free (pay for materials)
2.00 - 2.45 FAMILY SHOW St James’ Centre £2/£1
3.00 – 4.30 A MUCKLE BLETHOR Sid Calderbank and Northumbrian poets and writers host dialect speakers from across England to share words and stories St Robt’s
3.00 – 4.00 BATTLE Sealed Knot muster Park Free
4.00 YORK WAITS & DOUGIE PINCOCK Bagp Mus tbc
5.45 YOUNG PEOPLE’S MUSIC SESSION tba
6.30 - 8.30 WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guest singer Carolyn Robson plus 2016 winners Town Hall £9/£8/£5
5.00 TEATIME TALES Peppermint Tearoom Free
7.00 TWILIGHT TALES Bakehouse Millenn.Green Free
8.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION with Ken Meadows Tap & Sp
8.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION Bin 21 top
8.30 BARN DANCE with 422 (caller Joey Oliver) and guest artist spots incl. Wilkinson Clog. Bring own drinks; no stilettos! St Geo’s Church Hall £8/£6/£5


Sunday 23rd April:

9.30 - 4.30 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Fri. Town Hall
9.30 - 11.00 ORIENTEERING event (prizes at 12) Park
Daytime ART EXHIBITION Leisure Centre café
10.00 - 3.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS
Punch & Judy, Astral Circus, Ellington Band, Darlington Mummers, Maypole Mkt Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade Daytime TUDOR TIMES as Saturday + Herb Gdn tours
10.00 – 4.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY as Sat’day
10.30 CHURCH SERVICE St George’s UR Church
10.30 – 12.30 TURNER GARDEN TOURS Herb Gdn
11.30 – 12.30 THE KING’S SHILLING Old English with songs and stories of the Redcoats Town Hall Ballrm £2/£1
12.00 - 2.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION as Friday.
12.00 - 3.00 SINGAROUND Joiners Arms
1.00 - 3.00 TOURS OF COUNCIL CHAMBER, Mayor’s Parlour, civic silver and artefacts Town Hall Free
1.30 - 3.00 FAMILY CONCERT including storytellers and last year’s junior winners Town Hall £2 /£1 at door
3.00 – 4.00 BATTLE Sealed Knot muster Park Free
7.30 GOWLD A GOWPENS CONCERT with Alistair Anderson and Northlands, Werca’s Folk Methodist Church £10 adult/ £9 unwaged/ £5 school age

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