Thursday, 28 February 2013

Food to die for?

Food to Die For??
Was it arsenic in the sugared almonds or cyanide in the cough mixture? Questions for the audience at the latest Murder Mystery evening at The Old Vicarage Guesthouse. The cast of “Wingin’ It”, under the professional direction of Naomi Kenny, certainly kept everyone guessing with their production starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The plot, written by Karen Boult, was set in the 1890s and the costumes were amazing, thanks to the clever hands of Val Knowles and Naomi Kenny. Everyone joined in with the fun and frivolity with some guests adding to the candle lit atmosphere by dressing in period - with Morag from Aberdeen a worthy winner of the prize for “best dressed.”
There was no doubt that the “poison” was not found in the delicious 4 course meal which accompanied the script. The deep red colour of the Coq au Vin did however add to the murderous scene! All in all - a truly great Who Dunnit?. Maurice and Ruth from the Old Vicarage wish to thank all the cast of Wingin’ It and also to thank Norma Miles for her amazing interpretation of 3 Music Hall songs. To the great amusement of all the audience, during her rendition of “The Boy I love is up in the Gallery,” the “boys” enthusiastically waved white tablecloths rather than hankies, to gain her attention and her love!
Next event at The Old Vicarage is on Sunday 17th March, a celebration for St Patrick’s Night with live music and song and once again delicious food. Contact us on 01289 306909 or e-mail for further details. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

December 2011

No, Hercule Poirot won't be at The Old Vicarage for our Murder Mystery on the 21st January 2012, but we have the next best thing with a specially written story acted out by a select band of local performers! After a complimentary cocktail you can enjoy a four course dinner here at 24 Church Road, Tweedmouth interspersed with an intriguing, exciting and entertaining murder mystery drama. The Reverend and Mrs Harvey are preparing a special dinner party and welcome home for their daughter Stephanie and her new husband, Paul. Stephanie is a crime writer eager to research her new novel and Paul a private detective looking forward to a weekend away. Little did they dream that their combined skills would come to the rescue as Murder at The Old Vicarage was most certainly not part of the planned evening's entertainment. The play is set in the 1930's and visitors are invited to attend in period evening dress. For more details contact hosts Maurice and Ruth on 01289-306909 or e-mail

Saturday, 15 October 2011

October 2011

We are delighted to announce that The Old Vicarage Guesthouse was runner up in the Best B&B Category in this year's North East England Tourism Awards. We are very pleased to land this award, our first entry into this major annual competition. Entering was very much a learning experience as we seek to improve our offer to guests, and improve our performance. Thanks must go to all our staff and all our suppliers who have certainly contributed to our success. We were proud to represent Northumberland - the other two finalists were from Co. Durham. As active supporters of The North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA), we are also pleased to be an award winner from that organisation. We can recommend the experience and would encourage others to enter, especially from this end of the County.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

August 2011

Parade to mark the opening of the Food Festival in Berwick - presentation of a Tweedmouth salmon

September is a great month to visit North Northumberland and The Borders. Berwick-Upon-Tweed is the perfect base from which to explore. Heritage Open Days are on from 8th-11th September. See for details. Buildings not normally open to the public are revealed through guided walks.

Berwick's own Food Festival is on from the 10th-11th September in Berwick Barracks. It celebrates eating locally and seasonally, supporting small producers and enjoying food with family and friends. See for more information.

Towards the end of the month there is the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Based at the Maltings theatre and cinema and at various locations around the town walls, the programme offers a selection of new features, classic cinema, video installations and live events. With screenings, exhibitions and hands on workshops, this festival offers something for all the family. Contact

Monday, 6 June 2011

June 2011

June is a great time to visit the Farne Islands - home to some 100,000 seabirds and seals. Open from April 1st to September 30th, several boat trips are available from Seahouses. These are very weather dependent, so it would be a good idea to contact Seahouses TIC for sailing information. This has to be one of the best wildlife experiences in the British Isles, the chance to get very close to breeding birds and seals, to get great photos of many different species. Check up on what is happening there by logging in to their blog:- . By the end of July, most of the birds will have dispersed - and the focus of attention switches to the seals. Amazing close-ups of some of the 3-4,000 Grey Seals are possible, the seal pups are always a great favourite with visitors. Visit Longstone island and find out about the Grace Darling story of heroism at sea. The Islands are owned by the National Trust who take responsibility for conserving the wildlife, so landings are restricted during the breeding season. A visit to The Farnes is a must as part of a holiday in North Northumberland. We are about half an hour away from Seahouses, and can help plan a visit to The Farnes, including picnic lunches.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

May 2011

Paxton House is just 10 minutes away by car from The Old Vicarage Guesthouse here in Berwick-upon-Tweed. It is a lovely place to visit at just about any time of the year, but the summer music season is special. Their 2011 festival runs from the 15th July to the 24th July. For details check out their web-site
Pre-concert suppers are available and a stroll around the grounds is a must on a summer's afternoon. Plan a visit to Paxton, with a stay here at the Old Vic and take advantage of any special offers we may have - just ask for details. Demonstrations of salmon fishing and tagging are on-going through the summer, and the galleries showcase the work of artists and craftspeople from The Borders and North Northumberland. Wildlife lovers can enjoy the hides for excellent views of birds including nuthatches, woodpeckers and even red squirrels.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

April 2011

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a great base from which to explore North Northumberland and The Borders. Visitors can easily spend a week here and want to come back for more. Starting with The Town itself, we have the Walk around The Elizabethan Town Walls; Berwick Barracks at Wallace Green; The Cromwellian Church at Wallace Green; The Main Guard at Palace Street; The Berwick Museum at Wallace green and The Town Hall with its own Jailhouse. A great way to get to grips with The Town's Heritage is to take advantage of the Guided Walks with Derek Sharman MBE. Starting from the Tourist Information Centre at Marygate, these walks are an experience not to be missed! Friendly, entertaining and informative about 700 years of our turbulent history. His "Town and Walls" Tours are at 10.00 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. Monday to Friday, Easter to October. There is also a Sunday afternoon "Hidden Berwick" Tour at 2 p.m. from May to September. Check all this out at