We are holding our Annual Classic and Vinatage Vehicle Rally on Sunday 17th of April 2024 between 10am and 4pm.

This popular event is an important fund raising event for the Heritage Centre.

In recent years we have attracted over 70 vehicles comprising cars, tractors, motor cycles and commercial vehicles. During the day a "lighthearted" competition is held with visitors and exhibitors asked to vote for the best turned out vehicle. The winner receives a cup and trophy which are donated by friends of the late Ian McInnes, who was an enthusiastic supporter of the event. 

For further details please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0780 085 3475.

If you are an exhibitor application forms for entries can be downloaded here.

Vintage Car Day

(Image courtesy of one of our volunteers, Mick Maughan)

V Blankenburgs smaller 

Valdemars Blankenburgs came to England as a refugee from Latvia after World War 2, and worked as the surveyor for the Forestry Commission at Kielder. He was a keen photographer, and created over 10,000 photographs of Kielder, Bellingham and the surrounding area. This year's seasonal exhibition covers his experiences as a refugee, the development of Kielder Forest, his interest in wildlife and in local history.

Family week – August 21st – 27th

We are going to be running a week of free family activities

Monday – Horses to Tractors – Looking at when and why famers and others started using tractors, and looking at the different horses that would have been used, for what job, and if one tractor could do all of those jobs. We are running three sessions at set times during the day 10:30 – 11:30, 12:30 – 13:30 and 14:30 – 15:30.

A view of Brownrigg display cabinetWe have had lots of visitors who have been at Brown Rigg, either international or national students, as well as family members coming in, to help re live their parent’s past.

This shows the incredible impact that Brown Rigg has had, and we are still so grateful for their kindness in giving us the information for our permanent exhibit.

Come along and have a look for yourself. Especially if you are staying at Brown Rigg, see how it used to be., or visit their website for more information 

Brown Rigg School

A Centenary Celebration - Memories of People, Locomotives and Trains. London and North Eastern Railway. 

A souvenir of the 2023 centenary display, focusing on;

  • Leisure
  • Named trains
  • Engineering
  • Routes