Difference between revisions of "Hexham"
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There is a railway that connects Hexham with Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle. Bus routes 685 (Carlisle to Newcastle) and 602 (Hexham to Newcastle) also connect Hexham with these two cities, from which you can reach anywhere else in Britain.
The nearest airport is Newcastle Airport. Despite its name, it is quite a long way out of the centre of Newcastle. To get to Hexham, avoid going to the centre of Newcastle and out again. Use instead the A69, particularly during busy times of the day.
Drop in to the Queen's Hall Arts Centre: a cool theatre, art gallery and cafe.
There is a highly-regarded farmer's market every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00am-1:30pm in the Hexham Market Place in the town centre. Everything is produced within 50 mi of Hexham, and the market has been named the best in the country by the National Farmers Union.
Hexham has a large number of drinking establishments. The Tap and Spile, in the main street of Battle Hill, has regular live music. This includes folk sessions on the third Thursday of every month, to which anyone can bring an instrument or their voice, or simply buy a drink and listen. The session begins between 7:00 and 8:00 and usually continues until the pub closes at 11:00. A similar session takes place just down the road at the Royal Hotel on the first Wednesday of each month.
For real ale fans, the historic Dipton Mill Inn in Hexamshire dating back to the 17th century is a must. It has its own micro brewery with five of its ales sold in the pub, pulled by Geoff, who brews them. It has a sunken garden, real fires and serves home made food. The pub is frequented by the local farming community and travellers. It is at the junction of Dipton Mill Road and Guards Lane, NE46 1YA.