Find us in the award-winning guidebook The Inn Way - Northumberland by Mark Reid, discovering inspiring countryside and some of England's best, unspoilt public houses.

We are also situated inside the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe and home to the darkest skies in England. This makes it the perfect location for viewing of the night sky and a fantastic holiday destination for anyone interested in astronomy or stargazing.

Alwinton Car Park is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. It’s uniquely dark skies mean it’s the perfect place to. indulge in some stargazing. Find out more by reading out Stargazing section.

Composer's Competition: in our second national composer's competition, composers will be invited to write a short piece for The Side. Three finalists will be selected from scores submitted and played through in a Public Workshop at 2.00pm. The winning work will be included in the evening concert. The Competition judges are Kathryn Tickell, Alistair Anderson and John Casken.

Coquetdale near Low Alwinton looking south from the bridleway – in background Harbottle Woods and the Harbottle Hills (left)

Car: From the A1, follow the A696, then take the B6341 to Alwinton.

Alwinton Summer Concerts take place in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major cultural events in the North-East of England and the church, with its fine acoustic, is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.

This promises to be an outstanding season and I look forward to welcoming you to Alwinton.John Casken,    Artistic Director

If you have any enquiries please don't hesitate to contact us.

Alwinton is the perfect place for an adventure into Northumberland. Go from top to bottom of this county designated as an "Area of out-standing natural beauty." More information about Alwinton and the surrounding area can be found in The Parish section of this website.

Our self catering accommodation in Northumberland is the perfect location for a country retreat in an area that is renowned for its beauty and rich wildlife. From our homely base in the cottages you can explore the national park, nearby towns, the Northumberland coast and the Borders.

To end the season, Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble, players from the region's international chamber orchestra and orchestra of Sage Gateshead, perform a rarely heard arrangement of Sibelius' En Saga, a beguiling work by Sibelius' fellow countryman Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Schubert's wonderful Octet.

Remains of an Iron Age hillfort and Bronze Age burial mounds await you here. View

The church building was significantly neglected in the 15th and 16th centuries, to the extent that a Court of High Commission reported "the walls of the church and chancell are in great decay, noe glass in the windowes and noe doores for the church". Major repairs were finally funded and completed in the 1720s. The church was largely rebuilt in the 19th century. The crypt was last used for a burial in 1868 and is now inaccessible. The church is now a Grade II* listed building.

There are also some fantastic horse riding routes in the Coquet Valley around Alwinton, which are perfect for mountain bikers too.

We begin with one of this country's leading folk musicians, Kathryn Tickell, who brings her new band The Side to Alwinton with their vibrant mix of folk and classical traditions. Theirs is an exciting and compelling combination of players and instruments with a sound world that has its own unique, sparkling quality. And, we're very excited to be able to collaborate with Kathryn and her band in our second Alwinton Composers' Competition as part of this concert.

When the Selby family had to sell their estates in 1914, the Army bought what has since become the Otterburn Ranges.

Find out more about The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre.

The Parish Church of St. Michael and All Angels, is an early Norman church, and was built on a hillside in the late 11th century or 12th century. Little historical information is available about Alwinton prior to 1245, when the value of its vicarage was first recorded. In 1279, two prisoners escaped from Harbottle castle and fled to the Alwinton church where they confessed to thievery and abjured the realm.

You can learn more about the area around Low Alwinton Cottages here.

In medieval times, Alwinton was known as the leading settlement of “the 10 towns of Alwinton”.

Tell us about your cycle experience and win a cycling break with Tomlinson’s Café & Bunkhouse in Rothbury, Northumberland.

Alwinton (previously named "Allenton" and sometimes still referred to as this) is a village and former parish in Northumberland, England. Alwinton is named after the nearby River Alwin, and means farm on the River Alwin.[2]

The Rose and Thistle pub, which serves meals. Car park – there is a daily car parking charge of £4 per vehicle, per day, but tickets are transferable between Northumberland National Park car parks along the route of Hadrian’s Wall – telephone box and toilets.

Cheviot Walks: Opens up a new perspective on walking in the Cheviot Hills at the heart of the Northumberland National Park

A random selection of 5 upcoming events and activities in and around Northumberland, you can see a complete selection of events on our Whats On? page to help you plan your stay.

The parish of Alwinton is nestled into the rolling foot hills of the Northumberland upland district of Coquetdale, it's surrounded by natural beauty and the legacy of Northumberland's often turbulent history.


The village was previously known as Allenton and some people still call it this.

Many return again, and again, to experience the tranquillity of the unspoilt landscape, the exhilaration of a physical challenge or just a complete change from everyday life.

Bird Watching in Alwinton Upland bird watching in England gets no better than in Upper Coquetdale around Alwinton.

Walk up to the magical Drake Stone and visit the 12th century castle remains. View

The Rose & Thistle Inn provides quiet, comfortable and spacious Bed and Breakfast accommodation and a four bedroom holiday let, for those who prefer self-catering. If you are in the area why not take a break and join us for lunch or a pint of cask ale in a spectacular Northumbrian setting.

Offers View the latest offers and events fromLow Alwinton Cottages.

Shepherds Walks: Shepherds Walks was set up in 1999 by Jon Monks, who at that time was a full time Hill Shepherd in Northumberland. More used to looking after sheep he started shepherding people around the hills, rather than sheep.

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive, guided, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours, holidays and tuition, based in Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Scottish Borders.

The neighbouring village of Harbottle and Harbottle Castle are about 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) from Alwinton. A road continues past Alwinton into the Cheviot Hills where it terminates at the ancient Roman military encampment of Chew Green.

The Apollo Saxophone Quartet has done more to develop the repertoire for saxophone quartet than any other ensemble in the UK. Drawing on both classical and jazz traditions, their superb playing has that exciting voluptuousness which we associate with the saxophone at its best. Accompanying silent black and white film in the second half of the programme, their music will transform the Church into a cinematic space.

The church of St Michael and All Angels was built in the late 11th or 12th century.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Alwinton Parish Council website.

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