Vision for 2020
In 2013 the Town Council formed a number of Town Plan Working Groups who completed a Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15. This can now be read on-line or downloaded here. Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15 (3825) and Vision 2020 - Core Data Booklet (2715)

The Town Council’s working groups are presently implementing this Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15.
However,  the Town Council would like to know your views,  suggestions,  objections or comments,  so please send them by email here or write to Hexham Town Council,  Council Office,  St Andrew’s Cemetery,  Hexham NE46 3RR.

The Town Plan 2013 version is also available for you to read on-line or download. 2013 Town Plan in Full (2013)

Hexham is a fine old town

The first meeting of the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan Forum was held on 22nd April 2015 in the Great Hall of Hexham Abbey. Read all about it here.  Since then a further 8 Forums have enabled the Hexham public to shape different sections of the Neighbourhood Plan. The last Forum was on Wednesday 24th May 2017 in the Abbey’s Great Hall. For further information, please go to The Hexham Neighbourhood Plan web site 

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The Council is working with other groups in the Town to promote a Dementia-friendly programme. Get more info here

Hexham is a remarkable old town. Not to be missed!

It’s a town that mixes heritage and history with some of the best opportunities for leisure and entertainment in the North East. It’s a small town with a big Northumbrian heart,  busy with commerce and industry,  surrounded by the most beautiful countryside and riverside you could hope to visit or live beside.

Hexham – view from the Racecourse road

Built on high ground,  safely overlooking the magnificent River Tyne,  Hexham was not fortified as a castle but as an Abbey and monastery. Its Moot Hall was one of the earliest seats of local justice,  and the Old Gaol was Britain’s first purpose-built prison. Just stand in the old Market Place,  alongside Hexham’s own Shambles,  and look up to the buildings and picture the medieval town that it was.

Hexham was never a Roman settlement but it is your ideal home-base for exploring the majestic central section of Hadrian’s Wall. This is richly provided now with Roman sites,  remains and museums,  between Birdoswald in the west,  through Carvaron,  Vindolanda,  Sycamore Gap,  Housesteads and Chesters to Corstopitum (Corbridge) in the east.

The compact town centre is home to independently owned businesses, specialist shops run by people who know their business and can really help shoppers,  as well as many attractive high street names. There are daily market stalls, twice weekly markets and fortnightly Farmers Markets. There’s a growing ‘out of town’ retail trade (a 5 minute walk away) providing a full range of choice (Next has joined Waitrose,  Tesco,  M&S and Aldi, and Homebase has just arrived).

Hexham has long been a favourite destination for the people of the North East – a day out,  stroll around the shops,  a café for lunch,  a riverside walk and soak up the atmosphere.  It offers something for everybody and is worth a longer stay. Visitors aren’t short of things to do,  whether families with young children on rainy days,  arts and music afficionados,  history devotees,  or keen shoppers.

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Hexham’s first skating rink – November 2013

To maintain its vibrancy it is doing better than so many other market towns.  It’s having to raise its game to compete with the decline of high streets and the rise of internet shopping. It has a full calendar of special events catering for all tastes.  Its reputation is such that it was selected as the November 2013 North East venue for Children in Need,  quickly followed up by its own Countdown to Christmas 2013.  Again in 2014 there was something special happening every weekend through November and December,  including the very popular Christmas Market and Hexham Abbey’s Christmas Fair.

As a growing base for small firms innovating in IT and design,  with the recent establishment of two Enterprise Hubs,  there is no better place for that business start-up. Communications (road,  rail,  air and high speed internet) are extremely favourable and the Town’s creative and ambitious streak will be a boost too.

A lot of visitors say it’s the people that count:  resourceful,  friendly,  and welcoming.  You really must discover for yourself!!

Hexham Abbey and Market Place, from the Leatherwork Studio


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Then come to Hexham to see for yourself!


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