|**Stop press: the first meeting of the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan Forum will be on 22nd April 2015, starting at 7.00pm in the Great Hall, Hexham Abbey. Come along and have your say.|
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.
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.
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!!
To get a full flavour of our unique town, Hexham, go to our visitor website: www.visithexham.net
Then come to Hexham to see for yourself!