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. [Download not found] and [Download not found]

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. [Download not found]

Hexham is a fine old town

The Hexham Neighbourhood Plan has completed an important consultation. After the massive support registered by Hexham residents during the first town-wide consultation on the draft Plan (in March-April 2018), new requirements, relating to the sites which the Plan has identified for future housing,  led to some small but significant changes. These were included in a further consultation which ended on 16th November 2018. Details on the the Hexham Neighbourhood Plan web site.

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 usually 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, Waitrose,  Tesco,  M&S, Aldi, Homebase and others).

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 events catering for all tastes. Its reputation is such that it was selected as the 2013 North East venue for Children in Need.  

To get a full flavour of our unique town,  Hexham,  go to our visitor website:

Then come to Hexham to see for yourself!


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