Mayor’s Welcome

As you are reading this page I am able to thank you for taking an interest in the town of Hexham and in the activities which are available for you either as a resident or as a visitor.

Hexham is an old town with aspects of its mediaeval history still available in the form of the narrow cobbled streets; the old gaol, and the ancient Abbey dominating the centre of the town. Please explore these at your leisure and don’t forget to visit both Abbey’s new visitor and interpretation centre and its ancient Saxon crypt. But it’s not all ancient monuments here. In Hexham we pride ourselves on having a wide range of activities on offer from the sedate, such as listening to music beside our newly refurbished bandstand; to active sports involvement in the swimming pool or the sports hall of Wentworth Leisure Centre. Within the leisure centre, there is also a ten pin bowling complex, a coffee bar, and a children’s soft play area. For the truly active we can offer bicycles for hire on which you can explore the surrounding countryside or perhaps take a bus to the nearby Hadrian’s Wall and “Walk the Wall”. For residents, we mustn’t forget the local Tynedale Harriers and Athletic Club and the River Tyne enthusiasts who make up the Hexham Rowing Club. And don’t forget the Art Club, the Crochet Circle; the Amateur Dramatics group; the many musical groups and orchestral societies; and all the rest, too numerous to mention.

If retail therapy is more to your taste we offer a mix of national and independent shops supported by a wide range of attractive cafes, bars and restaurants. We have excellent rail, bus and road links, and accommodation to match all tastes and pockets.

Join other residents in strolling through the Abbey Park, or the Sele, which is the green heart of the town. Or maybe walk around Tyne Green (which is down by the banks of the River Tyne) and take the children to the fully equipped playpark. If golf is your bag then we can offer two golf courses, both available with day rates.

Hexham is fortunate that many of its residents give voluntarily of their time and play an active part in the myriad of social groups that exist within the town. This involvement generates a strong community spirit, and, along with local councillors, provides support to the social, cultural and sporting groups within the town.

The Council also supports Hexham Community Partnership who organises many of the special events throughout the year. Depending upon the time of year you may well get caught up in Spook Night in October, or the Bonfire and Fireworks display in November, or the Christmas Market in December, or even the Spring Fair in April. Throughout the year there‘s always something going on.

Every Tuesday and Saturday the market place is resplendent with traders selling their wares and our Farmers’ Market – which is held on every second and fourth Saturday, continues to win awards. Indeed, Hexham has been voted best English Market Town by the readers of Country Life. There are many opportunities to get involved with what’s going on in Hexham – come and see for yourself!

Robert Hull