Here’s everything you might want to know about the wedding itself and the celebration for friends next day. You’ll also find essential information on how to get to Leadgate for the party by road, rail or on foot; parking places & mini-bus shuttle service to and from Hexham train station & places between; comprehensive selection of local accommodation options as well as links to tourist information sites if you’re planning on an extended stay in Northumberland.

Steve & Kim will be getting married on SATURDAY 14th AUGUST at 11 am, witnessed by family members and a few close friends. The venue is our area’s local registry office at Hexham House, a recently restored 18th century mansion on Gilesgate in the historic heart of Hexham.

From there it’s only a two minute walk for the wedding party by the bowling green and park to magnificent Hexham Abbey. The Grade I historic ancient abbey stands at the heart of the old town.

We’ll be hosting the wedding breakfast in Priors Hall, part of the Abbey’s Georgian assembly rooms, seen here on the right of the church, with its own private car park. Catering by the Beaumont Hotel, Hexham.


Marriage of Mary Kim Lurati and Stephen John Allen on Saturday 14th August 2021

10.45 for 11am at Hexham House Registry Office, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NH

12.15 – 4.30pm Reception at the Priors Hall, Hexham Abbey NE46 3NB  


Minibus collects & delivers bride, groom & guests from Stonehaugh & Leadgate.

Meet with rest of guests at Hexham House then take up places in hall.

Entry of the bride to Canon in D by Pachelbel

Registrar’s Welcome & Introduction / Legal declaration / Legal contract / Personal Promises / Reading by Quetta Kaye of And You by Edward Thomas / Exchange of Rings / Signing of the Register to Peace Song by Phamie Gow

Exeunt to Liesl by Hadrian’s Union

Photographer takes group shots on lawns (If raining then indoors at Priors Hall)


Walk across the park to Hexham Abbey Assembly Rooms

Drinks served on arrival upstairs in the Priors Hall

Sit for speeches & toasts: best woman/best man /groom

Three course lunch served

Coffee & Tea

Wedding cake cut & distributed

Farewells and preparations for departure

Minibus pick up for return to Leadgate


We’re inviting you, our dear friends from near and far, to come celebrate with us at home.

It’s open house for guests at Leadgate – Wark, Hexham NE48 3DS – between 11am and 6 pm. We’re holding it outside as a Covid aware event. We’ve bought & borrowed a clutch of small marquees and table shades all around the garden.

PRESENTS. It’s corny but true…Your presence at our party is more important than presents. If you insist on giving us something to mark the occasion make it an addition to the party reserves in the form of an extra bottle (alcoholic or soft), a special food item or anything else that takes your fancy.

Here’s how to get to us by car, if you didn’t know, or indeed, remember with confidence from previous visits!

DIRECTIONS From the A69, just west of Hexham, take the A6079 exit signposted to Bellingham & Rothbury. Continue northwards through the villages of Acomb and Wall, then turn left onto the B6320 above Chollerford. After crossing the river north Tyne and after the roundabout carry straight on north, via Simonburn, to Wark village. Once there, follow the 90 degree left hand bend but avoid the next 90 degree right bend – instead go straight ahead and out of the village on the C 205 Road, signposted Whygate and Stonehaugh. Follow this winding and rising lane for 3 miles and take no turn offs, until you pass Hetherington farm on your left.  Shortly after this you will see Leadgate ahead in its garden, situated on a sharp left hand bend. Travel time from the A69/Hexham is approx half an hour. (Parking advice below…)

If travelling east along A69 from Brampton/Carlisle consider turning off as the road drops down to turn off left at Greenhead and follow  the scenic B6318 ‘Military Road’ signposted ‘Chollerford’. This 22 mile stretch runs by Hadrian’s Wall, near the Roman Army Museum, Steel Rigg Viewpoint, Housesteads & Chesters Roman Forts etc. Pick up directions again from the Chollerford roundabout. After 15 miles look out for the Wark/Bellingham sign on your left shortly after the descent at Greencarts and before you reach Walwick Manor. This shortcut will bring you to a T junction with the B6320. Turn left for Wark and follow directions as above.

BEWARE! Phone signal is erratic in this area, and satnav systems have a tendency to send folk across fords and into muddy fields so beware using them once you leave the main road at Wark. Leadgate is marked on the Hexham & Haltwhistle OS map 87, should you prefer consulting paper, or ask a local, who will always know. Driving up from Hexham on the valley road do not turn left at Simonburn for Stonehaugh, unless you really do what to come the extra long way around to get to us. Finally, look out for log lorries coming out of Kielder forest on the road between Wark & Leadgate, and be prepared to pull over if you see one coming! The Northumberland Jester won’t be there to guide you but if you do get lost, get in touch on 01434 – 230939 Steve’s mobile 078 115 77175.

Please e.mail in advance for further advice on directions, parking, mini-bus times etc.

PARKING at Leadgate itself or outside on the road will be restricted. We will leave space for pick up and drop off only, for the minibus and for maximum 2 cars to park on our grass front for those with limited mobility. However, there are some spaces a few yards further on the RIGHT side road verge if you’re prepared to park on the soft grass. (pictured above). If not then drive on down the slope and round the bend, past The Ash farm entrance to….

…park on the LEFT hand side wide firm verge just before the gateway to Horneystead Farm (4/5 spaces) OR, carry on up the incline, to park on the left side’s soft grass verge. (Remember you need to leave room for log lorries or tractors with trailers to pass) It’s an easy quarter mile walk back to Leadgate.

Alternately there are a couple of off road parking places just before Heatherington farm (See OS map above) by the cattle grid, at the junction. It’s a pleasant half mile stroll along the lane, past Hetherington, with views down to Leadgate.

Happily we will be providing a 16 seat mini-bus shuttle service on the Sunday so guests staying over in or very near either Hexham, Wall, Humshaugh, Simonburn or Wark. The mini-bus will pick up and drop off to link with rail services arriving/departing Hexham station, starting at 10 am from the Beaumont hotel in Hexham town centre and again around lunchtime and early evening for guests at Hexham station. (see below). Full timetable details nearer the time!

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Hexham train station (Newcastle – Carlisle line) is relatively well served by trains and is only a short walk from the town centre. There are a number of taxi firms in the area and there is a cab rank outside the main station entrance. Sadly, although a regular weekly bus service connects Hexham rail station & Bellingham via Wark, it does not operate on a Sunday. However…..

On Sunday 15th our 16 seat minibus hire driver will be making two return trips from Hexham to Leadgate, with arranged stops en route. The first for guests staying over in Hexham (Beaumont Hotel) at 10.00 and the second at Hexham station by 13.50 to pick up any party guests arriving by train.

The minibus will leave Leadgate by 18.40 stopping at Wark, Barrasford, Hexham station & Beaumont hotel by 19.25 before going on to the Red Lion pub, Newbrough.

Example services. OUTWARD: Newcastle 12.55 (via most stations en route) arrives Hexham 13.34. From Carlisle 12.54 (all stations en route) arriving Hexham 13.45. RETURN: Hexham 19.41 (most station stops) arriving Newcastle 20.23. To Carlisle (via all stations) leaves Hexham 19.34, arrives Carlisle 20.28. Mini-bus booking essential as seats limited to 16!

ON FOOT Leadgate lies on the Pennine Way, one of Britain’s oldest & longest national trails, running from the Derbyshire Peak District to the Scottish Borders.. You’re more than welcome to get to us that way. (‘Leadgate 7 1/4 Miles’ is the waymark sign where the path crosses Hadrian’s Wall at Rappishaw Gap). Overnight stops there include the new YHA hostel at Once Brewed next to The Sill (National Park Visitor Centre) and the Twice Brewed pub/hotel/brewery on the Military Road. OR it’s an easier & shorter trek down from various campsites / B&B s in Bellingham, 5 miles to the north of us, or at Stonehaugh, just over a couple of miles distant to the south.

ACCOMMODATION. Here’s a selection of places to stay – in no particular order of preference – with drive time in minutes ( ) from Leadgate & Hexham. Given we’re in for a ‘Staycation Summer’ and the increasing popularity of Northumberland as a holiday destination early booking is strongly advised.

1 The Dovecote. Tasteful hideaway in walled garden, self catering for 2 in 18th century property. Also: B&B en suite doubles in the big house.  (Leadgate 20’/ Hexham 15’) 2. Carraw. Old farmhouse on site of Roman fortress on Hadrians Wall. 3 luxury B&B rooms + self catering annexe. On The Military Road / B6318.  Hosted by local farming family. (Drive time Leadgate or Hexham 20’) 3. Carr Edge Newbrough Working 700 acre farm. Sandra & Michael Gibson. 01434 674788.  B&B in Converted stables & granary into ensuite doubles. Valley views. Public footpaths to Housesteads & Vindolana) 4. Hexham Town House B&B Elegant accommodation just off the town centre in large Victorian house. (30’ drive time to Leadgate) 5. Brown Rigg, Bellingham quality lodges & guest rooms in family run 24 acre site. Also camping. Value for money choice, popular with families & ‘outdoor’ folk. (Drive time to Leadgate15’) 6. Fountain Cottage, Bellingham. New family run venture. Café & B&B (6 rooms, 4D + 2S) in large village with nearly all the amenities of town (+ regular buses to Hexham).  (15’ drive time to Leadgate/ 45’ Hexham) 7. Wannie’s Retreat, West Woodburn. NE48 2RH. Luxury rail carriage, 2 double beds, on old Wansbeck line running thru family farm. Amanda Stanners. E.mail 078825-322803 (Drive time 25’) 8. Chesters Bridge B&B Humshaugh. 2 bed en-suites. (20’ drive time/15’ to Hexham) 9. Hallbarns farmhouse B&B. Working farm B&B (15/20′ drive from Leadgate) 10. Bridgeford Farm B&B Bellingham. 3 en-suite double/twin. 01434-220940  Leadgate 15’/Hexham 30’ 11. Southlands Farm, Gunnerton. 3 luxury self catering cottages from converted C18th buildings on working smallholding. (15′ drive Leadgate/20′ Hexham) 01434- 681 464

Country & Town Pubs/Hotels with Rooms & Eateries

1. The Beaumont. Hexham’s quality town centre hotel & restaurant. Often do 3 nights for price of 2 deals. (30 minutes drive time to Leadsgate) 01434 – 602331 2. The Battlesteads, Wark. Green credentials, observatory, restaurant, bar. 4 star 17 en-suite doubles. (Leadgate 6’/Hexham 25’) 3. The Holly Bush, Greenhaugh Village pub & eaterie. 6 doubles B&B. (Leadgate 30’/ Hexham I hr) 4. Barrasford Arms, Barrasford. pub/restaurant. Doubles en-suite. (Leadgat 25’/ ‘Hexham 20’) 5. Red Lion, Newbrough. Village pub on the old Roman Stanegate. Bar, Rooms, Food. B&B (25’ drive to Leadgate/ 20’ to Hexham. Also buses to Hexham) 6. Hadrian’s Hotel, Wall. Bar & eatery.  Also: ‘Hjem’ Michelin star restaurant. On bus route Hexham/Wark.  (Leadgate 20’ /Hexham 10’) 7. Walwick Hall, Humshaugh. Luxury boutique hotel. Stables block has self catering, 2 units allowing dogs.  (20’ drive time/15’ Hexham)

Local economy B&Bs at Bellingham and at Once / Twice Brewed near Hadrian’s Wall on the B 6318 ‘Military Road’. The Pennine Way – with Leadgate roughly half way along – links these places for sturdy walkers. Bellingham has old style B&Bs but clean, comfortable & friendly by all accounts. Bellingham is just up the valley, 5 – 6 miles away. (15′ drive away from Leadgate). Large village, well supplied with shops, cafes & pubs. Lyndale, just off the centre has been a B&B for many years. Single advertised at £45 per night. The other B&B at the Barn looks OK too. One double room which can be hired as a single for £55 per night. NB: Both these places are popular with Pennine Way walkers as overnight stops, so booking in advance essential! We don’t know anything about The Fox B&B. Lyndale 01434 – 220361 E. (no operational website; went via ‘Visit Northumberland’ website) The Barn 01434 – 220744 The Fox B&B 4 Tyne View Bellingham 01434 – 220668 e.mail: YHA Once Brewed Hostel Good value/superb location/all facilities new 86 bed eco building, built in conjunction with ‘The Sill’, National Park Visitor Centre, next door. Twice Brewed Inn. Neighbouring popular pub/ brewery /restaurant/rooms. 01434-344534

Stonehaugh Campsite. is the nearest campsite, and is in the national park, is a short walk over fields or by lane from Leadgate. 01434 230798 Demesne Campsite & Bunkhouse. 01434-220258 Long established working farm offering quality campsite and bunkhouse, centrally located in Bellingham, convenient for all services.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing you in August at our big weekend. We will be updating and adding to this page as and when we get more information or feedback. Meanwhile any further queries or advice please get in touch directly via / Home: 01434 – 230939 / Mob: 078115 77175