Come with me to the annual Bywell Arts Festival, it is a very short walk from The Stencil Library.
We'll walk down our drive and over Bywell Bridge, the light is rubbish for enhancing the view from either side of the bridge this morning but it will give you an idea of where this place is.
Turn the corner into Bywell....
and we are almost there. The cakes are being unwrapped, early birds are buying plants, I bought several but more were arriving.
Already the car park is filling. Original paintings are hung in both churches and there are a selection of prints for sale. I am tempted by one of Stocksfield in the snow. My mother is tempted by one of tree roots
There is a good mixture of professional and amateur painters, some only show at Bywell and some create work especially for the weekend. Most are from the surrounding area. I am not showing this year but my husband is.
Bywell is tiny, there are two churches, St Peter's and St Andrew's, a handful of beautiful old stone houses and a castle. The Arts Festival weekend is a rare chance to see both of churches open. There is free entry and plenty of parking. #BywellArtsFest is open today until 4.30 and tomorrow from 11. Tonight there is a concert by Prudhoe Communty Choir and there are tickets from the central store in nearby Stocksfield.
Bywell on Tyne, Stocksfield, NE43, Northumberland.