Residential Courses at Christon Bank 2018- We expect to be running a further series of courses in 2018 you can find the details by clicking this link.     Northumberland offers many wonderful opportunities to enjoy iconic scenery whether on the coast or in the hills.     We always take time to explore and picnic - also to experience local culture and traditional music in the pubs.

Topics covered in our residential courses include many of the activities described in The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency - see 5 Day Courses for details.

Our courses will take place at the old Victorian garden which is being restored at Christon Bank in Northumberland.     Students will be staying in the nearby coastal village of Newton by the Sea.    Newton bay is just north of the fine beach at Embleton overlooked by the majestic ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle.     The cottage is in the square just 50 metres from the beach and even closer to the Ship Inn!

Newton Bay

The old Victorian garden at Christon Bank is bounded on its north and west sides by huge brick walls.  The south facing wall is about 50 metres long while the east facing wall is even longer at 70 metres.    This would have provided about three quarters of an acre of intensive vegetable and fruit production - which is typical of the traditional gardens which provided food before supermarket were even thought of.     The garden will be restored in stages.   Here is the current view:








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