North Sunderland Seahouses Development Trust has co-ordinated many events that celebrate the industrial, religious and natural heritage of Seahouses and its hinterland in north Northumberland, especially the villages of Beadnell and Bamburgh.
Seahouses developed as a result of its natural harbour and the fishing industry that grew up around it. In recent years the fishing industry has declined but the townscape, language, industries and character of Seahouses still reflect its maritime origins. Other industries have left a mark, notable lime production, the railways and farming.
The religious heritage is both ancient - we have strong ties to St. Cuthbert and St. Aidan who brought Christianity to Britain - and more recent, with a Methodist Fisherman's Choir. Local place names reflect this heritage, so in Beadnell we find Ebba's Nook the site of St Ebba's early vocation and Monk's House - an embarkation point to the Farne Islands - lies between Seahouses and Bamburgh.
Nowadays the town is famous as a setting off point for boats to the Farne Islands, a massive seabird sanctuary, and all three themes are encapsulated in the local fisherman's name for Eider ducks: "Cuddy's Ducks", after St. Cuthbert who created the bird reserve to protect the ducks when he was a hermit on the island. Seahouses is the largest settlement in the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lies on a Heritage Coastline and there are two national nature reserves close by: Lindisfarne and The Farne Islands.
Information about our Seahouses Heritage Project can be downloaded here
Many activities include displays and events at the annual Seahouses Festival.
Other organisations are also involved in recording and preserving our local heritage. Details of any special events or displays can be found here