The Northumbies

The Northumbies

The ‘Northumbies’ are very special, sponsored awards, made especially for Northumberland Day by hugely talented local fused glass artist, Helen Grierson (as pictured in the slideshow).

These stunning, handmade awards include references to both Northumberland’s flag, and its heritage and natural beauty, and reward those who have made an extra-special effort to celebrate the special county day.

The Northumbies 2023

Our ever-popular Northumbie Awards will finally be back in something like full this year, after a few years of being on hold due to the pandemic.

We are planning to have several  Northumbie Awards for 2023, which will be:

The Jill Bradbury Award for Most Passionate School 

This is the award that all schools want to win, with this award enabling school teachers to showcase the school’s commitment to their pupils, their innovative thinking and how they go all out to bring passion and creativity to the classroom and school environment.  Past winners have been schools that have really thought outside of the box and gone the extra mile.

Sponsor: Catapult PR (

Best Community Involvement Award

This award is for the village or town (or special interest group) that really excels when it comes to celebrating Northumberland, its culture, food and drink, nature and landscape, music and heritage.  It showcases that community as a great place to live and highlights the true passion of its residents.  Past winners have enjoyed great business benefits thanks to demonstrating their passion for their county and putting on a show for Northumbrians and tourists alike.

Sponsor: TBC

Best Northumberlandia Display

This year, we are staging a Northumberland Day event at Northumberlandia, to which we are inviting parish representatives to come along and stage a display that showcases their parish and its place in Northumberland’s past and present and the passion of its local community for life in the parish.  Read more at our Northumberlandia page, as whatever is adjudged the best response to this, by a parish or town, or other business or group that wishes to participate, will scoop a Northumbie Award.

Sponsor: Heritage Buzz (

Lady of the North Award

This award will be open to nominations and will reward an incredible lady, who was born in Northumberland or who has adopted the county as her home, who goes the extra mile for other people, in some incredible way.  This could be your mum, a favourite auntie, a real credit to the community, a teacher, a neighbour who is always there for others or someone else who is truly incredible.  Tell us their story and why they deserve to win this prize.  Entries for this category are already open.  Please send us between 200 and 500 words telling us about your nominee and why they deserve to be adjudged the Lady of the North. Email your nomination to

Sponsor: tbc

Potential Northumbies

We would love to also offer some of the Northumbies we have created in the past but need sponsors for:

  • Best Foodie Celebration
  • Best Artistic Response to Northumberland Day
  • Best Pub, Tearoom or Café
  • Best Event
  • Above and Beyond Special Achievement Award 

To enquire about sponsoring a Northumbie, please contact Jane Hunt on 0333 2424062 or email

Entry to the Northumbies will be via completion of an entry form, which will be made available by the first week of May 2023.   This will be for all categories other than the Above and Beyond Special Achievement Award (decided by the Northumberland Day organisers) and the Lady of the North Northumbie (open for entry as stated above).

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