Washington is in North East England

by : Douglas Scott

Washington is a town in North East England. It is located 10 miles west of Sunderland City Centre itself and roughly the same distance south of Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 1964 Washington was designated a New Town and expanded rapidly when it absorbed the overspill populations from surrounding cities. The new town was divided into a number of small self sufficient villages, with original settlement being renamed Washington Village.

Its industrial past is still present with heritage centres and exhibitions on its industrial roots. Surprisingly green to the south west and with a coastline and the famous River Tyne to explore during your visit.

Dont miss the Sunderland International Kite Festival on July 7 th in Washington. It has a unique blend of music, entertainment and above all kites. Its the biggest event of its kind in the country and one of the most popular throughout the world. Alongside the main attraction of the kite flying, theres a fantastic international music programme, unusual street theatre, an arts and crafts fare and plenty of activities for children. This wonderful free festival regularly attracts an audience of over 70,000 people to the Northern Area Playing Fields in Washington and offers an exciting time for the whole family.

Washington Old Hall is a stone built 17th century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washingtons direct ancestors. It is from here that the family took their surname of Washington. There are displays on George Washington, and the recent history of the Hall. There is also a fine collection of oil paintings and heavily carved oak furniture, giving an authentic impression of gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War.

Washington Pit is a key landmark in the regions coal mining heritage and it is to open for two weekends this summer. Visitors will be able to see the impressive winding engine which once took pitmen to the coalface and brought coal to the surface, now operated by an electric motor.

Set in 45 hectares of stunning wetland and woodland on the River Wear, Washington Wetland Centre is one of the North Easts biggest conservation success stories.

One of the most revived cities in England, and now a popular city to visit on a city break with new buildings, theatres, art galleries, and tourist attractions therefore it is ideal for a weekend break or longer with its shops, bars and clubs.