Radio 3 Breakfast show to broadcast from Holy Island and Tynemouth on North East road trip

BBC Radio 3 Breakfast will be broadcast from five North East beauty spots on a road show, kicking off on Holy Island
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Radio 3's breakfast show will be broadcast from five North East beauty spots ahead of a weekend of BBC Proms performances at The Glasshouse in Gateshead.

Petroc Trelawny will present a week of live broadcasts exploring the North East's nature, culture and history. The show will stop at the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Vindolanda Roman Fort, The Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral and Tynemouth Priory and Castle.

This will be followed by a weekend of BBC Proms performances at The Glasshouse in Gateshead on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. Along the way, listeners will hear about Lindisfarne Castle, the ancient fortress transformed into a holiday home by architect Edwin Lutyens, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall, and the recently-restored musical automaton at The Bowes Museum, the famous Silver Swan.

There will also be discussions about St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, who is buried in Durham Cathedral, and the Venerable Bede - the monk, scholar and historian who lived in Northumbria; and about the decades of connections with local mining and shipbuilding industries. It is hoped that live music by local musicians, and contributions from naturalists and historians will help bring the journey to life for listeners.

Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3 Breakfast presenter, said: "I am thrilled to be presenting Breakfast from the North East of England, adding these beautiful locations to our series of road trips. I have some fantastic memories of our previous live broadcasts – too many highlights to mention – and I can’t wait to share the wealth of history and music of this area with all our listeners across the UK."

Sam Jackson, controller at Radio 3 and BBC Proms, said: "We are delighted to be taking Radio 3 Breakfast on tour across the North East of England, providing what we hope will be the perfect prelude to the BBC Proms weekend at The Glasshouse in Gateshead. These live broadcasts offer a brilliant opportunity to create special connections with audiences around the UK, as we give Radio 3 listeners in the North East and across the whole country the chance to discover more about the history, the culture and the music of the area."

Previous BBC Radio 3 Breakfast road trips have seen the programme travel lough-to-lough across Northern Ireland, and coast-to-coast through the Scottish Highlands, follow the Rivers Ure and Ouse to the Humber in Yorkshire, and journey along the River Severn from Wales to England and back. Breakfast has also come live from forests in Co. Down, Hampshire and Snowdonia.

BBC Radio 3 Breakfast from the North East of England will be live 6.30am - 9.30am from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 27 and will be available on BBC Sounds.