MEET Our BLUE BADGE tourist Guides

OUR GUIDES

MEET OUR FRIENDLY BLUE BADGE GUIDES

Our amazing North East England Blue Badge Guides can’t wait to meet you.

We can’t wait to see you stand on the very edge of the Roman Empire at Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and hear you say how impressed you are by what you see.

We want you to watch the fleeting performance of the mechanical Silver Swan at The Bowes Museum and see your reaction to this elegant and remarkable automaton.

We will show you where you can buy old fashioned confectionary at Beamish Museum the taste of which will take you right back to your childhood days. 

And we will take you to special, atmospheric locations such as the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Jarrow and Durham where many centuries ago our Northern Saints once lived whilst doing their bit to shape early Christianity.

All members of North East England Tourist Guides (NEETG) are accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding as professional Blue Badge Guides and have a great passion for, and extensive knowledge of, the region.

Browse below to learn more about individual guides and to find the Blue Badge Guide best suited to your needs.   Or contact us for further help and information.

Alan Appleton

Alan Appleton

I am an experienced Tourist Guide, a proud Geordie, and delight in sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm of this wonderful region with visitors.

I have a good sense of humour, and try to make every tour both enjoyable and interesting.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Hadrian’s Wall and the Romans, Northumberland Castles & Coast, Stately Homes & Gardens, Holy island & Bamburgh,  Alnwick Castle & Garden, North Pennines,  Newcastle Gateshead,  Durham City & Cathedral, Railway Heritage

TELEPHONE: +44(0)191  236 6103
MOBILE: +44 (0)7957 578 731

Meet our Guides: Ken

Ken Bradshaw

I have lived in Durham for nearly 30 years and am passionate about the region.

I have worked on environmental projects and consequently have a deep insight into landscapes particularly of the Limestone Plateau.

I bring a certain joie de vivre to all my work and it would be my pleasure to show you not only the highlights but also the hidden secrets of this beautiful and historic region.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Durham Cathedral & city, East Durham Limestone Plateau, Landscapes & Countryside, Gardens, Transport

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 384 4195
TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7591 468 066

Our Guides: David

David Waite

A Blue Badge Guide in the North-East of England, Heart of England and South-West England, I have 21 years’ experience as a friendly Guide and Driver/Guide in city, town & country, on coaches, by car and on foot. 

I specialise in Hadrian’s Wall, cities of Newcastle and Durham, Alnwick, Bamburgh and Aukland Castles, stunning parks and gardens, film sites, saints trails, Holy Island, the North Pennines UNESCO Geopark, and the ‘Bi-Centenary of the modern railway’. 

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Heart of England, South West England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Windsor & Eton Endorsement, ITG accredited trainer, ITG examiner
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Hadrian’s Wall, Cathedral Cities of Newcastle & Durham, Castles (e.g. Alnwick, Auckland, Barnard Castle or Bamburgh), 2023 Tall Ships Race in Hartlepool, Railway Heritage 

MOBILE: +44 (0)7788 581 539

Laura Rhodes

Laura Rhodes

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Yorkshire
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: York Minster
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Hadrian’s Wall (walking), cycling tours, gardens, country houses

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 284 7318
MOBILE: +44 (0)7758 077 818

Alex Jacobs tourist guide: our guides

Alex Jacobs

I’m a bilingual in English & German and fully in love with our fabulous region!

One of the best parts of my job is the look on people’s faces when they see places such as Newcastle for the first time…

Let me show you North East England and some of the best hidden gems in Britain – puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland coast, Alnwick, Roman heritage and some of our great towns & cities…

Give me a ring or drop me a line and we can plan together.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: York Minster
LANGUAGES: English, German
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Urban regeneration (incl. NewcastleGateshead, Tyneside Coastal Towns or Sunderland), Durham City & Region, Northumberland Coast, Castles & Landscapes, Hadrian’s Wall & Roman Heritage, Special Interest Groups

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 500 9571
MOBILE: +44 (0)7813 787 009

Jan Williams

Jan Williams

Award winning, professional, friendly guiding service for group travel market, cruise shore excursions, conferences, media, individual travellers. in-depth knowledge of this region including the “paths less trod”.

It’s true: I don’t dress up in historic costume, I can’t act out a role and I can never remember the ending of jokes.

But I do focus on helping all clients explore, discover and enjoy – and I work to high customer care values.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Cumbria
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: ITG examiner & compiler; York Minster
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Art, crafts & literature; castles, country houses and gardens; Roman heritage incl. Hadrian’s Wall; early Christianity (incl. Lindisfarne); Hexham Abbey. Prince Bishops of Durham & cathedral; Border Reivers; Northumberland National Park; industrial heritage & regeneration

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)1434 634 911
MOBILE: +44 (0)7751 881 989

Our Guides Martin

Martin Strait

I have successfully completed the Institute of Tourist Guiding North East England Blue Badge Examinations in August 2021 and am now qualified to take tours throughout the North East of England.

This includes site tours of Durham Cathedral, the Laing art gallery, Great North Museum Hancock and Shipley Art Gallery and walking tours of Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick upon Tweed and Barnard Castle.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Heritage, Engineering, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham Cathedral, Great North Museum Hancock

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 264 4857
TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7368 520 536

Graeme Logan

Graeme Logan

Graeme Logan became a Regional Blue Badge Guide in 1989 and has a wealth of experience.

He will bring your tour to life with a sense of humour and an insight into the way of life, history and special features of North East England.

He may also treat you to his own rendering of “The Blaydon Races” or “Keel Row”, and is not unknown to illustrate his tours with a verse or two of poetry!

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: tbc

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)1207 506 772
MOBILE: +44 (0)7712 117 044

Adrian Smiles

Adrian Smiles

I have always had a keen interest in the history, culture and people of North East England and take a great pleasure in showcasing the region to visitors from far and wide.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: The Romans, The Vikings, The Border Reivers and the battlefields of Northern England

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)07808 517 466

Amanda Hepburn

Amanda Hepburn

Born and bred on Tyneside so a very friendly Geordie. Proud and passionate about my native North East of England. I enjoy surprising visitors with the history and stories of the people of this region. 

City and town walks from the borders to the Tees. Coach tours throughout the region.

Let’s talk, plan and explore together.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Newcastle City Guide
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Castles and coastline, cathedrals, museums, Hadrian’s wall and forts, town & city walking tours

MOBILE: +44 (0)7967 802 622

Geoff Cook

Geoff Cook

A Geography graduate of Oxford University with a particular interest in landscape, history and industrial heritage.

Tailor-made study tours and walking tours are a speciality. I am also a qualified guide for Cumbria – The Lake District – and have acted as a tour manager for extended coach tours throughout Britain.

I am a past Mayor of Kendal and also former chairman of Cumbria County Council.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Cumbria
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: ITG examiner & compiler
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: General interest, Churches & cathedrals, Geography & Geology, History & Pre-history, Industrial & Transport Heritage

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)1539 740 133
MOBILE: +44 (0)7875 662 124

Our Guides: Heather McFall

Heather McFall

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Yorkshire
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Gardening tours, Industrial Heritage, Christian heritage, Northumberland castles/coast, Border Reivers, Northumberland National Park

MOBILE: +44 (0)7748 378 140

Manuela our guides

Manuela Fraenkel

Ex-souvenir/crafts wholesaler, many years’ trade fair experience.

Ex-resident Germany/Latin America & continuing interest. Strong connections Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy. Wide-ranging general interests.

Unflagging enthusiasm & attention to detail.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Scotland
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English, German, Italian, Spanish
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Agriculture, Britain Today, Castles, Palaces & Gardens, Folklore & Traditions, Translations, Business visits

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)131 229 6236
MOBILE: +44 (0)7990 521 781

Our Guides: Tom Keating

Tom Keating

Enjoy professional, friendly, relaxed visits, by coach, car or walking tours.

Visit the World Heritage Sites of Hadrian’s Wall, Durham Cathedral & Castle, and The Lake District National Park.

Discover Northumberland National Park, Castles and Coastline, Holy Island, Bamburgh, Alnwick Castle and Garden; the Durham Dales, Teesdale and Weardale and Newcastle, with City Coach tours and Tyneside’s coastline including Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and South Shields to Sunderland.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England, Cumbria
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: ITG Trainer
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Romans & Hadrian’s Wall, castles & stately homes, Christian heritage, cathedrals & churches, Newcastle upon Tyne

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 488 5115
TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7974 327 374

Judith Edgoose Our Guides

Judith Edgoose

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: York Minster
LANGUAGES: English, German
SPECIAL INTERESTS: Durham Cathedral, Northumberland Coast, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumbrian Castles

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)1740 620 244
TELEPHONE: +44 (0)7899 984 464

Bob Conlon

Bob Conlon

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: History and Heritage, Hadrian’s Wall, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)1661 822 033
MOBILE: +44 (0)7774 842 244

The Profession: Blue Badge Tourist Guides

Walter Wilcox

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English
SPECIAL INTERESTS: tbc

TELEPHONE: +44 (0)191 296 5486
MOBILE: +44 (0)7791 154 967

Anna Unger

Anna Unger

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
LANGUAGES: English, German
SPECIAL INTERESTS: tbc

MOBILE: +44 (0)7540 529 374

The Profession: Blue Badge Tourist Guides

Nicky Godfrey-Evans

Coming soon.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE: North East England
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: York Minster
LANGUAGES: English, German
SPECIAL INTERESTS: tbc

TELEPHONE: tbc
EMAIL: tbc

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