Where is Unison Colour?

Nestled in the Tarset Valley near Greenhaugh. Greenhaugh is a small village that lies to the north-west of Bellingham. Greenhaugh itself is first recorded in 1326 as a shieling. The valley was subjected to many raids by Border Reivers, leading to defensive Bastles.

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Looking across the Tarset Valley.

Unison Colour is situated in the old coach buildings of Thorneyburn Rectory. We are a family run business that has been making soft pastels by hand for over 30 years. Unison Colour was founded by artist John Hersey, who after many years of not finding a pastel he was happy with, he decided to make his own.

Looking out over the coach house at Unison Colour.
The Coach House which houses one of the pastel making studios.

John had always found inspiration in the clarity of light and subtlety of colour in Northumberland, and in 1980 he moved with Kate and their 4 children to the Thorneyburn Old Rectory in the Northumberland National Park.

Northumberland National Park is the least populated National Park in the UK and also boasts being one of the most tranquil as well as covering more than 400 square miles. Find out more at the Visit Northumberland website.

Nearly a quarter of a million pastels are handmade each year. We are a small team who work tirelessly to ensure the pastels we produce remain of the highest quality to satisfy our international customer base.

Being in the heart of the Northumberland National Park means we are inspired by all that is around us – the hills, fells, forests and rivers and of course the people.

Looking out over the Northumbrian countryside

We welcome visitors to Unison Colour Headquarters and these must be booked through [email protected].

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