Alnwick

Whatever the weather, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.

Indulge in some retail therapy in refreshingly different shops in market towns each with their own character and style. Browse the bookshelves of Barter Books, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops, or wander around the collection of individual shops, arts and crafts workshops at Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect.

There are stately homes and museums that are anything but stuffy to look around, or make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splashing good time. Pay a visit to one of Northumberland’s many castles or go on a foodie adventure.  Watch the workings of the county’s only working watermill at Heatherslaw Corn Mill on the Ford and Etal estate or see some of the 16 different farmhouse cheeses being made at Northumberland Cheese Company’s Blagdon Estate.

Whatever the weather, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.

Indulge in some retail therapy in refreshingly different shops in market towns each with their own character and style. Browse the bookshelves of Barter Books, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops, or wander around the collection of individual shops, arts and crafts workshops at Kirkharle Courtyard, the birthplace of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, arguably Britain's most famous landscape architect.

There are stately homes and museums that are anything but stuffy to look around, or make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splashing good time. Pay a visit to one of Northumberland’s many castles or go on a foodie adventure.  Watch the workings of the county’s only working watermill at Heatherslaw Corn Mill on the Ford and Etal estate or see some of the 16 different farmhouse cheeses being made at Northumberland Cheese Company’s Blagdon Estate.

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Outdoor Hog Roast & Live Music
Outdoor Event

A lovely way to spend a summer evening - enjoy a delicious hogroast by the river at Heatherslaw Mill, listening to live music by Roger West.    Fundraising event. Ticket price includes hogr ...
Outside Cragside House Gardens and Estate
Historic sites
Rothbury
Creation of Lord Armstrong, Victorian inventor and landscape genius. Gardens, red squirrels, woodland and lakeside walks. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 979 reviews
Launch of the New Diesel!
Family

To complement 'Bunty' the bright blue steam engine, Heatherslaw Light Railway now has a brand new, bright yellow diesel locomotive. Her official launch will be on Easter Sunday, when she'll be na ...
Welcome to Woodhorn Museum
Museums and galleries
Ashington
From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 231 reviews
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Exhibition

Young Heritage Explorers features films, books and artworks created by children from Hipsburn, Shilbottle and Amble First Schools and the Bailiffgate Museum Tots. The standard of work created by ...
Museum Front
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
Watch and clock museum, gift shop and repair specialist. The museum is based around the local children's stories of Mr George the clock man. Includes a large collection of mechanical watches and ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 4 reviews
Outside Cherryburn
Historic sites
Mickley
Birthplace cottage (1700) and farmyard. Printing house using original printing blocks. Introductory exhibition of the life, work and countryside. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 33 reviews
Red Squirrel
Outdoor Event

Search for red squirrels and discover their way of life in a changing world. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, to track down one of Britain’s best loved animals, the red squirrel. ...
Animals at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Morpeth
Whitehouse Farm is the all-weather fun attraction with soft play, restaurant, outdoor play areas, tractor-trailer rides and lots of animals to feed, hold and stroke. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 180 reviews
Children In The Pool
Sport and Leisure
Rothbury
Rothbury Pool and Gym has a traditional style pool available for general swimming, aquafit, lessons and parties with fantastic views over Coquetdale. New fitness centre with over twenty pieces of Life ...
Exterior
Historic sites
Bamburgh
A spectacular castle with fantastic coastal views. The stunning Kings Hall and Keep house collections of armour, artwork, porcelain and furniture. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 1060 reviews
The Spirit of Twyne
Exhibition

Artists working all near the Tweed and Tyne producing work in a variety of media and styles with the common element of fibre and stitch. This exhibition is a retrospective containing many of their ...
Barn at Beal interior
Restaurant
Beal
Excellent coffee shop and restaurant with magnificent views over the shores of Holy Island. At the Barn at Beal, we source the very best of food and drink from Northumberland for our customers, bringi ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 333 reviews
Outside Brinkburn Priory
Historic sites
Rothbury
Founded in 1135 for canons of the Augustinian order, Brinkburn was restored in the 19th century and now survives in its entirety as Northumberland's finest example of early Gothic architecture. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 27 reviews
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. ...
Outside Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Museums and galleries
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre, the newest attraction on the beautiful Northumberland coastline, offers a unique experience for visitors. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 101 reviews
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

A chance for a behind the scenes look at how England\'s largest forest is managed and get up close to harvesting monsters on this minibus tour deep into the heart of Kielder Forest ...
Magna Carta
Exhibition

Discover Alnwick's part in this national celebration and see a facsimile of this world-changing document. ...
The Wonder of Colour
Exhibition

Eta Ingham Laurie, internationally renowned weaver returns to Bailiffgate to present some of her beautiful works and offer the opportunity to try this amazing craft for yourself (see Bailiffgate M ...
Outside Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Museums and galleries
Morpeth
Set in a 13thC church building, this unusual museum specialises in the history and development of Northumbrian small pipes and their music. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 34 reviews
Vallum Farm Bread
Cafes, Tearooms & Coffee Shops
Matfen
Dubbed “The River Cottage of the North” by Luxe magazine (2013), and renowned as the place to find the traditional tastes of Hadrian’s Wall country, Vallum is a unique and growing co ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 92 reviews
The 1715 Rising in the North
Exhibition

Commemorating the Northumberland Jacobites and the 300th anniversary of the ill-fated attempt to restore the Stuart Monrchy ...
Hexham Old Gaol
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Tour the Old Gaol, 1330AD, by glass lift. Meet the gaoler, see a Reiver raid and try on costumes. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 18 reviews
Inside Berwick-upon-Tweed Museum and Art Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection. ...
Alnwick Castle
Historic sites
Alnwick
Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 1121 reviews
Barracks Entrance
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks houses three museums. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 90 reviews
Climbing Wall
Sport and Leisure
Alnwick
Sports and Leisure Centre providing a vast range of sporting and leisure activities such as swimming, indoor sports, fitness and bouldering facilities. ...
Mill Garden
Cafes, Tearooms & Coffee Shops
Otterburn
Welcome to Otterburn Mill in the heart of Wild Redesdale in Northumberland. Famous for the Otterburn Pram and Cot Rugs, we also sell a wide range of traditional clothing and have established ourselve ...
Heatherslaw Mill - National Mills Weekend
Exhibition

May 2015 marks the 40th anniversary since restoration of Heatherslaw Corn Mill and to start the celebrations the mill will be taking part in National Mills Weekend. Over the weekeend the Mill ...
Stunning Views
Sightseeing and Leisure
Cornhill-on-Tweed
One destination, over 20 attractions..country estate with a range of attractions and activities including Heatherslaw Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battlefie ...
CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Outdoor Event

Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe ...
Outside RNLI Grace Darling Museum
Museums and galleries
Bamburgh
A museum dedicated to Grace Darling and her family, as well as all those who Save Lives at Sea. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 240 reviews
Gallery 1
Museums and galleries
Haltwhistle
Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s e ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 317 reviews
Wallington
Historic sites
Cambo
Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 337 reviews
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

An introduction to the basics for survival: shelter, fire, food and water. You’ll learn how to build an emergency shelter using the natural materials you find around you. You’ll learn a range of f ...
Our Streets
Exhibition

A celebration of the hugely successful 3 year programme of community activity in the Alnwick area involving schools, streets and all kinds of community groups-all kindly funded by the Heritage Lot ...
Dunstanburgh Castle Summer Evening
Arts & Crafts Shop
Ponteland
Alan Reed specialises in landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, sport and figurative work. Paintings and prints of Northumberland can be seen in his Studio & Gallery. Painting Classes in Watercolour ...
Craft Fair - Etal Village Hall
Food event

Over 15 local foodies and crafters selling a range of local delicacies and crafts made in North Northumberland. Whether you're treating yourself or looking for a special gift this is the place to ...
Kirkharle Restaurant & Coffee shop
Cafes, Tearooms & Coffee Shops
Kirkharle
Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard is home to a coffee house and a range of unique arts and crafts workshops, individual shops and galleries, all set in a historic farm courtyard. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 56 reviews
Outside Prudhoe Waterworld
Sport and Leisure
Prudhoe
Leisure pool incorporating wave machine, 40m aqua slide, spa pool and other water features, fitness gym, fitness studio, soft play area, creche and bowling green. ...
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. You’ll need to build a shelter, your own den in the woods. You’re going to eat so you’ll build and light your own camp fi ...
Picnic bench
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Kielder Castle Visitor Centre Mid March to October from 9.30am to 5pm. Kielder Castle is the visitor centre for Kielder Forest. Features include information centre, tearoom and exhibitions about fores ...
Brick Planet
Exhibition

Explore the incredible Brick Planet exhibition and marvel at miniature wonders from around the world recreated in LEGO® bricks.   ...
Outside Wentworth Leisure Centre
Sport and Leisure
Hexham
Wentworth Leisure Centre is located in the centre of Hexham. The centre boasts a new, multi-million pound swimming pool and fitness gym. New for 2011, Wentworth Bowl offers a new activity in which pe ...
Outside Kielder Salmon Centre
Nature and Wildlife
Kielder
Kielder Salmon Centre, open April to October, is operated by the Environment Agency. A modern visitor centre with touch screen and video displays describing the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon, and ...
Live Music - Salthouse
Music & Dance

Acoustic four-piece Salt House is the meeting of four distinct musical minds on the Scottish scene. Their highly current sound is earthy, deep-rooted, yet eagerly progressive, built from grassroots fo ...
Heather
Great Outdoors
Kielder
Home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the largest working forest in England, this is one outdoor playground you don’t want to miss. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 206 reviews
Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

Central to survival; fire warms, dries, makes water safe, cooks food, lifts morale. Firecraft is one of the oldest skills known to mankind. It is a central survival skill; it warms us, it dries us, it ...
Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts. ...
Inside Wylam Railway Museum
Museums and galleries
Wylam
Displays show importance of Wylam in the history of railway development and the work of famous local railway pioneers George Stephenson, Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley. ...
The Armstrong's Household & Farming Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
North Charlton has become the home of a very special museum - a unique collection of artifacts which chronicle the history and heritage of this part of Northumberland, built up over the last 25 years ...
Welcome to Bailiffgate Museum
Museums and galleries
Alnwick
Bailiffgate Museum brings to life the people and places of North Northumberland in exciting interactive style. Art and history-based exhibitions are staged in the gallery. ...
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating:TripadvisorBased on 49 reviews
Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day. ...
Allendale Forge Studios
Museums and galleries
Allendale Town
The Forge has 12 working studios, cafe, art gallery and gallery shop that offers both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from Northumberland, all situated in th ...
Moothall and Gallery
Museums and galleries
Hexham
Fifteenth-century building with a gallery in the tunnel-vaulted basement. A variety of exhibitions mounted by local artists and crafts people. ...

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