All the National Trust places in Northumberland have stuff going on all year round. There are things for families to do everywhere: this could be mud pie making for the little ones at Wallington or rock climbing adventures for teenagers at Hadrian’s Wall or Staward Gorge. We have a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ so the younger ones can get cracking on ticking things off, like climbing a tree, rolling down a hill, catching a crab or building a den. Some of these things are free entry and free to do; many of them are free to join in with normal admission prices applying; and for some, there is a small additional charge. The events go on all year, with Easter Trails in spring, summer outdoors events, Hallowe’en spooky goings on in the autumn, and Father Christmas to visit or Christmas crafts in the winter.


For adults, we have guided walks, talks on the fascinating and sometimes hair-raising stories behind our places, outdoor and indoor music and theatre, sporting activity like park runs, craft and garden talks and workshops, pub nights, food markets and more.


On our website, there are downloadable walking trails from short rambles to serious hikes, with wildlife tips and historical insights; cycle trails from an 11 mile flat route on the old Haltwhistle - Alston railway line to 109 miles ticking off World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall, the Victorian splendour of Cragside and the Palladian beauty of Wallington; plus running routes and groups.


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  • Type: Event
An Evening with Gary Fildes
Star gazing events
Join us for an evening with our Founder and Director Gary Fildes and listen as he uses his enthusiastic teaching to create a wonderful atmosphere of learning. ...
Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
Family event
This one-man comedy poetry theatre show has a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia. ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair down at Newbiggin Maritime Centre ...
Stargazing and Astrophotography for Beginners
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Stargazing is a hobby that can be as simple, or as complicated, as you want. ...
Halloween Half Term at Alnwick Castle
Family event
If you DARE to join us this Halloween Half Term, you’re in for a spooktacular delight! ...
Santa and Merlin the Giant  'reindeer'
Fairs and Fetes
Traditional festive market with over 50 food and craft stalls, inside Lady Waterford Hall in Ford Village and outside in a marquee. Music, Santa and his Clydesdale horse, range of delicious refreshmen ...
New Year's Eve Dinner
Food Event
Celebrate the arrival of a new year in the beautiful surroundings of our 3 AA Rosette restaurant. ...
Alnwick Christmas Market
Outdoor Event
A fantastic Christmas Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick, with local produce, gifts and entertainment. ...
Geminids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate. ...
Gary Cordingly
Talk/Lecture
Ashington
Join professional storyteller Gary Cordingly to hear spine-tingling tales from Northumberland’s past! ...
Christmas Party Night
Food Event
If you want to party but don't want to organise one, we've got just the thing. ...
The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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Jingle Bells
Family event
Celebrate the wonder of Christmas by getting up close with these festive characters, starring Crumpet the elf and Blitsen the reindeer. ...
Woodhorn Winter Market
Family event
Ashington
The Market features fabulous selections of gifts and food from some of the region's finest makers, crafters and producers. ...
Live Music - Talisk
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
Scottish trio with a captivating sound that makes them one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene. ...
Ashington Colliery Band In Concert with Susan Robertson
Music & Dance
Ashington
Ashington Colliery Band have organised a concert as part of Ashington’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations. ...
Night Sky Safari
Star gazing events
Come and experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe - the Northumberland International Dar ...
A Little Norham Christmas
Arts and Crafts
Berwick-upon-Tweed
A lovely Christmassy evening — Christmas shopping and a chance to meet friends with a glass of fizz ...
Leonids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
The Gruffalo Spotter
Outdoor Event
The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family. The trail is already a hit ...
Kielder Ultra Trail Race
Sporting Event
An ultra trail running event based from Kielder Castle. The event consists two route options of 50km & 100km. ...
Halloween and bonfire night
Family event
Haltwhistle
Our Halloween and bonfire night helps us celebrate yet another great year here at Herding Hill. ...
Pop-up Planetarium @ Allendale
Star gazing events
Hexham
Join us in Allendale Village Hall for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. ...
Tall Tales Tree Trail
Family event
Morpeth
Follow this fantastical story trail through the woods and discover fascinating facts about the wonderful trees that grow there. ...
PRELUDE
Music & Dance
Delighted to host PRELUDE who will play in the Bar on Friday the 27th October. Beautiful songs with lovely harmonies. ...
REal Astronomy
Star gazing events
Yarrow
So you have bought a telescope, but do you know how things in the night sky will really appear in it? ...
Batty
Arts and Crafts
Get your pumpkins ready and have a go at batty Halloween crafts. All materials will be provided, including pumpkins. ...
Build a Rocket Workshop (Session 1)
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Come along and create an air powered bottle rocket. Have fun designing, building and launching your very own water bottle rocket. ...
Creatures of the Night
Guided Walk/Tours
Amble
Let us introduce you to some of our nocturnal wildlife at Hauxley in the run up to Halloween. ...
Kielder Winter Wonderland
Outdoor Event
Make magical memories to last a lifetime at Kielder Winter Wonderland!   ...
Kielder Off Road Duathlon
Sporting Event
The event consists of an a 8km trail run followed by a 20km mountain bike finishing with a final 6km trail run. ...
Indigo & Shibori (half day)
Arts and Crafts
Discover clamping, stitching and folding techniques to create your own designs and patterns on fabric. ...
HMS Pinafore from Scratch
Music & Dance
Alnwick
This promises fun, a singing role for everyone, and a prize for the best pinafore- related costume amongst the audience. ...
Astro Photography
Star gazing events
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of objects in space like the ones you see in magazines, newspapers and astronomy websites? No specialist knowledge is required, and we'll show you how to take ama ...
Antiques Fair
Family event
Hexham
Antiques and Vintage with over 100 stands of ceramics, jewellery, tools, books, postcards, vintage lighting and decorative furnishings. ...
Weaving on a Brinkley loom
Arts and Crafts
Discover how to weave on a Brinkley loom and make a hanging or maybe a small bag with fabulous plant dyed wool fleece. ...
The Snow Lion
Family event
From the Forests of Eternal Snow pads the giant white lion, celebrates the light of human kindness in the depths of winter's darkest days. ...
Mary Wilkins Cookery Demo & Dine
Food Event
Mary will take you through a class of hearty winter warmers that you will love recreating at home. ...
Pop-up Planetarium @ Stanhope
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Join us in St Thomas’ Church Hall in Stanhope for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. ...
New Year's Day Lunch
Food Event
Start the year with a refreshing stroll through Jesmond Dene followed by a three-course lunch in our Restaurant. ...
Photography Workshop
Talk/Lecture
Join Jason Friend, award-winning landscape photographer, on a special 1 day landscape photography tuition course ...
halloween 2
Arts and Crafts
Fun Halloween themed activities for children aged 5 - 12. Create some masterpieces to take away with you. ...
Volunteer Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. ...
Moving into Wallington
Exhibition
Discover how the Trevelyans turned the house at Wallington into a home when they moved in. ...
Kielder Dark Sky 10k Trail race
Sporting Event
The Kielder Dark Sky 10k Trail race is held in the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. ...
Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...
Christmas Lat Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
A festive deep sky get together and a chance to let those festive spirits fly, tonight we will guide you through the deep distant universe... ...
Weaving on a Peg Loom
Arts and Crafts
Learn easy weaving with a peg loom and make a beautiful mat, wall hanging or maybe a small cushion cover with colourful plant dyed wool. Lots of colours and textures to explore. Also if time allows, ...
Spooky Carriage Rides
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Special hallowe'en carriage rides with the Hay Farm heavy horses. Pets welcome. ...
Make a Wee Driftwood Character with Liz Reed
Arts and Crafts
Felton
A fun workshop with Liz learning to make a Wee Driftwood Character. ...
Bernicia Creative
Arts and Crafts
We have some availability left for our Beginners Upholstery Classes at Kirkharle Courtyard. ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centres Autumn Craft Fair. Please call in at the Centre or ring - 01670 811951. ...
2018 Logo
Sporting Event
Come and join us for one of the top sporting events in Northumberland. ...
Boxing Day Lunch
Food Event
After the festive celebrations join us in the Restaurant for a relaxing three-course lunch. ...
Santa Special Trains
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. ...
Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Tea by the Sea, meet up with friends for an afternoon enjoying the stunning views over the bay while having...Afternoon Tea. ...
PAW Patrol heroes Chase & Marshall are at Manor Walks!
Family event
Cramlington
Come along to Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure this October Half Term to listen to some pawsome adventures! ...
Cambridge Prime Brass
Music & Dance
Alnwick
This highly acclaimed ten-piece ensemble  was formed in 1989 and since then has become a conductor-less dectect. ...
Christmas at Wallington
Family event
Morpeth
You can also enjoy Christmas music, make festive things and hear stories with Mrs Christmas. ...
American Wrestling - W3L Wrestling Showdown
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Live American Wrestling action from the World Wide Wrestling League ...
Full Moon Party
Star gazing events
The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...
Orion
Star gazing events
The giant constellation of Orion has been rcecognised throughout millennia as one of the most inspiring sights of the night sky. ...
Kielder Winter Trail
Sporting Event
The Kielder 10 mile trail run is open to all abilities of runners. ...
The Northumbrian Ranters
Music & Dance
Alnwick
With their choice of traditional music from both Northumberland and beyond, Northumbrian Ranters’ concert has always been a festival highlights ...
Christmas Farmers Market
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Indoor Christmas Market with local food and craft/gift producers. ...
Pumpkins
Arts and Crafts
Ashington
Pick up a Halloween trail sheets at the Welcome Desk and explore the museum to find the hidden pumpkins. ...
Funny bones & Hallowe'en fun
Family event
Morpeth
Whether you're a scary monster or a spell casting witch, come along to Wallington to start Hallowe'en celebrations. ...
The Christmas Fair
Family event
Hexham
Over 125 stands of Art, Crafts, Gifts and Food throughout the Leisure Centre and the huge indoor marquee ...
Xmas Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre Xmas Craft Fair. for more info on booking call into the Centre or ring 01670 811951. ...
Beastly Baking and Terrorific Tales
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
On 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st October children can join the miller for beastly baking on a hallowe'en theme. ...
Orionids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Orionid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
Go Batty in Autumn
Family event
Ingram
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is about bats.  ...
'Wild Art at Howick'
Arts and Crafts
How many autumn treasures can you find to create your own work of art? ...
Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Enjoy some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines, at Killhope Lead Mining Museum. ...
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Music & Dance
Yarrow
Seasonal instrumental favourites in beautiful atmospheric settings. ...
Baltic Crossing in concert
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Baltic Crossing is a five-piece band made up of award-winning, virtuosic traditional musicians from Finland, Denmark and the UK ...
Father Christmas
Family event
Take a spin around the outdoor skating rink and meet Father Christmas in his magical stable grotto. ...
Creatures of the night
Wildlife events
Let us introduce you to some of our nocturnal wildlife at Hauxley in the run up to Halloween. ...
Aurora Night
Star gazing events
Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civili ...
Hadrian's Wall Archaeology Forum
Talk/Lecture
Hexham
The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day-conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries in the northern frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast. The subjects ...
The Three English Tenors
Music & Dance
Alnwick
The Three English Tenors return once more to the festival with their wide range of musical genres ...
Late Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Come and join our inspirational team of astronomers as we observe the darkest of night skies above the internationally renowned Kielder Observatory. ...
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 ...
Guided Walks Bamburgh
Guided Walk/Tours
A walk around the history of Bamburgh village and castle with an experienced local tour guide. ...
Magnificent Milky Way
Star gazing events
The magnificent Milky Way... our home in the Universe! ...
Kielder Trail Reavers
Outdoor Event
Kielder
We are a voluntary group of enthusiastic mountain bikers who maintain and build the Mountain Bike trails at Kielder.  We meet up once a month and all volunteers are welcome. ...
An Evening of Sacred Music
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents an evening of some of the most moving and spiritual sacred music. ...
Halloween Thrills at The Manor of Horrors
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure are hosting a fun-filled day full of free spooky activities for the whole family. ...
Astrophotography Workshop
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Learn to photograph the night sky from one of the darkest locations in the North Pennines. ...
A Beginners Guide To Astronomy
Star gazing events
NASTRO (Northumberland Astronomical Society) invites you to come along and see what astronomy is all about. ...
Halloween Week
Family event
Enjoy a spooktacular week of fun at Ford & Etal celebrating hallowe'en - terrorific treats for kids in costume too! ...
Christmas Art Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newcastle Upon Tyne
We welcome you and your friends to Alan Reed Christmas Exhibition Preview on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November. ...
Eclipses Uncovered
Star gazing events
Hexham
Local astronomer Andy Gray will be unwrapping what eclipses are all about. ...
Introduction to Creative Writing
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Join Sarah at Wark Town Hall for a 6-week Introduction to Creative Writing. ...
Create Christmas at Wallington
Arts and Crafts
Morpeth
Visit before it officially opens at Christmas for a sneaky peek behind the scenes and help finish the Christmas decorating. ...
Christmas Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Alnwick
Let us spoil you with a very special, festive afternoon tea, packed with indulgent treats. ...
Festive Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...
Family Ghost Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Come as a family to walk the grounds and castle with a guide and hear the chilling tales of Chillingham Castle. ...
Space Kids
Workshops
A return of one of our most popular holiday time events…for the parents and the young scientists they accompany. Our Space kids events are designed to inspire, enthuse and educate, in a way the ...
A Universe Full of Stars
Star gazing events
The Universe... Why is it here? How did it start? How old is it? How big is it? How will it end? These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia. Science has c ...
Tour of our Solar System
Star gazing events
Yarrow
Join amateur astronomer Andy Gray on a magical mystery tour of our very own Solar System. ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
A Beginners Guide to Astronomy
Star gazing events
NASTRO (Northumberland Astronomical Society) invites you to come along and see what astronomy is all about. ...
Autumn Pop-up Markets
Arts and Crafts
Etal
The St Abb's traders return for two final pop up markets this Autumn, on 25th and 26th October. ...
Wreath Making Afternoon with Cream Tea
Arts and Crafts
Learn to create a stunning wreath for your home with our expert who will guide you through the process ...
An Opera Gala Evening
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents, under the instruction of professional soprano Anne Williams-King, an evening of magnificent music. ...
Christmas by Twilight
Family event
Morpeth
Visit Wallington after dark and see the house beautifully decorated for Christmas and illuminated by thousands of twinkly lights. ...
Ellingham Hall Christmas Fair
Family event
Alnwick
Escape the hustle of the high street and experience a truly magical atmosphere browsing high quality craft stalls ...
A Year in Review
Star gazing events
2017 was a spendid year in the cosmos and we had a wonderful time explaining it all to our guests. ...
Christmas Aurora Night
Star gazing events
What better way to start off the festivities than with a night learning all about the Aurora Borealis. ...
Learn to make a Liebevoll Scarf
Arts and Crafts
Felton
A simple shawl featuring a fun cable design that uses Barbara Walker’s closed ring cable technique ...
Bernicia Creative Christmas Fair
Arts and Crafts
A range of local food and craft stalls. Stalls will be in our indoor marquee. Suitable for all ages! ...
Stargazing Weekend at Herding Hill Farm
Star gazing events
Haltwhistle
Our stargazing event will have a local astronomer on site to talk you through our dark skies ...
Autumn Art
Family event
Greenhead
Join us at half term for autumn art in Northumberland National Park. Come have a go at making some nature-inspired art! ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Blyth Artisan's Market 2017
Arts and Crafts
Blyth
Arts and Craft and food stalls held in the Keel Row shopping centre and outside on the market place ...
Castle Vale Lily Pond Shelter
Guided Walk/Tours
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park on either side of the railway station, where recent investment from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery has reinvigorated these two little gems.  ...
Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...
An Evening of North East Music - Graeme Danby
Music & Dance
Morpeth
This concert will be a celebration of the rich musical heritage of an area with a range of traditional songs. ...
New Years Eve Party
Star gazing events
Kielder
Who needs fireworks when you've got a sky lit by thousands of nuclear furnaces!? ...
Christmas Day Lunch
Food Event
A festive turkey feast will be on offer in both our Restaurant and the Great Hall. ...
Pop-up Planetarium @ Alston
Star gazing events
Join us in Alston Town Hall for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. ...
Festive Barn Lunch 2 courses £10
Food Event
Corbridge
Special offer throughout December, where you can enjoy 2 courses for £10 or 3 courses for £13 from our Barn Lunch menu. ...
October Tiny Treasure Hunt at Howick
Arts and Crafts
Ultimate unique treasure hunt game for both kids and adults. How many woodland treasures can you fit in a matchbox? ...
Austin Gunn and Friends - Spring Serenade
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Austin and his guests have chosen a programme of song that will usher in the sweetness of spring! ...
Family Astronomy
Star gazing events
Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what is it all about? Well, the skies, the Universe and everything that is in it! Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their fa ...

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