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
Family Festival
Shows & Displays
The Tour of Britain is coming to Kielder! To celebrate this iconic event we will be hosting 'KielderFest', a free family festival on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September before the tour se ...
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 ...
Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event
Kielder
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water. ...
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. ...
Come Die With Me
Food Event
Alnwick
An extra special murder mystery written exclusively by Ann Cleeves and Lorna Dawson for The Alnwick Garden. ...
Tracks and Signs, an Introduction
Wildlife events
An introductory session to field tracks and signs. ...
Lindisfarne Festival 2017
Festival
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) overlooking the stunning Holy Island, Lindisfarne Festival invites you to experience a weekend like no other. ...
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 ...
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. ...
Autumn Wildlife
Guided Walk/Tours
Amble
Join us for a walk around the Hauxley reserve focusing on autumn wildlife and the habitats and plants ...
West Wood Challenge
Family event
Take a trip around the West Wood to take part in our interactive transport challenge. ...
Heritage Open Day
Guided Walk/Tours
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
A rare opportunity to see inside this 18th century furnace and learn how wrought iron was turned into steel. ...
The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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Michael English
Shows & Displays
Michael English has rose to be one of the Ireland’s top Country music stars since forming his own band just 3 years ago, he has been going down a storm ever since on the Irish & UK dancing scene ...
An Evening with Dan Cruickshank
Shows & Displays
Don’t miss the chance to let renowned TV historian and raconteur Dan Cruickshank draw you into his own fascinating and much-travelled world. From the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring ...
Phill Jupitus: Juplicity
Shows & Displays
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs ...
Saturn and the Moon
Star gazing events
Join us for in-depth talks on the Moon and Saturn and a chance to observe these fascinating objects in the night sky. ...
Armstrong Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Visit the hydraulic engineering work of Lord Armstrong of Cragside and see a range of rare breed cattle and sheep. ...
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 ...
Hexham Art Club
Exhibition
Hexham Artists bring Mediterranean Sunshine to Allendale Hexham Art Club ...
Carriage Rides
Outdoor Event
Ford and Etal Estate
Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, riding in style in an open-topped carriage ...
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 ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Autumn Birds at Hauxley
Wildlife events
Amble
Join us for a walk focusing on identifying the birds of the Hauxley reserve and learn all about their incredible journeys. ...
Poker
Music & Dance
Party Day with our poker players from Roulette Wheel Company ...
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 ...
Berwick Festival Opera: Don Giovanni
Shows & Displays
…I have great respect for women… Berwick Festival Opera is delighted to present one of the world’s best loved and most performed operas – brilliantly uniting drama, melodrama and the su ...
Coal Wonders
Arts and Crafts
Ashington
This summer you can craft your own coal wonder at Woodhorn Museum, by imprinting your own leafy design into clay. All donations welcome. ...
ROTHBURY ROOTS LIVE MUSIC
Music & Dance
LIVE MUSIC EVENT USUALLY LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH, ORIGINAL SINGER/SONGWRITERS, IN AN INTIMATE ENVIRONMENT CHECK OUT www.rothburyroots.com for a list of events. ...
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 ...
Magnificent Milky Way
Star gazing events
The magnificent Milky Way... our home in the Universe! ...
Christmas Farmers Market
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Indoor Christmas Market with local food and craft/gift producers. ...
School Holiday Fun at Hauxley
Family event
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays for wildlife activities for your budding nature enthusiasts. We'll have lots of great activities to get children aged 5-12 up-close an ...
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! ...
Chris Cross
Family event
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Live at the Tyne & Chris Cross present: “The Greatest Show on the Tyne” Fri 6th Oct 2017 | 7.00pm ...
Weighton Waytes Choir
Family event
The choir is returning to perform a mixed programme of secular and sacred, choral and instrumental music. ...
Heatherslaw Cornmill
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Fabulous summer holiday hands-on activity sessions at Heatherslaw Cornmill every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout July and August! Grind some flour, make your own bread to take home. ...
Hauxley
Wildlife events
 See our fantastic new Wildlife Discovery Centre for yourself and sample tasty treats at the Lookout Café. ...
Planets & the Search for Life
Star gazing events
Join Professor Wallace Arthur, author of the popular science book Life through Time and Space, for the latest thoughts on the likelihood and nature of alien life. ...
Lee Westwood
Sporting Event
Close House have been chosen as the official venue of the British Masters in 2017, supported by Sky Sports. The event will be hosted by none other than Lee Westwood, Close House's attached tour profes ...
Alnwick Food Festival
Food Event
Following on from last years success, this two day event is set to be bigger and better than before. ...
Weardale Agricultural Society’s Chapel Show
Outdoor Event
St Johns Chapel
A packed programme, many entertainments free! REFRESHMENT MARQUEE, BAR GRAND DRAW with attractive prizes. ...
Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival (BAAFest)
Music & Dance
Bellingham
An unmissable weekend of live music set in the hills of Northumberland. ...
Amble RNLI Harbour Day
Family event
Amble
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Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Bamburgh
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present a lively and informal evening of traditional tunes, songs and stories from the area ...
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 ...
Red Squirrel Week
Wildlife events
Join our Red Squirrel Ranger for squirrel spotting walks and squirrel themed activities in the West Wood ...
Photographed by Matthew Smith
Family event
Guyzance
The summer circus festival for the North East returns for the third time to the unlikely location of Guyzance, Northumberland ...
Alnwick Christmas Market
Outdoor Event
A fantastic Christmas Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick, with local produce, gifts and entertainment. ...
Viva Neil Diamond
Shows & Displays
To celebrate the icon's 50 year recording career the UK's very own 'voice of Neil' Bob Drury ('The Neil Diamond Story') takes to the road with 'Viva Neil Diamond', a brand new one-man stage show ...
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.  ...
Solar Observing with NASTRO
Star gazing events
Amble
Northumberland Astronomical Society (NASTRO) will show you how to view our local star, the Sun, safely. ...
Treemendous
Family event
Towering over The Alnwick Garden these trees are guaranteed to grab attention. Fully mobile and armed with tree-mendous humour. ...
Natural Dyes
Arts and Crafts
Discover the gorgeous colours from easy to grow plants & find out how to use them on different natural fibres and fabrics. ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Embleton
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present a lively and informal evening of traditional tunes, songs and stories from the area ...
Counterfeit Seventies
Music & Dance
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Having toured extensively with The Counterfeit Sixties show they now bring you their unique Seventies show ...
Glendale Show
Shows & Displays
Wooler
North Northumberland's largest rural and family event. ...
Blake - Songs of Stage & Screen
Music & Dance
Blyth
British harmony trio BLAKE are back with a brand-new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen ...
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. ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Craster
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present an informal and lively concert of traditional tunes, songs and stories ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair down at Newbiggin Maritime Centre ...
Indigo & Shibori (half day)
Arts and Crafts
Discover clamping, stitching and folding techniques to create your own designs and patterns on fabric. ...
Santa Special Trains
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. ...
Scottish Colourists
Exhibition
Berwick-upon-Tweed
'Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection' is the first major touring exhibition curated by the renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation ...
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 ...
Eco printing, natural dyes & Shibori
Arts and Crafts
Eco printing is perhaps best described as natural printing, the colours and outlines obtained are from the plants themselves ...
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. ...
Royal Northern Sinfonia: Borodin, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn
Shows & Displays
"There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain" - The Guardian "A compelling, animated performance" - Darlington and Stockton Times 28’ BORODIN String Quintet in F minor 9’ SHOSTAKOVICH ...
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, ...
Great North Bike Ride 2017
Cycling event
Charity cycle ride 60 miles of beautiful Northumbrian coastline. ...
BFMAF 2017
Festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. ...
Art Exhibition. Peter Quinn: Watercolours
Exhibition
Bright colour and an enjoyment of paint are the hallmarks of Peter Quinn’s work. ...
Bellingham Show
Family event
Bellingham
A perfect day out for all the family in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. ...
Dig Deeper! Guided Colliery Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Ashington
Explore the colliery buildings and learn more about how Woodhorn Colliery operated during its working life. ...
The Shepherd's Cairn
Guided Walk/Tours
Alnham
Join our National Park Rangers on one of their favourite walks to the Shepherd’s Cairn.  ...
Hadrian's Cavalry
Family event
Bardon Mill
Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Taking ...
Volcano Night
Outdoor Event
Alnmouth
Volcano Night is an annual charity bonfire competition on Alnmouth beach. ...
Etal Show Flowers
Shows & Displays
Now in it's 81st year this annual event combines the traditions of a village show with modern classes and entertainment. ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Hexham
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is Orien'tree'ing.  ...
CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Book tickets
Outdoor Event
Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...
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 ...
Full Moon Party
Star gazing events
The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...
Etal Village Hall
Food Event
Etal
over 15 local foodies and crafters selling their wares; free parking; free admission. ...
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. ...
Squawk
Family event
Meet adventurer Captain Jon Voyage and his avian amigos, two vibrant birds in all the colours of the rainbow. ...
Guided Walks Bamburgh
Guided Walk/Tours
A walk around the history of Bamburgh village and castle with an experienced local tour guide. ...
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. ...
Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete and Family Fun Day
Shows & Displays
Seahouses
Fund raising day for Seahouses RNLI, featuring variety of stalls and amusements. ...
Lisa McHugh
Shows & Displays
Lisa McHugh is one of the few women in the Irish country music scene and she brings her lively and fun style of music, which is guaranteed to get fans to their feet for an amazing country music ni ...
All you want to know about bats!
Outdoor Event
Greenhead
National Park Ecologist Gill Thompson and bat expert Tina Wiffin will tell us about bats, before a short walk to Thirwell Castle.  ...
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. ...
Moving into Wallington
Exhibition
Discover how the Trevelyans turned the house at Wallington into a home when they moved in. ...
Passing through Northumberland towns
Cycling event
Kielder
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain will return to Northumberland this September as Stage Two of Britain’s premier road cycling event takes place in the county on Monday 4 September. ...
Deadly Explorations In Nature
Guided Walk/Tours
Alnwick
Deception, danger and death are concealed within the mysterious allure of The Poison Garden. ...
Veggie Nannies
Family event
The Vegetable Nannies are two everyday gardeners who’ve taken their young vegetables out of the ground for a day trip. ...
Beer Fest 2013
Food Event
The annual Berwick Food and Beer Festival is back on 2nd-3rd September 2017.  The Beer Festival opens with 'Meet the Brewers' 7pm on Friday 1st, and the Food Festival op ...
Sean Taylor
Music & Dance
Allendale Town
London based folk/blues musician Sean Taylor is a seasoned performer and recording artist of ten years standing ...
Hexham Abbey Roman Day
Exhibition
Hexham
Part of Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition, we celebrate Flavinus, Hexham’s famous Roman Cavalryman ...
Luna Cinema
Outdoor Event
The Luna cinema is transforming the grounds of Alnwick Castle into an exciting outdoor cinema screening venue! ...
Halloween Week
Family event
Enjoy a spooktacular week of fun at Ford & Etal celebrating hallowe'en - terrorific treats for kids in costume too! ...
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. ...
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... ...
Wild Food Forage and Feast
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Our full day foraging courses begin in the springtime when the new growth of plants produces an abundance of choice for the forager. From the versatile ramson (wild garlic), to the unique flavour of h ...
Murder She Wrote. The Facts and Fiction in Crime Writing
Talk/Lecture
Alnwick
Come and meet Ann, Lorna and James at this exclusive book signing event. ...
Pop Up Market
Food Event
Pop-up indoor market in Etal Village Hall, every Wednesday & Thursday 11am-3pm during July and August.  Lots of local produce.   ...
Great British Beach Clean
Wildlife events
Cresswell
Join us as we take part in the Marine Conservation Society's annual beach clean ...
Eco printing & Shibori (2 days)
Arts and Crafts
Eco printing is perhaps best described as natural printing, the colours and outlines obtained are from the plants themselves ...
INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Etal
We had a lovely time at Etal Village Hall last Summer so join us again for another successful year. ...
Potter-Inspired Characters
Family event
Meet characters inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter as they return this summer with all kinds of magic ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
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. ...
Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...
Heritage Open Day
Guided Walk/Tours
Rowlands Gill
A rare opportunity to see inside this 18th century furnace and learn how wrought iron was turned into steel ...
Snods Edge
Arts and Crafts
Consett
Both local and regional artists and crafts are represented as well as 'The Famous Snods Edge Teas'. ...
NT Live: Yerma
Shows & Displays
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Pip ...
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. ...
Jams
Outdoor Event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Traditional farmers market held every 3rd Sunday in the month at the spectacular Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. ...
Wagyu Weekend
Food Event
Bank Holiday Wagyu Weekend,Saturday August 25th to Monday August 28th. ...
Wonderfolk
Arts and Crafts
Ashington
Unearth the Wonderfolk at Woodhorn Museum this summer Join us on an exciting and interactive quest to unearth the lost world of the Wonderfolk.  ...
World Rivers Day
Family event
Hexham
Join us on World Rivers Day and find out what creepy-crawlies lurk in the hidden depths of the River Breamish ...
Christmas Aurora Night
Star gazing events
What better way to start off the festivities than with a night learning all about the Aurora Borealis. ...
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. ...
New Years Eve Party
Star gazing events
Kielder
Who needs fireworks when you've got a sky lit by thousands of nuclear furnaces!? ...
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 ...
LANDERMASON plus Jenny Biddle at 'Bellingham All Acoustic'.
Music & Dance
Bellingham
Landermason are well known for their refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folk and jazz. ...
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. ...
Alnmouth Wool Festival - Organised by Sheep Tales
Arts and Crafts
Alnmouth
Sheep Tales is a small charity who aims to promote, explore and celebrate the cultural and heritage traditions of shepherding ...
Hadrian's Wall Charity Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Greenhead
This is a linear walk, taking in some of the most spectacular sections of the Wall. We'll cover a distance of 17.5m/27k, from Walltown to Chollerford, and it should take around eight hours to comp ...
Blyth Community Carnival
Arts and Crafts
Blyth
Free workshops for people who wish to get involved in the Blyth community carnival. ...
Volunteer Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. ...
Jesting with Zooted
Family event
With a hilarious blend of comedy, TRICKERY, fire-eating and sword-juggling, Zooted never fail to entertain and amaze. ...
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.  ...
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. ...
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. ...
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. ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Holy Island
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present a lively and informal evening of traditional tunes, songs and stories from the area ...

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