Where else can you find a puffin festival, international music events and a cavalcade of 150 horses and riders setting off to ‘ride the bounds’, but in Northumberland?

From food festivals to agricultural shows celebrating rural life, Northumberland plays host to a host of events throughout the year.

Food festivals with celebrity chefs and a smorgasbord of fine local produce to tuck into take place at Berwick, Alnwick and Tynedale. Discover walking festivals to strike out upon in Haltwhistle, Rothbury and Berwick.

There are events ranging from the downright bizarre, like Allendale’s Tar Bar’l where costumed men celebrate New Year by carrying flaming barrels of tar on their heads; to events to learn new skills, like star gazing into Northumberland’s darkest skies at Kielder Observatory.

English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park run events and activities throughout the year. Visit their websites for more details or browse our events listings for more information.

Whatever your age or interest there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy in Northumberland.

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Outside Langley Castle Hotel
01/11/2013
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31/12/2014
Haydon Bridge
Shows & Displays
02/01/2014
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20/11/2014
Kielder
Outdoor Event
A young knight
27/03/2014
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29/10/2014
Alnwick
Workshops
Grounds Tour
28/03/2014
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30/10/2014
Alnwick
Guided Walk/Tours
28/03/2014
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29/10/2014
Alnwick
Shows & Displays
28/03/2014
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29/10/2014
Alnwick
Guided Walk/Tours

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Water Day
Outdoor Event

Try your hand at Canoeing or Kayaking on the beautiful Kielder Water.

Crossing the Border on St. Cuthbert's Way, a favourite spot
Guided Walk/Tours

Guided walk - 10 miles, (16 Km) on the Hill Fort Trail in the stunning College Valley in the Cheviot Hills in the Northumberland National Park.

L S Lowry (1887 - 1976)
Exhibition

L.S Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland
The Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed
21 June to 21 September 2014

Carnival
Workshops
Alnwick

This project is a combination of dance and costume, where there will be a series of workshops culminating in either a carnival procession or a static performance or both.

Stepping out on the Pilgrims' Way
Guided Walk/Tours

The Pilgrims' Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne; On this walk we follow the ancient Pigrims' Way across the sands, a route that has been in use for over 1500 years.

Solar Observing
Star gazing events

Our resident astronomers will tell you all about the varied and stunning objects and use the latest Hubble Space Telescope data to see the living universe! All in time to get home and light that Barbie!

Mini golf
Outdoor Event

Come along and enjoy making twizzle sticks to eat with hot dogs and make delicious orange cakes to eat aound the campfire.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder and Wark Forests. you will get to drive a variety of tracks throughout the heart of the forest well away from the road and other forest users

Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour
Guided Walk/Tours

Find out about our two famous Harrys, Potter and Hotspur, and how they shaped the future of Alnwick.

Canoeing Starter Sessions
Outdoor Event
Morpeth

Starter sessions are an excellent way to be introduced to the sport of canoeing. You don’t need any previous canoeing experience, specialist kit or skills…just come along and have a go!

Jesting with Zooted
Shows & Displays

Join Zooted, the sword-juggling jesting duo, for motley medieval mayhem!

Summer Fun at Whitehouse Farm Centre
Family

Whitehouse Farm is the place to be this Summer! There's hands on activities all day including bottle feeding calves, Owl Displays, Beastie Shows, Meerkat Feed and Talk, Meet the Marmosets, Groom a Goat & Pony & lots more animals to feed, hold & stroke. Every Tues, Wed & Thurs there will be magic shows & line dancing. Plus play areas indoors & out, you'll have a Farmtastic fun filled day, whatever the weather!

Red Squirrel
Exhibition

An exhibition of work by two renowned local photographers, Ron McCombe and Jim Gibson.

Guided walk in the Ingram Valley
Guided Walk/Tours

The Ingram or Breamish Valley in the Northumberland National Park has some great hill walks, offering a perfect introduction to the delights of this unique area. A Footsteps guided walk gets you off the beaten track to some of its wilder corners, including Linhope Spout, one of the Park's most spectacular waterfalls.

Laser Battlefield
Sporting Event
Cramlington

Great indoor fun for children aged 6-16 yrs! All the fun of paintball but without the bruises! Laser your friends and avoid being shot yourself!

Behind the 'Green Baize Door'
Guided Walk/Tours

The 'Green Baize Door' was a well known feature in most houses separating the upstairs nobility from the working sounds of the downstairs servants. This is a unique opportunity to find out more about the servants quarters, not normally opened to the public. Join our team, who will tell you more about the Middleton family's servants' working life and conditions.

Chesters
Outdoor Event

Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues, and handle artefacts.

Daylight Astronomy
Star gazing events

When you think of astronomy, you think of nights under some of the best skies in the world here at Kielder.These amazing events in July will bring our nearest star closer then ever before.

American Roadshow
Sporting Event
Seaton Sluice

Join us for American Football, Basketball, Baseball and an all-American BBQ

Watercolour Painting Course
Workshops
Ponteland

Watercolour Painting Classes in Ponteland over 6 weeks. Starting Friday 4th July at Ponteland Memorial Hall 10.00am - 3.00pm. This new summer course is for all ages from beginners to advanced. Alan has 30 years experience in teaching different art disciplines.

Cragside
Workshops

 

Cragside is hosting an art exhibition between June - November 2014 so why not explore your artistic side by creating some wild art with the natural materials provided. Then tick off number 18 and collect a sticker for your scrapbook in the shop.

 

Ready Steady Bake!
Family
Morpeth

Summer holiday bake and play sessions for your little ones Wednesday 23rd July - Friday 29th August, 10am and 3pm daily* School's out for summer - and it's our mission to make it a fun one. So ban boredom and bring your budding chefs and little monkeys along to one of our restaurants for a cookie baking master class, mess encouraged!

Climb Day
Outdoor Event

Complete and conquer the mighty Indoor Wall.

Raphael Falconry
Shows & Displays

Step into the world of medieval falconry with two of the finest historical falconers.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. Eat before you arrive and bring food for BBQ. Bring water-proof clothing and sturdy footwear.

Outside Langley Castle Hotel
Shows & Displays

Langley Castle is for the first time in 663 years, opening up its battlements to the public for guided tours.

LUX
Exhibition

This year, Cragside will once again become the progressive hub for arts and science exploration.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Outdoor Event

This Summer, discover myths and legends at Belsay, including that of the Wildman, a mythical character who was a symbol of strength and the untamed.

Guided walk Bamburgh to Budle Bay & back
Guided Walk/Tours

A guided walk along the wilder side of the Northumberland Coast to the north of Bamburgh. Stag Rock, Budle Bay and some different views of that Castle.

Wine & Nibbles Astronomy
Star gazing events

A fantastic day and early evening for the “grown ups” and families to kick back, get away from it all, and expand your imagination in ways you never thought possible. These hugely popular events allow you to view the skies from not only our two world class observatories, but also, on the peaceful and tranquil deck area, where we will serve nibbles whilst giving you an unforgettable tour of the summer skies.

Broomstick training
Shows & Displays

Come fly with us at Alnwick Castle! Take part in one of our famous broomstick lessons on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Potter-Inspired Characters 1
Shows & Displays

Put on your best robe and watch some of your favourite characters come to life as they are back after overwhelming demand with all kinds of magic and mayhem!

Bruised Not Broken
Exhibition

Developed in collaboration with community groups in Ashington, artist Patrick Murphy presents a series of work that explores the impact of the loss of the mining industry and the resilience of communities.

High Ropes Day
Outdoor Event

Tackle the hanging cargo net, sprint along the swinging logs or make it across the balancing beams. Be brave and take the leap of faith.

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

tree
Workshops
Alnwick

The Duchess of Northumberland visited The National Glass Centre on Wednesday 9 April to blow her own glass bauble, launching an exciting new project between the National Glass Centre and The Alnwick Garden.

bumblebee
Guided Walk/Tours
Alston

Join us on this family-friendly event for an afternoon’s ramble along the lovely South Tyne Trail looking for bumblebees and other wildlife.

Aurora
Star gazing events

Come and experience an unforgettable night under the starry skies of Kielder! Our public observing sessions are specifically geared towards maximising observing time through our telescopes.

Oliver Kilbourn Off the Way
Exhibition

A special opportunity to see Pitmen Painters artist Oliver Kilbourn's biography in paint. 40 remarkable images capture the many tasks and situations Kilbourn experienced during his 50 years as a miner. This exhibition is part of Woodhorn's activities marking the 80th anniversary of the formation of this very special art group

Universe Full of Stars
Star gazing events

From the uncertainty of the big bang to the cosmic microwave background and on to the evolution of the universe to what we see today. A thought provoking journey through understanding and reason as to our existence in this fantastic and awe inspiring physical universe. After the talk we will guide you through the observatory, visiting the telescopes and instruments we have here. We will look at galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, gaze at the glittering stars of the Milky Way.

Alnwick Castle State Rooms Tour
Exhibition

Behind the castle's iconic walls lie sumptuous State Rooms in lavish Italianate Renaissance style, filled with one of the country's finest private art and furniture collections.

Heavy Horse
Shows & Displays

Meet the resident Clydesdale horses - these gentle giants helped farm the land at Ford & Etal in days gone by. These special afternoons include traditional tail dressing demonstration, ridden display (weather permitting) and talks about the history of the horses and how they were used, past and present. A great family afternoon.

Space Camp - Rockets & More!
Star gazing events

The Space Camp family fun days are a perfect way to spend the summer holidays. They are all about a range of amazing hands on activities, engaging young and old in the magic of space and scientific discovery.

Grounds Tour
Guided Walk/Tours

Join one of our well-informed guides to learn about the long history of Alnwick Castle, its origins, uses, and restorations, and hear stories of the fascinating families that have lived there over the past 900 years.

Grounds Tour
Music & Dance

Thank Folk it's Friday is a free programme of Folk music held in the Woodhorn Cafe on the final Friday of each month from 2pm.

Lilburn Tower, Dunstanburgh
Guided Walk/Tours

Craster to Low NewtonThis famous walk, often quoted as being one of the nation’s favourites is an absolute must when you’re in Northumberland.

A young knight
Workshops

Welcome to the medieval world of Knight's Quest, where the year is 1389 and the town of Alnwick is celebrating the homecoming of Harry Hotspur!

Dinosaur Encounter
Shows & Displays

Let us take you back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth for your very own Dinosaur Encounter with Woodhorn's block buster exhibition for 2014.

Admission charge payable.

 

National Parks Week
Outdoor Event
Haltwhistle

Mums, Dads and Kids! Get outdoors and active this summer in the natural adventure park of Walltown on Hadrian’s Wall, near Haltwhistle.

Summer Zoo Club
Wildlife events

A whole week of events to bring out your inner zoo keeper! Every day there will be different activities for you to join in with.

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Outdoor Event
Kielder

Come join our regular twice-monthly volunteer group and make a real difference in this important sylvan beauty spot. Every first and third Thursday of the month (Jan-Nov)


Guided walk on wonderful Bewick Moor
Guided Walk/Tours

This is an exciting and adventurous walk for all the family and the dog too.

Aurora over Kielder Observatory
Shows & Displays

The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communites and religious beliefs, provided civilisations with incredible stories of galant valour and past spirits

A skyride in action
Cycling event

The National Trust has teamed up with British Cycling to bring you some great cycle rides. This is ours: a scenic ride from the village of Ponteland through the rolling Northumberland countryside.

Trail
Outdoor Event

A trail for inquisitive families. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonder of science on this one mile trail

Housesteads
Outdoor Event
Haydon Bridge

You'll get an introduction to movement skills, harnesses, belaying and climbing calls. Suitable for ages 8+

 

Sharp Shooters Day
Outdoor Event

Test your aiming skill on our Laser Clay Shooting and Archery ranges.

Summer Astronomy
Star gazing events

Join our amazing team of astronomers and volunteers for a spectacular evening of wonder, enchantment and amazing sights. The theme will be observing the awe inspiring summer night objects, and the beautiful noctilucent clouds, one of nature's most wondrous events.

Ashington
Outdoor Event
Ashington

The Ashington Older Persons Allotment Project is a great way for older people and younger volunteers to grow together.

A Soldier’s Life
Outdoor Event

What was life like living on the edge of the Roman Frontier? Meet our Roman Legionary stationed at the famous Housesteads Roman Fort and he’ll tell you.

Children’s Warrior School
Shows & Displays

Let us bring to life the Dark Age of Birdoswald for your 3ft warrior as we invite them to dress, play and learn how to defend against attacks from feuding Cumbrian warriors!

Soldiers of the Roses
Shows & Displays

This summer, we’re taking visitors on a journey back to 1464, the 550th anniversary of when the title of Earl of Northumberland, along with ownership of Warkworth Castle, was stripped from the Percy family.

Hands on History: Wild Crew
Outdoor Event

This Summer, discover myths and legends at Belsay, including that of the Wildman, a mythical character who was a symbol of strength and the untamed.

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Where else can you find a puffin festival, international music events and a cavalcade of 150 horses and riders setting off to ‘ride the bounds’, but in Northumberland?

From food festivals to agricultural shows celebrating rural life, Northumberland plays host to a host of events throughout the year.

Food festivals with celebrity chefs and a smorgasbord of fine local produce to tuck into take place at Berwick, Alnwick and Tynedale. Discover walking festivals to strike out upon in Haltwhistle, Rothbury and Berwick.

There are events ranging from the downright bizarre, like Allendale’s Tar Bar’l where costumed men celebrate New Year by carrying flaming barrels of tar on their heads; to events to learn new skills, like star gazing into Northumberland’s darkest skies at Kielder Observatory.

English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park run events and activities throughout the year. Visit their websites for more details or browse our events listings for more information.

Whatever your age or interest there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy in Northumberland.

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