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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Haydon Bridge
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Kielder
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A young knight
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Alnwick
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Alnwick
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Grounds Tour
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Alnwick
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Inner Farne Church
Guided Walk/Tours

A unique venture bringing together three iconic National Nature Reserves and three major national organisations - Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust), and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) - around the figure of Cuthbert, the ‘Fire of the North’, and evoking a time when the ancient kingdom of Northumbria straddled what is now England and Scotland.

Boy in the winding house
Shows & Displays

Free demonstrations of the winding gear in the last Victorian engine house in Northumberland. Every Saturday and Sunday 11:30am and 3pm.

LUX
Exhibition

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

Kirkley Hall
Food event
Ponteland

They say Italian is the language of love and that food is the way to a man’s heart so why not combine the two this Autumn and treat that special someone (and yourself of course) to an evening at Kirkley Hall’s “Ristorante Supremo” Our aim is to magically transport you from Ponteland to Pisa and engulf your senses with the amazing tastes and smells of authentic Italian cuisine.

Granny Turismo
Family

The weird, wacky and extremely funny 'Granny Turismo'. No description would do them justice. Just come along and be very amused.

Great North Bike Ride
Cycling event

The Great North Bike Ride starts from Seahouses at approximately 9am. You will cycle along the beautiful North Northumberland coastline.

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)


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.

Afternoon Tea with live pianist
Food event
Ponteland

Come along to Kirkley Hall's Traditional Afternoon Tea and enjoy live piano playing from Mark Deeks, a selection of homemade cakes, freshly cut sandwiches and scones served with your choice of tea or coffee in our 17th century hall. Booking is essential.

Aquatics Weekend
Wildlife events

Come and see a range of fish, turtles and amphibians and learn about how to care for and look after ornamental fish.

The Bay Horse Inn Beer & Music Festival
Food event
Stamfordham

Presenting The Bay Horse Inn Beer & Music Festival on Sunday the 24th of August. Join us from 4.00pm for Beer & Cider from 7 Breweries

Climb Day
Outdoor Event

Complete and conquer the mighty Indoor Wall.

Zombie Run
Outdoor Event
Kielder

The increasingly popular sport of zombie-running returns to the wood

Mini golf
Wildlife events

Join us for a short stroll along the Beeches trail. Look for signs of red squirrels and visit the wildlife hide, where hopefully you can watch the cheeky creatures feeding! Join us afterwards to create your own red squirrel mask to take home with you. Outdoor activity so please wear appropriate warm, waterproof clothing. Booking required. All children must be accompanied by an adult

 
Golf course at Slaley Hall Hotel
Food event

The Bisol family are masters of Prosecco. All the fruit comes from their own and they have centues of experience.

O'Hooley & Tidow in concert at St Cuthbe
Music & Dance

The House-concert series at St Cuthbert's House gives you a chance to see and hear world-class folk musicians Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow at very close quarters in an intimate setting.

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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.

Ashington
Shows & Displays

This year's MG Heritage run will start at Woodhorn between 9am and 10am. Join around 70 MG's as they leave for a 95 mile drive through the wonderful Northumberland countryside. The cars will return to Woodhorn for a display from about 1.30pm. Come and have a look at some great cars.

Carvery Sunday Lunch
Food event
Ponteland

Enjoy a delicious four course homemade carvery lunch and sample fine wines from our menus.

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Cycling event
Wooler

 A free guided leisure ride, with off road sections in a variety of landscapes. It's 22 miles long with abut 10 miles off road. The route will leave Wooler and loop around to Ford Moss and back to Wooler.

Water Day
Outdoor Event

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

Vintage Car Show and Band Sunday
Shows & Displays

A wide array of vintage cars from the North East Pre-War Austin Club on display with models ranging from 1920’s to the 1970’s. Plus an afternoon performance by one of the regions best bands.

Heavy Horse Centre Open Evening
Shows & Displays

Come and meet the Clydesdale Heavy Horses and learn of their history. Watch traditional skills including farrier at work, traditional horse dress, ridden display.

Golf course at Slaley Hall Hotel
Outdoor Event

Join us and enjoy the great British summer time we’ll be accompanied from 3pm-6pm with jazz, champagne and a barbeque. Special promotions available on quintessential beverages.

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.

pennines
Guided Walk/Tours
Haltwhistle

The Friends of the North Pennines will be organising the second North Pennines Walking Festival. There will be 25 walks and events at various venues across the North Pennines. Check the website closer to the time for details of the walks programme.

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.

Wartime
Shows & Displays

Step back in time and find out what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War.

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.

 

Alnwick Castle
Workshops

WW1 Recruitment and Training Living History Workshop

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

A family survival adventure - stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. Bring a packed lunch.

Arts & Crafts Fair
Shows & Displays

Some of the best local artists and crafters will be showing, and selling their handmade Northumbrian items. And we are joined by Arrabella Gogo, a vintage caravan with a lot to offer.

Chesters
Outdoor Event

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

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Outdoor Event
Seaton Delaval

Activities include sports, crafts, play and dance - and plenty other activities to keep the adults entertained!

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.

Company of Artisans
Workshops

Experience hands-on history with some of the best artisans in the country.

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.

Lindisfarne Castle
Sporting Event

The 2014 inaugural 'ultra' race series will follow the route of St.Oswald's Way from its start on the beautiful Holy Island to the stunning finish at Chollerford in the Tyne Valley. The series features 50km/100km/100mile & team relay options.

Woodhorn
Exhibition

Retronaut Chris Wild has spent the past year mining Northumberland Archives' photographic collections and this exhibition offers a small but fascinating glimpse into those collections.

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!

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Music & Dance
Bellingham

Now in it's 5th year, Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival is a superb weekend of top quality live music set in Northumberland National Park. A fantastic opportunity to experience some of the best and most established folk, blues and acoustic acts alongside new and emerging talent.

Newbiggin Triathlon
Sporting Event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Now in its sixth year, the Newbiggin triathlon is traditionally the North Region's final open water triathlon of the season.

Knights' Tournament
Outdoor Event

Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament.  Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered !

 

 

 

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!

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.

Kirkley Hall
Exhibition
Ponteland

Clairvoyants and alternative healers from all over the UK will showcase their talents at the spiritual health and healing fair.

Two Day Stained Glass Workshop
Workshops
Longframlington

A creative weekend, learning the art of stained glass. The workshop covers glass cutting, traditional lead construction, soldering & finishing. Come along and make your very own work of art to take home.

Druridge Bay
Outdoor Event

Join the 3rd North East Skinny Dip held in association with The National Trust raising money for both the National Trust and MIND.

Two Day Glass Mosaic Workshop
Workshops
Alnwick

The course covers surface preparation, glass cutting, laying the mosaic & applying grout. Glass mosaic can be applied to almost any solid surface, flat or with a gentle curve. You can breathe a new lease of life into all sorts of objects such as old trays, small table tops or you can make a wall plaque or mirror.

Horsley Wool Fair
Shows & Displays

A celebration of British wool with stalls, demonstrations, competitions, fleece sale, sheep, artists' studios open, refreshments.

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!

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.

Brave Runner
Sporting Event

Raise your Standard running against the opposition at the world's first Contra-circumnavigation Trail Running race. Ensure your inflatable pikes and claymores are ready, and are twinned with ridiculous and impractical fancy dress as you race over 10km of great trails and historical battlefield locations.

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

Brinkburn
Shows & Displays

The Cobweb Orchestra play a programme especially chosen to explore the beautiful acoustic of Brinkburn including music by Corelli, Handel, Elgar and Faure.

 

Elsdon Fete
Outdoor Event

Elsdon can trace the history of the Fete back as far as the 13th Century and it always takes place at the same time of year, on or around 25th August. This year it's on August Bank Holiday Monday between 12:00 - 4:00 pm and promises to be one of the best ever.

St Cuthbert
Guided Walk/Tours

A unique venture bringing together three iconic National Nature Reserves and three major national organisations - Lindisfarne NNR (Natural England), Farne Islands NNR (National Trust), and St Abb’s Head NNR (National Trust for Scotland) - around the figure of Cuthbert, the ‘Fire of the North’, and evoking a time when the ancient kingdom of Northumbria straddled what is now England and Scotland.

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.

Etal Village Hall
Food event

over 15 local foodies and crafters selling their wares; free parking; free admission.

The Man who Saved the Wall
Workshops

Frances McIntosh, English Heritage's Roman Collections Curator, reveals John Clayton’s story in the museum that houses his remarkable collection.

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.

Greenhaugh
Sporting Event
Greenhaugh

this is a mud run 10km obstacle course website www.torturetrails.co.uk

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Horace Silverman and The White Gardenias
Music & Dance
Bedlington

Horace Silverman and his six-piece swing band perform the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and many more.

Archery
Outdoor Event
Gateshead

See the historic sport of longbow archery, popular with the Georgian elite, brought to life as the Gibside Bows Longbow Archery Club holds a shoot in front of Gibside Hall.

Sharp Shooters Day
Outdoor Event

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

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.

Alnwick Castle State Rooms 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.

Amazing Comets
Star gazing events

Comets, the most awesome sight in the skies... what are they and where do they come from? Join our team of astronomers learning all about these celestial wanderers, and observe some through our amazing telescopes.

Kielder Water Swim
Sporting Event

An incredible opportunity to swim and race on a grander scale in the largest man made lake in Northern Europe with a 27.5-mile shoreline set in over 250 square miles of the largest working forest in England.

Blyth beach
Music & Dance

Enjoy a Bank Holiday Saturday down at the beach for a free outdoor music festival with chart-topping bands alongside local talent and radio DJs.

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Exhibition
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Set in the seaside town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in far North Northumberland, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and plans are afoot to make it the biggest and best yet.  

Heading for Yeavering Bell
Guided Walk/Tours

Wooler to Wester Tor is a challenging walk, but most of the uphill work is done in the first half of the day. The views from Yeavering Bell are amazing, but Wester Tor has even better scenery to enjoy. Be prepared for a full day of hill walking on this impressive challenge in the Northumberland National Park.

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.

 

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Shows & Displays

The beautiful and atmospheric Hexham Abbey will celebrate the Festival's 61st year with another 9 days of unmissable classic, jazz, choral and world music.

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.

Titan the Robot
Outdoor Event

This August Bank Holiday, intergalactic superstar Titan the Robot will touch down in The Alnwick Garden to provide some of the best comedic, theatrical and musical performances of this solar system. This seven foot of steel has travelled the globe performing with Rhianna, Robbie Williams, JLS and Will Smith.

Guided walk on wonderful Bewick Moor
Guided Walk/Tours

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

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.

Newbiggin Triathlon Weekend
Sporting Event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Come and cheer the 350 athletes as they swim, bike and run! The bungee trampoline will be out so come and have a go!

Woodhorn
Shows & Displays

See beautiful birds of prey on display from 11am to 3pm and catch one of the spectacular flying displays by the team at Ridgeside Falconry.

Don't forget to see the super Dinosaur Encounter exhibition too. Admission applies.

Queen's Hall
Family
Hexham

Hexham Book Festival is delighted to welcome Chris Ryan back to talk about his new novel Hunter-Killer.

National Zoo Awareness Day
Wildlife events

Zoo Awareness Day was first started in the early 1990s by CAPS in order to raise awareness of the animal rights and conservation issues surrounding zoos. We will be supporting this event by organising talks and quizzes to help educate visitors about animal welfare and needs.

L S Lowry (1887 - 1976)
Exhibition

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

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.

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

Band Sunday
Shows & Displays

One of the regions best traditional bands plays outside the front of Belsay Hall. An ideal way to enjoy some superb music. Please feel free to bring your own deck chairs or rugs.

Animal Training Weekend
Wildlife events

Come and see how we train our animals here at Kirkley Hall Zoo, you can look forward to seeing our Cockatoos and Asian Palm Civit undergoing target training.

Etal Show
Shows & Displays

 Commonly known to locals as "Etal Flower Show", or even just "The Show", this traditional event is now held every year on the first Sunday in September. It takes place in a large marquee, opposite the Tillside cricket pitch. The marquee is set out with tables and display boards, which exhibit the entries in over 150 different competitive classes: Vegetables, fruits, flowers, baking, jams and preserves, needlework, handicrafts, photography, dressed walking sticks and children's section.  As well as the competitive classes there are craft stalls, refreshments, beer tent, carousel, bouncy castle, pony rides, companion dog show, archery, dog agility, car boot sale and more!

St. Cuthbert's Cave in the snow 2013
Guided Walk/Tours

Belford to St. Cuthbert’s Cave; a farmland, woodland and moorland walk in the rolling Northumberland countryside.

 

St. Cuthbert's Cave in the snow 2013
Family

Join in with our hands-on activities. Great fun for families with children.

Whalton Village Show
Shows & Displays
Whalton

It’s Whalton Show time again. Some of the old favourites are back – the racing sheep, the giant marrows, pony rides, classic cars, the Pearl Choir, flowers and vegetables, cakes, teas, the steam engine.

Ashington
Outdoor Event
Ashington

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

The Gruffalo
Outdoor Event

Help celebrate 15 years of the Gruffalo at Wallington! Enjoy a host of Gruffalo themed activities in the deep, dark wood.  Follow our Gruffalo trail, watch the films, listen to the stories and of course meet the Gruffalo himself!

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.

Burnmouth to St. Abbs Head, Berwickshire
Guided Walk/Tours

A marvellous cost walk along the high cliffs of the Berwickshire Coast in south east Scotland.

Golf course at Slaley Hall Hotel
Food event

Join us and Johnny Walker to learn more and taste delicious gins and their mixers. Featured for each month.

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.

Picnic bench
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.

Baby BioBlitz Weekend
Outdoor Event

Come along and help our keepers and experts survey the Kirkley Hall estate for flora and fauna, you might get muddy so don’t forget your wellies!

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.

In the Heapstead
Guided Walk/Tours

Every Saturday and Sunday. A chance to explore some of the colliery buildings not open to the public. Adult £2.95, Children £1.95, Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £9.00.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

Kielder Forest is one of the largest planted forests in Europe. Find out how the forest is managed for timber, from tree planting to felling and everything in between.

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Food event

The annual Berwick Food and Beer Festival is back on 13th-14th September 2014. 

Now in its seventh year, the event attracts thousands of visitors from around the UK.

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 amazing images using something as simple as your mobile phone.

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Star gazing events

Andy Gray will give explain how the light from different chemical elements travelling through space enable him to capture the beauty of the universe in spectacular astro- photographs.

Lindisfarne
Guided Walk/Tours

On 4th September (St Cuthbert’s Day) last year a beacon fire was lit by National Trust Rangers on the Inner Farne to commemorate the time in 687 when monks did the same to signal to Lindisfarne the death of Cuthbert on the Inner Farne. The event celebrated the life of Cuthbert, and especially his strong links with nature and the animal kingdom. As the North’s patron saint he became known as the ‘Fire of the North’.

NT Rangers will repeat the beacon/fire from last year near the lighthouse on Inner Farne. Local historian and volunteer warden on Lindisfarne NNR, John Woodhurst, who is co-ordinating the event, will lead a group from the Window on Wild Lindisfarne building (meet 7.30) to the Watchtower on the Heugh to view, weather permitting, both beacons/fires. Along the way he will give a shortened version of his ‘First Nature Warden’ talk.

Kielder Challenge Walk
Sporting Event

The Kielder Challenge Walk has become one of the most popular challenge walks in Northumberland over the past few years.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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What's on

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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