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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World Animal Day
Wildlife events

Today is annual World Animal Day, it is a day to celebrate animal life in all its forms and humankind's relationship with the animal kingdom.

L S Lowry (1887 - 1976)
Exhibition

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

Christmas Festive Gift Fair
Food event

Beat the Christmas rush and start your shopping early! There’ll be a great variety of specialist crafts and unique gifts on sale throughout the Hall. Once you’ve shopped, don’t drop!

Christmas Carols
Shows & Displays

Enjoy some seasonal festive singing in the Library at Belsay. Please dress warmly the Hall is unheated.

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.

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.

Ashington
Family

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

Jennifer Crook in concert
Music & Dance

The House-concert series at St Cuthbert's House gives you the chance to see and hear world-class contemporary folk musician Jennifer Crook at very close quarters in an intimate setting.

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.

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Music & Dance
Alnwick

Come dressed as your favourite Disney character and bring a picnic for a fabulously fun family night out. We will take you on a musical journey through the jungles, on magic carpets and under the sea!

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

Victorian Christmas with Father Christma
Shows & Displays

Christmas at Belsay has always been a special occasion; the Middleton family first moved into the then brand new Hall here at Belsay on Christmas Day in 1817.

Archery
Sporting Event

Test your aiming skill on our Laser clay shooting and Archery ranges.

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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.

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.

Woodhorn
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.

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

Budding Artisits
Workshops

Get creative and crafty with our Budding Artists team and create your very own crafts to take home.

Pumpkin Parade
Family

The Alnwick Garden’s Pumpkin Parade is one of the most evocative, and splendidly spooky, events of our year. When you carve one of our pumpkins you will receive a free ticket into The Garden on 31st October from 5:30pm onwards to join in with our pumpkin parade at 6pm. If you have your own pumpkin bring it along and join in the fun.

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.

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!

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.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

You'll experience nature like you never have before; see it, hear it, touch it and smell it in a whole load of excitingly different new ways. Dress for the weather, strong footwear and midge repellant.

Ponteland
Music & Dance
Ponteland

Concert in aid of The West End Refugee Service featuring music by Beethoven, Telemann and Mendelssohn.

Pumpkin
Family

With the help of our resident witches, scoop and carve your own Halloween pumpkin friend to guide and protect you on the scariest night of the year.

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.

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.

Hexham Santa
Outdoor Event
Hexham

Christmas Market including a the award winning Hexham Farmers Market, Hexham Abbey Fair, carol singing, local schools and bands, mulled wine, kiddies rides, face painting, real reindeer and santa's grotto

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.

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.

2013 Kielder 10K 6
Sporting Event

Do you think you can Beat the Bull. Here’s your chance! Run the Kielder 10K around the stunning Bull Crag Peninsula of Kielder Water.

Queen's Hall
Family
Hexham

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

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

The Snow Bear
Family

Come and sit close to the fire, we have stories to tell and some people and animals for you to meet. There will be songs and music as well as a little magic. You’ll hear about elves, goblins and even trolls from snowy lands and a very large white bear, and a friendly little Tomten will be keeping an eye on them and keeping us all safe.

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.

Owl Experience
Shows & Displays

Owl Encounters make an ideal gift or treat on special occasions. Gift Vouchers available for corporate days, photgraphy days or tailor-made experiences.

Booking Essential.

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.

Halloween Spookfest
Shows & Displays
Ponteland

Visit Kirkley Hall and experience the spooky and the strange this Halloween. Enter your pumpkin into our competition and enjoy magic shows, story tellers, games and face painting.

Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas
Shows & Displays

Belsay’s own Mrs Beeton will show you the ropes in the kitchen, giving you hints, tips for Christmas. Our costumed performers will delight audiences in the library with Victorian recipes and food you can even try yourself!

Junior Zoo School
Wildlife events

Do you fancy yourself as a future zoo keeper? Well why not come along to one of our Junior Zoo Schools. The Junior Zoo School is open for children aged 5-8 and is a one day event costing £40.

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.

Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
Music & Dance
Morpeth

The crisp sparkle of melody, the mellow sound of harmonic brass, and the inspiring rhythms of the military march – to say nothing of delightful adaptations of classic songs and themes – make up the menu of this lunchtime concert.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Shows & Displays

Fantastic selection of local arts and crafts to buy.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Zoo School
Wildlife events

Do you fancy yourself as a future zoo keeper? Well why not come along to one of our Zoo Schools. This programme is a must for any animal enthusiasts out there.

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!

Ashington
Outdoor Event
Ashington

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

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.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Family

A whole weekend of shopping, tasting, and family entertainment. Post your letters to Santa, and take a sleigh ride along the prom. Special guest appearance of someone very well known! And for busy people, enjoy our Friday evening late night shopping event. Cafe and fully licensed bar will be available throughout.

Victorian Christmas Songs
Shows & Displays

Join the team at Belsay for a jolly Christmas sing-a-long in the library. Musicians will perform at various intervals throughout the day. Enjoy some tasty treats in our Victorian Tearoom afterwards.

Music Festival
Music & Dance
Alnwick

The Northumberland Music Festival features classical, opera, traditional and revue, there is a wider genre of entertainment than ever before.

Sharp Shooters Day
Outdoor Event

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

LUX
Exhibition

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

Ice Cream
Food event
Alnwick

This yummy event will include lots of games, activities, contests and live entertainment as well as what we all scream for: ICE CREAM!!To make the most of the lively summer days.

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.

Kirkley Hall Wedding Fair
Exhibition
Ponteland

Join us for our wedding fair when Kirkley Hall will be looking its very best dressed for a wedding and our team of wedding coordinators will be on hand to answer any questions about our venue, brochure & exceptional packages.

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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.

Food & Craft Festival
Shows & Displays

Come along and celebrate the variety and quality of food and crafts from across the region. Enjoy over 80 stalls of fantastic local produce along with demonstrations and children's activities.

Golf course at Slaley Hall Hotel
Shows & Displays

Back by popular demand. Slaley Hall plays host to the Comedy Club. Choose to join us for a pre-show 2 course choice dinner or simply join us for the laughs at 8pm

Pump Room Tours
Exhibition

have you ever just wanted to explore the underground caverns that sit below The Grand Cascade? If so, this tour will welcome you to a world of complex machinery and feed your curiosity. Tours run every day.

Halloween Ball
Music & Dance
Ponteland

Celebrate Halloween in style this year at Kirkley Hall. Legend has it that our 17th Century Grade II listed building is haunted by spirits from years gone by so if you're brave enough come along and enjoy a spooky four course meal follwed by a chilling disco

Run Nation
Sporting Event
Ponteland

Run Northumberland is part of the RUN NATION series of events and takes in historic and scenic venues. The events are open to runners of all abilities and are ideal for anyone aiming to do the Great North Run!

Goblin Queen and Dragon
Shows & Displays

Led by the Goblin Queen, an enormous animatronic dragon with moving wings, blinking eyes and smoke bellowing from its nostrils roars into Alnwick Castle.

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.

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.

Company of Artisans
Workshops

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

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.

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Cycling event
Wooler

Wooler Wheel Classic sportives (nominal distances 170, 100 and 50kn). The 100 and 50 sportives are along the same routes as those held in October 2012 and 2013, The 170km ride is a repeat of the beautiful and very challenging WW160S ride held in May 2013 (which goes down Coquetdale) - but with an extension as its north end to take it to Carham on the River Tweed.

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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.

Medieval Alchemist
Shows & Displays

Meet Doctor John Greene, the (allegedly...) celebrated medieval alchemist, with lots of peculiar apparatus and weird materials!

2013 Run Bike Run 4
Sporting Event

Britain's 'most beautiful' marathon is back! The course which encircles the shore line of Kielder Water will attract thousands of runners and spectators.

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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.

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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.  

Kirkley Hall
Exhibition
Ponteland

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

Welcome to Woodhorn Museum
Shows & Displays

A fun filled programme of seasonal activities to entertain the whole family.

Greenhaugh
Sporting Event
Greenhaugh

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

Image by Terry Walsh.
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.

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!

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.

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!

Three English Tenors
Music & Dance
Morpeth

Three English Tenors – presented by Much Loved Productions. In opera, the Tenor is King – and our concert features three of them! Packed with melody and anecdotes about the life of a tenor, our three sing their way through the highnotes and all the great tenor arias!

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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.

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.

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.

Whippets by George Blessed
Shows & Displays

Discover the Pitmen Painters. Enjoy the original artwork, then explore a new exhibition created by 1,300 children inspired by the artists. Get arty yourself too and take part in artist-led arts and craft activities in our special pop-up Ashington Group Hut.

Junior Zoo School
Wildlife events

Do you fancy yourself as a future zoo keeper? Well why not come along to one of our Junior Zoo Schools. The Junior Zoo School is open for children aged 5-8 and is a one day event costing £40.

2013 Kielder Junior Run 5
Sporting Event

While the adults are out tackling Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon back at Leaplish Waterside Park our next generation of runners show us what they’re made of!

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.

Lanterns
Workshops

Make a beautiful enchanted willow lantern with Santa's elves. Keep your ticket and lanterns, and join our lantern parade on Sunday 21st December at 5pm.Lanterns will cost £3.50 each, and will include all the materials and guidance needed. Tickets for the lantern making workshops can be purchased in advance or on the day in admissions.

Grand Operatic Tour of Italy
Music & Dance
Morpeth

A grand Operatic Tour of Italy is an Opera Gala Concert presented by Much Loved Productions.The itinerary mixes great music with lots of laughs and more than a few fascinating facts.

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.

Hallowe'en!
Family

From fancy dress to scarycrows to games and activities for children.... lots to do for all the family...come along and join in the fun...if you dare!

Labrador Retriever2014 Championship Show
Shows & Displays
Ponteland

the Northumberland and Durham Labrador Retriever Club are pleased to return to Kirkley Hall for their 2014 Championship show. The show has a family friendly atmosphere with around 250 Labradors so why not join in the fun. For more information and entry see www.ndlabclub.co.uk.

Santa Specials
Family

Take a seasonal ride on the Railway and meet Santa! Trains will run at 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets include return ride on the railway, refreshments, children meet Santa and receive a gift.

Golf course at Slaley Hall Hotel
Food event

Join us from 7.00pm to hear of the history One of Argentina's leading wineries. Your evening includes a 3 course dinner served in the elegant surroundings of the Dukes Grill with wines to accompany each course.

Kielder Observatory
Exhibition

Learn about Northumberland's dark skies... The constellations and beyond! Use our telescopes to explore the Universe.

Alnwick Castle
Workshops

WW1 Recruitment and Training Living History Workshop

Poison Garden Tours
Outdoor Event

Behind the locked gates of the Poison Garden, guides share tales of deadly plants. Myths and legends are uncovered, along with facts from science and history. Tours run everyday.

Horsley Wool Fair
Shows & Displays

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

Sean Roper Clairvoyant
Shows & Displays
Ponteland

An evening of Clairvoyance with Sean Roper will amaze you with his unique floor show.

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

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.

 

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

 
New Year
Family

Celebrate the New Year in style with some old fashioned family fun.

Zoo School
Wildlife events

Do you fancy yourself as a future zoo keeper? Well why not come along to one of our Zoo Schools. This programme is a must for any animal enthusiasts out there, the event is designed to look at key areas including animal enrichment, animal nutrition and animal health checking.

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 Bonfire Night
Shows & Displays
Ponteland

Remember, remember the 5th November! It's that time of year again, so come along to Kirkley Hall and celebrate bonfire night with us.

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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.

Woodhorn
Outdoor Event

Celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the region at the Northumberland History Fair. Come along to learn more about local history and to meet some of the organisations who preserve it.

Guided walk on wonderful Bewick Moor
Guided Walk/Tours

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

Carvery Sunday Lunch
Food event
Ponteland

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

Carvery Sunday Lunch
Food event
Ponteland

Enjoy a delicious four course homemade carvery lunch and sample fine wines from our menus. This is a popular event so booking is essential, call 01670 841235 or email enquiries@kirkleyhall.co.uk.

Father Christmas
Family

Meet Father Christmas and his busy troupe of elves in his magical grotto, hidden within the Water Tower where each child receives a traditional gift.

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.

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Wildlife events

Our weekend event is designed to help promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets and increase pet owners’ knowledge.

Half Term 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.

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.

Granny Turismo
Family

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

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.

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Outdoor Event

Discover the secretive wildlife that often goes unnoticed in the forest. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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)


Kirkley Kritters
Wildlife events

Get up-close and personal with amazing megabugs that creep and crawl.

Climb Day
Outdoor Event

Complete and conquer the mighty Indoor Wall.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

National Welly Weekend
Outdoor Event

We are supporting national welly week which runs from 6th-12th October raising funds to help those in need of specialist support and spreading awareness about RABI farming’s national charity through having fun.

Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event

IT’S BACK...Britain’s Most Beautiful Marathon returns on October 5th 2014.

Wartime
Shows & Displays

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

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.

New Years Eve Party
Star gazing events

See in the New Year with your friends, England's darkest skies, our famous team of volunteers... and the Universe!

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!

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.

Allendale Fair
Shows & Displays
Allendale Town

A fun day out for all the family!

Splash Alnwick!
Outdoor Event

Family friendly water pistol fun comes to The Alnwick Garden. Our mad band of Pistoleers will be on hand to dish out a soaking with a series of games designed to be played by all.

Christmas Market
Outdoor Event

The Alnwick Garden is hosting its very own Christmas Market for the first time this year. Whether you are looking for local hand-made gifts, festive stocking fillers or just want to soak up the atmosphere, The Alnwick Garden’s Christmas Market will have plenty of choice with an abundance of classic and contemporary decorations and gifts.

Hexham
Outdoor Event
Hexham

Halloween Themed Family Fun Night

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.

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.

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.

Grand Lantern Parade
Outdoor Event

On 21st December we are holding a community lantern procession, leading to a huge family ‘sing along’ in The Alnwick Garden.

Victorian Lantern Night
Shows & Displays

This Halloween, brave the gardens at Belsay Hall at night to find our performers who will regale you with spooky tales! Bring your own torch and wrap up warm.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

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

Kirkley Hall's Countryside Christmas Fai
Shows & Displays
Ponteland

Kirkley Hall Countryside Christmas Fair attracts people from all over the region. There will be stalls where you will find authentic crafts and gifts, a hog roast, Santa’s Grotto and lots more entertainment for all the family and much more!

Haydon Bridge Beer Festival
Outdoor Event

The 6th Haydon Bridge Beer Festival, featuring 40 local beers & ciders, world wines, live music, local food, all in aid of worthy causes.

Wicked Women
Music & Dance
Morpeth

Wicked Women – Sara Coward, Sunny Ormonde & Jan Hartley. Two of The Archers’ most popular ladies - Sara Coward (Caroline Stirling) and Sunny Ormonde (Lillian Bellamy) - and West End leading lady, Jan Hartley, star in a sparkling show which celebrates outrageous women both real and fictional.

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!

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.

Live music -  Etal Village Hall
Woodhorn
Family

A chance to buy special foods and crafts at our ever popular Christmas Fayre.

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.

Zombie Run
Outdoor Event
Kielder

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

Ford Christmas Market
Food event

Traditional market with foodie and craft stalls, inside Lady Waterford Hall in Ford Village and outside in a marquee. Music, Santa and his Clydesdale horse, birds of prey, refreshments including hog roast - a great day our for all the family

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.

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.

Across the Atlantic with Graeme Danby
Music & Dance
Morpeth

Across the Atlantic –Flanders and Swann, and Tom Lehrer - with Graeme Danby. Graeme Danby is a Tyneside legend, singing his way into the hearts of opera lovers and football fans alike. Join him in an evening of classic entertainment.

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!

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.

Carvery Sunday Lunch
Food event
Ponteland

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

Meet & Greet Mike The Knight
Shows & Displays

Come along to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and see Mike the Knight, who will be appearing at intervals throughout the day. As well as seeing Mike the Knight, other activities at this event include face painting, games and arts and crafts.

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
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.

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.

Picnic bench
Outdoor Event

Find the hidden wildlife; explore the forest for its unseen inhabitants. Dress for the weather, strong footwear (wellies if you have them and midge repellant).

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.

Heatherslaw
Family

come and see the spooks at Hay Farm Heavy Horse centre this Hallowe'en

Water Day
Outdoor Event

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

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.

calvert trust
Outdoor Event

Try your hand at canoeing or kayaking on the beautiful Kielder Water. Age 5+.

Drop in between 10am – 4pm 

 

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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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