Northumberland Events Guide

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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Highlights Rural Touring: The Hut People
Music & Dance
The Hut People return with their truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world ...
Hauxley Open Weekend
Wildlife events
Join us for the chance to see the progress on our new Discovery Centre and other site improvements. ...
Easter Sunday lunch
Food Event
Bring the family along for Easter Sunday lunch to celebrate the Bank Holiday in style. ...
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. ...
Coquetfest
Music & Dance
Coquetfest is a 4 day festival of music, beer, beach and food with attractions for the whole family. ...
Wedding Open Evening
Exhibition
We would love to see you at our Spring Wedding Open Evening on Wednesday the 1st of March. ...
Dusting the Dunes
Wildlife events
Cresswell
Join the NWT staff and volunteers to help with a spring beach clean at Cresswell Foreshore and Cresswell Pond. ...
Alnwick Spring Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
Exhibition of many varieties of daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers, plus large plant stall and local crafts. ...
19th Century Mini Diggers
Family event
This February half-term, head to Chesters Roman Fort and unearth some of Northumberland's hidden past! ...
Highlights Rural Touring: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Family event
Hexham
This modern retelling is an exciting, hilarious, poetic and fun adventure. What will happen when the wolf comes?…. ...
Meet & Greet Beauty & Prince Adam
Family event
Cramlington
On Friday 24th February, all Manor of magic awaits as Beauty & The Beast’s Belle & Prince Adam will be stopping by Centre Mall, Manor Walks to meet & great our little shoppers! ...
Wine Dinner with Newcastle Wine School and TV guest celebrity wine expert Jane Parkinson
Food Event
Newcastle Wine School are hosting a gourmet wine dinner with boutique wines at Jesmond Dene House with TV guest wine expert Jane Parkinson ...
Bill Oddities Bewildering Beasts
Family event
Having accidentally been transported to our world, Bill Oddity must find a way home by any means possible. ...
Mother's Day lunch
Food Event
Surprise your Mum this Mother's Day with a delicious Sunday lunch at Jesmond Dene House. ...
Festival on the Wall
Festival
Heddon-on-the-Wall
A new and exciting fusion of music, culture and entertainment is coming to Northumberland in August 2017. ...
Doxford Hall
Music & Dance
Doxford
Featuring the finest music and the finest food this festival is being held in Northumberland at Eshott Hall and Doxford Hall Hotels. The line- up this year is the best yet, covering a wide range of ge ...
Spittal don Williams
Outdoor Event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
In 2017, the annual Seaside Festival takes place on 12th & 13th August, along the full length of Spittal Promenade. ...
Star Camp
Star gazing events
Hexham
From the Moon to Mars and Jupiter - hear from experts and follow their telescope as it hunts out deep space objects! ...
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. ...
Belladonna and the Venus Fly Trap
Family event
Meet Belladonna, the beautiful but deadly gardener, as she tries to catch a tasty morsel for her hungry Venus Flytraps. ...
Farne Tour
Wildlife events
Join us for a great package holiday based at our Bellingham site. ...
Treemendous
Family event
Towering over The Alnwick Garden these trees are guaranteed to grab attention. Fully mobile and armed with tree-mendous humour. ...
Blyth Beach Huts
Music & Dance
A family friendly music festival with music and street theatre from 11am, children's fun fair, a great variety of food with headline band The Undertones. https://www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandLiveFe ...
Illustrating Harry Potter
Arts and Crafts
An exhibition featuring the stunning illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Jim Kay. Open Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. ...
Nutkins
Family event
Enchantingly squirrel-like and riddled with intrigue, Mr and Mrs Nutkin are set to charm the pants off children and adults. ...
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 Dipping Delights.  ...
Star Gazing for Beginners at Heighley Gate
Star gazing events
Morpeth
EVENT NOW SOLD OUT Meet our astronomer and find out about star gazing and the distant wonders of our galaxy and beyond! ...
Murder Mystery
Food Event
Join us for a night of thrilling Murder Mystery at Le Petit Château, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. ...
Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...
Eliot Smith Company (contemporary dance group) 2017 Spring Tour of PITMAN
Music & Dance
Warkworth
Contemporary dance performance by Eliot Smith Company featuring Eliot Smith's PITMAN and Maurice Causey's WE GOT THE BEAT ...
She Wins All The Races
Shows & Displays
Amble
Mad Alice Theatre Company present 'She Wins All The Races’- a tragicomedy with Biscuits. ...
Minibeast Safari
Family event
Greenhead
Come along and discover the multitude of minibeasts who live down in the grass and amongst the flowers.  ...
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 ...
Kite Festival 2017
Outdoor Event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin by the Sea hosts their 7th Annual Kite Festival, with special kite making workshops for the children. ...
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 ...
Eliot Smith Company (contemporary dance group) 2017 Spring Tour of PITMAN
Music & Dance
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Contemporary dance group Eliot Smith Company featuring Eliot Smith's PITMAN and Maurice Causey's WE GOT THE BEAT ...
Rangers Favourite Walk
Outdoor Event
Henshaw
Join the National Trail Ranger for a walk along Hadrian's Wall on a circular walk looking at all the different walls ...
Snowdrop Planting Week
Outdoor Event
Cambo
Visit Wallington and help us plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. ...
Hopalot
Family event
Major Hopalot the world famous Astro-bunny is looking for a suitable launch site to test his new rocket "Big Carrot 3". ...
St Patrick's Day Dinner Dance
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Time to get dressed up for what’s going to be the biggest St Patricks day celebration Alnwick has ever seen. ...
Northumberland Music Festival
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Northumberland Music Festival returns with a line-up of old favourites and new acts at hotels across the UK. ...
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Family event
Visit Wallington, home of the adventurous Trevelyan family and follow our nature themed Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt through the West Wood. ...
Dragon Cycle Trail Opening
Cycling event
Family cycling comes to Wallington. The opening of our new Dragon Cycle Trail starts with two days celebrating all things pedal powered. ...
Northumberland Gardens Tour Package
Guided Walk/Tours
Join us for a great package holiday based at Bellingham Club Site. ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair down at Newbiggin Maritime Centre ...
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 ...
Butler School
Family event
Belsay
Being the Butler of a Victorian country house is no easy job. Do you think you've got what it takes? Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes are immaculate and you're standing up straight. ...
Gorillas
Family event
Watch out! The gorilla and their explorer has been spotted roaming around The Garden. Come and meet them if you dare! ...
The secret life of a haymeadow
Family event
Greenhead
Come take a look at the huge variety of flowers and insects to be found in one of Northumberland's best hay meadows. ...
Eliot Smith Company (contemporary dance group) 2017 Spring Tour of PITMAN
Music & Dance
Contemporary dance performance: Eliot Smith's PITMAN (based on the Pitman Painters of Ashington) and Maurice Causey's WE GOT THE BEAT ...
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, ...
Guided Ranger Walk: Rothley Lake
Guided Walk/Tours
Join us for an exclusive tour of Rothley Lake and discover the wonderful wildlife that lives in this hidden site. ...
Group Gathering
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 ...
Bellingham Show
Family event
Bellingham
A perfect day out for all the family in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. ...
Acorn Academy
Family event
Professor Bramble the Badger pushes a beautiful gypsy cart which he uses as his mobile class room. ...
Fiona Carvell
Arts and Crafts
Felton
Spend the day with local artists Fiona Carvell as she guides you to create your own landscapes and seascapes using pastels. ...
Alnwick Christmas Market
Outdoor Event
A fantastic Christmas Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick, with local produce, gifts and entertainment. ...
High Terrain Events
Sporting Event
The Kielder Ultra Trail is set in the vast expanse of Kielder Water & Forest Park. The Park spans 600 square kilometres & is home to the largest forest in England& the largest man-made lak ...
Rangers Favourite Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Kirknewton
Join Ranger Shaun Hackett on this springtime walk around the woodlands and streams of Kirknewton. ...
Alnwick Food Festival
Food Event
Following on from last years success, this two day event is set to be bigger and better than before. ...
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 ...
National Theatre: Saint Joan Encore Broadcast
Shows & Displays
Josie Rourke directs Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production, broadcast from the Donmar Warehouse. ...
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. ...
Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2017
Guided Walk/Tours
Twice yearly walking festivals organized by local volunteers. Walkers have a choice of walks of various lengths and grades. ...
Pitman
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Eliot Smiths production of 'Pitman' is back at the Centre! Please visit the Centre to find out more about ticket prices. ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Greenhead
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park.  ...
Wild Food Forage and Feast
Workshops
Hexham
Come and join us for a day foraging for wild foods and tasting some truly wild delights. ...
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 ...
Iris Folded Cushion
Arts and Crafts
Amble
Join Sue Jackson for this day workshop in our upstairs craft room, and make the perfect girft for your loved one. ...
Spring Poster
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
February Half-Term Fun at Ford & Etal. Diesel train rides, breadmaking and loads more activities. ...
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 ...
Father's Day at Jesmond Dene House
Food Event
Show your Dad that he's your hero by treating him to a mouth-watering 3 course Sunday lunch. ...
Little Bear goes North
Family event
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Little Bear returns in an enchanting new planetarium show especially for under 7s. ...
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 ...
Try Your Hand At
Family event
Get ‘hands-on’ to discover how we care for this much loved home of the Trevelyans. ...
XC in front of the Castle
Sporting Event
Belsay
Belsay Horse Trials will be celebrating its' 5th Anniversary.  Come and join us for one of the top sporting events in Northumberland. ...
Open Farm Sunday
Family event
Open Farm Sunday allows everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer ...
Busy Lizzie
Family event
Meadow sweet and balmy in both scent and nature, meet this colourful wayfarer as she journeys on through the garden of life. ...
Indigo & Shibori (half day)
Arts and Crafts
Discover clamping, stitching and folding techniques to create your own designs and patterns on fabric. ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
Red Squirrel Safari
Wildlife events
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 ...
Alnwick Easter Market
Family event
A fantastic Easter Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick. ...
Eshott Hall
Music & Dance
Morpeth
Featuring the finest music and the finest food this festival is being held in Northumberland at Eshott Hall and Doxford Hall Hotels. The line- up this year is the best yet, covering a wide range of ge ...
Kielder Castle
North East Chilli Festival
Highlights Rural Touring: The Hut People
Music & Dance
Wooler
The Hut People return with their truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world ...
Squawk
Family event
Meet adventurer Captain Jon Voyage and his avian amigos, two vibrant birds in all the colours of the rainbow. ...
Family Bushcrafts Survival Challenge
Outdoor Event
A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. You’re light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Northumbria History Tour Package
Guided Walk/Tours
From hadrian to Victoria! Join us for a Camping Package that includes 2 historical daytrips/tours. ...
The Pirates of Penzance
Music & Dance
Chathill
The Heritage Opera present’s Gilbert and Sullivan’s iconic comic opera. ...
Birds are Brill
Wildlife events
Greenhead
Join the Northumberland National Park Rangers to find out how brilliant birds are! ...
Early Easter Eggstravaganza
Outdoor Event
Hexham
Come and join us for our Geocache Easter Egg Hunt and see if you can find some tasty treats. ...
Haltwhistle
Shows & Displays
Haltwhistle
An annual specialist nurseries plant festival, which is a very popular event for all keen gardeners. ...
Eliot Smith Company (contemporary dance group) 2017 Spring Tour of PITMAN
Music & Dance
Bamburgh
Contemporary dance performance by Eliot Smith Company, featuring Eliot Smith's PITMAN and Maurice Causey's WE GOT THE BEAT ...
Motor boat
Wildlife events
Come and join us for an early evening Osprey and Wildlife motor boat cruise around Kielder Water. Enjoy a guided trip around the lake with us to take in as much wildlife as we can.  ...
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. ...
Wiggle Northern Angel Sportive
Sporting Event
Newcastle Upon Tyne
The Wiggle Northern Angel Sportive takes in the best sprawling Northumberland National Park roads, and plays host to a selection of climbs that will put your training to the test. ...
Mission Explore
Outdoor Event
Bellingham
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is MISSION EXPLORE. ...
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. ...
Triceratops
Family event
Ashington
Step back in time with Brick Dinos and meet dinosaurs in miniature each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.  ...
Indigo & Shibori sessions
Arts and Crafts
This activity will run all day and you can book an hour slot in the day at a time to suit yourself. ...
Easter Half Term Kids Club
Family event
Cramlington
Families visiting Manor Walks shopping centre over the Easter break can enjoy meeting the animals at the Petting Zoo. ...
Minibeast Safari
Family event
Greenhead
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is Minibeast Safari.  ...
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. ...
Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete and Family Fun Day
Shows & Displays
Seahouses
Fund raising day for Seahouses RNLI, featuring variety of stalls and amusements. ...
Northumbrian Ranters
Music & Dance
Chathill
Northumberland Ranters are a traditional music ensemble ...
Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
Amble
Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! Fun and activities in the Friendliest Port at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins, as they prepare to take care for their newly h ...
Knit and Natter
Arts and Crafts
Amble
Come along to our friendly monthly knit and natter session in our upstairs craft room on the third Friday morning of each month. ...
Rangers Favourite Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Greenhead
Join Head Ranger Paget Lazzari, for an easy walk around the Walltown Country Park before heading up to Hadrian’s Wall ...
Mother's Day Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Celebrate you wonderful mum or loved one with a fabulous afternoon tea. ...
Spring into Print
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Join us for an introduction to gelli printmaking. Come and join us for a printing session based around amphibians and reptiles.  ...
Morpeth Camera Club Event 'Hot & Cold' featuring Alan & Julie Walker
Talk/Lecture
Morpeth
Morpeth Camera Club's Annual Spectacular ‘Hot & Cold’ is a new illustrated presentation for 2016/2017 taking you on a photographic journey. ...
Open Days
Guided Walk/Tours
Visit Lord Armstrong of Cragside's farm Cragend with it's Grade II* listed Silo and historic Weighbridge. ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Greenhead
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is called Safari on Foot. ...
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. ...
Taste of The North
Food Event
After last years success, we are pleased to welcome back our two day Taste of The North event in Alnwick's Market Square. ...
In Focus
Wildlife events
In Focus experts will be on-hand with a range of optical equipment such as telescopes and binoculars allowing you to try before you buy. ...
Prince Amir and Nazreddin
Family event
Join talkative Prince Amir, one of the three wise meerkat kings, following a star atop his grumpy camel Nazreddin. ...
Dawn Chorus Walk
Outdoor Event
Bellingham
To celebrate International Dawn Chorus month join our Ecologist, Gill Thomson at Hareshaw Linn to listen to the beautiful dawn chorus.  ...
Treasure Trail Challenge
Family event
Hexham
Have fun in Northumberland National Park following one of our trails around Wooler Common.  ...
Mighty Dub Fest
Outdoor Event
The most Northern VW weekend festival in England. Set over looking the most famous location Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. ...
A Grand Opera Gala
Music & Dance
Chathill
Presenter Mark Langley introduces this programme celebrating the very best opera has to offer ...
Pat McCarthy Quartet
Music & Dance
Hexham
Enjoy an evening of the sweetest sounds, coolest ‘standards’ and all that Jazz with these incredibly talented and engaging musicians ...
Meet the Flintstones
Family event
Greenhead
Enter our time machine and go back to the Stone Age learning about Land Art and how people lived in the Stone Age. ...
Highlights Rural Touring: A View From The Edge
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
Private eye and troubled sleeper Charlie Daniels is hired by the seductive Elise Hillerman to investigate the disappearance of her husband. ...
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 Newcastle Painters t Jesmond Dene House
Exhibition
The Newcastle Painters who will be exhibiting at Jesmond Dene House from 2nd December 2016 until the end of March 2017 have been going strong for over 20 years. ...
Volunteer Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. ...
The Bear by Raymond Briggs
Shows & Displays
The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale. ...
Joanna Trollope
Talk/Lecture
Hexham
Hexham Book Festival welcomes Joanna Trollope to the Queen’s Hall to talk about her latest book, City of Friends. ...
Moving into Wallington
Exhibition
Discover how the Trevelyans turned the house at Wallington into a home when they moved in. ...
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.  ...
Great North Bike Ride 2017
Cycling event
Charity cycle ride 60 miles of beautiful Northumbrian coastline. ...
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. ...
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 ...
Flower Fun Day
Family event
Greenhead
Follow a self-led trail discovering some of the beautiful flowers that can be found at Walltown in Northumberland National Park. ...
Red Squirrel Week
Wildlife events
Join our Red Squirrel Ranger for squirrel spotting walks and squirrel themed activities in the West Wood ...
Rangers Favourite Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
One of the Ranger's favorite walks, this follows a circular route passing magnificent meadows and babbling burns.  ...
Music@NMC Ed Tudor Pole
Music & Dance
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Acoustic Magic presents Ed Tudor Pole, a spectacular night of music and drinks from the bar. Come along you won't regret it. ...
Highlights Rural Touring: Paradise Lost
Shows & Displays
Amble
Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost ...
Felton & Thirston Fair
Shows & Displays
Morpeth
A traditional village fair with something for everyone. ...

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