Silvas capitalis art installation at Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland

Art and culture tours in Northumberland

Art and culture
Northumberland has inspired artists, filmmakers, and even William Shakespeare! Get yourself down to a gallery, castle, and even adventure trails to allow you, your family and friends, to be inspired by our incredible county.

Northumberland inspired art

The artist JMW Turner had a habit of tipping his hat to the North. If anyone asked why, he would explain that the skies of Northumberland had made him famous, so he never lost an opportunity to give his thanks.

Turner wasn’t the only artist left reaching for the oils after being inspired by the lure of Northumberland’s light, its big coastal and countryside spaces, dark skies and dramatic castle ruins.

Still a mecca for artists today, Berwick upon Tweed was immortalised in paintings by LS Lowry.  Capturing a precious record of bygone days, the Ashington Group’s Pitman Painters also inspired playwright Lee Hall to turn their evocative stories into a Broadway production.

Stare at striking sculptures, like the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture Couple at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. The natural surroundings of Kielder Water & Forest Park set off modern art and architectural works from world-renowned artists. 

The darling of many a movie maker, Northumberland has played a starring role in countless film and television shows. Alnwick Castle acted as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films of JK Rowling’s boy wizard. More recently Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman filmed on Holy Island and in Berwick-upon-Tweed for the Hollywood blockbuster, The Railway Man. The North East legend Robson Green frequently shares his favourite hidden gem spots in his homeland of Northumberland in  his weekend escapes television series.

Northumberland has captivated writers too, including William Shakespeare who immortalised Warkworth Castle in Henry IV Part I.

Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
Surf Northumberland
Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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