Outdoor cinema at Bamburgh Castle

Events in Northumberland

What's on
Where else can you find a puffin festival, a fire festival, and a cavalcade of 150 horses and riders setting off to ‘ride the bounds’? Whatever you’re looking for, Northumberland holds year-round events for families, foodies, and festival-lovers.

The main event

No matter the season, Northumberland has a jam packed calendar of events, from Easter and Spring spectaculars, to Summer days out, bonfire nights in Autumn and Christmas celebrations. Read on to find out what’s on.

Whether you are looking to enjoy the outdoor events Northumberland has to offer or to find unusual things to do in Northumberland, the region has so much to offer local and visitors from further afield. 
Attend our food festivals with celebrity chefs, sort your Christmas shopping at the region's best Christmas markets, get into your stride at our walking festivals with fellow hikers, or stargaze at one of our observatories.

Northumberland plays host to foodie festivals and agricultural shows offering a smorgasbord of delicious local produce and an insight into our rural culture. Tuck into local dishes at Berwick, Alnwick and Tynedale, and 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, including bank holidays, with a wide range of activities, historic sites and hidden gems to discover across Northumberland. Visit their websites for more details or browse our events listings for more information to find out what’s on today. Whether you are local to the North East or just visiting, and you are looking for ‘events near me’ to find out what to on a weekend in Northumberland, look no further as we have a whole host of events and activities for you to enjoy, from family and food and drinks events, to arts and culture and cycling events.

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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