Bank Holiday Northumberland | Visit Northumberland

May-hem in Northumberland

Out of the twelve months of the year, May has to be one of the best. There are probably lots of insightful reasons as to why May is so wonderful, but our main reason for loving it is because it has TWO bank holidays. That means TWICE as much free time to get out and about in Northumberland!

Rhodeys at Cragside

I predict a rhododendron riot


Shining and shimmering in the sunshine, emerald is the birthstone of the month of May; gorgeous and green just like our gardens in Northumberland! Alnwick Garden bursts into life as the rows of blossom trees awaken from their slumber. Wander through Howick Hall Gardens and marvel at the magnolias, camellias, rhodendrons, erythroniums and primroses. It would be rude not to stop off at the tea room for a cup of Earl Grey after your floral adventure. Lace up your hiking boots and venture into our parks, woods and forests where you’ll find a carpet of bluebells. If you’re after a true rhododendron riot then head to Cragside House Gardens and Estate towards the end of the month; weave your way around the woodland drive and catch a glimpse of those bloomin’ rhodeys.


Northumberland, a paradise for your pooches! We love our four legged friends and what better way to celebrate them than during National Pet Month, this May. There’s no need to leave your floppy eared fluffballs at home, bring them on your day out and explore the numerous pet friendly attractions that we have on offer in the county. If you fancy a stroll in the spring sunshine then pack your sunglasses (and woofglasses) and head to the coast to enjoy our gorgeous beaches. Just don’t forget to clean up, we like our award winning beaches in tip top condition!

Woofs in Rothbury

Bank holiday fun for the Terriers on Tour


Wildlife awakens in the month of May with butterflies fluttering, baby red squirrels bouncing, swallows & swifts swooping. Get Wild at Kielder with a range of family friendly events including the Gruffalo trail, forest wildlife safari and woodland den building. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the famous feathery friend that resides at Kielder, the osprey. Head to one of the local nature reserves in Northumberland and you might even catch sight of a pair of brown hairs boxing… put em up!


May, the month of buy one get one free on bank holiday Mondays, what’s not to love?

Latest tweets to #NlandFun

Also of interest


Looking for inspiration...

  • Category group: , Tour Guides, Talk/Lecture, Star Gazing Events, Sporting Event, Shows & Displays, Outdoor Event, Music & Dance, Food Event, Family, Experience & workshops, Exhibition, Cycling Event, Ceremony
  • Start date: 01/05/2018
  • End date: 31/05/2018
  • Type(s): Events
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. ...

Highway Rat
Outdoor Event
Walking Trail with additional features for all the family, look out for the Gruffalo characters along the way. ...

Have a go Archery
Family event
Follow in the footsteps of soldiers and try your hand at one of England's oldest skills. ...

Broomstick Training
Family event
Join our resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our famous broomstick training sessions ...

CRAFTS WITH THE COMPANY OF ARTISANS
Family event
Enter bustling marketplace of Artisans Courtyard and get hands-on with some of the best artisans in the country ...

Clay Pigeon Shoot
Sporting Event
Tarset
Ready, aim, fire! Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting under the guidance of an expert instructor at one of our monthly events.  Whether your an absolute beginner or experienced shooter, you'll ...

Secrets of the Wild - Wildlife Photography
Talk/Lecture
Join professional wildlife photographer, , TV writer and presenter Neil Atkinson for a combination of indoor and outdoor practical tuition. ...

Ride Out Saturday
Music & Dance
Greenhaugh
Ride Out Saturdays at the Holly Bush Inn. Drive out to the Holly Bush Inn, Greenhaugh and enjoy live music, full bar with real ales. BBQ food available. ...

Pitmen Painters Unseen
Exhibition
Ashington
A super collection of paintings by the celebrated Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters) many of which have never been on public display.  ...

Narbi Price taken by Colin Davison
Exhibition
Ashington
Discover an exhibition of new work by Narbi Price winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017. ‘The Ashington Paintings’ glimpse at the histories of Ashington’s industrial ...

TROUVÈRE MINSTRELS
Family event
Be transported back to medieval times with the Trouvère Minstrels' traditional musical performances. ...

CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Outdoor Event
Learn about the inspiration behind some Kielder's most iconic pieces as we take youoff the beaten track and into the forest, Each tour includes Silvas Capitalis (the Forest Head) and a selection of ot ...

Family Bushcraft
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 ...

Potter-Inspired Characters
Family event
Put on your best robe and meet characters inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter! ...

Results: 14

Search for events

Search for accommodation

Search for things to do

Sign up for our newsletter


Get outside and breathe #ItsInOurNature


It's in our nature
Tourist Information Centres in Northumberland
Late availability noticeboard