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?

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  • 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
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. ...

Out of this world fun at Manor Walks
Family event
Manor Walks Cramlington is encouraging children to become space explorers this May half term with its range of intergalactic free, family fun for all ages. During the school holiday children can embar ...

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 ...

Small Axe Woodcraft
Family event
Explore traditional woodworking techniques with Jon Purkins, have a go yourself or buy a piece of Jon’s stunning work. (Charges may apply) ...

Family event
Enter bustling marketplace of Artisans Courtyard and get hands-on with some of the best artisans in the country ...

Rusty Bodkins
Family event
Join Rusty as he explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself and see how well you do! (Small charge for ‘have a go’) ...

Clay Pigeon Shoot
Sporting Event
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 ...

Cupcake decorating
Arts and Crafts
This cupcake decorating workshop is recommended to anyone - it's fun and incredibly relaxing and certainly not competitive! It doesn't matter if you have no experience whatsoever, everyone will be mad ...

Wildlife and Osprey Motor Boat Cruise
Wildlife events
Enjoy a guided motor boat trip around beautiful Kielder Water, with experienced Calvert Trust staff and knowledgeable NWT volunteers ...

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

House Concert in Seahouses
Music & Dance
Eli West played a memorable gig at the house several years ago with Cahalen Morrison, and this time he's back as half of another mouth-watering duo, partnering this time with Nordic fiddler Olav Mjelv ...

Zoolab Animal encounters
Let ZooLab’s animal rangers amaze, educate and inspire. Meet some amazing animals including snakes, scorpions, tarantulas and many more. See how they move, how they feel and what makes all of Zo ...

The Ashington Paintings
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 ...

Outside Lindisfarne Priory
Have you ever wondered what life was like in medieval England? Step back in time with the Knight’s Hospitaller living history group as they set up camp within the priory. Get hands on and try y ...

Castle and Keep
Enjoy the fascinating tale of how myth and folklore produced a national hero in a brand new play. Will the real Robin Hood please stand up! ...

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

Warkworth Market Stall
Outdoor Event
Market stall selling plants, produce, cakes, preserves in support of Warkworth Show ...

RABC Push The Boat Out 2018
Outdoor Event
River Aln Boat Club volunteer event offering free, short ‘have a go’ sailing taster sessions to the public.  We plan 30 minute rowing, sailing and canoeing sessions on the estuary.&nb ...

Pitmen Painters Unseen
Curated by artist Narbi Price, winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize, ‘Pitmen Painters Unseen’ brings together a collection of paintings by the celebrated Ashington Group, the ...

Ride Out Saturday
Music & Dance
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. ...

Hexham Gathering 2018
Music & Dance
Celebrating Youth Folk Music around the Bandstand in Hexham! Free Event Performances from dance teams, youth folk ensembles, ceilidh bands, soloists, duos and trios will take place between 12.30pm - 3 ...

Chesters from the air
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Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
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 ...

Guided Bike Ride - Harthope and Till Valleys
Cycling event
Guided Bike Ride - Harthope and Till Valleys.  Voluntary donations to the Northumberland National Park Foundation payable on the day.  A great bike ride through rural landscape with beautifu ...

The Alnwick Joust

Kirkley Run
Sporting Event
Taking place over a 10km course around the Kirkley Hall grounds; the course will test your strength and stamina ...

The Vikings are coming
Shows & Displays
The Northumbria Herred of the Vikings invades the castle to show us what life was like with a tented camp, talks and demonstrations. (Included in admission) ...

Giovanni Pernice - Born to Win
Music & Dance
Strictly Come Dancing FINALIST, Giovanni Pernice, returns to the stage in his brand new UK and Ireland 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 ...

Northumberland County Show
Shows & Displays
Join us on Bank Holiday Monday - 28th May, for a fun day out for all the family! ...

Rothbury Street Fair
Outdoor Event
A fun day out for all the family, the Rothbury Street Fair is a well established, annual fair in the lovely, traditional stone village of Rothbury. Under the village's famous chestnut trees live music ...

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

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