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Northumberland Summer What's On Guide

What's on this summer
There’s no better place to be than Northumberland this summer. From getting your ‘vitamin sea’ at the coast to festivals, outdoor events and more, this vibrant county is filled with events, attractions, and activities for all the family.

There’s no better place to be than Northumberland this summer. From getting your ‘vitamin sea’ at the coast to festivals, outdoor events and more, this vibrant county is filled with events, attractions, and activities for all the family. 

Want to know what’s on in Northumberland in the coming weeks? Read on and find out.

Events in Northumberland: what’s on this summer?

Northumberland is one of the most exciting counties in the UK, brimming with historic castles, vibrant towns and breathtaking beaches. And there's so much going on that everyone's welcome to visit Northumberland events this summer. Here's our pick of what's going on this year.

Northumberland events for families 

Northumberland is one of the most family-friendly places in the UK, with wide open spaces, a beautiful coastline and plenty to see and do. So don’t miss these Northumberland events for families:

Northumberland Miner’s Picnic 


The Woodhorn Museum brings to life the proud mining tradition in the county. And what better way to celebrate Northumberland's heritage than the annual Miners' Picnic? The event is jam-packed with family activities rooted in the history of Northumberland, including traditional music and local food specialities. With a fantastic programme of family-friendly activities, including wildflower walks and hands-on craft activities, the Miners' Picnic celebrates the places, people and industry that shaped Northumberland.

Mighty Dub Festival 


If you prefer camper vans to brass bands, head for Alnwick this summer and the annual Mighty Dub festival. A fantastic weekend of live music, DJ sets, circus activities, dog shows, and much more, this is the ultimate family-friendly summer event. 

Set within the grounds of the fabulous Alnwick Castle, the kids can explore the magic of Harry Potter and practice their broomstick flying. Best of all, you don't need a VW camper to have a great time.

Astronomy events at Kielder Observatory


For space-obsessed kids (and adults), the Kielder Observatory is the place to be this summer. Don't miss the opportunity to handle real space rocks or build and launch your own rocket.

Family events in Northumberland don't get more fascinating than the chance to get hands-on with Kielder's large-aperture robotic telescopes and look deep into space. If you're a family looking for discovery and wonder, head for the Kielder Observatory.

Historical reenactments at Vindolanda 


If you're holidaying in Northumberland, Vindolanda is not to be missed. Built on the site of one of the most important Roman forts, it's a fantastic glimpse back into the past. And the regular programme of outdoor events and reenactments really brings history to life. See the Romans return to Hadrian's Wall, or have a go at archery on a Roman Army recruitment day!

Get active with outdoor events in Northumberland

Northumberland is made for outdoor activities, with its stunning scenery and wide open spaces. So if you’re the adventurous type, here are the outdoor events in Northumberland you won’t want to miss!

Northumberland cycling events


The spectacular roads of Northumberland are the perfect backdrop for cycling. And when it comes to top-class cycling events, this beautiful area doesn’t disappoint.

Mountain bikers will head for the intense gravel riding on offer at Dirty Reiver. It's an event that takes you through some of the UK's most challenging forest access roads. Or, for an epic endurance challenge, the Kielder 24 is a serious test of mountain biking skill and stamina.
Are you looking for a digital detox and some of the wildest riding in the UK? In that case, the Naughty Northumberland festival in the Coquet Valley is not to be missed.

Northumberland running events 


If you prefer getting around on two feet rather than two wheels, Northumberland has some incredible running events. From fun runs and half marathons at Hadrian's Wall to the Pilgrim's Ultra Marathon, there are plenty of events to please everyone. 

The Kielder Marathon weekend is Britain's most beautiful marathon, taking in the shores of Kielder Water, the biggest artificial lake in Northern Europe. Those searching for a real challenge can tackle Isaac's Tea Trail, an epic hike or run through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Britain.

Tai Chi at Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre 


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Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre is an award-winning haven for native and migratory birds and a fantastic place to relax and unwind. So if you fancy getting active in a low-impact way, why not try a meditative Tai Chi session in a stunning natural setting? With its slow and controlled movements and emphasis on breathing, it’s a great way to meditate and be at one with nature. 

Summer events in Northumberland: arts and culture 

Of course, the Northumberland events calendar is also full of fantastic summer events embracing the best of art and culture. From alfresco theatre to live music, our summer events have something for every creative appetite. Here are a couple of events we’re particularly excited for.

Open-air operas at Ford Castle


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Ford Castle is another of Northumberland’s impressive castles and a magical setting for top-class opera. Bring rugs and chairs for comfort, and order a picnic box when you book your tickets. Then let the power of classical music transport you to Belle Epoque Paris for some of the best-loved arias in opera. With torchlight twinkling as the sun sets, this is truly a breathtaking way to enjoy an unforgettable night. 

Lindisfarne Festival


Set on the magical Northumberland coast, the Lindisfarne Festival is the ultimate end-of-summer party. With an eclectic line-up over eight unique stages, plenty of mayhem and magic can be found. 

Head for the Viking Brew House for a pint of Lindisfarne Mead, or explore the musical, mystic vibe of the Temple. Officially the best value festival in the UK, it's the ideal place to kick back and recharge your batteries before returning to work. 

Take a look at our Northumberland events calendar

No matter what kind of activities you’re looking for, Northumberland has plenty to explore this summer.  From romantic ruined castles to pop-up gin bars and family-friendly festivals to some of the most demanding cycling in the country, it doesn't get any better than sunshine-filled events in our incredible county.

Want to know more? Take a look at our Visit Northumberland Events Calendar today and start planning your getaway.

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