All the National Trust places in Northumberland have stuff going on all year round. There are things for families to do everywhere: this could be mud pie making for the little ones at Wallington or rock climbing adventures for teenagers at Hadrian’s Wall or Staward Gorge. We have a list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ so the younger ones can get cracking on ticking things off, like climbing a tree, rolling down a hill, catching a crab or building a den. Some of these things are free entry and free to do; many of them are free to join in with normal admission prices applying; and for some, there is a small additional charge. The events go on all year, with Easter Trails in spring, summer outdoors events, Hallowe’en spooky goings on in the autumn, and Father Christmas to visit or Christmas crafts in the winter.


For adults, we have guided walks, talks on the fascinating and sometimes hair-raising stories behind our places, outdoor and indoor music and theatre, sporting activity like park runs, craft and garden talks and workshops, pub nights, food markets and more.


On our website, there are downloadable walking trails from short rambles to serious hikes, with wildlife tips and historical insights; cycle trails from an 11 mile flat route on the old Haltwhistle - Alston railway line to 109 miles ticking off World Heritage Site Hadrian’s Wall, the Victorian splendour of Cragside and the Palladian beauty of Wallington; plus running routes and groups.


Visit the events section of our website to start planning your days out.

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

Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Piano aficionado’s Music Newcastle return to tinkle their ivories as you enjoy a luxurious homemade afternoon tea. ...

Living History with St Cuthbert’s Land
Family event
Bringing the archaeology to life with a living encampment and demonstrations including cooking and warfare. ...

The Three English Tenors
Music & Dance
Alnwick
The Three English Tenors return once more to the festival with their wide range of musical genres ...

Castle Vale Lily Pond Shelter
Guided Walk/Tours
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park on either side of the railway station, where recent investment from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery has reinvigorated these two little gems.  ...

Austin Gunn and Friends - Spring Serenade
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Austin and his guests have chosen a programme of song that will usher in the sweetness of spring! ...

Introduction to Landscape Photography
Talk/Lecture
Join professional landscape photographer Jason Friend and learn how to get the most out of your equipment. ...

Ashington FC v. Whitley Bay FC
Sporting Event
Ashington
Come along and support your local Non League Community Football Club in a fixture which never fails to entertain. ...

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) ...

Father's Day Lunch
Food Event
Celebrate this special day with our famous Father’s Day lunch. ...

RAPHAEL FALCONRY
Family event
Step into the world of medieval falconry with two of the country's finest historical falconers. ...

MEDIEVAL ALCHEMIST
Family event
Meet Doctor John Greene, the (allegedly...) celebrated medieval alchemist, with lots of peculiar apparatus and bizarre materials! ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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’) ...

Family Astronomy
Star gazing events
Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what is it all about? Well, the skies, the Universe and everything that is in it! Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their fa ...

The Northumbrian Ranters
Music & Dance
Alnwick
With their choice of traditional music from both Northumberland and beyond, Northumbrian Ranters’ concert has always been a festival highlights ...

Northumberland Gardens Package: Camp + tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Bellingham
Northumberland Gardens Tour with Camping - a package holiday at Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site ...

Jesting with Zooted
Family event
With a hilarious blend of comedy, TRICKERY, fire-eating and sword-juggling, Zooted never fail to entertain and amaze. ...

Weaving on a Peg Loom
Arts and Crafts
Discover simple peg loom weaving with naturally dyed fleece and take home a mat, bag, hanging or small cushion cover. ...

Natural Dyes
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Discover the gorgeous colours from easy plants, find out how to use them on different natural fibres and fabrics. ...

Red Squirrel Safari
Wildlife events
Search for red squirrels and discover their way of life in a changing world. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, to track down one of Britain’s best loved animals, the red squirrel ...

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 ...

Introduction to spring bird identification
Talk/Lecture
FULLY BOOKED Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound as we walk around Hauxley reserve. ...

Public Release event
Wildlife events
Join us for the second water vole release of 2018. We'll show you the whole process of releasing voles and take you to some of the sites we have released at; there may also be the chance to release so ...

Home Classes
Family event
Shilbottle
Our 2-hour baby and child first aid classes are suitable for parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and carers. ...

Spring Writing Retreat
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
This guided writing retreat day is perfect for writers of any type who need some space & support. ...

Easter Egg Hunt

The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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A Universe Full of Stars
Star gazing events
The Universe... Why is it here? How did it start? How old is it? How big is it? How will it end? These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia. Science has c ...

Introduction to bird song - dawn chorus walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Improve your identification of birds through sound as we walk around the reserve ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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’) ...

BTO Bird ID: Bird identification by sight and sound
Wildlife events
Join Scott Paterson of the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) to learn the basics of bird ID through a range of activities ...

Osprey Watch
Wildlife events
Join us to observe the beautiful Kielder ospreys. You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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’) ...

Osprey
Outdoor Event
Find us behind the Boat Inn restaurant, Leaplish and observe the birds on the nest using telescopes and live nestcam ...

Family Wildlife Walk
Family event
Join us for a guided family wildlife walk this half term. We will spot as many different species as we can as we make our way around the reserve. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions and l ...

Aurora Night
Star gazing events
Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civili ...

Wedding Open Weekend
Shows & Displays
Our hugely popular Wedding Fair Weekend returns  as we open up our stunning – and newly redecorated - stately home to prospective couples ...

Easter egg hunt with a difference
Family event
Cresswell
Take to the beach in search of eggs of a different kind this Easter weekend. ...

Northumbrian History Tour package - Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Guided Walk/Tours
Bellingham
Northumbrian Historical Tours with Bellingham Camping & Caravanning Club Site ...

Barbour Fence
Sporting Event
Come and join us for one of the top sporting events in Northumberland. ...

February half term fun at Manor Walks!
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks Cramlington has got family fun covered this February half term, every day of the week! ...

Chapterhouse Theatre Company present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'
Shows & Displays
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy and the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. ...

 Hymn to Love:Homage to Piaf
Music & Dance
An extraordinary musical homage to Piaf, Hymn to Love explores love, loss and longing and includes 13 of Piaf’s songs ...

Murder Mystery
Food Event
It’s the annual announcement of the STAR exhibition at Kirkley Hall Art Gallery. ...

An Evening of Sacred Music
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents an evening of some of the most moving and spiritual sacred music. ...

Introduction to great crested newts and other amphibians
Wildlife events
A workshop designed to give a good understanding of great crested newts and other amphibians ...

Kielder Trail Reavers
Outdoor Event
Kielder
We are a voluntary group of enthusiastic mountain bikers who maintain and build the Mountain Bike trails at Kielder.  We meet up once a month and all volunteers are welcome. ...

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

Wild food foraging day
Workshops
Kielder
Our full day foraging courses begin in the springtime when the new growth of plants produces an abundance of choice for the forager ...

PETERKIN THE JESTER
Family event
Peterkin is a jester of international repute, an unrivalled historical comedian. ...

Cambridge Prime Brass
Music & Dance
Alnwick
This highly acclaimed ten-piece ensemble  was formed in 1989 and since then has become a conductor-less dectect. ...

Orion
Star gazing events
The giant constellation of Orion has been rcecognised throughout millennia as one of the most inspiring sights of the night sky. ...

White beaked dolphins, Martin Kitching
Wildlife events
Learn more about identifying what can be seen from shore and at sea around the UK coast ...

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

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 ...

Astro Photography
Star gazing events
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of objects in space like the ones you see in magazines, newspapers and astronomy websites? No specialist knowledge is required, and we'll show you how to take ama ...

Kielder Ultra Trail Race
Sporting Event
An ultra trail running event based from Kielder Castle. The event consists two route options of 50km & 100km. ...

Easter Treasure Hunt
Family event
Drop-in to the centre to collect the first clue which will lead you on a trail around the site. ...

February Half Term Activities
Family event
Double up this February Half Term and make a full day of it at The Alnwick Garden. ...

Essential Wilderness Survival Skills
Outdoor Event
Learn the basics for survival in a forest environment with top northern bushcraft teacher, Bruce Ferguson - shelter, fire, food and water. Build a shelter using natural materials, learn a range of fir ...

An Evening of North East Music - Graeme Danby
Music & Dance
Morpeth
This concert will be a celebration of the rich musical heritage of an area with a range of traditional songs. ...

Mother's Day Celebration Lunch
Food Event
Mother’s Day is the ideal time to show them just how you much care with one of our famous three course lunches. ...

My Fair Lady
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Now in its 31st year - the award winning Alnwick Stage Musical Society proudly presents Lerner & Loewe’s beloved musical masterpiece ...

Forest wildlife safari
Wildlife events
Discover the secret life of the forest - join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson and uncover the tracks, trails and signs left behind by its secretive inhabitants from red squirrels and deer to i ...

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

Family Bushcrafts Survival Challenge
Outdoor Event
A family survival adventure – stick together, solve the problems, learn the skills, stay alive. You’re light airplane has crash landed in dense forest hundreds of miles from civilisation. ...

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

An Opera Gala Evening
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents, under the instruction of professional soprano Anne Williams-King, an evening of magnificent music. ...

Captain Raggy Beard’s Pirate School
Family event
Ashington
Captain Raggy Beard’s Pirate School, Saturday 10th - Sunday 18th February  ...

Full Moon Party
Star gazing events
The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...

Haydn's
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Alnwick and District Choral Society, together with guest soloists and instrumentalists, present Haydn's "The Creation" ...

Kite
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Free kite flying displays and workshops ...

Bernicia Creative Summer Fair
Arts and Crafts
With a range of arts, crafts, food and drinks stalls in our marquee and around the courtyard. ...

DFA Montage
Family event
Morpeth
Our 2 hour baby and child first aid classes are suitable for parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, carers, aunts, uncles. ...

OPEN: OCEAN
Family event
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum presents its first open art exhibition, OPEN: OCEAN. ...

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

Fool’s Gold: Stories with Strings
Music & Dance
Fool’s Gold is Steve & Carol Robson, who perform all over the UK in Village Halls, Community spaces Churches and small theatres. ...

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) ...

Space Kids
Family event
A return of one of our most popular holiday time events…for the parents and the young scientists they accompany. ...

Erksine Regiment
Exhibition
The Erskine Regiment interpret and re-enact the life of soldiers of the 1640's - the bishops wars. Montrose's war and the English Civil War. (Included in admission) ...

Farne Islands Wildlife Tour + Camping
Wildlife events
Bellingham
A great 4 nt package holiday including a trip to the Farne Islands - Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site ...

Osprey watch
Wildlife events
Kielder
Join us to observe the beautiful Kielder ospreys. You can see all the action close up through a live camera feed ...

CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Outdoor Event
Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...

THE WILLIAMS EXPEDITION: Rediscovering Antarctica
Family event
Ashington
Discover the story of William Smith, carpenter’s son from Seaton Sluice who built a ship in Blyth and discovered Antarctica. ...

Family Bushcrafts
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 ...

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. ...

Tall Tales Tree Trail
Family event
Morpeth
Follow this fantastical story trail through the woods and discover fascinating facts about the wonderful trees that grow there. ...

 St Abbs Pop Up Market comes to Norham Village Hall
Arts and Crafts
Norham
Traders from the ever popular St Abbs Market are popping up on Easter Saturday in Norham Village Hall ...

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) ...

Mother's Day Sunday Lunch at Alnwick Castle
Food Event
A superb three-course Mother's Day Sunday Lunch to be held in the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle ...

Amble RNLI Coffee Morning
Family event
Amble
Come along to our Coffee Morning this Sunday, 18th February. ...

Morpeth Camera Club Annual Event with Gwen & Phil Charnock,
Talk/Lecture
Morpeth
Phil & Gwen Charnock (both) FRPS MFIAP Presents ‘A Life in Photography’ ...

BEAM REACH BLASTING
Family event
Ashington
BEAM REACH BLASTING chronicles life aboard the Oosterschelde, a three-masted schooner, among crew and trainees on a 500 nautical mile sail ...

Tweed 1000
Heritage Events
Displays and activities illustrating aspects of life and warfare on the Anglo-Scottish border during 600 turbulent years of history. Part of Tweed 1000, a series of events commemorating the 1,000th an ...

The Clarence Household
Family event
The fantastic Clarence Household return for three days of living history, talks and superb demonstrations. (Included in admission) ...

Books and Bugs
Family event
Find out how the House Team prevent the precious collections being destroyed by an army of pesky pets. ...

Katie Doherty
Music & Dance
Felton
Heart - warming songs presented by three award winning folk musicians, led by singer songwriter Katie Doherty ...

Beastly Egg Hunt
Family event
To protect her golden eggs the Bamburgh Beast has hidden them round the castle, can you her help her find them. (Included in admission) ...

Ratty Ramble
Wildlife events
Come and join us for a couple of hours, we’ll talk to you about our project and take you out into the forest to look for signs of our recently released water voles and with lots of crossed finge ...

Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland. Britain’s Most ...

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

Medieval crafts and dressing up
Arts and Crafts
Budding knights and princesses can dress up in medieval finery and meet the squires and ladies of the castle ...

Vintage FC Van
Shows & Displays
Vintage tractors, classic cars and motorbikes are the order of the day at the annual Kielder show. We will also be holding a craft fair within the Kielder Castle ...

Tweed 1000
Exhibition
Colourful exhibition illustrating the turbulent history of Berwick-upon- Tweed and the Tweed Valley from the Battle of Carham in 1018 until the Union of The Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603. ...

Late Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Come and join our inspirational team of astronomers as we observe the darkest of night skies above the internationally renowned Kielder Observatory. ...

Dark Skies Star Gazing
Star gazing events
Discover the beauty of the Dark Skies of Kielder. We’ll start with an introductory indoor session using an amazing software programme that allows you to view all the wonders of the night sky in ...

Wild food foraging day
Guided Walk/Tours
Kielder
On our full day foraging courses you will learn to find and identify seasonal wild foods. In the morning we will explore different habitats for the best wild foods available, from spring greens and su ...

Countryside Festival
Family event
Expect to see a variety of stalls selling local crafts, food and drink; a whole host of get involved activities ...

Indigo & Shibori
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Learn how to make an indigo vat, use simple running stitch, folding & clamping fabric.  Take home a bag & more. ...

Spring Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
Spring flowers, food and floral art exhibits including children's entries. Plants for sale. Trade stands. Refreshments available ...

Eco Printing
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Discover how to ecoprint fabrics & paper with leaves and flowers - ecoprinting allows you to print directly with plants. ...

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

Easter Sunday Lunch

Night Sky Safari
Star gazing events
Come and experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe - the Northumberland International Dar ...

Late Night Explorer
Star gazing events
We are delighted to introduce additional late night events as we observe the very special night skies. ...

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

The Handlebards – A Midsummers Nights Dream
Outdoor Event
Join the Worlds first cycling theatre group as they perform a Shakespeare classic. ...

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 ...

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) ...

Snowdrop Planting week
Outdoor Event
Come and help us plant 100,000 snowdrop bulbs during February half term. ...

Lambing
Outdoor Event
Celebrate the first signs of spring by coming along to see our beautiful new born lambs ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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 ...

Edible wild mushrooms
Wildlife events
There’s a certain amount of fear in Britain about eating wild mushrooms and although we do well to treat them with respect, fungi can be a wonderful source of food and can add a great deal of in ...

Introduction to Creative Writing
Arts and Crafts
Wark
Introduction to Creative Writing - Wark Join Sarah at Wark Town Hall for a 5-week Introduction to Creative Writing. ...

Songs of the Sea
Family event
Ashington
Songs of the Sea ...

Night Safari
Wildlife events
Hunt for the elusive night life of the forest including bats, owls and creepy crawlies of all descriptions. Join professional naturalist, Dress for the weather, strong footwear, midge repellent and a ...

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Shows & Displays
Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside a terrifying mystery and legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective ...

Spring Concert
Music & Dance
A fundraising concert featuring Norham Choir, with soloists, and Julian Bonia on the organ. ...

Alnwick Music Festival
Music & Dance
Alnwick
An 8 day festival of music, song and dance with performances on stage in the Market Place and other venues. ...

Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour at The Playhouse Alnwick
Music & Dance
Alnwick
A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. ...

Bellingham Star Camp
Star gazing events
Bellingham
March Star Camp at Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site ...

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