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
KSY Craft Fairs
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Monthly Craft Fair. Local crafters. Third Sunday of the month. ...

Special spaces - Capturing autumn colour at dusk
Guided Walk/Tours
Cambo
Join Alex, Wallington's senior gardener and property photographer and learn tips and techniques to help you capture the best of the autumn colour and nature in the woods at Wallington. This is the tim ...

Great Exhibition of the North
Exhibition
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre will be taking part in the Great Exhibition of the North, showcasing the art of local artists throughout the summer. ...

In Focus
Wildlife events
Amble
In Focus experts will be on-hand with a range of optical equipment such as telescopes and binoculars allowing you to try before you buy. Free event, drop in any time during the day. ...

Ford Christmas Market
Arts and Crafts
Ford and Etal Estate
This popular market returns in 2018, offering a wide range of stalls selling local and artisan foods, gifts and crafts.  ...

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 ...

Christmas In Corbridge
Family event
Corbridge
Market stalls, late night shopping, street food, carol singing, entertainment and good cheer plus over 80 festive trees filling St Andrew’s Church. ...

Event Poster
Shows & Displays
Stannington
The village of Stannington will be holding a four day Festival of Remembrance which begins at 7pm on Thursday 8th November at St Mary’s Church when Viscount Ridley will officially open the Festi ...

Eileen A Saunders
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe ...

The Alnwick Garden Spooky Walk
Outdoor Event
As the darkness of the night crawled over The Garden a change in the air starts to happen. A once beautiful and enchanted place changes into a hideous zombie infested realm. Are you brave enough ...

young ecologists photo 2
Wildlife events
We are looking for students aged between 13-18 to further their knowledge in the science of ecology with 2 days of study at Kielder Water & Forest Park.  ...

Skyspace
Guided Walk/Tours
Kielder Skyspace guided visits 2018 Join Kielder Curator Peter Sharpe for a guided visit to experience a brand new light show in this unusual artwork by internationally renowned American artist James ...

Jenny Allan
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings and mixed media in the Breakwater Cafe ...

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. ...

Family Events
Family event
Our early evening events are aimed to be fun and interesting to everyone, including families with younger children and for these events we offer reduced family tickets for two adults and two children. ...

North Pennines Observatory - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Book Online
Star gazing events
Allenheads
Join us up at the North Pennines Observatory for a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece, in association with Allenheads Contemporary Arts. This classic sci-fi film was digitally rema ...

Hospice Care Open Gardens 2018
Outdoor Event
Alnwick
A wonderful opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northumberland, All raising funds for local Hospice, HospiceCare North Northumberland. Homemade Teas, live music and plan ...

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

North Pennine Observatory - Pop-up Planetarium at Allendale
Star gazing events
Allendale Town
Join us in Allendale Village Hall for a journey through the universe in our spectacular planetarium dome. This immersive experience will take you to infinity and beyond, touring our solar system befor ...

Etal Live Music - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
The final music event of the year in Etal.  Tickets £12 - please book and pay in advance. Payment by cheque to 22, Etal Village, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4TW or contact as ab ...

Kielder Winter Wonderland
Outdoor Event
Make magical memories to last a lifetime at Kielder Winter Wonderland!   ...

Chris Cleverley at Rothbury Roots
Music & Dance
Rothbury
Chris Cleverley has emerged as a writer, performer and character who defies comparison, delivering a unique re-sculpting of 21st Century folk music. A true enigma of the UK Folk Scene; at times myster ...

X18 Sightseeing
Guided Walk/Tours
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Enjoy the Northumberland Coast with our sightseeing tour. We have teamed up with Northumberland County Council to offer a sightseeing tour of the spectacular coast and countryside on service X18 betw ...

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

Bouquet Workshop with Cream Tea
Arts and Crafts
Alnwick
Discover how to create delicious liqueurs and learn tips and tricks to spice up your spirits in time for Christmas. ...

Morpeth Food and Drink Festival 2018
Food Event
Sixth Annual Morpeth Food and Drink Festival sponsored by Lexus Newcastle - Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018! The festival was launched five years ago and has since grown year on year. Now ...

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 ...

Busker's Night
Music & Dance
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Busker's Nights in the Breakwater Cafe - always popular! ...

YMCA Northumberland Charity Fundraising Dinner
Music & Dance
Ashington
On Saturday 29th September 2018, YMCA Northumberland will be transformed for an evening of live entertainment, races with a twist, fine dining and a fabulous raffle. YMCA has been present and activel ...

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. ...

Special spaces: Dawn Patrol

Introduction to Landscape Photography
Talk/Lecture
This is an adult only workshop, part of the new Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre Adult Workshop Programme, suitable for ages 18+. £35 per person, please book places online. ...

Wag & Company Walk for Wag and Business Walk
Family event
Wag & Company is a registered charity in the North East of England. We enable volunteers and their dogs to befriend older dog lovers who miss the company of a dog. Our annual sponsored dog walks, ...

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. ...

Guided Bird Walks
Guided Walk/Tours
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
One and a half hour guided bird walk leaving from Newbiggin Maritime Centre with local bird guide followed by a scone and tea/coffee in the Breakwater Cafe. £8.50 per person. ...

Bulb Planting
Family event
You can make The Alnwick Garden blooming marvellous by planting bulbs. We need your help to plant 25,000 Jonquila ‘Pueblo’ bulbs in our Cherry Orchard. ...

Open Gardens
Outdoor Event
Ford and Etal Estate
Not usually open to the public, this event offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a peaceful walk through Etal Manor Gardens whilst supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland. ...

'Stones and Structures' Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Alnmouth
The Old School Gallery welcomes artist Judy Appleby for a solo exhibition this September. Judy’s work explores the theme of “stones and structures” with new original acrylic painting ...

Winter Wonderland Birds
Family event
These magical giant birds with their stunning fanned tails are illuminated for a winter wonderland spectacular as a living example of the song lyric from the Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Two Callin ...

Ghost Stories of Woodhorn Museum
Family event
Join professional storyteller Stephen Skelton and enjoy some spine-chilling tales about Woodhorn Museum These special ghost stories are all based on spooky encounters experienced by staff and visitors ...

Highlights Craft Tour 2018
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
a contemporary craft tour bringing together different artists. ...


North Pennine Observatory - The Dark Side of The Universe
Star gazing events
Allenheads
Most of our universe is missing! When we look into the night sky we realise there is much more out there than meets the eye. Our universe is filled with mysterious dark matter, whose gravity provides ...

Open Gardens
Outdoor Event
Ford and Etal Estate
Not usually open to the public, this event offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a peaceful walk through Etal Manor Gardens whilst supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland  Essentially a wo ...

Northumberland Guided Bird Walks.
Guided Walk/Tours
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
...

Open Gardens
Outdoor Event
Ford and Etal Estate
Not usually open to the public, this event offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a peaceful walk through Etal Manor Gardens whilst supporting HospiceCare North Northumberland. ...

Leighton Clark art exhibition
Exhibition
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Digital Manifestations an exhibition of prints and boxes by Leighton Clark ...

North Pennines Observatory - How Old Are You, Really?
Star gazing events
Allenheads
Astronomer and science educator Andy Gray explores how physics and chemistry created biology and how atoms that make up the human body are traceable back to the stars. Followed by stargazing (weather ...

Alan O'Cain art exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings by Alan O'Cain ...

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

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 ...

Claire Cooper Art Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Scar Tissue an exhibition of mixed media ...

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 ...

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 ...

Christmas Fayre
Arts and Crafts
Ford and Etal Estate
The centre is closed in December, however we open specially for the Christmas Market. The whole centre is transformed ready to welcome Santa before he leaves mid afternoon with Merlin pulling his spec ...

Christmas Belles
Family event
Summon the spirit of Christmas past with these charming Christmas Belles. Our joyous duo shimmer scarlet with waving gold ribbons and ring out yuletide chimes of good cheer with syncopated hand ch ...

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

Creatures of the night
Wildlife events
Amble
Join us for a walk after dark this Halloween in search of the creatures that call our reserve home. Learn all about bats and listen to their calls through the bat detector. Weather permitting we will ...

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 ...

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 ...

Halloween At The Alnwick Garden
Family event
The Spooky Trail If you like a good spook come and take a look. Immerse yourself in our Halloween trail around The Garden. The Spook Zone There will be gruesome sights and corpses to behold. En ...

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 ...

Forgotten Garden Adventure Golf
Family event
Once Upon a time in The Alnwick Garden there was a huge shudder and the ground began to move and shake. They called upon ‘the fairest of them all’ to find a solution to the moving ground, but ...

Santa Specials on the Railway
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. Trains run at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, cost £12.00 per person.  ...

Eshott Hall Wedding Open Weekend
Exhibition
Morpeth
Planning your special day? Come and see how you can make our spaces yours. Our doors will be open for all brides and grooms-to-be to explore our beautiful hotel and grounds, meet our team of experienc ...

Wild Weekend - GeNErosity Festival
Wildlife events
Amble
Get closer to nature and drop in for some free wild activities for both adults and children. Try bird bingo, guided walks and talks, plus all the usual trails, bird hides and natural play. Owl pellet ...

North Pennines Observatory - Tame your Telescope
Book Online
Star gazing events
Allenheads
Do you have a telescope that you do not really know how to use? Join us to ‘tame your telescope’ with Gary Lintern and Andy Gray, both experienced astonomers and astrophotographers. ...

ALTERNATIVE & QUIRKY SEATS AT LONGFRAMLINGTON GARDENS

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

Weekend Late Night Event
Star gazing events
Most Fridays and Saturdays in the late slot (approx. midnight-3am, please check website for times) we run our premium weekend events. These run similar to our main evening events but have a reduced nu ...

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 ...

North Pennines - Cloud Chamber Workshop
Star gazing events
Allenheads
Witness beautiful trails made by unseen cosmic particles that are constantly passing through us and our world. A cloud chamber gives us a glimpse into the invisible world of particles produced in the ...

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.  ...

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. ...

Corbridge Food & Drink Festival 2018
Food Event
Corbridge
The first Corbridge Food & Drink Festival promises to be a great event for residents and visitors alike. It includes: Speciality Menus / Tastings / Live Music / Discounts / Demonstrations / The Gr ...

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

Berwick Literary Fest
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick Literary Festival 2018 will combine various events over the 18th-21st October, including; readings, workshops, children's authors, book signings, poetry, education and schools events, mee ...

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

Specialist Events
Talk/Lecture
In response to feedback from guests we have started an exciting new programme of events called “Physics in the Forest. These late night events take place in our new state-of-the-art Gillian Dick ...

The Alnwick Garden Light Show
Family event
The Alnwick Garden has been transformed into a festive delight for the family. Whilst meandering through The Garden at night, enjoy the Christmas lights to truly get you in the Christmas spirit. ...

Pumpkin Trail
Family event
Can you find all the pumpkins that are hiding in the shadowy corners of Woodhorn Museum? Pick up your trail sheet at the Welcome Desk then explore the museum and colliery buildings to try and find all ...

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 ...

Stained Glass Lantern Making
Arts and Crafts
Cramlington
Up cycle an empty glass jar to make a beautiful stained glass lantern to light up the dark nights. All children must be accompanied by an adult. We will be inside, but please dress appropriately for t ...

Larraine Duquemin art exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe ...

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