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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Belsay Horse Trials
Sporting Event
Belsay
Belsay Horse Trials is organised by Laura and Peter de Wesselow, who live at Belsay and represent the current generation of the Middleton family, alongside a committee of volunteers. Eventing is one o ...

Bird Watching Basics
Wildlife events
Amble
This workshop is designed for complete beginners who want an introduction to birds and bird watching.Starting in the classroom we discuss bird families, terminology, tips for birding in different habi ...

Willowcraft for the Garden
Workshops
Hexham
Make your own willow wigwam plant trainer with willow weaver Ruth Thompson ...

Medieval Siege: Castle Under Attack
Family event
Learn how to successfully storm Northumberland’s finest fortress with a variety of historical artillery at your disposal.  ...

Transmittens
Arts and Crafts
Make your own set of mittens embellished with sensors which let you hear the micro landscape all around you. Hands on workshop with textile artist Lindsay Duncanson ...

Make a rustic wooden stool
Workshops
Hexham
Using traditional hand tools and locally sourced ash. Expertly led by green wood-worker Maurice Pyle ...

A Night Safari at Kielder Castle
Wildlife events
Hunt for the elusive night life of the forest including bats, owls and creepy crawlies of all descriptions. Join professional naturalist, Bruce Ferguson, on a night time expedition in search of some o ...

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Gran Partita
Music & Dance
Hexham
A showcase for RNS' complete wind section plus guests, directed by Steven Hudson (oboe), focussing on Mozart's 'Gran Partita', famously featured in the Oscar-winning blockbuster 'Amadeus'. Programme a ...

Mini Keeper Experience - February Half Term Fun
Family event
Morpeth
Do you know an animal mad 7-14 year old who would love a hands on experience with us? Bookings are now open for our Mini Keeper Experiences, running throughout February Half Term. Sessions start at 9a ...

Burns Night at Alnwick Castle
Food Event
Don’t miss the popular Alnwick Castle Burns Night Supper at The Sanctuary, Alnwick Castle’s extra special ‘occasional’ restaurant. This year, the event is held on the exact dat ...

Medieval Music by Trouvere Minstrels
Music & Dance
Discover soothing entertainment of a medieval style, amidst the spectacular setting of one of Northumberland’s, as well as England’s, finest castles. ...

Birds of Prey
Shows & Displays
Witness an exceptional display of medieval falconry, worthy of entertaining the old Earls of Northumberland, from two of the country’s finest historical falconers. ...

Easter at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Witness spellbinding sorcery, astonishing experiments and hilarious theatrics this Easter at Alnwick Castle.  ...

Longbow Demonstrations
Family event
Observe incredible feats of skill during our live-action longbow demonstrations, with the entertaining master archer Andy Rice. Often the weapon that determined the outcome of many of medieval England ...

Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour Comes to Queen's Hall, Hexham
Music & Dance
Hexham
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours ...

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Wildlife events
Meeting in front of Kielder Castle at 09.00, this is an easy walk on forest tracks, with frequent stops to scan for displaying goshawks and other raptors. The walk finishes at about 14.00. ...

Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom: The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
By The Sea ‘I started early, took my dog And visited the sea’ From By the Sea. Emily Dickinson Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been living together with their four children on t ...

Go Stargazing
Star gazing events
Hexham
An observational session (weather permitting) and talk about the solar system and the Universe. ...

February Half Term Fun
Family event
Morpeth
Looking for something to keep the kids entertained this February Half Term? We have a jam packed schedule of fun planned for the whole family to enjoy - whatever the weather!!!! Mini Keeper Experience ...

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. ...

Kielder 26 MIle Sponsored Bike Ride
Cycling events
Take part in an exhilarating 26 mile sponsored bike ride around the breath-taking shoreline of Kielder Water and raise money to help give a disabled person a life changing experience. Enjoy a fantasti ...

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

Art Exhibition
Exhibition
Amble
Framed prints, gifts and original oil paintings on wood all finished in bespoke solid wood frames. Stags, hares, owls, foxes, squirrels and other wildlife available. Artist, Diane Patterson, will be a ...

Josh Smith.... From Los Angeles to Ashington...
Music & Dance
It’s a warm welcome to Ashington for Josh Smith, the internationally recognised, fast-rising and outstanding US Blues Artist, singer & songwriter and masterful guitarist. Josh will be perfo ...

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. ...

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Workshops
Hexham
A 2 day workshop with printer Carol Nunan to produce your own art works responding the the landscape around The Sill and the dark skies above ...

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Cycling events
Deep winter 24 hour mountain bike race for the less sane of mind. Solo, pairs or quads. ...

Osprey 12 MTB Race
Sporting Event
12 hour mountain bike race on the blue Osprey trail. Solo or pairs. ...

Dark Skies Disco with Chalk
Shows & Displays
Hexham
Chalk take you on an intergalactic journey. The building yard will be open for you to craft rockets, design and make headwear and create moon projections set to a soundtrack. ...

Peterkin the Jester
Family event
Experience fun filled family entertainment, fit for the aristocracy of Northumberland, with our resident jester’s hilarious blend of medieval comedy, magic and occasional mischief! Whether wobbl ...

Celebrate Northumberland Day 2019
Family event
Langley-on-Tyne
Northumberland Day is an initiative which was launched and championed by Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on- Tyne, and which was realised thanks to the support of passionate Northumbri ...

Essential Bushcraft Skills
Workshops
An introduction to the basics for survival with top northern bushcraft teacher, Bruce Ferguson, with over 30 years bushcraft experience: shelter, fire, food and water. ...

Faustus 'Cotton Lords' Tour comes to Sharper than Folk at Stocksfield Community Centre
Music & Dance
Stocksfield
FAUSTUS are delighted to announce their second UK ‘Cotton Lords’ Tour, during which they will be presenting their brand new EP of tracks from the ongoing Cotton Famine Poetry project. ...

An exhibition of paintings by Carole Hall
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during January 2019 ...

Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
The Kielder 4×4 Safari is an off road adventure driving your own 4x4 on the tracks and trails of Kielder Forest. Kielder 4×4 Safari is an event based in Northumberland, the event exists to ...

An exhibition of paintings by Sarah O'Dowd
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during March 2019 ...

1919 Peace Celebration
Outdoor Event
Join Alnwick Castle for our centenary commemoration, celebrating the enactment of the Treaty of Versailles which officially brought an end to WWI.  ...

Riding of the Bounds
Outdoor Event
Riding of the Bounds is a traditional ride-out of the boundaries of Berwick, to keep them known to the Scottish and the English. ...

The Dirty Reiver
Cycling events
  The UK's biggest Gravel Cycle Event with distances from 200km - 65km. Open to all off-road bikes, though we do recommend a Gravel Style Bike and a new E-Bike category This iconic event, now in ...

Fighting Knights
Family event
Hear Alnwick Castle’s wall ring once again with the sounds of clashing steel in this gripping performance of epic proportions. Witness the drama, pageantry and passion as two armoured knights in ...

Knight School
Family event
Join Northumberland’s finest medieval knights for a fascinating armoury demonstration, with the opportunity to handle their armour first-hand, or stumble upon a medieval princess and learn what ...

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 ...

Transmittens
Workshops
Hexham
Make your own set of mittens embellished with sensors which will let you hear the micro landscape all around you. Hands on workshop with textile artist Lindsay Duncanson. ...

An exhibition of paintings by Karen Thompson
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during May 2019 ...

Starry-eyed Valentines Dinner
Star gazing events
Hexham
Enjoy a romantic meal at the Cafe at The Sill before gazing into the heavens and stars above. ...

Potter Inspired Characters
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes, summon your favourite wand and come meet the characters likened to those from the magical world of Harry Potter. ...

An exhibition of paintings by Adrian Morley
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during February 2019 ...

Mythical Beasts with Chalk
Shows & Displays
Hexham
Let your imaginations run wild as you create your very own mythical beast! Explore the woodland for inspriations and materials, then delve into the Chalk invention box and get creating. For little one ...

Jane Kell at The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
Jane Kell started painting in 2010 and is essentially untrained although both her parents are painters and she admits that growing up she must have absorbed something more than just the smell of turps ...

Winter Photography
Arts and Crafts
Amble
Join professional landscape photographer Jason Friend and learn how to get the most out of your equipment. Any level of experience and any type of photography equipment welcome. This workshop involves ...

Kielder Vintage and Classic Vehicle Show
Shows & Displays
There will be an amazing display of vintage vehicles at Kielder Castle: cars, motorbikes, tractors, buses and more! Visit the craft fair in the castle to browse for unusual handmade gifts. Grab a bite ...

Photo Trail
Family event
Cramlington
Self-led photo trail starting from the visitor centre. Match the photo to the places as you walk through the woodland and get a prize for solving the puzzle at the end! £3 per child. ...

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. Mu ...

Kielder MTB Marathon
Cycling events
50 mile sportive or 100 mtb race using the trails around Kielder ...

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 ...

Ariel Posen at The Whitehouse in Ashington
Music & Dance
It’s a warm welcome back to Ashington for Ariel Posen, singer & songwriter, masterful Internationally-renowned guitarist, solo artist and member of the fast-rising and much-lauded Juno Award ...

The Percy Past Trail
Family event
Explore the grounds of Alnwick Castle and stumble upon some extraordinary and formidable figures of days gone by. ...

An exhibition of paintings by Jean Duffitt
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during June 2019 ...

Aurora Watch
Star gazing events
Hexham
An exploration into auroras, how to become aware of them and how to photograph them. ...

Great Big Pop Up Shop Scout Fund Raiser
Family event
Great Big Pop Shop North Northumberland Scouts Fundraiser All sorts of stands and stalls including Teas Coffees and cakes Tombola Raffle and crafts. ...

Felton Fair
Shows & Displays
Felton
A traditional Village Fair with something for everyone. ...

Corn Shacks @ Mr Tighe's
Music & Dance
Blyth
The Corn Shacks, The Northern Railroad Collective & Buffalo Trace live at Mr Tighe's ...

The Art of Dressage
Family event
Witness an exquisite display of beautifully maintained horses, demonstrating the movements, airs and graces, that have made dressage as we know it today! Experience the art of dressage being brought ...

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 ...

Coal Forest art trail opens at Woodhorn Museum
Exhibition
Coal Forest sees magical art installations pop up throughout Woodhorn Museum and its colliery heritage buildings from Saturday 27 October 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019. Accompanied by a six-month ...

Main Evening Event
Star gazing events
Spend an evening at the Kielder Observatory with a team of experienced astronomers and we will share with you the wonders of the Universe. We are located in the heart of the Dark Sky Park and our fant ...

A Day of Mindfulness
Talk/Lecture
Amble
Whether you are new to mindfulness meditation and just want to dip your toe in, or have some prior experience, you will find these days calming and energising. Led by Michael Atkinson, Director of Sch ...

Make a Rustic Stool
Arts and Crafts
Using traditional hand tools and locally sourced ash. Make the legs then seat. Expertly led by green wood workier Maurice Pyle. Beginners welcome. ...

Percy Tenantry Volunteers
Family event
Witness history in action with Northumberland’s finest local volunteer artillery regiment! Observe thrilling live firing displays and military drill re-enactments, performed by the Duke of North ...

Space Marvels
Star gazing events
Hexham
An observational session (weather permitting) with a talk on space exploration, the international space station and the Hubble telescope. ...

Andrew Gray Exhibition - The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
Born and bred Northumbrian landscape photographer with a difference! Combining the love of history and mythology, creating abstract and impressionist works using a camera as if it were a brush. Andy ...

Medieval Camp
Family event
Explore a band of merry peasants bustling medieval encampment and take the opportunity to handle artefacts of authentic origin. Discover Rosa Mundi’s extensive variety of fascinating medieval s ...

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 ...

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.  ...

Prang
Exhibition
Alnmouth
Prang - Friday 15th February until 29th March 2019 Join us at the Old School Gallery for the first exhibition for 2019. It's a collision of two artists who have similar aesthetic starting points and ...

Lewis Burn 8
Cycling events
New for 2019 is the Lewis Burn 8.  This 8 hour race is based on the delightful Lewis Burn trail on the south shore of Kielder reservoir.  The loop will be just under 9 miles long with plenty ...

Family bushcrafts
Family 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. You’re going to eat so you’ll build and light your ...

Wizarding Week
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes and join our resident wizarding professors for some magical mayhem! ...

An exhibition of paintings by Ashington Art Group
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe during April 2019 ...

Lego Tyne and Wear Metro
Arts and Crafts
The Lego workshops are in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of 1st Lord Armstrong purchasing Bamburgh Castle so what better way to celebrate inventing and creating than to be let loose with Lego. ...

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 Dic ...

Live Firing Drill
Shows & Displays
Witness a spectacular display of military grade firing demonstrations, performed in the shadow of the majestic Alnwick Castle! ...

Go Stargazing
Star gazing events
Hexham
An observational session (weather pemitting) and a talk about the solar system and the universe. ...

7th Edition of International Conference on  Pain Management
Ceremony
We are inviting you to attend our “7th Edition of International Conference on Pain Management” which is scheduled t held at Rome, Italy on March 25-26, 2019. Pain Management 2019 spreads a ...

Jousting Knights
Family event
Attend one of Northumberland’s most thrilling spectacles as armoured knights engage in full combat on horseback. Witness the drama and pageantry as masterful knights and their trusty steeds batt ...

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2019
Outdoor Event
Haltwhistle
A ten day festival with 25 guided walks. Haltwhistle is at the heart of the festival, but walks are in a wide area around about, including the Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines AONB and ...

Birds 'r' Brill
Family event
Our Rangers will help you make your own binoculars and then help you spot some birds with them. You'll even get the chance to make your own bird box to take home with you.(extra charge for bird box). ...

Joe Williams: An Otley Run - Book launch, poetry and comedy
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
A lot can happen in fifteen pubs. A young man sits alone in Woodies, waiting for his friends. It’s the same day as Sarah’s hen party. They’re all doing the Otley Run pub crawl. Will ...

Medieval Alchemist
Family event
Discover mysterious medicines, peculiar concoctions and bizarre apparatus with Dr John Green, the most celebrated medieval alchemist in the entire land (allegedly…)! ...

Jesting With Zooted
Family event
Experience fun filled family entertainment, suitable for aristocracy of Northumberland, with this eccentric duo’s side-splitting theatrical performance of visual and verbal comedy!  ...

Artisans Market
Family event
Enter Northumberland’s most bustling medieval marketplace and take the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the country’s most skilful artisans! ...

Dark Skies Disco with Chalk
Family event
Prepare for list off as Chalk take you on an intergalactic journey. The building yard will be open for you to craft rockets, design and make your own headwear and create moon projections set to a soun ...

Make a Rustic Wooden Stool
Workshops
Hexham
Using traditional hand tools and locally sourced ash for the legs, and hardwood for the seat. Led by green woodworker Maurice Pyle ...

Willowcraft for the Garden
Arts and Crafts
Make your own willow wigwam plant trainer with willow weaver Ruth Thompson. ...

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