Step into Northumberland throughout Spring

Whilst Northumberland is beautiful in all weathers at any time of the year, Northumberland really does blossom in the Spring.

Prepare to get back to nature with England’s most tranquil National Park, the largest reservoir in Northern Europe, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many Nature Reserves just waiting to be explored. You'll see the Ospreys returning to Kielder Water & Forest Park, discover rare Black Grouse in the heather moorland of the North Pennines AONB, and find freshly-hatched Pufflings on Coquet Island and the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast.

Our gardens excel themselves in spring, bursting into life after the long winter. Howick Hall Garden & Arboretum is a gardener's paradise, with the grounds packed full of daffodils from March. The Alnwick Garden is open all year round, with events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival showcasing the delights of the new season.

Many of Northumberland’s heritage sites, halls and castles have stunning gardens. Explore the extensive grounds at Cragside, whose Rhododendron display is legendary. Marvel at the microclimate of The Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, home to a vast array of exotic plans and trees usually found across the globe.

Springtime also benefits from two Bank Holidays in May. Take advantage of this free time and make sure a visit to Northumberland in spring is on your to-do list.

Keep an eye on our events guide below to see what's on this spring.

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  • Category group: , Wildlife Events, Talk/Lecture, Star Gazing Events, Sporting Event, Shows & Displays, Outdoor Event, Music & Dance, Guided Walk/Tours, Food Event, Family, Exhibition, Cycling Event, Ceremony, Arts and Crafts
  • Start date: 01/03/2018
  • End date: 20/06/2018
  • Type(s): Events
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. ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Out of this world fun at Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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’) ...

Pop up Market with St Abbs Traders
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Now 'regulars' in the Ford & Etal calendar, the St Abbs market traders are returning to Etal this season.   ...

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 ...

CURATOR LED ART 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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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) ...

Cupcake decorating
Arts and Crafts
Alnwick
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 ...

Pitmen Painters Unseen
Exhibition
Ashington
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 ...

Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
Amble
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 ...

The Alnwick Joust

RABC Push The Boat Out 2018
Outdoor Event
Alnmouth
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 ...

The Ashington Paintings
Exhibition
Ashington
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 ...

Zoolab Animal encounters
Events
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 ...

Chesters from the air
Events
Brampton
Birdoswald Roman Fort                               ...

Castle and Keep
Events
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! ...

Outside Lindisfarne Priory
Events
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 ...

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

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) ...

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

Rothbury Street Fair
Outdoor Event
Rothbury
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! ...

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 ...

Bats at Hauxley
Wildlife events
What are bats up to at this time of the year? Learn all about bats and listen to their calls on a bat detector as we walk around the reserve in search of these fascinating creatures. This is an outdoo ...

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

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 ...

Chippendale 300 Exhibition 'The Paxton Style: Neat & Substantially Good'
Exhibition
Berwick-upon-Tweed
To celebrate the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale's birth, Chippendale 300 is a nationwide celebration of events inspired by the life, work and legacy of Thomas Chippendale, the most famous and infl ...

Grade II* Listed Silo Tower
Guided Walk/Tours
Rothbury
SPECIAL FREE SUMMER OPEN DAY: Visit Cragend Farm and explore the Victorian farm designed and created by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. ...

June Open Evening
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
Explore our gorgeous rooms and stroll our beautiful grounds with a chilled glass of fizz in hand. Expect the warmest of welcomes from our friendly team and experience just how inspirational a summer's ...

Flower Arranging Workshop
Arts and Crafts
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Do you want to create your own stunning Summer floral basket? Maybe you want to further your knowledge on how to create presentations like a professional. Or maybe you want to spend the morning with a ...

Explore Northumberlandia
Wildlife events
Join Matthew Fitch on a guided walk around Northumberlandia. Learn about the wildlife and the site whilst enjoying the fresh air and benefits of walking. Includes tea or coffee in the cafe. All welcom ...

Picnic
Family event
Ashington
Celebrate the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2018: a fun, family day out rooted in local heritage reimagined with a contemporary twist! ...

Classic car rally
Sporting Event
Matfen
Classic car navigational rally at High House Farm Brewery - Shaw Trophy Targa Rally. ...

The Glendale Gatherer
Family event
Wooler
The Wooler Cycle Hub in association with Northumberland National Park Authority present The Glendale Gatherer.  Suitable for the whole family. ...

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 ...

The Tempest
Shows & Displays
Hexham
Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ musical, Sci-fi adaptation. From the company who brought you the “bonkers and brilliant” Rome ...

Beatlemania
Music & Dance
Hexham
Performing all the greatest hits of the band who changed history, this is the ultimate Beatles Experience, a non-stop Beatles party with over forty songs from ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘Le t I ...

Summer Wildlife Trail
Wildlife events
As part of the 'Big Wild Weekend' drop-in to the centre to collect your trail sheet which will lead you on the self-led 'summer trail' around the woodland. Collect answers to questions along the way. ...

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

Concert of traditional music from Northumberland and beyond
Music & Dance
Craster
A friendly and informal concert of music and song, featuring Andy Watchorn (Northumbrian smallpipes, Swedish pipes and guitar) and Margaret Watchorn (fiddle, voice, hummelchen and nyckelharpa).  ...

Discovering the Wildflowers of Druridge Bay
Book Online
Outdoor Event
Amble
Join us for a 10 kilometer guided walk along the Druridge Bay from Cresswell Pond to Hauxley in search of wildflowers. Includes a visit to the Orchid Field at our East Chevington Reserve (normally clo ...

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