Summer lovin'...havin' some fun

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Visitors to Northumberland are spoilt for choice in Summer, with an abundance of attractions and activities to choose from. Stay beside the seaside and explore miles of golden sandy beaches, enjoy fantastic freshly caught seafood and take in the unrivalled vistas that only the Northumberland Coast offers; visit Bamburgh Beach where you can see Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and the Farne Islands from one spot.

Venture inland and discover a multitude of walking, cycling and sightseeing opportunities. Take a guided walk through the Northumberland National Park, uncover the rugged beauty of the North Pennines , made more accessible with the E-bike hire scheme, or delve into the epic history surrounding Hadrian’s Wall. A vastly varied events programme can make your summer holiday even more memorable.

Keep an eye on our events guide below to see what's happening in Northumberland this Summer.

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  • Type: Event
  • Category group: , Wildlife Events, Tour Guides, Sporting Event, Shows & Displays, Outdoor Event, Music & Dance, Family, Cycling Event
  • Start date: 01/06/2018
  • End date: 30/09/2018
  • Type(s): Events
Highway Rat
Outdoor Event
Walking Trail with additional features for all the family, look out for the Gruffalo characters along the way. ...

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

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

Pitmen Painters Unseen
Exhibition
Ashington
A super collection of paintings by the celebrated Ashington Group (Pitmen Painters) many of which have never been on public display.  ...

Narbi Price taken by Colin Davison
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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’) ...

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

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

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

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) ...

The Dough Zone
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Join the Dough Zone... young bakers are invited to come along to Heatherslaw Mill most Mondays to Wednesdays in the summer holidays and practice their skills!  ...

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. ...

The Dough Zone
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Join the Dough Zone... young bakers are invited to come along to Heatherslaw Mill most Mondays to Wednesdays in the summer holidays and practice their skills!  ...

The Dough Zone
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Join the Dough Zone... young bakers are invited to come along to Heatherslaw Mill most Mondays to Wednesdays in the summer holidays and practice their skills!  ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Activites
Wildlife events
Summer family craft and wildlife activities run throughout Kielder by the Osprey Watch team. ...

Pipistrelle Bat -Taken By Amy Lewis
Wildlife events
A guided walk through Bakethin Nature Reserve listening to bat echolocation calls on bat detectors and learning about their unique ecology and behaviour   Photo image credit goes to Amy Lewis ...

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

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 ...

Art Exhibition
Exhibition
Chillingham Castle is proud to be showing the art of 5 very collectable Scottish artists. ...

Sandcastle building workshops
Family event
Get beach ready and join us for a fun and inspiring family master-class in sandcastle building with the sand sculpture experts Sand in Your Eye. All age groups, whatever your skill level are welcome. ...

Glendale Family Fun Day
Outdoor Event
Wooler
A free afternoon of family fun from noon till 4pm with sporting activities including football, goal shoot outs, netball shoot out, bowling, tennis and boxing demos; craft tent, face painting, bouncy c ...

How to be a Roman Soldier
Events
Enjoy a heart-thumping contest of skill as two teams of Roman soldiers fight to fend off their foe. With muscle and mastery they'll exchange blows with swords and shields and showcase their prowess at ...

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 ...

INVASION IX
Family event
Ashington
Enjoy an out-of-this-world experience. The North East's biggest sci-fi/cosplay event attracting fans and costumed characters from the region and outer space for a day of fun and games, a sci-fair and ...

Sill Sunday Grassblade Jungle
Family event
Bardon Mill
Discover mini-beasts with our Ranger at The Sill. ...

The Music and Dances of Northumbria
Music & Dance
Alnwick
The Alnwick Garden comes alive with the music and dances of Northumbria. A musical day out for all the family – Explore the beauty of the gardens whilst learning about Northumberland’s own ...

Eshott Hall Wedding Open Day
Shows & Displays
Morpeth
Planning your special day? Come and see how you can make our spaces yours. Our doors will be open on Sunday 22nd July, from 12 noon to 4pm for all brides and grooms-to-be to explore our beautiful hote ...

Pigeon Crees
Exhibition
Ashington
Pitmen Painters Inspired Summer Fun at Woodhorn Museum This summer Woodhorn Museum is running a fabulous programme of exhibitions and family fun focusing on the famous Ashington Group or as they are ...

Pop-Up Ashington Group Hut
Exhibition
Ashington
Have a go at making art in our Pop-Up Ashington Group Hut inspired by the famous Pitmen Painters.  ...

Free Beginner's Comedy Improv workshop for anyone over the age of 50.
Music & Dance
Wylam
Discover the joyful art of improv comedy in this free taster workshop for over 50s, organised by the Royal Voluntary Service, as part of the 'First Time for Everything’ campaign in partnership w ...

The Creepy Crawlies Show
Shows & Displays
Meet and earn all about some wonderful creepy crawlies and if you feel brave enough youo can even hold them ...

Nordic Summer Nights
Music & Dance
Let Royal Northern Sinfonia transport you to the land of the midnight sun and immerse yourself in the toe-tapping dance rhythms, evocative sounds of nature and wonderful string writing of Nordic music ...

Minecraft on the Wall
Family event
Bardon Mill
Build a virtual Hadrian's Wall with Electro Cat Studios using Raspberry Pi. Children 7-16 £6.00 pp ...

Revealing the Roof The Sill
Family event
Revealing The Sill's Whin Sill grassland roof with the Park's Ecologist. ...

Lunar Eclipse The Sill
Family event
An evening session to see the lunar eclipse. If bad weather a talk on the solar system. 8pm to 10.30pm. ...

A Once A Year Opportunity With A Unique Herd
Family event
Discover the Undiscovered and Roam the Secret History of the Chillingham Wild Cattle The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA) are proud to announce their 2018 Wild Cattle Open Day, a special opp ...

Birds of Prey Demostrations
Shows & Displays
Kielder Water Birds of Prey has one of the largest collections of Birds in the North of England.\r\nEnjoy a demonstration by a selection of the birds at Calvert Kielder ...

Matt Cardle
Music & Dance
Bedlington
Matt Cardle is coming to Gallagher Park Bedlington! Free event for all the family ...

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

Fool's Week
Family event
Whether balancing on stilts, sword-juggling or fire-eating, our resident fools Zooted and Devilstick Peat will have you thoroughly amused with their unabashed tomfoolery! Experience fun-filled family ...

Aventure Awaits at Derwent Waterside Park
Family event
Consett
This summer families can discover the great outdoors at Derwent Waterside Park. During the second week of the school summer holidays the park is inviting families to come along and enjoy a range of fr ...

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Nordic Summer Nights
Music & Dance
Hexham
Let Royal Northern Sinfonia transport you to the land of the midnight sun and immerse yourself in the toe-tapping dance rhythms, evocative sounds of nature and wonderful string writing of Nordic music ...

Castle and Keep
Family event
Join our costumed master medieval falconers, Raphael Falconry at Warkworth Castle in Northumberland and be wowed by demonstrations of the Sport of Kings. Witness spectacular aerial displays of birds o ...

Owl pellet dissection
Wildlife events
Amble
Fancy something a bit different to entertain the kids this summer holiday? Have a go at dissecting an owl pellet and find out what our barn owls had for lunch. 1 hour sessions. £3 per child. Sui ...

Summer Holiday Wildlife Fun
Wildlife events
Amble
Join us this summer holiday for outdoor, wildlife fun. We have lots of great activties to get children aged 5-12 up close and involved with nature, including mini beast hunts, small mammal walks, bird ...

Minibeast safari
Wildlife events
Cramlington
Come and explore which minibeasts live in the woodland of Northumberlandia. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for walking on woodland floor. £2 per child. Our drop-in events can ...

Owl pellet dissection
Wildlife events
Amble
Fancy something a bit different to entertain the kids this summer holiday? Have a go at dissecting an owl pellet and find out what our barn owls had for lunch. 1 hour sessions. £3 per child. Sui ...

Into The Fields Music Festival Nr Morpeth
Music & Dance
Morpeth
Set The Scene is proud to announce Into The Fields. A new intimate, family friendly and inclusive two day festival which offers a blend of world, roots and contemporary music and art. This creative un ...

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Nordic Summer Nights
Music & Dance
Let Royal Northern Sinfonia transport you to the land of the midnight sun and immerse yourself in the toe-tapping dance rhythms, evocative sounds of nature and wonderful string writing of Nordic music ...

Nordic Summer Nights
Music & Dance
Let Royal Northern Sinfonia transport you to the land of the midnight sun and immerse yourself in the toe-tapping dance rhythms, evocative sounds of nature and wonderful string writing of Nordic music ...

Knight's Week
Family event
Transport yourself back to an age when chivalry was the order of the day and knights fought valiantly to defend their honour. Hear the medieval walls ring once again with the sounds of clashing steel. ...

Redcoats
Family event
The Redcoats have returned to Berwick Barracks in Northumberland this weekend for a spectacular display of military prowess!  ...

Merle Yurt amoungst woods and fells
Family event
Join Wild Intrigue Expedition guides Heather Devey and Cain Scrimgeour for an evening at Wild Northumbrian, Thorneyburn. Immersed in a beautiful landscape, we will create delicious stone bake pizzas, ...

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. ...

Den Building
Family event
Cramlington
Challenge yourself and friends to construct a den in the woods to shelter you from the natural elements! Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for walking on woodland floor. Our drop-in e ...

Pirate and Princess Day
Family event
Cramlington
Shiver me timbers! Manor Walks and Concordia Leisure Centre are welcoming visitors to enjoy a day of family fun, at its annual Pirate and Princess Day.  ...

Medieval Life Week
Family event
Alnwick
An entertaining cast of characters shows you what life was really like in the middle ages, from skilled artisans and expert falconers to artful jesters and a frankly inexplicable alchemist! ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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

The HandleBards - Twelfth Night
Outdoor Event
The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the ...

Coquetfest
Family event
It's the festival where you meet your new best friends, where you see your new favourite band, where the sun rises over the sea and sets on the lake. It's getting up early and walking through the wood ...

Bluebella Music Festival
Outdoor Event
Belford
The first ever Bluebella Music Festival takes place at The Blue Bell Hotel in Belford on Saturday 18th August. The event starts at 2pm and with free entry and it promises to be a unique, acoustic, mus ...

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 ...

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 ...

Storytelling week
Family event
The stage is set! The audience gathered! The Alnwick Castle Performers Guild return with delightful stories and enchanting plays that are sure to astound, amuse and amaze! Our in-house theatre perform ...

Birdoswald section of the wall
Family event
Get to grips with the art of kite making in this spectacular setting.  Try it out in the family flying area, where we'll also give you some top tips on making it soar. ...

Clash of Knights
Events
Feel the heat of this fiery contest as rival knights show their prowess at archery and swordsmanship. Brandishing blades and bows they'll face each other in a test of strength and skill. Explore the m ...

LANDERMASON at THE BREWERY SESSIONS
Music & Dance
Bardon Mill
Join acclaimed folk, roots, jazz duo Landermason for a varied evening of songs and tunes plus lots of banter too! Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, percussion) and ...

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

Bellingham Show
Family event
Bellingham
A perfect day out for all the family in the heart of the Northumberland countryside. ...

Bywell Horse Driving Trial
Sporting Event
Corbridge
Competition Carriage Driving. ...

Newbiggin Festival
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Lots of different activities happening over the Bank Holiday weekend including Dolphin Watch, Fantastic Beasts display, live music and creative workshops (some activities may incur a small charge). ...

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 ...

Wizarding Week
Family event
Put on your best robes and join our resident wizarding professors for a week of magical mayhem! ...

Lindisfarne Festival Lineup 2018
Music & Dance
Beal
The ultimate end-of-summer party festival on the spectacular Northumberland coast - overlooking Holy Island!  **150+ acts over 9 unique stages** Live Music • DJs til 4am • BBC Introduci ...

Mind of Kennedy
Family event
Newton-by-the-Sea
You are invited to an exclusive evening unlike anything you've ever seen. After a delectable 4-course dinner, you will be joined by one of the most in- demand and sought after dinner entertainers in t ...

Etal Horticultural Show
Shows & Displays
Ford and Etal Estate
September marks the annual Etal Show, one of the oldest small village shows in the county to be still thriving and flourishing, and nowadays so much more than a horticultural show. Known locally as ju ...

Belford
Exhibition
Belford
To celebrate Heritage open weekend, Belford Museum will tell the story of the "High Street" and the story of Elders of Berwick. ...

Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival (BAAFEST)
Music & Dance
Bellingham
A superb weekend of live music set in the North Tyne Valley. Three covered stages with seating, two real ale bars, workshops, stalls, ceilidh and great food! Additional concerts on the Thursday and Fr ...

Berwick cockles
Talk/Lecture
Belford
Cameron Robertson will tell the fascinating story of the making of Berwick Cockles. ...

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.  ...

Live Music - Anthony John Clarke
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
Live Music at Etal Village Hall.Please book tickets in advance. Contact for details. Doors open 7.30.pm; music begins at 8.00pm. Bar on site. ...

Audience
Festival
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the art of film, set in the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. ...

Morpeth VIP Gin Experience
Book Online
Food Event
Morpeth
Three course street food with a premium gin flight, featuring six exclusive gins, and tonics, served with food. Leading distillery masterclass, cocktail making session, live music and a bar featuring ...

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. ...

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 ...

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