What's on in Northumberland

Where else can you find a puffin festival, international music events and a cavalcade of 150 horses and riders setting off to ‘ride the bounds’, but in Northumberland?

2018 marks 1000 years since the Battle of Carham, a fight between the Kingdoms of Scotland and Northumbria in which it is believed that the River Tweed was determined as the border between Scotland and England. The battle is being commemorated by a living history and re-enactment weekend at Carham on the 7th and 8th July. In 1958 the Northumberland Coast was announced as the second place in the UK to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). To commemorate the past sixty years the Northumberland Coast AONB will be hosting a series of events throughout the summer.

From music festivals to agricultural shows celebrating rural life, Northumberland plays host to a host of events throughout the year.

Food festivals offering a smorgasbord of fine local produce to tuck into take place at Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Blyth and Hexham

If you are feeling active, put your best foot forward at one of Northumberland’s walking festivals, join one of Northumberland National Parks voluntary rangers on a patrol walk along Hadrian’s Wall or enjoy one of Northumberland’s many circular routes with the knowledge of an expert guide.

Whether you are an avid astronomer or a novice star gazer you will enjoy a star studded show in Europes largest International Dark Sky Park with events throughout Autumn and Winter.

Northumberland has a proud heritage which is celebrated through events including the Allendale Tar Bar'l on New Years Eve, where local men carry whiskey barrels filled with burning tar on their heads through the town, the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering and the Northumberland Miners Picnic at Woodhorn Museum.

Get the family together and go Wild at Kielder for a weekend of exploration in nature during the early May Bank Holiday.

English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park run events and activities throughout the year.

Whatever your age or interest there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy in Northumberland. Browse our events listings for more information.

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