Northumberland Events Guide

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?

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

Food festivals with celebrity chefs and a smorgasbord of fine local produce to tuck into take place at Berwick, Alnwick and Tynedale. Discover walking festivals to strike out upon in Haltwhistle, Rothbury and Berwick.

There are events ranging from the downright bizarre, like Allendale’s Tar Bar’l where costumed men celebrate New Year by carrying flaming barrels of tar on their heads; to events to learn new skills, like star gazing into Northumberland’s darkest skies at Kielder Observatory.

English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland National Park run events and activities throughout the year. Visit their websites for more details or browse our events listings for more information.

Whatever your age or interest there are plenty of events for everyone to enjoy in Northumberland.

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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 ...

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 ...

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

Santa's Arrival at Berwick Garden Centre
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Welcome Santa to Berwick Garden Centre! Arrive for 10.15am for a MAGICal surprise from Damo and Marvo before meeting Santa at 11am. Visit Santa every Saturday & Sunday 11-4pm, until Christmas. Las ...

Glamping in magical woods
Family event
Hexham
Be transported away from the hustle and bustle of everyday, stressful life for a weekend of outdoor crafty glamping in magical woodland at Langley, near Hexham. Our Crafty Glamper weekends incorporate ...

Introduction to owls and owl pellets,
Wildlife events
Amble
This workshop covers the owls of the UK, their identification, biology and ecology followed by a session on owl pellet dissection where we will learn how to identify and record the contents of a pelle ...

Jack and the Beanstalk
Family event
Seaton Delaval
Our hero Jack, his mother Dame Trott and his brother Simon haven’t a bean to their name! Their friendly cow Daisy has gone dry and worse still the village is being destroyed by the evil giant Bl ...

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 ...

The Alnwick Garden Trust: The Philanthropy that Built The Alnwick Garden
Exhibition
A small exhibition will be displayed in the Atrium at The Alnwick Garden to celebrate the contributions from the people who have made The Alnwick Garden possible, from The Duchess of Northumberland to ...

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 ...

Spooky fun at Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
Calling all ghostly ghouls and wannabe witches! Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure are hosting a fun-filled day half term full of free spooky activities for the whole family. ...

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

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 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 ...

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 ...

Special spaces: Dawn Patrol

Spooky Afternoon Tea
Family event
Morpeth
Hubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble – Whitehouse Farm Centre has something Spooky brewing this Half Term………… Have a spooktacular Halloween and treat yourself to a ghouli ...

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 ...

Hugh Cairns Service
Ceremony
Ashington
HUGH CAIRNS VC & DCM Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone on the 100TH Anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross THE ASHINGTON AIRFIELD Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone marking Ashingt ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

Relaxed Early Opening: Pit Yard Skating
Family event
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum will open early and this magical event will provide a more relaxed session for visitors on the autism spectrum and those who would feel more comfortable in a quieter environment. Come ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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. ...

Rob Newton at The Old School Gallery.
Exhibition
Alnmouth
NEW EXHIBITION - ROBERT NEWTON * COMMENCING 19TH OCTOBER @ THE OLD SCHOOL GALLERY, ALNMOUTH Born 1964, Robert had a career in engineering before pursuing his artistic talent. He studied Fine Art at Su ...

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. ...

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. ...

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

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

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.  ...

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. ...

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 ...

Spooky Build a Bear & Halloween Craft Workshop
Arts and Crafts
Morpeth
This spooky Halloween craft activity is going to be Fangtastic and a great fun afternoon for you and your family We will be enjoying a whole range of Halloween themed activities including: Build your ...

Ashington Christmas Light Switch-On & Christmas Market
Family event
A fun family event is planned to run from 1pm till 7pm on the main section of Station Road. The event will include musical performances, children’s fairground rides, face painting and costumed c ...

Pipe Dreams Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
A photographic installation of subtly coloured urban streets and figures showing the frailty of our existence by Rolf Wojciechowski. OPEN EVENING Saturday 10th November 6 - 8pm with free food and nibb ...

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

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. ...

Hexham Round Table Bonfire & Firework Display
Outdoor Event
Hexham
Expect fireworks, flames and fun at the annual event which will have plenty family entertainment from 6.30pm.  ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Northumberland Wildlife Trust: Wild Weekend at Druridge Bay
Outdoor Event
Get closer to nature and drop in for some wild activities for both adults and children. Try owl pellet dissection (£3 per person), bird bingo, guided walks and talks, plus all the usual trails, ...

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. ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

Lewis Burn 8
Sporting Event
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 ...

Blyth Fireworks Festival
Outdoor Event
Blyth
Once again Blyth hosts a free spectacular Fireworks Festival at the beach, with superb food, street theatre, including fire-eaters family fun fair, and a fantastic fireworks show. Our resident DJ and ...

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. ...

Halloween Spooktacular
Family event
Morpeth
We dare you to visit Whitehouse Farm Centre from 20th October until 2nd November 2018 for the hair raising Halloween Spooktacular Event! Every day in the Ghostly Grim Grotto budding witches & wiza ...

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

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 ...

Bell View (Belford): Bell View Made Possible Through Philanthropy

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.  ...

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. ...

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

Northumberland Theatre Company: The Little Maid who danced to every mood (children's show)
Shows & Displays
Amble
Hear about the impact philanthropy has had on Northumberland Theatre Company and then enjoy a performance of ‘The Little Girl Who Danced To Every Mood’. We follow our heroine on her journe ...

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 ...

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. ...

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

Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2019
Outdoor Event
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 ...

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

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. ...

Kielder MTB Marathon
Sporting Event
50 mile sportive or 100 mtb race using the trails around Kielder ...

Christmas at Mary Ann Rogers Gallery
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Step in, enjoy a warm welcome with complimentary mulled wine and home-made mince pies and browse the paintings of one of the UK's most popular artists. Famous for her strutting cockerels, bouncing ho ...

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 ...

A Christmas Soirée at Charlton Hall
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Celebrate the festive season in style this December at Charlton Hall. Enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, a delicious 3 course dinner then party the night away with a live DJ set in our magical glass ...

Family Halloween Party
Shows & Displays
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Tickets go on sale from today for Kids Halloween party at The Jubilee Social Club on 31st October 2018. #Halloween #frightnight #spooky #disco ...

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