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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Christmas Farmers Market
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Indoor Christmas Market with local food and craft/gift producers. ...

The Gruffalo Spotter
Outdoor Event
The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family. The trail is already a hit ...

Austin Gunn and Friends - Spring Serenade
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Austin and his guests have chosen a programme of song that will usher in the sweetness of spring! ...

Mary Wilkins Cookery Demo & Dine
Food Event
Mary Wilkins cooks hearty winter warmers that you will love recreating at home. ...

Blyth Artisan's Market 2017
Arts and Crafts
Blyth
Arts and Craft and food stalls held in the Keel Row shopping centre and outside on the market place ...

Orion
Star gazing events
The giant constellation of Orion has been rcecognised throughout millennia as one of the most inspiring sights of the night sky. ...

Xmas Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre Xmas Craft Fair. for more info on booking call into the Centre or ring 01670 811951. ...

Making letters to Santa
Family event
Cramlington
Get into the Christmas spirit this season at Manor Walks Cramlington by writing your letter to Santa! ...

Family Astronomy
Star gazing events
Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what is it all about? Well, the skies, the Universe and everything that is in it! Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their fa ...

The Christmas Fair
Family event
Hexham
Over 125 stands of Art, Crafts, Gifts and Food throughout the Leisure Centre and the huge indoor marquee ...

Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...

Snow Lion
Family event
Come forth and witness the mystery and majesty of the largest lion to walk the earth ...

Christmas Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Alnwick
Let us spoil you with a very special, festive afternoon tea, packed with indulgent treats. ...

Jingle Bells
Family event
Celebrate the wonder of Christmas by getting up close with these festive characters, starring Crumpet the elf and Blitsen the reindeer. ...

Create Christmas at Wallington
Arts and Crafts
Morpeth
Visit before it officially opens at Christmas for a sneaky peek behind the scenes and help finish the Christmas decorating. ...

A Year in Review
Star gazing events
2017 was a spendid year in the cosmos and we had a wonderful time explaining it all to our guests. ...

Frank N Knight
Guided Walk/Tours
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Ghost Tours based in Northumberland with local guides and local knowledge in the paranormal. ...

The Snow Lion
Family event
From the Forests of Eternal Snow pads the giant white lion, celebrates the light of human kindness in the depths of winter's darkest days. ...

Alnwick Christmas Market
Outdoor Event
A fantastic Christmas Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick, with local produce, gifts and entertainment. ...

A Little Norham Christmas
Arts and Crafts
Berwick-upon-Tweed
A lovely Christmassy evening — Christmas shopping and a chance to meet friends with a glass of fizz ...

Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...

Christmas Lat Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
A festive deep sky get together and a chance to let those festive spirits fly, tonight we will guide you through the deep distant universe... ...

New Year's Eve Dinner
Food Event
Celebrate the arrival of a new year in the beautiful surroundings of our 3 AA Rosette restaurant. ...

Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...

Tall Tales Tree Trail
Family event
Morpeth
Follow this fantastical story trail through the woods and discover fascinating facts about the wonderful trees that grow there. ...

The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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Christmas Market
Arts and Crafts
All stall holders have been hand-picked by The Alnwick Garden and are sure to delight. ...

HMS Pinafore from Scratch
Music & Dance
Alnwick
This promises fun, a singing role for everyone, and a prize for the best pinafore- related costume amongst the audience. ...

An Evening of North East Music - Graeme Danby
Music & Dance
Morpeth
This concert will be a celebration of the rich musical heritage of an area with a range of traditional songs. ...

A Universe Full of Stars
Star gazing events
The Universe... Why is it here? How did it start? How old is it? How big is it? How will it end? These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia. Science has c ...

Santa's Winter Wonderland
Family event
Morpeth
Its the most Magical time of year at Whitehouse Farm Centre, join us making Festive memories at Santa's Winter Wonderland ...

Night Sky Safari
Star gazing events
Come and experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe - the Northumberland International Dar ...

Santa and Merlin the Giant  'reindeer'
Fairs and Fetes
Traditional festive market with over 50 food and craft stalls, inside Lady Waterford Hall in Ford Village and outside in a marquee. Music, Santa and his Clydesdale horse, range of delicious refreshmen ...

Festive Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...

An Evening of Sacred Music
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents an evening of some of the most moving and spiritual sacred music. ...

Make a Snowman Craft
Arts and Crafts
Cramlington
Do you want to build a snowman? Come by Manor Walks Cramlington to create your very own frosty friend! ...

Christmas Lights
Family event
Ashington
Ashington Christmas Light Switch On and Christmas Market. Market starts at 1pm and Light Switch On activities from 3pm. ...

Introduction to Creative Writing
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Join Sarah at Wark Town Hall for a 6-week Introduction to Creative Writing. ...

Geminids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate. ...

Bailiffgate Singers Christmas Concert
Music & Dance
An evening of Christmas music featuring a combination of choral Christmas songs, communal carols and festive readings. ...

The Northumbrian Ranters
Music & Dance
Alnwick
With their choice of traditional music from both Northumberland and beyond, Northumbrian Ranters’ concert has always been a festival highlights ...

The Three English Tenors
Music & Dance
Alnwick
The Three English Tenors return once more to the festival with their wide range of musical genres ...

Late Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Come and join our inspirational team of astronomers as we observe the darkest of night skies above the internationally renowned Kielder Observatory. ...

Santa’s Grotto at Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
This Christmas Manor Walks Cramlington has a very exciting and jolly special guest all the way from the North Pole! ...

Antiques Fair
Family event
Hexham
Antiques and Vintage with over 100 stands of ceramics, jewellery, tools, books, postcards, vintage lighting and decorative furnishings. ...

Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...

Christmas Art Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newcastle Upon Tyne
We welcome you and your friends to Alan Reed Christmas Exhibition Preview on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November. ...

Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...

Ellingham Hall Christmas Fair
Family event
Alnwick
Escape the hustle of the high street and experience a truly magical atmosphere browsing high quality craft stalls ...

Astro Photography
Star gazing events
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of objects in space like the ones you see in magazines, newspapers and astronomy websites? No specialist knowledge is required, and we'll show you how to take ama ...

Father Christmas
Family event
Take a spin around the outdoor skating rink and meet Father Christmas in his magical stable grotto. ...

Christmas Party Night
Food Event
If you want to party but don't want to organise one, we've got just the thing. ...

Full Moon Party
Star gazing events
The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...

Royal Northern Sinfonia
Music & Dance
Yarrow
Seasonal instrumental favourites in beautiful atmospheric settings. ...

Space Kids
Family event
A return of one of our most popular holiday time events…for the parents and the young scientists they accompany. ...

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

An Opera Gala Evening
Music & Dance
Alnwick
North Wales Opera Studio presents, under the instruction of professional soprano Anne Williams-King, an evening of magnificent music. ...

Manor Walks' Christmas Lights Switch On
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks Cramlington is inviting you to join its illuminating seasonal celebrations on Saturday 25th November between 10am and 4pm. ...

Winter Writing Retreat
Arts and Crafts
Lanehead
Make time for your writing before the festive rush begins in a peaceful Northumberland setting. This guided writing retreat day is perfect for writers of any type who need some space & support ...

Live Music - Talisk
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
Scottish trio with a captivating sound that makes them one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene. ...

Christmas by Twilight
Family event
Morpeth
Visit Wallington after dark and see the house beautifully decorated for Christmas and illuminated by thousands of twinkly lights. ...

Light up a Life Remembrance Service

Woodhorn Winter Market
Family event
Ashington
The Market features fabulous selections of gifts and food from some of the region's finest makers, crafters and producers. ...

Weaving on a Peg Loom
Arts and Crafts
Learn easy weaving with a peg loom and make a beautiful mat, wall hanging or maybe a small cushion cover with colourful plant dyed wool. Lots of colours and textures to explore. Also if time allows, ...

Crafternoon Tea
Arts and Crafts
Ashington
You will make a variety of Christmas baubles and decorations using fabric, ribbons and paper. ...

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.  ...

Alma at The Coquetdale Music Trust Thropton
Music & Dance
Morpeth
ALMA brings together award winning fiddlers John Dipper and Emily Askew, with guitarist and tambura player Adrian Lever. ...

Magnificent Milky Way
Star gazing events
The magnificent Milky Way... our home in the Universe! ...

Enamel Christmas Decoration Workshop on Lindisfarne
Arts and Crafts
In this fun and colourful decoration workshop, you will create your very own Christmas tree decoration and get to grips with metalworking and enamel application. ...

Festive Barn Lunch 2 courses £10
Food Event
Corbridge
Special offer throughout December, where you can enjoy 2 courses for £10 or 3 courses for £13 from our Barn Lunch menu. ...

Kielder Off Road Duathlon
Sporting Event
The event consists of an a 8km trail run followed by a 20km mountain bike finishing with a final 6km trail run. ...

Kielder Trail Reavers
Outdoor Event
Kielder
We are a voluntary group of enthusiastic mountain bikers who maintain and build the Mountain Bike trails at Kielder.  We meet up once a month and all volunteers are welcome. ...

Aurora Night
Star gazing events
Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civili ...

Wreath Making Afternoon with Cream Tea
Arts and Crafts
Learn to create a stunning wreath for your home with our expert who will guide you through the process ...

Christmas Aurora Night
Star gazing events
What better way to start off the festivities than with a night learning all about the Aurora Borealis. ...

Santa Special Trains
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. ...

Weaving on a Brinkley loom
Arts and Crafts
Discover how to weave on a Brinkley loom and make a hanging or maybe a small bag with fabulous plant dyed wool fleece. ...

Cambridge Prime Brass
Music & Dance
Alnwick
This highly acclaimed ten-piece ensemble  was formed in 1989 and since then has become a conductor-less dectect. ...

Elf School
Family event
Cramlington
Calling all wanna be elves! Come along to Manor Walks Cramlington to learn how to become one of Santa’s little helpers. ...

Bauble Decorating Workshop
Arts and Crafts
Cramlington
Come along to Manor Walks Cramlington and get creative this Christmas! Children can meet Santa’s elves and decorate a bauble. ...

Late Night Explorer
Star gazing events
We are delighted to introduce additional late night events as we observe the very special night skies. ...

Christmas Day Lunch
Food Event
A festive turkey feast will be on offer in both our Restaurant and the Great Hall. ...

Kielder Ultra Trail Race
Sporting Event
An ultra trail running event based from Kielder Castle. The event consists two route options of 50km & 100km. ...

Kielder Dark Sky 10k Trail race
Sporting Event
The Kielder Dark Sky 10k Trail race is held in the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. ...

Make a winter bird feeder
Wildlife events
Learn how to make the perfect gift for your feathered friends this winter. ...

2018 Logo
Sporting Event
Come and join us for one of the top sporting events in Northumberland. ...

Handmade Christmas Event
Arts and Crafts
Morpeth
A fun day out for all of the family to get into the spirit of Christmas and learn some new skills. ...

Kielder Winter Trail
Sporting Event
The Kielder 10 mile trail run is open to all abilities of runners. ...

An Evening with Gary Fildes
Star gazing events
Join us for an evening with our Founder and Director Gary Fildes and listen as he uses his enthusiastic teaching to create a wonderful atmosphere of learning. ...

Jingle Bells
Family event
From across the tundra rides the North Pole Postal Service, starring Crumpet the elf and Blitsen the reindeer. ...

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. ...

Christmas at Wallington
Family event
Morpeth
You can also enjoy Christmas music, make festive things and hear stories with Mrs Christmas. ...

Boxing Day Lunch
Food Event
After the festive celebrations join us in the Restaurant for a relaxing three-course lunch. ...

Christmas Party
Music & Dance
Corbridge
Why not join us for our Ultimate Christmas Party; this amazing event will certainly be a night to remember. ...

Alnwick Music Festival
Music & Dance
Alnwick
An 8 day festival of music, song and dance with performances on stage in the Market Place and other venues. ...

New Years Eve Party
Star gazing events
Kielder
Who needs fireworks when you've got a sky lit by thousands of nuclear furnaces!? ...

New Year's Day Lunch
Food Event
Start the year with a refreshing stroll through Jesmond Dene followed by a three-course lunch in our Restaurant. ...

Grotto event
Family event
Meet Santa in his Grotto and get a present if you’ve been good!  Christmas-themed trail.   ...

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