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

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. ...

Northumbrian History Tour package - Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Guided Walk/Tours
Bellingham
Northumbrian Historical Tours with Bellingham Camping & Caravanning Club Site ...

Introduction to great crested newts and other amphibians
Wildlife events
A workshop designed to give a good understanding of great crested newts and other amphibians ...

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) ...

My Fair Lady
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Now in its 31st year - the award winning Alnwick Stage Musical Society proudly presents Lerner & Loewe’s beloved musical masterpiece ...

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. ...

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 ...

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) ...

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. ...

February Half Term Activities
Family event
Double up this February Half Term and make a full day of it at The Alnwick Garden. ...

PETERKIN THE JESTER
Family event
Peterkin is a jester of international repute, an unrivalled historical comedian. ...

Introduction to Landscape Photography
Wildlife events
Amble
Join professional landscape photographer Jason Friend and learn how to get the most out of your equipment. ...

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. ...

Small Axe Woodcraft
Arts and Crafts
Explore traditional woodworking techniques with Jon Purkins, have a go yourself or buy a piece of Jon’s stunning work. (Charges may apply ...

Weaving on a Peg Loom
Arts and Crafts
Learn easy weaving with a peg loom and explore lots of colours and woolly textures ...

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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) ...

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. ...

Family Bushcrafts
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 ...

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

Wild food foraging day
Guided Walk/Tours
Kielder
On our full day foraging courses you will learn to find and identify seasonal wild foods. In the morning we will explore different habitats for the best wild foods available, from spring greens and su ...

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! ...

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. ...

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. ...

Beastly Egg Hunt
Family event
To protect her golden eggs the Bamburgh Beast has hidden them round the castle, can you her help her find them. (Included in admission) ...

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 ...

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 ...

DFA Montage
Family event
Morpeth
Our 2 hour baby and child first aid classes are suitable for parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, carers, aunts, uncles. ...

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. ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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’) ...

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 ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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 ...

The Transports
Shows & Displays
Telling the tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to new colony in Australia. ...

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

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 ...

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. ...

Bellingham Star Camp
Star gazing events
Bellingham
March Star Camp at Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site ...

Wedding Open Weekend
Exhibition
Alnwick
Join us for a complimentary glass of fizz and a relaxed viewing of the Hall. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Morpeth Camera Club Annual Event with Gwen & Phil Charnock,
Talk/Lecture
Morpeth
Phil & Gwen Charnock (both) FRPS MFIAP Presents ‘A Life in Photography’ ...

The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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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 ...

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

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. ...

Kite
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Free kite flying displays and workshops ...

Erksine Regiment
Exhibition
The Erskine Regiment interpret and re-enact the life of soldiers of the 1640's - the bishops wars. Montrose's war and the English Civil War. (Included in admission) ...

Erskine Regiment
Outdoor Event
Our full day foraging courses begin in the springtime when the new growth of plants produces an abundance of choice for the forager ...

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

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

Gould Piano Trio
Music & Dance
Alnwick
ALNWICK MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT The Gould Piano Trio is Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello) and Benjamin Frith (piano). ...

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

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) ...

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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’) ...

Tweed 1000
Heritage Events
Displays and activities illustrating aspects of life and warfare on the Anglo-Scottish border during 600 turbulent years of history. Part of Tweed 1000, a series of events commemorating the 1,000th an ...

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. ...

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 ...

CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Outdoor Event
Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...

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.  ...

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

Home Classes
Family event
Shilbottle
Our 2-hour baby and child first aid classes are suitable for parents, parents-to-be, grandparents and carers. ...

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 ...

Tweed 1000
Exhibition
Colourful exhibition illustrating the turbulent history of Berwick-upon- Tweed and the Tweed Valley from the Battle of Carham in 1018 until the Union of The Crowns of England and Scotland in 1603. ...

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

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

Rusty Bodkins – Medieval Archer
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. ...

Easter Treasure Hunt
Family event
Drop-in to the centre to collect the first clue which will lead you on a trail around the site. ...

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

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 ...

Wild food foraging day
Workshops
Kielder
Our full day foraging courses begin in the springtime when the new growth of plants produces an abundance of choice for the forager ...

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 ...

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

Secrets of the Wild - Wildlife Photography
Talk/Lecture
Amble
Join professional wildlife photographer Neil Atkinson for a combination of indoor and outdoor practical tuition. ...

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 ...

Introduction to spring bird identification
Wildlife events
Amble
Improve your identification of spring birds using sight and sound as we walk around Hauxley reserve. ...

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 ...

Northumberland Gardens Package: Camp + tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Bellingham
Northumberland Gardens Tour with Camping - a package holiday at Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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