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

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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). ...

36th Annual Village Show
Food Event
Seahouses
The North Sunderland & Seahouses Gardening Association is hosting the 36th Annual Village Show. There will be classes for vegetables, flowers, bakery and handicrafts. There will also be a children ...


Great song of the North
Music
Join us for the magical finale event of Great Northumberland 2018 and experience the Great Song of the North! ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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

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. ...

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. ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

Alnwick Camp
Talk/Lecture
Belford
Chris Hunwick will give a fascinating talk on how WW1 affected Alnwick Castle.  This event is free! ...

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

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 ...

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

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. ...

Pop up Market with St Abbs Traders
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Now 'regulars' in the Ford & Etal calendar, the St Abbs market traders are returning to Etal this season.   ...

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 ...

Joey Landreth
Music & Dance
An Evening with Joey Landreth (the "Forgiveness" Tour) Back by popular demand to support Joey on the evening is the outstanding local guitarist and singer Johnny Dickinson.  ...

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.  ...

Northumberland Guided Bird Walks.
Guided Walk/Tours
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
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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 ...

Hound of the Baskervilles
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
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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.  ...

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 ...

Alnmouth Wool Festival - Organised by Sheep Tales
Arts and Crafts
Alnmouth
Alnmouth Wool Festival is a mixture of stalls which include local wool suppliers, artists and makers, craft demonstrations and an exhibition about the history of Northumberland shepherding. The exhibi ...

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

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. ...

Eshott Hall Wedding Open Weekend
Exhibition
Morpeth
Planning your special day? Come and see how you can make our spaces yours. Our doors will be open for all brides and grooms-to-be to explore our beautiful hotel and grounds, meet our team of experienc ...

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

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 ...

Armstrong Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Visit the hydraulic engineering work of Lord Armstrong of Cragside and see a range of rare breed cattle and sheep. ...

'Stones and Structures' Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Alnmouth
The Old School Gallery welcomes artist Judy Appleby for a solo exhibition this September. Judy’s work explores the theme of “stones and structures” with new original acrylic painting ...

Tribute to a Heroine: 80 Years of the Grace Darling Museum
Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Grace Darling Museum by highlighting its history and development. ...

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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

Special spaces: Dawn Patrol

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.  ...

Bedlington Live Street Fair
Family event
Bedlington
A big family day out full of live music, street theatre, outdoor ring circus, workshops, fairground rides, street food, featuring music from The Baghdaddies, King Bee Funk, Grace Under Pressure, Drumd ...

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

Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water, in Northumberland. Britain’s Most ...

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

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

Summer Fun at Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks Cramlington is encouraging visitors to enjoy a range of free, family fun for all ages this summer with its range of exciting events ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hadrian's Wall Weekend
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Experience the best of Hadrian’s Wall on an exclusive weekend challenge raising funds for young cancer patients across the UK (Josie's Dragonfly trust).  We have specially selected the best ...

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 ...

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. ...

A Necessary Woman
Talk/Lecture
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An amazing play written and performed by Clair/Obscur, Presented by Emily Inspires. Performed in the South of England and the Houses of Parliament to great acclaim. “How far would you go for ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Ford Christmas Market
Arts and Crafts
Ford and Etal Estate
This popular market offers a wide range of stalls selling local and artisan foods, gifts and crafts. Alongside there's a selection of delicious street-food and refreshments, as well as Santa and ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Christmas Fair
Shows & Displays
A range of arts. crafts, food and drink.  Free entry and parking.  A fun day for all the family. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

Farm Market
Shows & Displays
Ford and Etal Estate
Shop local at Hay Farm's market, held every third Sunday in the month from April to September. A range of locally produced food and crafts on sale. ...

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

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. ...

Crans and Creels
Talk/Lecture
Iris McMillan will tell the story of her family and the herring trade. this talk is taking place at Bellview, West Street.   ...

Flour Festival
Food Event
Ford and Etal Estate
A brand new festival at Heatherslaw Miill, celebrating all things floury! Classes, competitions and activities throughout the day, with free entry into the mill (donations welcome).  ...

The Great Big pop up shop
Family event
There will be a pop up shop and craft fair in Berwick Town Hall.  Hot and cold refreshments will be available to purchase.  There will be a number of stalls as well as a tombola.  The e ...

Special spaces - Capturing autumn colour at dusk
Guided Walk/Tours
Cambo
Join Alex, Wallington's senior gardener and property photographer and learn tips and techniques to help you capture the best of the autumn colour and nature in the woods at Wallington. This is the tim ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

Introduction to Landscape Photography
Talk/Lecture
Join professional landscape photographer Jason Friend and learn how to get the most out of your equipment. ...

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

St Mary's church
Exhibition
Wooler
The Cuthbert Way - an exhibition running from mid July to 13th September will be staged at St Mary’s Church, Wooler. The central exhibit, from which all the events and activities over the summer ...

Chippendale 300 Exhibition 'The Paxton Style: Neat & Substantially Good'
Exhibition
Berwick-upon-Tweed
To celebrate the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale's birth, Chippendale 300 is a nationwide celebration of events inspired by the life, work and legacy of Thomas Chippendale, the most famous and infl ...

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Guided Bird Walks
Guided Walk/Tours
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
One and a half hour guided bird walk leaving from Newbiggin Maritime Centre with local bird guide followed by a scone and tea/coffee in the Breakwater Cafe. £8.50 per person. ...

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 ...

Great Exhibition of the North
Exhibition
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre will be taking part in the Great Exhibition of the North, showcasing the art of local artists throughout the summer. ...

Storytelling week

Heritage Open Days
Exhibition
Ford and Etal Estate
Continuing the celebrations around the bicentenary of Louisa Waterford's birth, the Lady Waterford Hall is taking part in the HODS weekends where the theme is "Extraordinary Women". in addition to the ...

Natural Dyes
Arts and Crafts
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Discover the gorgeous colours from easy plants, find out how to use them on different natural fibres and fabrics. ...

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 ...

Exploring Dilston Physic Garden with digital photography
Outdoor Event
If you have a hankering to learn more about the subject of close-up photography then this is the workshop for you whilst exploring the garden at the same time. You don’t need any specialised equ ...

Ellingham
Exhibition
Chathill
Come and visit the Hall, explore the rooms and grounds and enjoy a glass or two on us. Our expert team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and the Hall will be sparkling clean and ...

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 ...

Berwick Literary Fest
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick Literary Festival 2018 will combine various events over the 19th-21st October, including; readings, workshops, children's authors, book signings, poetry, education and schools events, mee ...

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 ...

ALTERNATIVE & QUIRKY SEATS AT LONGFRAMLINGTON GARDENS

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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