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Family events 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?

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. Find family events in Northumberland below.

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  • Category group: , Family
  • Start date: 20/08/2018
  • End date: 18/11/2018
  • Type(s): Events
Broomstick Training
Family event
Join our resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our famous broomstick training sessions ...

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

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 ...

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.  ...

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 ...

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!  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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). ...

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

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

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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. ...

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 ...

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).  ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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