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: 26/04/2018
  • End date: 25/07/2018
  • Type(s): Events
OPEN: OCEAN
Family event
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum presents its first open art exhibition, OPEN: OCEAN. ...

THE WILLIAMS EXPEDITION: Rediscovering Antarctica
Family event
Ashington
Discover the story of William Smith, carpenter’s son from Seaton Sluice who built a ship in Blyth and discovered Antarctica. ...

BEAM REACH BLASTING
Family event
Ashington
BEAM REACH BLASTING chronicles life aboard the Oosterschelde, a three-masted schooner, among crew and trainees on a 500 nautical mile sail ...

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 ...

Sean Elliott Photography
Family event
Hexham
Chalk presents a Dark Sky Disco at The Sill Prepare to lift off as Chalk takes you on an intergalactic journey. Make mini rockets and moon projections then boogie on down! ...

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) ...

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 ...

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’) ...

Wild at Kielder
Outdoor Event
Kielder
Get the family together and discover your wild side at Kielder for a two-day event of exploration in nature! ...

Bank Holiday Bubble Train
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Bank holiday fun - make the biggest bubble train ever! Free bubble pots for kids travelling on trains from Heatherslaw ...

Methera
Music & Dance
Alwinton
Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet rooted deep in English traditional music. ...

Methera
Family event
Hexham
The Selefirst PTA Fair's theme this year is Hadrian's Wall.  Free entry to everyone/  Lots of fun activities, stalls and there's also a BBQ.  Dogs are welcome too. ...

Countryside Festival
Family event
Expect to see a variety of stalls selling local crafts, food and drink; a whole host of get involved activities ...

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

Northumberland County Show
Shows & Displays
Bywell
Join us on Bank Holiday Monday - 28th May, for a fun day out for all the family! ...

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 ...

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

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’) ...

Picnic
Family event
Ashington
Celebrate the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2018: a fun, family day out rooted in local heritage reimagined with a contemporary twist! ...

Picnic
Family event
Wooler
The Wooler Cycle Hub in association with Northumberland National Park Authority present The Glendale Gatherer.  Suitable for the whole family. ...

Northumberland Live Music Festival
Family event
Blyth
Northumberland Live Blyth celebrates its fifth birthday in 2018 by welcoming The Lightning Seeds to headline the festival.  Free family fun event. ...

Northumberland Live!
Food Event
Alnwick
A celebration of Northumberland's food and crafts in the atmospheric surroundings of Alnwick Market.  Free admission, live music and plenty of stalls and food providers. ...

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Family event
Ashington
A fun event for all the family. Lots to do, including fairground rides, facepainting, magic, puppets, market stalls and live music from We Steal Flyers, The Hookahs, Gareth Beddard and KSVT. ...

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) ...

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

Felton & Thirston Fair 2018
Family event
Felton
A traditional Village Fair with something for all ages. Fun Run, Dog Show, Music, Birds of Prey, Sports, Stalls, Craft & Flower Show, Bar, Teas, Burgers, Maypole Dancing, Interesting Cars, Raffle, ...

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’) ...

The Music and Dances of Northumbria
Music & Dance
Alnwick
The Alnwick Garden comes alive with the music and dances of Northumbria. A musical day out for all the family – Explore the beauty of the gardens whilst learning about Northumberland’s own ...

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