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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  • Start date: 21/07/2019
  • End date: 19/10/2019
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Family Events
Family event
Our early evening events are aimed to be fun and interesting to everyone, including families with younger children and for these events we offer reduced family tickets for two adults and two children. ...

Forgotten Garden Adventure Golf
Family event
Once Upon a time in The Alnwick Garden there was a huge shudder and the ground began to move and shake. They called upon ‘the fairest of them all’ to find a solution to the moving ground, but ...

Vindolanda Roman Excavations
Family event
The excavations take place Monday-Friday (they are subject to weather) and you can watch our archaeologists and teams of volunteers from around the world uncovering more of our famous site. You might ...

A Giant Adventure
Family event
The ground shivered and the trees quivered as a rumbling could be heard throughout The Garden. A giant belly laugh roared as the two new residents looked over the tiny world they had stumbled upon. T ...

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
Music & Dance
Rothbury
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is a small, friendly, community-run festival set in the heart of Northumberland, in the beautiful Coquet Valley. Over the last four decades it has established a uni ...

Giant Whale
Family event
See our 18m long what and step inside to find out about the impact that plastic has on our environment ...

Potter Inspired Characters
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes, summon your favourite wand and come meet the characters likened to those from the magical world of Harry Potter. ...

Get hands on with history
Outdoor Event
Get hands on with the Romans for a taste of life nearly 2,000 years ago by joining the Roman army. Enrol in the sword school, learn the marching drills and try out the archaeologist trade as you dig f ...

Summer of Fun
Family event
Morpeth
There is a full programme of exciting events and activities everyday throughout the Summer Holidays!!!! Making sure you can have some Farmtastic Fun whatever the weather!!!! Daily Activities Cuddle a ...

Wizarding Week
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes and join our resident wizarding professors for some magical mayhem! ...

Invasion X
Family event
Join us at Woodhorn on Sunday 21st July for the 10th instalment of the annual sci-fi extravaganza, Invasion Meet a host of science fiction characters ranging from Daleks to Doctors, Jedis to Jawas an ...

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!  ...

Intro to Hogwarts led by Ron
Guided Walk/Tours
  Join us as we combine the historical importance of Alnwick Castle with the wonderful magical world of Harry Potter. Every Tuesday and Wednesday.  ...

Around The World with Phileas Fogg Street Theatre
Family event
Our intrepid adventurers are just hours away from crossing the finish line at the reform club. If they can just coerce their hot air balloons to go in the right direction they stand to win a grand ...

Bushcraft Basics
Family event
Greenhead
Try out your survival skills with our Rangers. Including fire lighting, den building and using tools. 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm. £10 per child. ...

Bob the Butterfly & Gerry the Gerbera Street Theatre
Family event
These colourful, playful characters will mix and mingle with ease, as they flutter and flit on stilts, delighting young and old alike. ...

Burgham Horse Trials 2019
Sporting Event
The only horse trial event in the North East to have International status. See the world’s top riders in action in the heart of Northumberland. Enjoy watching some of the World’s best eque ...

The Medieval Alchemist
Family event
Discover mysterious medicines, peculiar concoctions and bizarre apparatus with Dr John Green, the most celebrated medieval alchemist in the entire land (allegedly…)!  ...

Artisans Market
Family event
Enter Northumberland’s most bustling medieval marketplace and take the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the country’s most skilful artisans! ...

Simonburn Village Fete
Family event
A traditional village Fete in aid of St. Mungo's Great teas, plants, produce, tombola, books, cakes, crafts, raffle, coconut shy,children's games and more. ...

Jesting With Zooted
Family event
Experience fun filled family entertainment, suitable for aristocracy of Northumberland, with this eccentric duo’s side-splitting theatrical performance of visual and verbal comedy!  ...

Beeer fest
Music & Dance
The Beadnell Beer Festival 2019 will take place at the Craster Arms from Saturday 27 to Sunday 28th July. There will be 12 local ales and 8 craft cider from around the Country. Live music all weekend ...

POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Etal
POP-UP INDOOR MARKETS ​in the Bothy Bar, The Barn at BEAL www.barnatbeal.com ...

Titan The Robot
Family event
'8ft of Steaming Robotic Loveliness' The Titan the Robot is a unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creating a fascinating show that is unrivalled in the world today! Funny, fast paced and ...

Jurassic Farm - Summer of Fun
Family event
Morpeth
A ROARSOME adventure awaits for you and your family at our Jurassic Farm event. Come and Meet REX - The King of the Dinosaurs.   ...

The Buzzy Bumble Bees Street Theatre
Family event
These adorable bumble bee are irresistibly cuddly and have left their sting at home to ensure they follow the summer scents ...

Grassblade Jungle
Family event
Greenhead
Use your skills to sweep up a grass bug, scorpion fly or frog hopper! 11-12.30 or 1-2.30pm. ...

Powburn
Outdoor Event
Alnwick
Powburn Show is held on the first Saturday in August each year, starting the local annual show season. The show includes an Industrial tent with entry classes for horticulture, cookery, handicrafts an ...

The Art of Dressage
Family event
Witness an exquisite display of beautifully maintained horses, demonstrating the movements, airs and graces, that have made dressage as we know it today! Experience the art of dressage being brought ...

Medieval Siege: Castle Under Attack
Family event
Learn how to successfully storm Northumberland’s finest fortress with a variety of historical artillery at your disposal.  ...

This August at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Attend one of Northern England’s most thrilling spectacles as armoured knights engage in full combat on horseback.  ...

Wilde Farm Market
Food Event
Ponteland
Ponteland Market - first Sunday of every month. Fresh, seasonable fruit & vegetables. Northumbrian reared meat. Local artists, makers & producers. ...

Foprest Friends - Clarts n Crafts
Arts and Crafts
Cramlington
Woodland based activities at Northumberlandia. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book please contact forestfriends2018@outloo ...

Wild Wednesday - Pond Dipping
Family event
Greenhead
Join Northumberland National Park Rangers for our next Wild Wednesday sessions. Be amazed and learn about the creatures that are specially adapted to live in an underwater world. Each session lasts up ...

Makers and Bakers Market
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks’ food and craft market features independent traders from across the North East selling homemade goods and home grown produce, from 9am-5pm both indoors and outdoors of the centre, ev ...

Santa in Summer
Family event
Morpeth
Imagine our excitement when Mrs Claus rang to ask if Santa could join us at the farm for his Summer Holidays again!!!!! This unique and fun event will give your little ones the chance to hear what San ...

Lost in the Jungle
Family event
Cramlington
Calling all little explorers! Join Manor Walks this summer for a week of jungle fun and release your inner pioneer on an epic journey throughout the shopping centre. Come along and learn all about wil ...

Wild Woodland Challenge Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
Join our Ranger to see how far you can throw a pine cone, go on a treasure hunt through the woods and make your own medal. ...

Bamburgh Festival
Family event
The inaugural Bamburgh Festival will be held on the 17th of August, on Castle Green in Bamburgh. ...

Knight School
Family event
Join Northumberland’s finest medieval knights for a fascinating armoury demonstration, with the opportunity to handle their armour first-hand, or stumble upon a medieval princess and learn what ...

Super Senses at Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
Use your senses to make the most of your ears, eyes, nose and fingers at Walltown Country Park. ...

Mermaid and Pirate Festival
Family event
Morpeth
Have you ever wondered what mermaids eat? Where they sleep? Or how Santa Claus delivers their presents at Christmas? Well, now you have a chance to get the answers! Come and meet the mermaids and ask ...

Newbiggin Festival
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
A range of activities and exhibitions taking place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (Some charges apply) ...

Vintage Summer Fayre
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Come to Ford village and enjoy some traditional fun with pony and trap rides, bow top caravans, crafts stalls and demonstrations by a farrier. You can also tuck into a barbecue and have a drink at the ...

Mammal Monitoring at Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
Help find out if mice, shrews and voles are living at Walltown. We will check out special traps then weigh and measure the small mammals found. Then, help release them safely back into the wild. ...

Geoff Brown in 2018
Sporting Event
Bywell
Carriage Driving National Championships 2019  and  Para Drivers Championships ...

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

The North East Dog Festival
Outdoor Event
Have-A-Go Activities - * Hoopers * Agility * Flyball * Canicross * Fastest Recall * Temptation Alley * Gundog Scurry * Whippet Racing * Steeplechase * and more..... Main Ring Displays - Join us for a ...

Museum Tots
Family event
A monthly term-time group for pre-school children and their parents/ carers. Includes stories, songs, games, craft activities and a healthy snack. This taster session if free (normally £3 per ch ...

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).  ...

Wag & Company Walk for Wag and Business Walk
Family event
Wag & Company is a registered Charity in the North East of England. We enable volunteers and their dogs to befriend older dog lovers who miss the company of a dog.Over 50,000 older people in our r ...

Museum Tots October
Family event
A monthly term-time group for pre-school children and their parents or carers. Includes stories, songs, games, craft activities and a healthy snack. Numbers are limited and advance booking is essentia ...

Looking Back at Hay Farm
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Heavy horses, once common, are now a rare breed. Learn about the role they played in farming life before the arrival of the tractor. ...

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