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: 25/06/2018
  • End date: 23/09/2018
  • 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 ...

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 ...

Minibeast safari
Outdoor Event
Come and explore which minibeasts live in the woodland of Northumberlandia. Two drop-in sessions starting at 11.00am and 1.00pm. Please pay in the cafe.(Part of the craft fair/market stalls weekend). ...

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

Northumberlandia near Cramlington
Outdoor Event
Stalls selling a range of goods from crafts to food, plus fun activities for all the family to enjoy. This is an outdoor event. Free entry. ...

HarbourView
Family event
Celebrating why Amble became known as "The friendliest Port" ...

Ashington Summer Fayre 2018
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. ...

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!  ...

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) ...

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!  ...

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!  ...

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

Carham 1018 Living History and Re-enactment Weekend
Outdoor Event
Carham
Organised by the Carham 1018 Society, a re-enactment marking the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Carham will take place over the weekend of 7th and 8th July.  ...

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, ...

Chesters Bath-House
Events
Centuries after the end of the Roman frontier, the lawless Border Reiver families dominated "The Debateable Lands" between England and Scotland for 200 years - raiding, robbing and pillaging. The than ...

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

Ratty Ramble
Wildlife events
Kielder
Come and join us for a couple of hours and we'll talk to you about our project and then take you out into the forest to look for signs of our recently released water voles and with lots of crossed fin ...

Glendale Family Fun Day
Outdoor Event
Wooler
A free afternoon of family fun from noon till 4pm with sporting activities including football, goal shoot outs, netball shoot out, bowling, tennis and boxing demos; craft tent, face painting, bouncy c ...

Chesters Bath-House
Events
Enjoy a heart-thumping contest of skill as two teams of Roman soldiers fight to fend off their foe. With muscle and mastery they'll exchange blows with swords and shields and showcase their prowess at ...

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

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 ...

Rusty Bodkins
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’) ...

Pop-Up Ashington Group Hut
Exhibition
Ashington
Join us for an exciting opportunity where everyone can have a go at making art in our artist-led Pop-Up Ashington Group Hut. This fun and family friendly experience is inspired by the hut where the As ...

Matt Cardle
Music & Dance
Bedlington
Matt Cardle is coming to Gallagher Park Bedlington! Free event for all the family ...

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

Castle and Keep
Family event
Join our costumed master medieval falconers, Raphael Falconry at Warkworth Castle in Northumberland and be wowed by demonstrations of the Sport of Kings. Witness spectacular aerial displays of birds o ...

Merle Yurt amoungst woods and fells
Family event
Join Wild Intrigue Expedition guides Heather Devey and Cain Scrimgeour for an evening at Wild Northumbrian, Thorneyburn. Immersed in a beautiful landscape, we will create delicious stone bake pizzas, ...

Medieval Life Week
Family event
Alnwick
An entertaining cast of characters shows you what life was really like in the middle ages, from skilled artisans and expert falconers to artful jesters and a frankly inexplicable alchemist! ...

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 ...

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

The HandleBards - Twelfth Night
Outdoor Event
The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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