Step into Northumberland throughout Spring

Whilst Northumberland is beautiful in all weathers at any time of the year, Northumberland really does blossom in the Spring.

Prepare to get back to nature with England’s most tranquil National Park, the largest reservoir in Northern Europe, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many Nature Reserves just waiting to be explored. You'll see the Ospreys returning to Kielder Water & Forest Park, discover rare Black Grouse in the heather moorland of the North Pennines AONB, and find freshly-hatched Pufflings on Coquet Island and the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast.

Our gardens excel themselves in spring, bursting into life after the long winter. Howick Hall Garden & Arboretum is a gardener's paradise, with the grounds packed full of daffodils from March. The Alnwick Garden is open all year round, with events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival showcasing the delights of the new season.

Many of Northumberland’s heritage sites, halls and castles have stunning gardens. Explore the extensive grounds at Cragside, whose Rhododendron display is legendary. Marvel at the microclimate of The Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, home to a vast array of exotic plans and trees usually found across the globe.

Springtime also benefits from two Bank Holidays in May. Take advantage of this free time and make sure a visit to Northumberland in spring is on your to-do list.

Keep an eye on our events guide below to see what's on this spring.

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  • Type: Event
  • Category group: , Wildlife Events, Talk/Lecture, Star Gazing Events, Sporting Event, Shows & Displays, Outdoor Event, Music & Dance, Guided Walk/Tours, Food Event, Family, Exhibition, Cycling Event, Ceremony, Arts and Crafts
  • Start date: 28/04/2017
  • End date: 22/06/2017
  • Type(s): Events
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.  ...
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. ...
Triceratops
Family event
Ashington
Step back in time with Brick Dinos and meet dinosaurs in miniature each one masterfully built using LEGO® bricks.  ...
The Gruffalo Spotter
Outdoor Event
The Gruffalo adventure has returned to Kielder Water and Forest Park. The amazing App (download before you leave home) will bring this trail alive for you and your family. The trail is already a hit ...
Illustrating Harry Potter
Arts and Crafts
An exhibition featuring the stunning illustrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by Jim Kay. Open Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. ...
The Battle of Orgreave
Exhibition
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum's colliery site provides a poignant environment to experience Jeremy Deller's artwork about the Battle of Orgreave. ...
Trai launching her new exhibition
Exhibition
The new exhibition in the Billiard Room offers the opportunity to visit the hotel and see some inspiring photography ...
Volunteer Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. ...
Hadrian's Cavalry
Family event
Bardon Mill
Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Taking ...
Water Colour Painting Classes
Arts and Crafts
Amble
A tutor led watercolour painting class. Develop your current skills or start as a beginner. Meet new people with similar interests. ...
West Wood Challenge
Family event
Take a trip around the West Wood to take part in our interactive transport challenge. ...
Morris Manson Artist
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Exhibition of artwork in the Latimer room by the artist Morris Manson. ...
Moving into Wallington
Exhibition
Discover how the Trevelyans turned the house at Wallington into a home when they moved in. ...
Guided Walks Bamburgh
Guided Walk/Tours
A walk around the history of Bamburgh village and castle with an experienced local tour guide. ...
Blyth Artisan's Market 2017
Arts and Crafts
Blyth
Arts and Craft and food stalls held in the Keel Row shopping centre and outside on the market place ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
How to be a Redcoat at Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Stand guard and become a first class soldier this May half-term as Northumberland's mini soldiers are put through their paces ...
Amble Puffin Festival
Outdoor Event
Amble
Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! Fun and activities in the Friendliest Port at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins, as they prepare to take care for their newly h ...
Allen Valley Crafted Miracles
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
13 scenes from the Gospels crafted by churches, schools and community groups in the Allen Valleys ...
Scottish Colourists
Exhibition
Berwick-upon-Tweed
'Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection' is the first major touring exhibition curated by the renowned Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation ...
Dragon Cycle Trail Opening
Cycling event
Family cycling comes to Wallington. The opening of our new Dragon Cycle Trail starts with two days celebrating all things pedal powered. ...
Party on the Parade
Outdoor Event
Sunday 28th May 2017 is the date of the Party on the Parade - with music, entertainment and cream teas. ...
Rothbury Street Fair
Family event
Rothbury
The Rothbury Street fair is a much loved event which takes place in the traditonal stone market town of Rothbury ...
bubble trains
Family event
Join Heatherslaw Light Railway for a day of Bank Holiday Bubble Trains - free bubbles to all children travelling on the train (until stocks run out!) See if you can make a massive cloud of bubbles as ...
Etal Village Hall
Food Event
Etal
over 15 local foodies and crafters selling their wares; free parking; free admission. ...
Paddington™ is visiting Manor Walks – Centre Mall for story time!
Family event
Cramlington
Paddington™ is visiting Manor Walks – Centre Mall for story time! ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Greenhead
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is called Safari on Foot. ...
Heritage Skills
Arts and Crafts
Newton-by-the-Sea
As part of the Heritage Skills initiative, The Maritime Centre are hosting 3 events on 3 different dates. Stone Carving Day and Property Owners Event. ...
RSC: Antony & Cleopatra
Shows & Displays
Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. ...
Picnic bench
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 ...
Treasure Trail Challenge
Family event
Hexham
Have fun in Northumberland National Park following one of our trails around Wooler Common.  ...
Beyond the End of the Road
Music & Dance
Belford
A Unique Northumberland Musical and Midsummer Shindig. When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems… ...
Our Country's Good
Shows & Displays
Australia 1789. A young lieutenant is directing rehearsals of the first play ever to be staged in that country ...
Barbican String Quartet
Music & Dance
Alwinton
The Barbican String Quartet has been acclaimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) ...
Brandon McPhee
Shows & Displays
The Brandon McPhee Show returns to The Maltings following their outstanding show last year! ...
Storytelling
Family event
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Creep down to the farm and listen to stories and folklore from all over the world about insects! ...
Motor boat
Wildlife events
Come and join us for an afternoon or early evening Osprey and Wildlife motor boat cruise around Kielder Water. Enjoy a guided trip around the lake with us to take in as much wildlife as we can.&n ...
Belladonna and the Venus Fly Trap
Family event
Meet Belladonna, the beautiful but deadly gardener, as she tries to catch a tasty morsel for her hungry Venus Flytraps. ...
Front Cover
Sporting Event
Belsay Horse Trials will be celebrating its' 5th Anniversary.  Come and join us for one of the top sporting events in Northumberland. ...
Two Horses in Harness
Shows & Displays
Cornhill-on-Tweed
This popular event will take place on Etal Showground.  Showcasing showing, driving, riding and traditional skills this is a great family day out. Refreshments available. ...
Print the View
Arts and Crafts
Bardon Mill
Join us for a printing workshop with a difference. Inspiration drawn from Greenlee Lough, a hidden haven for wildlife. ...
Rory Bremner: Partly Political
Shows & Displays
With Trump, Boris and Brexit fresh in the memory, Rory’s on a mission to make sense (and nonsense) of it all. ...
Mr Corvan's Music Hall
Shows & Displays
This fantastic new musical play tells the incredible story of the North East’s first music hall superstar...Ned Corvan. ...
Beyond the End of the Road
Music & Dance
Morpeth
A Unique Northumberland Musical and Midsummer Shindig. When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems… ...
Music & Dance
Cornhill-on-Tweed
The Andante Chamber Choir, a 32-voice a-capella choir, sing a selection of songs, both sacred and secular, on the theme of LOVE - love of God, romantic love, love of country, love of friendship an ...
Northumberland Miner's Picnic
Family event
Ashington
Celebrate the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2017: a fun, family day out rooted in local heritage reimagined with a contemporary twist! ...
Live Music - Bob Fox
Music & Dance
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Bob is welcomed back to Etal Village Hall for a solo concert which will hopefully feature many of the songs from Bob’s stint as Songman in the stage show of Warhorse. ...
Vintage Motorcycles -
Outdoor Event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
In 2017 the annual Vintage Motorcycle event, "The Bamburgh Run" will be hosted from Etal, at the Village Hall. Come along to meet the riders, see their bikes and wave them off! ...
Harthope Valley
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
This Harthope Valley walk has a short steep climb which is worth the effort for spectacular views of valley and coast.  ...
Open Farm Sunday
Family event
Open Farm Sunday allows everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer ...
Beyond the End of the Road
Music & Dance
Morpeth
A Unique Northumberland Musical and Midsummer Shindig. When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems… ...
LEAF Open Farm Sunday
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Meet Farmer Anthony Carroll and discover the world of conventional and organic potato farming ...
Farne Tour
Wildlife events
Join us for a great package holiday based at our Bellingham site. ...
What does the river say?
Outdoor Event
Hexham
This is a reflective mindfulness walk along the Tyne… looking and listening and sharing words. ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Craster
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present an informal and lively concert of traditional tunes, songs and stories ...
Cragend Farm
Guided Walk/Tours
Rothbury
SPECIAL SUMMER OPEN DAY: Visit Cragend Farm and explore the Victorian farm steading designed and created by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. ...
The Maltings Junior Youth Theatre: Interstella Cinderella
Shows & Displays
The Maltings Junior Youth Theatre return after last years outstanding Bugsy Malone, for their annual summer performance! ...
The Colours of Kenny Roach
Shows & Displays
A warm, funny and deeply moving drama about creativity, the nature of the artist and the self-destructive impulse of addiction. ...
Beyond the End of the Road
Music & Dance
Kirknewton
A Unique Northumberland Musical and Midsummer Shindig. When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems… ...
Mighty Dub Fest
Outdoor Event
The most Northern VW weekend festival in England. Set over looking the most famous location Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. ...
Fun Dog Show
Family event
Belford
24 classes over the weekend all winners go through to best in show. Entertainment for all the family ...
Mid Summer Madness
Exhibition
Hexham
An exhibition of new paintings, also prints, gifts and cards. Paintings are hung throughout the house, visitors are welcome to browse. ...
Garden Party
Family event
Stocksfield
Fun for all the family. Sit and relax with strawberries and cream or tea and cake. Live music. ...
Father's Day at Jesmond Dene House
Food Event
Show your Dad that he's your hero by treating him to a mouth-watering 3 course Sunday lunch. ...
Beyond the End of the Road
Music & Dance
Berwick-upon-Tweed
A Unique Northumberland Musical and Midsummer Shindig. When the city meets the Northumberland countryside, all is not what it seems… ...
Ad Solem Chamber Choir
Music & Dance
Alwinton
This talented group of young singers from The University of Manchester perform unaccompanied choral music. ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Holy Island
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present a lively and informal evening of traditional tunes, songs and stories from the area ...
National Theatre Live: Salome
Shows & Displays
This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the centre of a revolution. ...
Crafternoon Tea
Arts and Crafts
Ashington
A unique twist on a traditional afternoon tea. Our CRAFTERNOON TEA combines a three hour tutor-led craft session with a wonderful afternoon tea. For further information or to book call 01670 841200 e ...
Family Astronomy
Star gazing events
Family astronomy at Kielder Observatory: what is it all about? Well, the skies, the Universe and everything that is in it! Tonight you sit back, relax and listen to your kids amaze you! Watch their fa ...
A Universe Full of Stars
Star gazing events
The Universe... Why is it here? How did it start? How old is it? How big is it? How will it end? These are a sample of the questions that have engaged civilisations throughout millennia. Science has c ...
Wild Food Forage and Feast
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Our full day foraging courses begin in the springtime when the new growth of plants produces an abundance of choice for the forager. From the versatile ramson (wild garlic), to the unique flavour of h ...
Aurora Night
Star gazing events
Our most popular event... The Northern Lights! What are they? How do we see them? They have influenced fairy tales and folklore for millennia, shaped communities and religious beliefs, provided civili ...
Hadrian's Wall Charity Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Greenhead
This is a linear walk, taking in some of the most spectacular sections of the Wall. We'll cover a distance of 17.5m/27k, from Walltown to Chollerford, and it should take around eight hours to comp ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
Jams
Outdoor Event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Traditional farmers market held every 3rd Sunday in the month at the spectacular Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. ...
Weaving on a Peg Loom
Arts and Crafts
Learn easy weaving with a peg loom and make a beautiful mat, wall hanging or maybe a small cushion cover with colourful plant dyed wool. Lots of colours and textures to explore. Also if time allows, ...
Weaving on a Brinkley loom
Arts and Crafts
Discover how to weave on a Brinkley loom and make a hanging or maybe a small bag with fabulous plant dyed wool fleece. ...

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