Northumberland Events Guide

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.

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Live Music - Rosie Doon & Ben Murray
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
Two talented young folk musicians with their haunting and beautiful arrangements of songs old and new. ...
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 ...
Orionids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Orionid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
Xmas Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre Xmas Craft Fair. for more info on booking call into the Centre or ring 01670 811951. ...
Christmas Day Lunch
Food Event
A festive turkey feast will be on offer in both our Restaurant and the Great Hall. ...
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 ...
An evening with award winning Northumberland-based artist Mary Ann Rogers
Arts and Crafts
Alnwick
The Alnwick committee of the NSPCC invite you to an evening with award winning Northumberland-based artist Mary Ann Rogers. ...
Guided Walks Bamburgh
Guided Walk/Tours
A walk around the history of Bamburgh village and castle with an experienced local tour guide. ...
Autumn Pop-up Markets
Arts and Crafts
Etal
The St Abb's traders return for two final pop up markets this Autumn, on 25th and 26th October. ...
Christmas Aurora Night
Star gazing events
What better way to start off the festivities than with a night learning all about the Aurora Borealis. ...
Lee Westwood
Sporting Event
Close House have been chosen as the official venue of the British Masters in 2017, supported by Sky Sports. The event will be hosted by none other than Lee Westwood, Close House's attached tour profes ...
Bernicia Creative
Arts and Crafts
We have some availability left for our Beginners Upholstery Classes at Kirkharle Courtyard. ...
American Wrestling - W3L Wrestling Showdown
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Live American Wrestling action from the World Wide Wrestling League ...
Concert of traditional music
Music & Dance
Craster
Andy and Margaret Watchorn present an informal and lively concert of traditional tunes, songs and stories ...
New Year's Eve Dinner
Food Event
Celebrate the arrival of a new year in the beautiful surroundings of our 3 AA Rosette restaurant. ...
An Evening with Gary Fildes
Star gazing events
Join us for an evening with our Founder and Director Gary Fildes and listen as he uses his enthusiastic teaching to create a wonderful atmosphere of learning. ...
Autumn Art
Family event
Greenhead
Join us at half term for autumn art in Northumberland National Park. Come have a go at making some nature-inspired art! ...
Late Night Jazz (Hexham Abbey Festival)
Music & Dance
Hexham
It is twenty years since Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles recorded their first album together. ...
Belyse Mittens
Arts and Crafts
Felton
Come and learn to knit a pair of fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif in stranded colour work ...
Eco printing & Shibori (2 days)
Arts and Crafts
Eco printing is perhaps best described as natural printing, the colours and outlines obtained are from the plants themselves ...
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 ...
Christmas Lat Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
A festive deep sky get together and a chance to let those festive spirits fly, tonight we will guide you through the deep distant universe... ...
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 ...
Voices of Hope
Music & Dance
Hexham
National Choir of the Year 2016 Candlelight Concert De Profundis – From the Depths National Choir of the Year ‘Voices of Hope’ ...
Leonids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the famous Leonid Meteor Shower, every year the atmosphere of the earth is peppered with comet dust. ...
Discover Fest - Bird Ringing
Wildlife events
Join Northumbria Ringing Group for a bird ringing demonstration, a chance to see wild birds up close. ...
Methera Play Coquetdale Music Trust
Music & Dance
Thropton
Methera is a unique ensemble: a string quartet with roots firmly planted in English traditional music. ...
Bernicia Creative Christmas Fair
Arts and Crafts
A range of local food and craft stalls. Stalls will be in our indoor marquee. Suitable for all ages! ...
Full Moon Party
Star gazing events
The Moon.... Our nearest neighbour in space. Its big, its bright and we know it well. ...
Funny bones & Hallowe'en fun
Family event
Morpeth
Whether you're a scary monster or a spell casting witch, come along to Wallington to start Hallowe'en celebrations. ...
Discover Fest - Bus Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Blaydon On Tyne
Ride on the iconic Go North East red kite bus, as it travels up the valley, stopping at key heritage sight ...
Creatures of the Night
Guided Walk/Tours
Amble
Let us introduce you to some of our nocturnal wildlife at Hauxley in the run up to Halloween. ...
Poker
Music & Dance
Party Day with our poker players from Roulette Wheel Company ...
CURATOR LED ART TOUR
Book tickets
Outdoor Event
Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe  Advanced booking essential ...
Go Batty in Autumn
Family event
Ingram
Wild Wednesdays are a way for children to explore, play, discover and enjoy Northumberland National Park. This Wild Wednesday is about bats.  ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder 4×4 Safari - driving the tracks deep in the heart of Kielder Forest in Northumberland. ...
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Outdoor Event
How many autumnal treasures can you collect on your scavenger hunt? ...
Art Exhibition. Peter Quinn: Watercolours
Exhibition
Bright colour and an enjoyment of paint are the hallmarks of Peter Quinn’s work. ...
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.  ...
Night Sky Safari
Star gazing events
Come and experience an unforgettable night of observational astronomy under the starry skies of Kielder and the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe - the Northumberland International Dar ...
Autumn Birds at Hauxley
Wildlife events
Amble
Join us for a walk focusing on identifying the birds of the Hauxley reserve and learn all about their incredible journeys. ...
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 ...
Jingle Bells
Family event
Celebrate the wonder of Christmas by getting up close with these festive characters, starring Crumpet the elf and Blitsen the reindeer. ...
Indigo & Shibori (half day)
Arts and Crafts
Discover clamping, stitching and folding techniques to create your own designs and patterns on fabric. ...
Make a Wee Driftwood Character with Liz Reed
Arts and Crafts
Felton
A fun workshop with Liz learning to make a Wee Driftwood Character. ...
Late Night Dark Skies
Star gazing events
Come and join our inspirational team of astronomers as we observe the darkest of night skies above the internationally renowned Kielder Observatory. ...
halloween 2
Arts and Crafts
Fun Halloween themed activities for children aged 5 - 12. Create some masterpieces to take away with you. ...
Christmas by Twilight
Family event
Morpeth
Visit Wallington after dark and see the house beautifully decorated for Christmas and illuminated by thousands of twinkly lights. ...
The Christmas Fair
Family event
Hexham
Over 125 stands of Art, Crafts, Gifts and Food throughout the Leisure Centre and the huge indoor marquee ...
Santa and Merlin the Giant  'reindeer'
Fairs and Fetes
Traditional festive market with over 50 food and craft stalls, inside Lady Waterford Hall in Ford Village and outside in a marquee. Music, Santa and his Clydesdale horse, range of delicious refreshmen ...
Art Auction
Exhibition
Wooler
100 original paintings by professional and amateur artists will be auctioned in aid of Macmillan Nurses. ...
Discovering the Birds of Druridge Bay
Wildlife events
Join local bird expert Tom Cadwallender on a 10 kilometre guided walk from Cresswell Pond to Hauxley Nature Reserve ...
Matthew McAllister
Music & Dance
Hexham
Scottish guitarist Matthew McAllister is widely regarded as one of the most talented guitarists in Europe. ...
Blake - Songs of Stage & Screen
Music & Dance
Blyth
British harmony trio BLAKE are back with a brand-new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centres Autumn Craft Fair. Please call in at the Centre or ring - 01670 811951. ...
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. ...
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, ...
Coffee Concert (Hexham Abbey Festival)
Music & Dance
Hexham
Martin Hughes and David Murray team up once again for this coffee concert with croissants… Bon Appetit! ...
Create Christmas at Wallington
Arts and Crafts
Morpeth
Visit before it officially opens at Christmas for a sneaky peek behind the scenes and help finish the Christmas decorating. ...
10 Mile Family Walk
Family event
Hexham
To mark their 10th Year, the charity have teamed up with the Hexham Courant to host a special family walking event. ...
Kielder 4x4 Safari
Outdoor Event
Kielder
A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of Kielder Forest in your own 4x4.  ...
Kielder Trail Reavers
Outdoor Event
Kielder
We are a voluntary group of enthusiastic mountain bikers who maintain and build the Mountain Bike trails at Kielder.  We meet up once a month and all volunteers are welcome. ...
Phill Jupitus: Juplicity
Shows & Displays
Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and TV stalwart Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs ...
Christmas Penguins
Family event
Lock up your fish! Meet Crumpet the Elf and his friends the penguin family. ...
World Rivers Day
Family event
Hexham
Join us on World Rivers Day and find out what creepy-crawlies lurk in the hidden depths of the River Breamish ...
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. ...
Halloween Half Term at Alnwick Castle
Family event
If you DARE to join us this Halloween Half Term, you’re in for a spooktacular delight! ...
School Holiday Fun at Hauxley
Family event
Join us every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays for wildlife activities for your budding nature enthusiasts. We'll have lots of great activities to get children aged 5-12 up-close an ...
Astro Photography
Star gazing events
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of objects in space like the ones you see in magazines, newspapers and astronomy websites? No specialist knowledge is required, and we'll show you how to take ama ...
Orion
Star gazing events
The giant constellation of Orion has been rcecognised throughout millennia as one of the most inspiring sights of the night sky. ...
Boxing Day Lunch
Food Event
After the festive celebrations join us in the Restaurant for a relaxing three-course lunch. ...
Alnwick Christmas Market
Outdoor Event
A fantastic Christmas Market hosted in the historic market town of Alnwick, with local produce, gifts and entertainment. ...
Royal Northern Sinfonia: Borodin, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn
Shows & Displays
"There is no better chamber orchestra in Britain" - The Guardian "A compelling, animated performance" - Darlington and Stockton Times 28’ BORODIN String Quintet in F minor 9’ SHOSTAKOVICH ...
Space Kids
Workshops
A return of one of our most popular holiday time events…for the parents and the young scientists they accompany. Our Space kids events are designed to inspire, enthuse and educate, in a way the ...
Christmas Party Night
Food Event
If you want to party but don't want to organise one, we've got just the thing. ...
BFMAF 2017
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. ...
Tracks and Signs, an Introduction
Wildlife events
An introductory session to field tracks and signs. ...
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 ...
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Music & Dance
Yarrow
Seasonal instrumental favourites in beautiful atmospheric settings. ...
Kielder Marathon
Sporting Event
Kielder
The Active Northumberland Kielder Marathon route follows an almost entirely off-road course around northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder Water. ...
Live Music - Talisk
Music & Dance
Ford and Etal Estate
Scottish trio with a captivating sound that makes them one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene. ...
Moving into Wallington
Exhibition
Discover how the Trevelyans turned the house at Wallington into a home when they moved in. ...
Batty
Arts and Crafts
Get your pumpkins ready and have a go at batty Halloween crafts. All materials will be provided, including pumpkins. ...
Discover Fest - Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Blaydon On Tyne
Join the Friends of Red Kites and members of Sunniside Local History Society for a leisurely stroll around Derwenthaugh Park ...
Christmas Farmers Market
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Indoor Christmas Market with local food and craft/gift producers. ...
Autumn Wildlife
Guided Walk/Tours
Amble
Join us for a walk around the Hauxley reserve focusing on autumn wildlife and the habitats and plants ...
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 ...
Michael English
Shows & Displays
Michael English has rose to be one of the Ireland’s top Country music stars since forming his own band just 3 years ago, he has been going down a storm ever since on the Irish & UK dancing scene ...
Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus and Orchestra
Music & Dance
Hexham
The Flavour of France Hexham Abbey Festival Chorus and Orchestra ...
The Snow Lion
Family event
From the Forests of Eternal Snow pads the giant white lion, celebrates the light of human kindness in the depths of winter's darkest days. ...
Geminids
Star gazing events
Join us at Kielder Observatory for the Geminids meteor shower, named after the constellation Gemini from which they appear to radiate. ...
New Years Eve Party
Star gazing events
Kielder
Who needs fireworks when you've got a sky lit by thousands of nuclear furnaces!? ...
Photography Workshop
Talk/Lecture
Join Jason Friend, award-winning landscape photographer, on a special 1 day landscape photography tuition course ...
Forget Me Not - The Alzheimer's Whodunnit
Family event
This one-man comedy poetry theatre show has a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia. ...
Tall Tales Tree Trail
Family event
Morpeth
Follow this fantastical story trail through the woods and discover fascinating facts about the wonderful trees that grow there. ...
Creatures of the night
Wildlife events
Let us introduce you to some of our nocturnal wildlife at Hauxley in the run up to Halloween. ...
The Shepherd's Cairn
Guided Walk/Tours
Alnham
Join our National Park Rangers on one of their favourite walks to the Shepherd’s Cairn.  ...
Discover Fest - 5 Mile Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Blackhall
Join a local walk leader to learn about some of our native trees and woodlands ...
New Year's Day Lunch
Food Event
Start the year with a refreshing stroll through Jesmond Dene followed by a three-course lunch in our Restaurant. ...
Learn to make a Liebevoll Scarf
Arts and Crafts
Felton
A simple shawl featuring a fun cable design that uses Barbara Walker’s closed ring cable technique ...
Chris Cross
Family event
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Live at the Tyne & Chris Cross present: “The Greatest Show on the Tyne” Fri 6th Oct 2017 | 7.00pm ...
Volunteer Guided Walk
Guided Walk/Tours
Hexham
Discover the best routes in the Northumberland National Park on our Volunteer Guided Walks. ...
Festive Afternoon Tea in the Great Hall
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...
A Beginners Guide To Astronomy
Star gazing events
NASTRO (Northumberland Astronomical Society) invites you to come along and see what astronomy is all about. ...
In Focus
Exhibition
Try and buy a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment at our popular Hauxley Nature Reserve. ...
Twilight Tour
Guided Walk/Tours
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The guides dressed in full costume will take you on a tour through the house during the twilight hours. ...
Autumn Craft Fair
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Craft Fair down at Newbiggin Maritime Centre ...
A Beginners Guide to Astronomy
Star gazing events
NASTRO (Northumberland Astronomical Society) invites you to come along and see what astronomy is all about. ...
The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show
Shows & Displays
Alnwick
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Magnificent Milky Way
Star gazing events
The magnificent Milky Way... our home in the Universe! ...
A Year in Review
Star gazing events
2017 was a spendid year in the cosmos and we had a wonderful time explaining it all to our guests. ...
Santa Special Trains
Family event
Ford and Etal Estate
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. ...
Jams
Outdoor Event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Traditional farmers market held every 3rd Sunday in the month at the spectacular Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre. ...
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 ...
Autumn Wildlife
Wildlife events
Join us for a walk around the Hauxley reserve focusing on autumn wildlife and the habitats and plants ...
Autumn Birds
Wildlife events
Join us for a walk focusing on identifying the birds of the Hauxley reserve including autumn migrants ...
Kielder Winter Wonderland
Outdoor Event
Make magical memories to last a lifetime at Kielder Winter Wonderland!   ...
Festive Afternoon Tea
Food Event
Take a break from the madness of Christmas shopping and treat yourself to a Champagne afternoon tea ...
Halloween Week
Family event
Enjoy a spooktacular week of fun at Ford & Etal celebrating hallowe'en - terrorific treats for kids in costume too! ...
Red Squirrel Week
Wildlife events
Join our Red Squirrel Ranger for squirrel spotting walks and squirrel themed activities in the West Wood ...

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