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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Ford Christmas Market
Arts and Crafts
Ford and Etal Estate
This popular market returns in 2018, offering a wide range of stalls selling local and artisan foods, gifts and crafts.  ...
Alnwick Christmas Lights 2018
Family event
A variety of events take place in and around the Market Place, where the Lights are switched on at 7pm.The lights will be switched on by the Duchess of Northumberland. ...
Winter Wonderland Birds
Family event
These magical giant birds with their stunning fanned tails are illuminated for a winter wonderland spectacular as a living example of the song lyric from the Twelve Days of Christmas ‘Two Callin ...
Meet Santa @ Whitehouse Farm
Family event
Morpeth
Join us this Festive Season to make some lasting memories with your family, the Santa Experience is our Premium Christmas Event and will add a touch of Magic to Christmas 2018.  ...
Christmas Printmaking & Craft Workshops at Bamburgh Castle
Arts and Crafts
Festive creativity in the magnificent setting of Bamburgh Castle. Thursday 6th December 10am – 2.30pm Spend a lovely festive day learning how to use mono-printing techniques to create beautiful ...
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Sporting Event
Deep winter 24 hour mountain bike race for the less sane of mind. Solo, pairs or quads. ...
Northumberland Theatre Company: The Little Maid who danced to every mood (children's show)
Shows & Displays
Amble
Hear about the impact philanthropy has had on Northumberland Theatre Company and then enjoy a performance of ‘The Little Girl Who Danced To Every Mood’. We follow our heroine on her journe ...
Christmas Fayre
Arts and Crafts
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The annual Christmas Fayre, featuring an amazing array of goods for sale - handmade knitting, bric-a-brac, Christmas cards, books, home baking, as well as tea/coffee and homemade cream scones. There a ...
Andrew Gray Exhibition - The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
Born and bred Northumbrian landscape photographer with a difference! Combining the love of history and mythology, creating abstract and impressionist works using a camera as if it were a brush. Andy ...
Christmas In Corbridge
Family event
Corbridge
Market stalls, late night shopping, street food, carol singing, entertainment and good cheer plus over 80 festive trees filling St Andrew’s Church. ...
Weekend Late Night Event
Star gazing events
Most Fridays and Saturdays in the late slot (approx. midnight-3am, please check website for times) we run our premium weekend events. These run similar to our main evening events but have a reduced nu ...
Introduction to owls and owl pellets,
Wildlife events
Amble
This workshop covers the owls of the UK, their identification, biology and ecology followed by a session on owl pellet dissection where we will learn how to identify and record the contents of a pelle ...
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 ...
Santa's Arrival at Berwick Garden Centre
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Welcome Santa to Berwick Garden Centre! Arrive for 10.15am for a MAGICal surprise from Damo and Marvo before meeting Santa at 11am. Visit Santa every Saturday & Sunday 11-4pm, until Christmas. Las ...
9th World Congress on Biopolymers & Bioplastics
Talk/Lecture
Since 2016, Biopolymer Congress has been contributing successfully to the global scientific research field. 8th World Congress on Biopolymers & Bioplastics was held during June 28-29, 2018 at Berl ...
The Alnwick Garden Trust: The Philanthropy that Built The Alnwick Garden
Exhibition
A small exhibition will be displayed in the Atrium at The Alnwick Garden to celebrate the contributions from the people who have made The Alnwick Garden possible, from The Duchess of Northumberland to ...
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Light show
Outdoor Event
Come and join us after dark this Christmas to see our fantastic Christmas light show, new for 2018 ...
Ellingham Hall Christmas Fair 2018
Family event
Chathill
Our annual Family Christmas Fair’ is a festive day out for all the family. Visit a range of stalls offering gifts, crafts, foodie treats and Christmas goodies. ...
Christmas Belles
Family event
Summon the spirit of Christmas past with these charming Christmas Belles. Our joyous duo shimmer scarlet with waving gold ribbons and ring out yuletide chimes of good cheer with syncopated hand ch ...
Main Evening Event
Star gazing events
Spend an evening at the Kielder Observatory with a team of experienced astronomers and we will share with you the wonders of the Universe. We are located in the heart of the Dark Sky Park and our fant ...
Relaxed Early Opening: Pit Yard Skating
Family event
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum will open early and this magical event will provide a more relaxed session for visitors on the autism spectrum and those who would feel more comfortable in a quieter environment. Come ...
Lewis Burn 8
Sporting Event
New for 2019 is the Lewis Burn 8.  This 8 hour race is based on the delightful Lewis Burn trail on the south shore of Kielder reservoir.  The loop will be just under 9 miles long with plenty ...
Felton Fair
Shows & Displays
Felton
A traditional Village Fair with something for everyone. ...
Jane Kell at The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
Jane Kell started painting in 2010 and is essentially untrained although both her parents are painters and she admits that growing up she must have absorbed something more than just the smell of turps ...
KSY Craft Fairs
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Monthly Craft Fair. Local crafters. Third Sunday of the month. ...
Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom: The Old School Gallery | Alnmouth
Exhibition
Alnmouth
By The Sea ‘I started early, took my dog And visited the sea’ From By the Sea. Emily Dickinson Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been living together with their four children on t ...
Northumberland County Zoo - Christmas Owl events
Family event
Morpeth
"This Festive season, the Christmas owls have returned to collect your Letters to Santa and fly them up to the North Pole! The fun starts off with a visit to the Christmas Grotto where children wil ...
Santa Specials on the Railway
Family event
Santa Specials at Heatherslaw Light Railway - fun for all the family. Trains run at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm, cost £12.00 per person.  ...
Learn how to draw a caricature with Barrie James
Shows & Displays
Prudhoe
Come along and learn how to draw a caricature with the North East's premiere caricaturist “Barrie James” in a fun interactive session. The session is open to anyone over the age of 55 in Northumbe ...
Christmas at Mary Ann Rogers Gallery
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Step in, enjoy a warm welcome with complimentary mulled wine and home-made mince pies and browse the paintings of one of the UK's most popular artists. Famous for her strutting cockerels, bouncing ho ...
Alan O'Cain art exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings by Alan O'Cain ...
The Snow Lion at The Alnwick Garden
Family event
Returning this year from the Forsets of Eternal Snow is the giant, white snow lion ...
Pipe Dreams Exhibition
Arts and Crafts
A photographic installation of subtly coloured urban streets and figures showing the frailty of our existence by Rolf Wojciechowski. OPEN EVENING Saturday 10th November 6 - 8pm with free food and nibb ...
Ashington Christmas Light Switch-On
Family event
A fun family event is planned to run from 1pm till 7pm on the main section of Station Road. The event will include musical performances from Swing Singer Paul Skerritt as well as Bothal Primary Choir ...
Kielder MTB Marathon
Sporting Event
50 mile sportive or 100 mtb race using the trails around Kielder ...
Christmas Belles
Family event
Summon the spirit of Christmas past with the Christmas Belles on stilts. ...
Whitehouse Farm Santa Experience 2018
Family event
Join us this Festive Season to make some lasting memories with your family, the Santa Experience is our Premium Christmas Event and will add a touch of Magic to Christmas 2018. ...
Northumberland Pride Charity Christmas concert
Music & Dance
Morpeth
Join us for the very first Northumberland Pride Christmas Concert (by candlelight). ...
7th Edition of International Conference on  Pain Management
Ceremony
We are inviting you to attend our “7th Edition of International Conference on Pain Management” which is scheduled t held at Rome, Italy on March 25-26, 2019. Pain Management 2019 spreads a ...
New Year's Eve Dinner
Food Event
New Year’s Eve is always a very special night for everyone and Alnwick Castle is ready to help you celebrate in splendour! Treat yourselves to a fantastic five-course New Year Dinner here with l ...
Jack and the Beanstalk
Family event
Seaton Delaval
Our hero Jack, his mother Dame Trott and his brother Simon haven’t a bean to their name! Their friendly cow Daisy has gone dry and worse still the village is being destroyed by the evil giant Bl ...
Meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean
Food Event
Ponteland
Come along and meet professional MasterChef winner Gary Maclean. Gary will be holding a book signing for his new book ‘Gary Maclean’s Kitchen Essentials’ as well as food tastings and ...
The Grand Lantern Parade
Family event
"If you have never been before, this is a magical live music, light and movement spectacular. ...
Slate Nature
Arts and Crafts
West Woodburn
Visit our Riverside Studio for unique handmade gifts, for the home & garden, made from reclaimed slate. Slate Christmas trees, bird boxes, bird feeders, plant pots and more. All products can be pe ...
Manor Walks’ Santa’s Grotto
Family event
Cramlington
Taking time out of their busy festive schedule, Santa and his little helpers will be meeting and greeting children at Manor Walks Cramlington this festive season to find out what’s at the top of ...
A Christmas Soirée at Charlton Hall
Music & Dance
Alnwick
Celebrate the festive season in style this December at Charlton Hall. Enjoy a sparkling drinks reception, a delicious 3 course dinner then party the night away with a live DJ set in our magical glass ...
Lunch with Santa at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch and meet Santa before he starts his Christmas rush. ...
Wooler Famers' Market and Christmas lights switch on
Family event
Wooler
Wooler is holding its Christmas Farmers' Market and Christmas lights switch on on Sunday Dec 2. The market runs from noon-3pm in the bus station off the High St. Then there's a free family Christmas f ...
Larraine Duquemin art exhibition
Arts and Crafts
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
An exhibition of paintings in the Breakwater Cafe ...
Enchanted Belsay
Family event
Step into a magical fairy-tale world this December and follow our themed Alice in Wonderland trail through our famous Himalayan quarry gardens and wooded grounds. ...
Christmas Fayre
Arts and Crafts
Ford and Etal Estate
The centre is closed in December, however we open specially for the Christmas Market. The whole centre is transformed ready to welcome Santa before he leaves mid afternoon with Merlin pulling his spec ...
Specialist Events
Talk/Lecture
In response to feedback from guests we have started an exciting new programme of events called “Physics in the Forest". These late night events take place in our new state-of-the-art Gillian Dic ...
Langley Castle Hotel Children Santa Party
Family event
Hexham
Come and enjoy some festive family fun at our Santa Party on Sunday 16th December 2018.   This year Santa is taking some time out of his busy schedule to come and visit us at Langley Castle befo ...
Xmas Birdwatching Books,gifts and Art Sale
Wildlife events
Birdersmarket, the Internet birdwatching resource and marketplace will be present at Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre on Sunday 9th December with a range of xmas gifts for birdwatching enthusiasts. ...
Osprey 12 MTB Race
Sporting Event
12 hour mountain bike race on the blue Osprey trail. Solo or pairs. ...
Manor Walks’ Christmas Light Switch On
Family event
Cramlington
Manor Walks Cramlington is inviting families to a fun filled festive day, to celebrate its Christmas light switch on featuring Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lost Voice Guy, and hosted by the love ...
Haltwhistle Spring Walking Festival 2019
Outdoor Event
A ten day festival with 25 guided walks. Haltwhistle is at the heart of the festival, but walks are in a wide area around about, including the Northumberland National Park, the North Pennines AONB and ...
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.  ...
Clay Pigeon Shoot
Sporting Event
Tarset
Ready, aim, fire! Try your hand at clay pigeon shooting under the guidance of an expert instructor at one of our monthly events.  Whether your an absolute beginner or experienced shooter, you'll ...
Hexham Christmas Market and Abbey Fair
Outdoor Event
Hexham
Come along and visit 70 stalls and shop for gorgeous gifts, unique arts and crafts, fabulous food and of course a warming glass of mulled wine.   ...
Head Elf & Nelson the Pig
Family event
Morpeth
Its the most Magical time of year at Whitehouse Farm Centre, join us to make some Festive memories at Winter Wonderland Tuesday 20th November - Monday 24th December (closed Mondays except 24th Decembe ...
Bamburgh Christmas lights
Shows & Displays
Seahouses
Bamburgh's Annual switch on of the Christmas lights will take place on the 24th of November 2018- commencing with a service at St Aidan's Church. ...
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. ...
Coal Forest art trail opens at Woodhorn Museum
Exhibition
Coal Forest sees magical art installations pop up throughout Woodhorn Museum and its colliery heritage buildings from Saturday 27 October 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019. Accompanied by a six-month ...
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. ...
Crown Studio Gallery Christmas Events
Exhibition
Rothbury
The gallery will be OPEN 7 days a week during December up to and including Christmas Eve 9am to 5pm daily (10am to 5pm Sundays). Come and see the beautifully created Rothbury themed window displays a ...
Christmas Open Days
Shows & Displays
Hexham
Treat yourself to an indulgent shopping experience - original paintings, prints, cards also quirky and luxury gifts all featuring glorious wildlife paintings, with a glass of mulled wine and a home- m ...
Highway Rat
Outdoor Event
Walking Trail with additional features for all the family, look out for the Gruffalo characters along the way. ...
In Focus
Wildlife events
Amble
In Focus experts will be on-hand with a range of optical equipment such as telescopes and binoculars allowing you to try before you buy. Free event, drop in any time during the day. ...
Christmas at Mary Ann Rogers Gallery
Arts and Crafts
Hexham
Step inside the world of wildlife artist, Mary Ann Rogers. Original paintings, prints, cards, stationery, tableware and a host of luxury and quirky gift ideas- adorned with hares, foxes, landscapes an ...
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centres Christmas Fayre
Family event
Berwick-upon-Tweed
The whole centre is transformed ready to welcome Santa before he leaves mid afternoon with Merlin pulling his special Christmas Carriage. ...
Kielder Winter Wonderland
Family event
Make magical memories to last a lifetime at Kielder Winter Wonderland!   ...
Rob Newton at The Old School Gallery.
Exhibition
Alnmouth
NEW EXHIBITION - ROBERT NEWTON * COMMENCING 19TH OCTOBER @ THE OLD SCHOOL GALLERY, ALNMOUTH Born 1964, Robert had a career in engineering before pursuing his artistic talent. He studied Fine Art at Su ...
The Alnwick Garden Light Show
Family event
The Alnwick Garden has been transformed into a festive delight for the family. Whilst meandering through The Garden at night, enjoy the Christmas lights to truly get you in the Christmas spirit. ...

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