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: 24/03/2019
  • End date: 22/06/2019
  • Type(s): Events
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 ...
Into the Woods: Open Exhibition
Exhibition
An open art exhibition at Woodhorn Museum exploring the theme of trees, woodlands and forests: past, present and future. Following the success of Woodhorn Museum’s inaugural open art exhibition ...
Mum Goes Free for Mothers Day
Family event
Morpeth
To celebrate Mothers Day weekend, we are giving Mums's and Grandma's FREE ENTRY, when accompanied by a Full Paying Adult or Child. ...
Intro to Hogwarts led by Ron
Guided Walk/Tours
  Join us as we combine the historical importance of Alnwick Castle and fascinating anecdotes of the Percy Family with the wonderful magical world of Harry Potter. Every Tuesday and Wednesday.&n ...
Forest Friends: Teddy Bears Picnic Crafts
Arts and Crafts
Cramlington
Child activities at Northumberlandia. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To book please contact forestfriends2018@outlook.com. ...
Peterkin the Jester
Family event
Experience fun filled family entertainment, fit for the aristocracy of Northumberland, with our resident jester’s hilarious blend of medieval comedy, magic and occasional mischief! Whether wobbl ...
Easter Bunny & Magic Steve
Family event
Easter is always an egg-citing time of year at Whitehouse Farm, we have lots of Bunnies to cuddle, little Easter Chicks to meet and Lambs to bottle feed too. We have a choc-a-bloc programme of events ...
Build a Teddy Tastic Friend & Easter EGGstravaganza
Family event
Morpeth
A truly special Easter Experience, we have a selection of Bears and Easter themed teddies for your child to make with our team. The first step is to choose your super soft teddy tastic friend from ou ...
The Percy Past Trail
Family event
Explore the grounds of Alnwick Castle and stumble upon some extraordinary and formidable figures of days gone by. ...
Easter 2019 at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Witness spellbinding sorcery, astonishing experiments and hilarious theatrics this Easter at Alnwick Castle.  ...
Rainbow Writing Tablets
Family event
Practice your skill with a stylus! Can you create a beautiful writing tablet? Have a go at writing your name using the Latin cursive alphabet or write a secret message to your friends! Or even create ...
Sill Sunday - The Wonders of Migration
Family event
Hexham
Sill Sundays are a great way to find out more about Northumberland National Park and its flora and fauna. Come and join our Ranger in welcoming back the birds who use the National Park habitat to bree ...
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 ...
Mini Keeper Experience - Easter Holidays
Family event
Morpeth
Do you know an animal mad 7-14 year old who would love a hands on experience with us? Bookings are now open for our Mini Keeper Experiences, running throughout February Half Term. Sessions start at 9 ...
Wild Wednesday - Bushcraft Basics
Family event
Greenhead
Join us at Walltown and learn Bushcraft Basics on our next Wild Wednesday sessions. Try out survival skills and join Northumberland National Park Rangers on one of their Bushcraft sessions. Activities ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Go wild at Woodhorn Museum! Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies as we welcome Guy Tansley of ‘Bugs n Stuff’ to the museum from 10am to 3.30pm. ...
Wonderland fun at Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
Fall down the rabbit hole at Manor Walks this Easter with an array of Wonderland fun for all of the family to enjoy. Little shoppers are invited to a special tea party in Centre Mall on Wednesday 10t ...
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. ...
Lambing Weekend
Family event
Ponteland
Throughout the Spring, our Kirkley Hall Farm team will be working day and night to welcome our lovely lambs into the world safely. For one weekend only, they would like to invite all zoo visitors to m ...
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 ...
Sil Sunday - Call of the Curlew
Family event
Hexham
Join us at The Sill for our next Sill Sunday. Find out all about the Curlews that make the National Park their home. You'll also get creative with curlew themed arts and crafts. Drop in sessions run f ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Go wild at Woodhorn Museum! Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies as we welcome Guy Tansley of ‘Bugs n Stuff’ to the museum from 10am to 3.30pm. Go wild on your own bug hunt ...
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 ...
Easter Eggstravaganza
Family event
Greenhead
Come and join us for some Easter fun, it's sure to be eggciting!! Take part in our Easter Geocache Hunt and see if you can find some tasty treats. Then get creative and make your own Easter chick. ...
Easter Egg Hunt
Family event
Ponteland
Friday 19th April - Sunday 21st April Time: 10am and 12pm (all days) Price: £13 per child (includes one adult), £4.95 (additional adults) The Easter Bunny is getting ready for the busiest ...
Northumberlandia Easter Egg Trail
Family event
Cramlington
Follow the Easter egg trail on site and answer questions as you go. There's a prize at the end for completing the trail. Drop-in, £3 per child. ...
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…)!  ...
Easter Bunny
Family event
The Easter Bunny will be visiting Woodhorn Museum over the long Easter weekend. Find him on site to receive a small treat! The Easter Bunny is due to visit between 11am and 3pm every day from Friday 1 ...
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! ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Norham
Lots of local arts, crafts, gifts and much more on offer on the day. Open from 10am - 2pm. ...
Kite Festival
Family event
Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Newbiggin by the Sea hosts the 8th annual Kite Festival with special kite making workshops for the children and international kite flyers demonstrating spectacular kite flying displays. ...
Sill Sunday - Chocolate Lolly Making
Family event
Hexham
Drop-in to The Sill this Easter Sunday and decorate your own lolly with Bev Stephenson from award-winning North Chocolates. Sticky, sweet, scrumptious and you get to take your own hand-decorated creat ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Etal
Lots of things to see & do at the Ford & Etal Estates for all the family. Local arts, crafts, gifts, & much more on Easter Bank Holiday Monday. Opens 11 am. Dog friendly too. Opposite the Lavender Te ...
Ugly Bug Ball
Family event
Hexham
Come on let's crawl to the Ugly Bug Ball! Join Chalk for a session of crafting, playing and dancing with your mini beasts! Visit the bug bar where you can design and craft your own bug accessories (th ...
Sill Sunday - Ladybirds
Family event
Hexham
Join us at The Sill and learn about the different kinds of ladybirds and the important role they play. Then get creative with some ladybird themed arts and crafts. Drop-in sessions run from 11am - 2pm ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Etal
POP-UP INDOOR MARKETS ​in the Bothy Bar, The Barn at BEAL www.barnatbeal.com ...
Percy Tenantry Volunteers
Family event
Witness history in action with Northumberland’s finest local volunteer artillery regiment! Observe thrilling live firing displays and military drill re-enactments, performed by the Duke of North ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET Bank Holiday Easter Monday
Family event
Etal
Discover the beautiful Ford and Etal Estates. Lots of things to see and do whatever the weather. There's so much to do on the Ford and Etal Estates, you’ll find something for everyone. Pop-Up In ...
Great Big Pop Up Shop Scout Fund Raiser
Family event
Great Big Pop Shop North Northumberland Scouts Fundraiser All sorts of stands and stalls including Teas Coffees and cakes Tombola Raffle and crafts. ...
Countryside Festival
Family event
Ponteland
Date: Sunday May 12 Time: 10am - 4pm Price: £5 per person, Under 12's - FREE Expect to see a variety of stalls selling local crafts, food and drink; a whole host of get involved activities as we ...
The Alnwick Joust 2019 at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Observe one of Northumberland’s most contested tournaments, with armoured knights engaging ruthlessly in England’s oldest sport! ...
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 ...
Longbow Demonstrations
Family event
Observe incredible feats of skill during our live-action longbow demonstrations, with the entertaining master archer Andy Rice. Often the weapon that determined the outcome of many of medieval England ...
Medieval Camp
Family event
Explore a band of merry peasants bustling medieval encampment and take the opportunity to handle artefacts of authentic origin. Discover Rosa Mundi’s extensive variety of fascinating medieval s ...
Minimus Weekend
Family event
Minimus and the gang have lots of adventures at Vindolanda come and learn about what they get up to on our Minimus tours- find Minimus' favourite spots! Create your own mouse character with Minimus ar ...
Celebrate Northumberland Day 2019
Family event
Langley-on-Tyne
Northumberland Day is an initiative which was launched and championed by Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, in Langley-on- Tyne, and which was realised thanks to the support of passionate Northumbri ...
Fighting Knights
Family event
Hear Alnwick Castle’s wall ring once again with the sounds of clashing steel in this gripping performance of epic proportions. Witness the drama, pageantry and passion as two armoured knights in ...
BYWELL CASTLE FOOD FAIR
Food Event
Stocksfield
Enjoy lovely views of the River Tyne when you visit our first ever Food Fair. Dogs welcome. ...

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