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: 26/05/2019
  • End date: 24/08/2019
  • 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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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! ...
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 ...
Circus Week
Family event
Morpeth
​​​​​​​ROLL UP ROLL UP Join in the fun of Circus Week this May Half Term Join in our Circus Skills Workshops, learn to spin plates, juggle and much more. ...
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 ...
Pizza Making in the Dough Zone
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Kids pizza making at Heatherslaw Cornmill. Children can make and bake a Northumbrian themed pizza in the Dough Zone at Heatherslaw Cornmill.  ...
Bubble Trains
Family event
Cornhill-on-Tweed
Visit the most northerly steam train in England and join in a bubble-blowing extravaganza! ...
Science Spectacular | Manor Walks
Family event
Cramlington
Say hello to our awesome science spectacular show! Children can have some super science fun at Manor Walks this May Half Term when Mad Science come along for some fascinating workshops to educate youn ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Safari on Foot at Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
From mammals to minibeasts, have a go at tracking them. ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
Family event
Etal
POP-UP INDOOR MARKETS ​in the Bothy Bar, The Barn at BEAL www.barnatbeal.com ...
Wilde Farm Market
Food Event
Ponteland
Ponteland Market - first Sunday of every month. Fresh, seasonable fruit & vegetables. Northumbrian reared meat. Local artists, makers & producers. ...
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 ...
Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2019
Outdoor Event
You're warmly invited to the Northumberland Miners Picnic 2019 Celebrate the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, a jam-packed day out for all the family, the Miners’ Picnic is rooted in our loc ...
Mighty Dub Fest
Family event
Enjoy a weekend packed with entertainment for the whole family. ...
Ellingham Hall Fathers Day Laser Clay Experience
Family event
Chathill
Why not treat your Dad, Grandad or another special gentleman in your life, to a fantastic Laser Clay Shooting experience. Enjoy the stunning grounds and setting, before relaxing with a Northumbrian st ...
The Father of all Lunches
Food Event
Alnwick
Treat your Dad to the Father of all lunches at Charlton Hall this Father’s Day. Served in the stunning Looking Glass, guests can enjoy a delicious three-course meal at Charlton Hall. Starring &l ...
Solarcan Workshop
Family event
Hexham
Solarcan is a unique camera designed to produce extreme time exposures that capture the sun's path across the sky. This is a fun and informative half-day workshop to make your own Solarcan with S ...
BYWELL CASTLE FOOD FAIR
Food Event
Stocksfield
Enjoy lovely views of the River Tyne when you visit our first ever Food Fair. Dogs welcome. ...
Corbridge Festival
Outdoor Event
Corbridge
The Corbridge Festival is a mid-summer music festival, tailor-made and lovingly crafted for the whole family.  ...
1919 Peace Celebration
Outdoor Event
Join Alnwick Castle for our centenary commemoration, celebrating the enactment of the Treaty of Versailles which officially brought an end to WWI.  ...
Ashington Fayre Day Poster
Family event
Ashington
Ashington Fayre Day, an event for the whole family to enjoy. Lots to do and see, there will be Fairground Rides, Market Stalls, Live Music, Hot & Cold Food, Facepainters, Street Entertainers, Rock ...
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!  ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
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 ...
POP-UP INDOOR MARKET
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 ...
Belford Arts Festival
Arts and Crafts
Belford
We are now in our third year and hope that the arts festival is going to continue to get bigger and better. The festival has been arranged to showcase local talents from the Borders to the Tyne , and ...
Scoop Festival 2019
Family event
Stocksfield
Northumberland's only family music festival! 69 bands // 4 stages // DJs // World Street Food // Festival Stalls // Workshops // Comedians // Fun Fair // Camping // Glamping ...
Felton Fair
Shows & Displays
Felton
A traditional Village Fair with something for everyone. ...
Vintage Car Rally
Shows & Displays
Ashington
Enjoy a grand day out at Woodhorn Museum's Vintage Car Rally. The North of England Classic and Pre-War Automobiles (NECPWA) club will be back at Woodhorn with their amazing array of classic cars. Enjo ...
Wizarding Week
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes and join our resident wizarding professors for some magical mayhem! ...
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. ...
Invasion X
Family event
Join us at Woodhorn on Sunday 21st July for the 10th instalment of the annual sci-fi extravaganza, Invasion Meet a host of science fiction characters ranging from Daleks to Doctors, Jedis to Jawas an ...
Bushcraft Basics
Family event
Greenhead
Try out your survival skills with our Rangers. Including fire lighting, den building and using tools. 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm. £10 per child. ...
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! ...
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…)!  ...
Jesting With Zooted
Family event
Experience fun filled family entertainment, suitable for aristocracy of Northumberland, with this eccentric duo’s side-splitting theatrical performance of visual and verbal comedy!  ...
Medieval Siege: Castle Under Attack
Family event
Learn how to successfully storm Northumberland’s finest fortress with a variety of historical artillery at your disposal.  ...
This August at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Attend one of Northern England’s most thrilling spectacles as armoured knights engage in full combat on horseback.  ...
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 ...
Wild Woodland Challenge Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
Join our Ranger to see how far you can throw a pine cone, go on a treasure hunt through the woods and make your own medal. ...
Knight School
Family event
Join Northumberland’s finest medieval knights for a fascinating armoury demonstration, with the opportunity to handle their armour first-hand, or stumble upon a medieval princess and learn what ...
Super Senses at Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
Use your senses to make the most of your ears, eyes, nose and fingers at Walltown Country Park. ...

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