Springtime the perfect time to explore the Northumberland Area

Posted 25 Apr 14, written by Amanda Lambert

May is a great time to explore the Northumberland area with lots to see and do. Not only are there some great events happening but there is also the beautiful Northumberland countryside to explore with a colourful array of flowers in bloom and baby lambs frolicking in the fields.

Here are my suggestions for some great days out:


May Day - Celebrations at Wallington Hall

Celebrate May Day at the home of the Trevelyan’s and enjoy two days of festive fun and games. There will be lots to keep all the family entertained with a Punch & Judy show, traditional games, May Pole dancing and lots more. Small charges for some activities apply.

May Day - Vintage Tea Dance at the Alnwick Garden

Buy a ticket to a dance extravaganza and dance the afternoon away in the beautiful surroundings of Alnwick Garden. Under the expert guidance of dance tutors you can have a turn at the tango, cruise through to the cha cha and do the perfect waltz. Event runs from 2pm till 5pm with afternoon tea served at 3pm, you will be sure to have a day to remember.

May Day - Coastal Challenge Walk
Shepherd's Walks hosts the 4th Northumberland Coastal Challenge walk. This 26 mile linear walk covers the fantastic Northumberland Coastal line from just North of Bamburgh to Alnmouth. Every participant will receive a goody bag at the end of a great days walking. Pre booking is essential. Visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

May Day – Rothbury Food and Craft Festival
Over 50 food and craft stalls and much more. Great fun for all the family. There will be an array of handmade Food and Crafts to suit all preferences, make it a day out and sit by the riverside and enjoy a picnic whilst the children play in the park or have a paddle in the river. Event runs between 10am - 4pm.

9-12 May - Cherry Blossom Festival at The Alnwick Garden
Experience a taste of Japanese culture at The Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival.
On Saturday and Sunday Hibiki Ichikawa, who plays the Tsugara Shamisen and Japanese folk singer Akari Mochizuki will be performing at 1.00 and 2.00pm on Saturday afternoon. Also, Adrian Freedman, a Shaukuhachi (Japanese flute) will play in the atrium at 12.00 and 1.30pm on both days.
You can also have your name written in a beautiful Japanese calligraphy or have your favourite animal made fro you in origami. Try the chop stick challenge, and see how dextrous you really are!
Muddy Fingers Pottery will be on site with their portable kiln, and lots of blank stoneware pieces for you to paint with the raku glaze and collect them later once they have been fired. Raku ware is a type of traditional Japanese pottery.

17 May 2014 - The Wooler Wheel Borderlands Cycling Event
The Wooler Wheel Borderland is a unique cycling challenge with all proceeds going to the charity Radio Borders charity Cash for Kids and the Ambassador for the event is author and ITV’s cycling’s Ned Boulting.
The event will be a 170k cross border sportive which is, in the opinion of the Routemaster, equal to, if not more challenging than the Etape Caledonia and over more diverse scenery.On the same day is the first ever British junior specific sportive, a 30k ride.


18 May 2014 – Kirkley Hall Countryside Festival
Visitors can look forward to a fun day out for all the family, including entry into the Zoological Gardens. A variety of stalls will be there selling arts, crafts and food. Land based skills displays include horse riding, tree climbing, dog agility and much more. Entry is only £3per person.

22 May 2014 – Wooler Outdoor Week (WOW)
WOW is a brand new festival that is being held in the heart of Wooler. There will be four days filled full of adventure, outdoor learning and most of all lots of fun!
The events are open to both locals and tourists and activities range from the more extreme downhill mountain biking to the fun activities of archery and zip wiring. Guided walks are available throughout the 3 days. Book now for these events as places will go fast. There will be some great outdoor themed films showing and top outdoor and adventurous personalities. www.wooleroutdoorweek.com

24 May 2014 - Food and Drink Festival – South Shields
The Proper Food and Drink Festival will take place this year in Bents Park, bringing in 70 gourmet food and drink traders, as well as bars and entertainment.
At the free, three-day event in South Shields, about 50 stalls will exhibit food and drink.
Companies from across the North East will sell their goods, including Kitty’s Ginger Wine, Rutherford Organics, Hot Stuff Chilli Company, Ellis Cupcakes and New Zealand Pies.

25th-26th May - The Vikings are Coming to Bamburgh Castle
The Northumbria Herred of the Vikings invades the castle to show you what life was like with a tented camp, talks and demonstrations throughout the day.

26 May - Amble Puffin Festival
Amble Puffin Festival is a celebration of all things Puffin. For the second year running year, the fishing village of Amble hosts a week of fun and activities ensuring lots of family fun. Also a great time to visit the Coquet Island Puffins, as they have their new pufflings at this time of year. The festival includes a guided nature walk, bird watching, local history talks, photo displays, arts/crafts, water sports and live music. Great fun for everyone assured!

26 May – Northumberland County Show
Visit this annual show held in Bywell which has a host of traditional agricultural shows, stalls, displays, crafts, local foods and events including a huge gathering of superb cattle, sheep, horses, alpacas, dogs and fur and feather exhibits. For more information visit the website or call: 01434 604216 for tickets.

More Great Days Out this May

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Fancy staying in the Northumberland or Newcastle Area in May ?

Don't forget to take a look at our Late Deals page for some great deals this May and make the most of your stay by enjoying some great days out. Enjoy!

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