Upcoming Summer Events in Northumberland

Posted 20 Jul 17, written by Amanda Lambert

One of the most sparsely-populated counties in England, Northumberland is known for its peace, quiet and privacy amid the rolling hills and largely untouched coastline. And while this serene and unspoilt area can promise visitors just that, come summertime, Northumberland’s exciting line-up of events ensures that both locals and tourists can enjoy an action-packed day out.
As the season gets into full swing, preparations are well underway for the array of events taking place across the region. And in today’s blog post, we’ll be bringing you an in-depth guide to some of the best things to see in Northumberland this summer.

Family-friendly events

The Gruffalo Spotter, Kielder

Until 31st December 2017

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Following the return of the Gruffalo adventure to Kielder Water and Forest Park in February, the family-friendly trail promises to bring even more excitement to England’s largest forest this summer. Download the free app at home, then spend the day following clues and collecting evidence along the 1.5 mile trail - while using the augmented reality technology to bring the characters to life!

Harbottle Show, near Rothbury

Saturday 2nd September 2017
Northumberland is instantly recognisable by its picturesque countryside, which is why the village show in Harbottle is well-worth a visit for anyone staying in the area. With craft demonstrations, races for children and adults, and local produce stalls, there’s plenty to see and do at the Harbottle Show - and with welly throwing and tug of war competitions marking the end of the day’s events, you and your little ones won’t want to miss getting involved in this traditional countryside show.

Outdoor music events

Alnwick International Music Festival

Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August 2017
Promising 8 action-packed days of events, featuring 250 entertainers from across the globe, the Alnwick International Music Festival is the perfect way to celebrate British summer. From performances in the Market Square and evening concerts in the Playhouse to the array of themed dances taking place each evening in Northumberland Hall, the diverse programme celebrating the world’s creative musical talents offers something for everyone.

Lindisfarne Festival

Thursday 31st August to Sunday 3rd September 2017

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With The View and The Fratellis announced as this year’s headliners, you won’t want to miss escaping to the island for Lindisfarne Festival. Featuring performances from leading DJs and stand-up comedians across the weekend, as well as poetry, workshops and holistic therapy, there’s plenty of festival fun to immerse yourself in. With the stunning setting overlooking Holy Island, it’s not hard to see why Lindisfarne Festival was nominated Best Small Festival in the 2016 UK Festival Awards.

History, heritage and culture

Tower House Gallery Summer Art Exhibition, Seaton Sluice

Until Tuesday 1st August 2017
Whether you’re a culture vulture or just looking to immerse yourself in the local area, the Tower House Gallery in Seaton Sluice will be home to everything from paintings, prints and photography to ceramics, jewellery and woodcarvings during its exhibition this summer. Featuring pieces by over 20 artists from across the region, of which many are available for purchase, this summertime exhibition brings together the work of some of the most creative minds in Northumberland.

Where to stay in Northumberland

From catching a live performance of your favourite comedian to finding activities that will keep the little ones entertained during the school holidays, the action-packed line-up of summer events means there’s plenty to see and do in Northumberland. And whether you’re in the area for a few days or making a week of it, with our collection of fully-equipped holiday cottages in Northumberland, taking an extended break in the region means you can spend quality time with your loved ones while relaxing in a comfortable home-from-home.
With no shortage of events to fill up your itinerary, short breaks in Northumberland provide the perfect opportunity for you to make unforgettable memories with your loved ones. So, what are you waiting for? Whether you’re looking for dog-friendly accommodation or self-catering cottages, Northumberland is home to an array of beautifully furnished countryside and coastal properties - so browse our collection of high-quality holiday homes online today!
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