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Alnwick Area & Heritage Coast
The Alnwick Garden are going Sci-Fi with the constantly growing in popularity Star Wars 'May the 4th be with you' day! With the North East Brass Ensemble playing music from a selection of the Star Wars Films it's sure to be a fun day.
Alnwick Castle awakens from its Winter slumber on 27th March with a packed calendar of events of the rest f the year. Try your hand at Broomstick Training, Medieval Crafter and Dressing up! Check their website for more information and dates.
The Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick is open all year round and has a rolling program of exhibitions and is a great activity for a rainy day! Don't forget to download the Kids Go Free voucher from their website before visiting! There's always lots going on at the Alnwick Playhouse, from cinema to the arts there's something for everyone!
Alnwick Market takes place every Saturday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm in the Marketplace, a great opportunity to pick up quality local food with the Farmer's Market on the last Friday of the month. Amble has its usual Sunday market at the harbour between 10am and 3pm and also a new Wednesday Market as well. There will be lots of local produce on sale and you'd be hard pressed to find a more attractive location for a market!
Morpeth & Mid NorthumberlandIt's Morpeth Market day on Wednesday in the Marketplace 9am to 4pm with the Farmer's Market on the first Saturday of every month, another great opportunity to pick up some of our regions best local produce and support our local businesses.
The 7th Annual Rothbury Food and Craft Festival takes place on Bank Holiday Monday from 10am to 4pm. This ever popular event attracts up to ten thousand people to the Village and boasts a wonderful array of producers and great entertainment.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate is a stunning National Trust property near Rothbury. There's loads on over Bank Holiday weekend including Garden Walks and Victorian Baking visit their website for more information.
Also in Mid Northumberland Wallington Hall (National Trust) and like Cragside, the grounds and Walled Garden stay open all year round, with the House now open for the season. The Woodland Walks (see the red squirrels!) and the Walled Garden are a particular pleasure at any time of year.
Belsay Hall (English Heritage) is also open every day and also has beautiful gardens to enjoy at any time of year. Vis for their 1940's weekend from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May. Be transported back in time to do your bit for the War effort and sample the atmosphere of an authentic 40’s fete. There'll be activities and games, 1940s music, fashion and food as well as a cast of costumed actors weaving the stories of Belsay into a weekend of entertainment and discovery.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have a host of activities and events throughout the Bank Holiday as it's National Pet Weekend! Their weekend event is designed to help promote responsible pet ownership, make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets and increase pet owners' knowledge.
There are a host of events along Hadrian's Wall throughout the Bank Holiday. Chesters Roman Fort is always worth visiting and Housesteads Roman Fort Museum is open again with their amazing new visitor centre and Roman inspired events throughout Spring. The National Park Centre at Once Brewed, Hadrian's Wall, is also open, you can have a look at the designs for www.TheSill.org.uk, have a coffee or buy a souvenir.
At Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has a packed program of events for the Spring months.
Cherryburn (National Trust), the birthplace of Thomas Bewick, perhaps Northumberland's greatest artist. There are activities every Sunday including Live Printing Demonstrations. See the processes used by Thomas Bewick demonstrated using traditional methods on our original hand presses.
Kielder Water and Forest Park is in the Northumberland National Park close to Hadrian's Wall Country and is a very special place to explore for the whole family. The Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England. Visit their website for more information.
Nearby Kielder Observatory is also incredibly popular, even more so since Northumberland was designated a 'Dark Sky Park'. It's a great day out and their events fill up really quickly so remember to book well in advance. Public Observing sessions generally take place on a Wednesday evening with Family Astronomy at the weekends, visit their website to book a place.
The Garden Station near Hexham is a restored Victorian Railway Station in a woodland garden in Langley-on-Tyne and is open Friday to Monday. They have their beautiful garden, woodland walks, a cafe and art exhibitions as well as courses in gardening, art, the environment, sculpture, writing and food. Bellingham Heritage Centre is a volunteer run local history museum established in 1994 and have 5 permanent collections and a whole host of exhibitions throughout the year. Current exhibitions include The Border Counties Railway 1862-1958, a Mining Heritage, The Photographs of W P Collier, The Border Reivers, The Stannersburn Smithy and The Farming Gallery.
Berwick is celebrating 900 years of history throughout 2015 and has events running from Easter through to October! Visit the Berwick 900 website for more information.
Talent on the Parade, Saturday 23rd May and Party on the Parade, Sunday 24th are being held to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The Party on the Parade event, a street party, was originally held on The Parade in Berwick-upon-Tweed to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and following the great success of the event with the local community and in raising funds, the events has become an annual one. Held over the May Bank Holiday weekend and extended to have the Talent on the Parade event held on the Saturday, alongside a Ceilidh the previous night.
The street party itself starts at 11am, with free entry, and with a terrific range of stalls and activities including cake, scones, sandwiches and drinks, plus a raffle, tombola, live music, face painting and beer tent.
The Maltings Theatre in Cinema in Berwick has a plenty of film coming up and they always have a great mix of the arts making it a great place for a rainy day out. For more information visit their website.
Ford and Etal Estates is a great day out with such attractions as the Duddo Standing Stones, Etal Castle, Flodden Battlefields, Heatherslaw Light Railway (above right) and Visitors Centre, Lady Waterford Hall, The Fenton Centre and the Old Dairy.
Lindisfarne Castle has to be part of one of the best days out on the Northumberland Coast. Holy Island (pictured right) is just beautiful at any time of the year and has always been a family favourite but please check the tide times carefully before your visit.
Bamburgh Castle is open daily now that we're moving away from Winter and remains one of the country's most spectacular castles! There's always a great range of activities here for the kids and part of a great family day out at the coast.
South & South-East Northumberland
Woodhorn Museum, located at the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, have a winding house demonstration throughout the weekends (on Saturdays and Sundays) It's the last Victorian Engine House in Northumberland and you can see how it all works. They also have Family Colliery Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and the Narrow Gauge Railway that runs through the park (Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 3pm, subject to weather conditions). On the last Friday of every month there is also an informal programme of folk music in the cafe.
Ever wondered what you would look like as a LEGO® minifigure? Create your own life-size mini-figure mask in these free family craft sessions inspired by our awesome Brick Planet exhibition. Also at Woodhorn, their fantastic (and hugely popular!) LEGO exhibition is well worth a visit, its running until 31st May so make sure you visit and marvel at the miniature wonders!
The Newbiggin Maritime Centre are open throughout the Bank Holiday and have a great range of activities for those 'bad weather days'! Visit their website for more information.