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Alnwick Area & Heritage Coast
The Alnwick Garden is open throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, offering daily Poison Garden Tours and Family Cooking Sessions (Jamie's Ministry of Food). From 16th June to 2nd July they have two beautiful installations in the Atrium. The exquisite Cherry Trees have been crafted by Elaine Porter and the flowers on it made by the visitors to The Alnwick Garden as part of our budding artists programme. For more information see their website.
Alnwick Castle opened again at the end of March and throughout June, the kids can enjoy Broomstick Training and Battleaxe to Broomstick Tours. They also have daily State Room and Historical Grounds Tours. Check their website for more information and dates.
The annual Alnmouth Arts Festival takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June. This popular seaside Village is taken over each year by the Festival utilising a wide number of venues so there's lots to see and do for the whole family, a great day out. Visit their website for more information.
The Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick has a rolling program of exhibitions and is a great activity for a rainy Spring day! Friday's are for the family with special activity sessions and various Craft Workshops.
There's always lots going on at the Alnwick Playhouse! Film this week includes Postman Pat: The Movie and Transcendence.
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!It'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.
Morpeth & Mid Northumberland
The annual Great North Fly In will take place over the weekend of the 21st-22nd of June 2014. All money raised will go to “The Fusilier Aid Society, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes”. The event is an opportunity for members of the public to visit Eshott Airfield, Felton, Northumberland and see aircraft from all over the country fly in to support our Armed Forces. There will be a wide variety of aircraft including Light Aircraft, Microlights, Gyrocopters, Gliders and Paramotors. Other attractions will be Classic Cars, Military Vehicles, Blyth Battery, Cold War Display, Large Model Aircraft, Air North, Beer Tent and BBQ. We will be open from 10am on Saturday. See their website for more information.
Cragside House, Gardens and Estate (National Trust) is at it's best right now with thousands of rhododendrons just still in bloom, but be quick! During June they have a Science Quest and Science Lab. Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesdays where you can be greeted by the smell of freshly baked cakes as you step through the door. Volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes in the magnificent kitchen, each week there will be a different recipe. Visit their website for more information.
Also in Mid Northumberland Wallington Hall (National Trust) is celebrating Spring, the gardens will be bursting with colour, the Walled garden is always a favourite at this time of year, packed full of colour and vibrant plant life. There is a packed calendar of events this month including At Home with the Trevelyans, Spring Plays, Guided Walks around the Grounds, Ranger Rambles and a Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail.
Belsay Hall (English Heritage) is also open every day and also has beautiful gardens to enjoy and during Bank Holiday Weekend. It's 'Wild Week at Belsay' The Wildman character was of great importance to the Middleton family, so we’re inviting adventurous families to imagine what Wild Belsay was really like. Join artist den-builder, Chris Harman and build your own den.
The Congregational Art Gallery on the upper High Street in beautiful Rothbury is a great place to stop off and enjoy an exhibition, sit by the cosy log burner and have a drink in the Cafe. It's a unique and innovative art space and high recommended, a personal favourite. Their Spring Exhibition includes work from Ken Spencer and Jane Jackson.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens have a host of activities and events throughout June. They have Junior Zoo School and National Insect Weekend to look forward to!
There are a host of events along Hadrian's Wall throughout June. 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 the Summer season.
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, buy a souvenir or catch the Hadrian's Wall Bus.
At Queens Hall Arts Centre in Hexham has a packed program of events for the week ahead with Misunderstood Monsters for the kids.
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 and is the number two rated attraction for Northumberland on Trip Advisor. 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 now open 7 days a week. 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.
The Maltings Theatre in Cinema in Berwick has a plenty of film coming up including Two Faces of January, Bad Neighbours and Autism friendly film screenings. 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.
There is a Photography Exhibition running at Heatherslaw Corn Mill, an exhibition of work by two renowned local photographers, Ron McCombe and Jim Gibson. Entry is free,
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 also now open for the Spring season, perhaps one of the country's most spectacular castles! There's always a great range of activities here for the kids throughout the Summer months.
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.
A huge new event this year at Woodhorn that is bound to hugely popular is the Dinosaur Encounter, running from this weekend right through to 1st September. Step back to a time millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and get close, really close, to some of these amazing moving, roaring creatures in Dinosaur Encounter.
Bedlington’s biggest family fun day is back! ‘The Big Event 3’, organised by local charity Leading Link, is the must-attend family fun day of the summer – there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone. Taking place on Saturday 21st June, from 10:30am – 3:30pm, at Attlee Park in Bedlington (the bottom of the bank), the event is in its third year and last year attracted in excess of 2000 people and the best day of sunshine that we saw in 2013!
The Newbiggin Maritime Centre have an Exhibition of glass by Helen Grierson running until the 26th June and Music nights on Alternate Wednesdays in the bar from 8pm, entry Free. Visit their website for more information.
Seaton Delaval Hall is one of the newer estates to be taken into the care of the National Trust. This June they have Garden Tours and 'Half Term Fun': Come and explore our beautiful gardens, buildings and grounds while you're off school. See how many 50 Things you can tick off your list too!