March - Events and What's On in Northumberland

Events and What's On in March, Northumberland
With the first sign Spring on the way lifting the spirits, a rejuvenated and fresh Northumberland is just starting to emerge from the cold season's icy grip. The County's main attractions also begin to awaken from their wintry slumber and with that comes a whole host of new weekly events and things to do across Northumberland. We've picked out our highlights for March and also included a full list of the main events at the bottom of the page. If you'd like an in depth look at what's on in the week ahead be sure to visit our Events This Week page. It's crammed full with even more ideas for things to do and is updated weekly. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter featuring the best of what's on in the month ahead and a few interesting local stories, just give us your email address here.

The 2013 Northumberland Residents' Festival takes place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March and offers discounted or free entry to many of Northumberland's most famous attractions. This is the fourth time that the event (that is open to Northumberland residents only) has been organised by Northumberland County Council and attractions taking part include: Alnwick Garden, Bailiffgate Museum, Bamburgh Castle, Belsay Hall, Chesters Roman Fort, Corbridge Roman Town, Cragside, Dunstanburgh Castle, Etal Castle, Kirkley Hall, Lindisfarne Castle, Lindisfarne Priory, Longframlington Gardens, Newbiggin Maritime Centre, RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Seaton Delaval Hall, Wallington Hall, Warkworth Castle, Woodhorn Museum and Hexham Old Gaol! 

As residents we often don't appreciate fully the fantastic attractions that draw people to Northumberland year after year in their thousands. This festival gives us all the chance to explore our history and get reacquainted with some of our County's real treasures. An information brochure with details of all the offers and printable vouchers can be found at the County Council website.

The first Northumberland Restaurant Week takes place between Monday 18th March and Sunday 24th March 2013. It's an event to celebrate the wonderful produce and amazing food in our great County! Over 30 restaurants far and wide are coming together to bring you amazing offers, restaurants taking part include: Close House Hotel, Battlesteads, The Treehouse Restaurant, DK at Vallum, Linden Tree Pub, Barluga, La Bodega, Corbridge Larder, Bouchon and many, many more! Visit the Northumberland Restaurant Week page for more information.

Alnwick Castle from Alnwick Garden. Things to do in Northumberland in March
The Alnwick Garden
is already open for the new season, but if you'd like to visit the Castle you will have to wait until the end of the month as it opens again on the 29tht March. Regular weekly events at the Alnwick Garden throughout the month include music, performances, storytelling, workshops, exhibitions, classes, tours and much more. Every visit is different with something new to experience, and much of the programme is free for visitors.

Cragside House and Gardens are celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and there will be a host of special events to showcase this landmark throughout the year. They also have Victorian Baking Days every Wednesday between 1pm and 4pm where costumed cooks will be recreating Victorian recipes! Visit the National Trust website for full information about the activities on offer.

Easter Weekend brings many events including a Treasure Trail for children from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April at The Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park (£2 entry on the day). Visit and do their treasure trial in the garden, kids will be given a free Easter Egg, but make sure you eat it before you see the dragon “Melody” because she may be hungry! 

Cinema and the Arts
Northumberland's Arts Centres and Cinemas offer an excellent choice and range of theatre and film. If the weather is bad, or just too cold to tackle, why not stay indoors and enjoy some culture or a film. The Maltings in Berwick, Alnwick PlayhouseQueen's Hall Arts Centrein Hexham, The Forum Cinema in Hexham, The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth. For a list of weekly Markets and Farmer's Markets visit our Markets in Northumberland page.

There is a full list of events for the month of March below, with web links where available for more information. For regular updates and news don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Madagascar Weekend 2 March 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
Indoor Climbing Adventure 3 March 2013  Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort Website 
Madagascar Weekend 3 March 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
Luxury Antiques Weekend 8 March 2013 Linden Hall  
Luxury Antiques Weekend 9 March 2013 Linden Hall  
Morpeth 100 Zip 10 March 2013 Morpeth Rugby Football Club Facebook Page 
Mother's Day at Cragside 10 March 2013 Cragside House Website 
Luxury Antiques Weekend 10 March 2013 Linden Hall  
Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair 12 March 2013 Wentworth Leisure Ctr, Hexham Event Website 
Flodden - Many Questions and Perhaps a Few Answers 13 March 2013 Cheviot Centre in Wooler Website 
Free Guided Tours for Members 13 March 2013 Belsay Hall (English Heritage) Website 
Live Music: Megson 15 March 2013 Riverdale Hall Hotel, Bellingham Website 
Northumberland Residents' Festival 16 March 2013 Across the County Website 
Craft Fair - Friends of Bailiffgate Museum 16 March 2013 9.30am-12.30pm, Northumberland Hall, Alnwick  
Postcard and Stamp Fair 16 March 2013 The Parish Centre, The Parade, Berwick-upon-Tweed  
Northumberland Residents' Festival 17 March 2013 Across the County Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 18 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 19 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 20 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 21 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Live Music: Rothbury Roots 21 March 2013 Queens Head, Rothbury Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 22 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 23 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Lambing Weekend 23 March 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
Lambing Weekend 24 March 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
Northumberland Restaurant Week 24 March 2013 Northumberland Website 
Easter Fair 24 March 2013 11am - 1pm, Ovingham Reading Rooms Website 
Hexham Book Festival Starts 27 March 2013 Hexham Website 
Alnwick Castle Re-opens 29 March 2013 Alnwick Website 
Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair 29 March 2013 Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick Website 
Housesteads Easter Trail 29 March 2013 Housesteads car park Website 
Stargazing for Beginners 29 March 2013 Herding Hill Farm, Hadrian's Wall Website 
Easter Treasure Trail 29 March 2013 (4 days) Meldon Park Website 
Allen Banks Easter Trail 30 March 2013 Allen Banks car park  
Housesteads Easter Trail 30 March 2013 Housesteads car park Website 
Kite Flying Extravaganza 30 March 2013 Newbiggin Maritime Centre Website 
Easter Market 30 March 2013 Alnwick Marketplace Website 
Table Top & Car Boot Sale 31 March 2013 10am-4pm Black Bull, Etal  
Housesteads Easter Trail 31 March 2013 Housesteads car park Website 
Allen Banks Easter Trail 31 March 2013 Allen Banks car park  
Kite Flying Extravaganza 31 March 2013 Newbiggin Maritime Centre Website 
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