November - Events and What's On in Northumberland

Kielder Winter Wonderland in Northumberland
Winter arrives in Northumberland and with the dark nights comes the Christmas Lights Switch On events and Christmas Fairs, Fayres and Fetes around the County.

There's an in depth listing of what's on in the week ahead on 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 including an overview of what's on, reviews and more, just let us have your email address here.

November Highlights
Tickets are also now on sale for the ever popular Kielder Winter Wonderland open every weekend from Saturday 17th November until Saturday 22nd December. Kielder's magical forest landscape, will transform into an enchanted Winter Wonderland, full of surprises and attractions for the whole family. In the Elves’ Workshop visitors will join Santa’s elves in their enchanted barn and help them to prepare for the big day by becoming toy makers. Book tickets online here.

Christmas Lights Switch On Events
Always a fun night and gets you right in the mood for Christmas, the lights will be switched on around the County during November. Warkworth kicks us off with their lights and a late night evening of shopping on the 16th November. Morpeth follows on Saturday 17th November (and 24th November) from 3pm and then Amble have theirs with a Torchlight Procession on Sunday 18th November.

The following weekend sees the Duchess of Northumberland turn on the Alnwick lights on Friday 23rd November from 6pm, the same night as Hexham lights up. Morpeth has its second celebration with the added bonus of a Mistletoe Fair from 4pm in the Town centre. Berwick's Christmas Lights will light up on the first day of December from 4.30pm with a ceremoney on the steps of the Town Hall.

Christmas Fayres, Fairs and Fetes
However you like to spell it, November sees the festive season kick off for many with lots of Christmas events taking place. Our top picks are the Christmas Festive Gift Fair at Belsay Hall on November 10th and 11th, Brockbushes Christmas Fayre from 8th to 11th November and Vallum Farm Christmas Fayre on Saturday 17th November from 11am to 11pm! Vallum have teamed up with Taste NE, Appetite and Cheers magazines to stage the Fayre, there will be food, drink and craft/gift producers in their newly restored Old Cow Barn. Click here for more information.

Autumn in Northumberland
Another great Christmas Fair is being held at Newbiggin Maritime Centre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November between 11am and 4pm. It will be two days of the finest art work, crafts and unique one off gifts made by makers from across Northumberland.  With prices to suit all pockets you’re certain to find something special to put under the tree.

If you are a crafter or are interested in having a stall call Mark on 01670 811951 or ask at reception at the centre.

Cinema and the Arts
A festival of opera, classical and traditional music the Northumberland Music Festival returns in 2012 from Friday 9th November to Sunday 18th November. Performances will be held at three of Northumberland’s finest houses: Eshott Hall, Doxford Hall and Guyzance Hall. Visit their website for more information.

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 Centre in Hexham, The Forum Cinema in Hexham and 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 November 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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Hexham Bonfire Night 3 November 2012 Selle Park, Hexham Town Centre  
Alnwick Fireworks Display 3 November 2012  Alnwick Rugby Club  
Brockbushes Christmas Fayre 8 November 2012 Stocksfield Website 
Brockbushes Christmas Fayre 9 November 2012 Stocksfield Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 9 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Christmas Festive Gift Fair 10 November 2012 Belsay Hall Website 
Winter Show Open Evening 10 November 2012 Congregational Art Gallery, Rothbury Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 10 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Christmas Festive Gift Fair 11 November 2012 Belsay Hall Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 11 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Brockbushes Christmas Fayre 11 November 2012 Stocksfield Website 
Brockbushes Christmas Fayre 12 November 2012 Stocksfield Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 12 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 13 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 14 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 15 November 2012 Various Websites Festival Website 
Warkworth Christmas Lights & Late Night Shopping 16 November 2012 6.30pm Warkworth Village  
Northumberland Music Festival 16 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Christmas Craft and Gift Fair 17 November 2012 Bellingham Heritage Centre Website 
Northumberland Music Festival 17 November 2012 Various Venues 
Morpeth Christmas Lights 17 November 2012 From 3pm, Morpeth Town Centre  
Christmas Fayre 17 November 2012 Vallum Farm from 11am  
Northumberland Music Festival 18 November 2012 Various Venues Festival Website 
Amble Christmas Fayre & Torchlight Procession 18 November 2012 Queen St, Amble from 11.30am Website 
Rothbury Roots 22 November 2012 Queens Head, Rothbury Website 
Alnwick Christmas Lights 23 November 2012 From 6pm, Alnwick Town Centre  
Hexham Christmas Lights Switch On 23 November 2012 Hexham Town Centre  
Christmas Craft Market 24 November 2012 Newbiggin Maritime Centre Website 
Morpeth Mistletoe Fair & Christmas Lights 24 November 2012 From 4pm, Morpeth Town Centre  
Paxton House Christmas Cracker 24 November 2012 Paxton House Website 
Sparkle! 24 November 2012 5pm, Alnwick Garden, Alnwick More Information 
Christmas Craft Market 25 November 2012 Newbiggin Maritime Centre Website 
Paxton House Christmas Cracker 25 November 2012 Paxton House Website 
Hexham Amateur Stage Society Annie 26 November 2012 Starts at Queen's Hall Hexham Website 
Vintage Market 2 November 2013 The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick-upon-Tweed  
Countryside Christmas Fair 16 November 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
Countryside Christmas Fair 17 November 2013 Kirkley Hall Zoo Website 
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