July 23, 2018
If you’ve chosen to holiday in Northumberland this August – you’re in for a treat! There are so many interesting, exciting and varied events, whether you want to experience a little living history, entertain the kids, enjoy some traditional art and culture or see something new, look no further – here are our tops picks!
Why not start with the Bluebella Music Festival from 2pm on Saturday 18th, it’s free entry and is the perfect event for acoustic music lovers and all the family. Both indoors and out, the show promises seven hours of some of the country’s finest singer-songwriters, festival food and bars, a bouncy castle and activities for the kids too! This year, as the weather has been so good here in Northumberland, you are sure to enjoy lots more of the outdoor activites. Remember to bring your suncream!
For something a little different, try the Celebration of Traditional Northumbrian Music and Dance running on Saturday 4th and 11th in the beautiful setting of Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are worth a visit alone, boasting Europe’s largest wooden treehouse, a Bamboo labyrinth and even a Poison Garden! Hear skilled musicians play the traditional Northumbrian Smallpipes, watch or join in the traditional ceilidh dances with all the family.
Northumberland boasts such stunning natural beauty that you can’t visit the area without exploring the natural world here – starting at the coast. Join local rangers and experts at the Seahouses Rockpool Ramble on Saturday 8th, a great family activity – learn about and spot local wildlife including crab, puffins and invertebrate along the beaches. The stunning Seahouses area is a must and the stretch of coast truly a sight to behold. Tubs and nets are provided, see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events.
Make your holiday a memorable one by learning about Northumberland’s elusive night-time residents at Keilder Castle on Monday 13th, 9.00pm -10.30pm. Hunt for Owls, bats and insects guided by professional naturist for just £5pp, but booking through www.natureholiday.co.uk is vital.
Or why not experience Hadrian’s Wall from a different perspective? On Wednesday 1st, even beginners are invited to climb Crag Lough – learn essential climbing skills for £20pp at the ancient Houseteads Roman Fort, book through www.english-heritage.org.uk.
The Bellingham Show and County Festival is a must if your holiday extends to Saturday 25th August. There is something there for everyone – featuring traditional products, live music, beer tents and festival grub, livestock, children’s rides and activities, and entertainment in the ring all day – why not soak up a bit of Northumbrian fun and festivity. Parking is free and tickets cost £8 per adult, £4 per child with family tickets available.
When visiting Northumberland, why not stay at one of the Grace Darling holiday cottages; luxury self-catering accommodation to suit the whole family. You will find some with excellent views and all within good distances of main Northumberland attractions.