Enjoy family-friendly arts, heritage and culture events in Northumberland.


Find out about great events happening in Northumberland.

Fun, free and family-friendly events across Northumberland.



Enjoy Northumberland

Great Northumberland’s core programme of events ran across Summer 2018, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in Northumberland. This autumn and winter, our great county offers a huge range of arts, culture and heritage events, exhibitions, concerts and performances for all.

See what’s on by clicking here.


Experience Northumberland

From celebratory festivals to the exploration of the galaxies at Allenheads Contemporary Arts, international sculpture exhibitions in rural landscaped gardens to a celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths at Cragside, an immersive experience at Lindisfarne Castle, and live music performances, we invite you to Experience Northumberland.




Venues across Northumberland are hosting free to access events from dance performances to workshops, screenings and concerts. Click here to see all free events.




We believe that arts, culture and heritage should be available to everyone, that's why around 80% of Great Northumberland 2018 events are family-friendly. Click here to see all family-friendly events.



participating venues

Over 20 venues across the county are involved in Great Northumberland 2018, click here to see them all. 


Latest News from Great Northumberland


GN2018 Events Programme

Over 56 days of summer, Northumberland County Council curated a selection of events to Enjoy, Discover, Explore and Reimagine Northumberland.

In a year that saw the Great Exhibition of the North put the spotlight on the North, we celebrated the best that Northumberland has to offer. 

Great Northumberland began on Saturday 7 July with a spectacular opening ceremony in Hexham, Northumberland and officially closed in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Saturday 1 September.

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Love Northumberland

Meet the Great Northumberland Ambassadors


Great northumberland ambassador

Tim Healy

Tim Healy tells us why he loves great Northumberland.




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Samantha Rickelton

aka North East Family Fun, tells us what she's looking forward to in Northumberland this summer.


Love Northumberland

We love Northumberland and we want you to fall in love with it this summer too. In 2018, the spotlight is on the North, with Great Exhibition of the North and we wanted to make sure Northumberland wasn't left out! Our county offers everything from the coast to the hills, castles to climbs, art to architecture and theatre, poetry, film, exhibitions and lots more in between. Tell us what you Love about Northumberland online using the hashtag #GN18.



Find free events for anyone interested in arts, culture, creativity and innovation, or those simply looking for a unique day out in one of the countries most diverse counties, Northumberland.  


Northumberland is England's most Northerly county, situated in the north east coast of the country, and next door to Scotland. We can be reached by road, air, rail and sea, it couldn't be simpler to get here. Click to go to Visit Northumberland and find out more.


Whether you're looking for a family-run bed and breakfast, a self catering cottage, a grand hotel or a budget YMCA, Northumberland has accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. Click to go to Visit Northumberland and find out more.