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Events & Festivals
in Alnwick & Northumberland

Shrove Tuesday Football at Alnwick Castle

Every year on Shrove Tuesday

Commencing at 2pm on Shrove Tuesday every year, the Duke of Northumberland starts the 'game' by throwing the football from the battlements of the Alnwick Castle barbican to the waiting crowd below. The game continues downhill to the pastures and is played on the pastures and the river Aln below the castle.
Spectators are welcome - but don't get too close!

Alnwick Markets

Every Thursday & Saturday 9am - 4pm Farmers Market last Friday in month 9am - 2pm

See the website for more information -
Contact information:
Alnwick Markets, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW
Market Manager Tel: 07783 557116 This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hospice Care - Gardens Open 2014

North Northumberland Hospice Care wih the kind permission of the owners arrange several Open Gardens days throughout Northumberland to help raise funds for their worthy cause.
The following gardens are open during 2014
Glanton Pyke - 8th June
Mindrum - 22nd June
Blagdon - 29th of June
Shawdon Hall - 13th of July and
Lilburn Tower - 27th July
For more information see the website

NGS Gardens Open 2014

This year 16 wonderful Northumberland gardens will open their gates to visitors in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. It’s a great way of spending an afternoon and getting ideas for your own garden Home teas and refreshments also available.

Red Cross Gardens Open 2014

There are many hidden gem gardens across Northumberland which are normally closed to the public, check out our " Red Cross - Gardens Open" page for more information and see when these lovely gardens have their 'open day'! Webpage

Rothbury Food and Craft Fair 2014

5th May - Bank Holiday Monday

Local food and craft fair featuring local food and recipes together with local crafts. A popular well tended event. For more information click here

Alnwick Playhouse - regular events

all year round

For first class entertainment, shows, drama, films, live music, the Alnwick Playhouse is a first class venue. For a current catalogue of events visit the Playhouse website at

Art Tour in NorthumberlandArt Tour - Northumberland

2014 All of June (Waiting for update from organisers - March 2014)

The Art Tour is a network of artists throughout Northumberland who will be opening their studios/venues  on Saturdays and Sundays during June this year, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - free entrance. This is an opportunity for anyone to visit studios and see artists' work and even make a purchase! 

There are also workshops and demonstrations you can sign up for, see brochure or website for details and for individual opening dates.

Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association at AlnwickProvincial Booksellers Fair

14th June 2014

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association a regular annual event within the Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, between 10am and 4.30pm. There will be many specialty book sellers attending the fair with hundreds of 'collectable' and rare books available. All will be in very good to excellent condition.

The Provincial Fairs Booksellers Association has a full calendar of events all over the UK.
For 2014 we are pleased to present the 4th Alnwick Book Fair. ENTRY FREE!
For more information about the PBFA see their website

Alnwick Castle RunAlnmouth Arts Festival 2014

Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22 June

The Alnmouth Arts Festival is an annual must see event for all art lovers, situated in 27 venues throughout picturesque Alnmouth you will discover 90 exhibitors work on display.

For more information see the website

Alwinton Church Music Concerts May - JulyAlwinton Church- Summer Concerts 2014

MAY  -  Sun. 11th 3pm & Sat. 31st 7.30pm
JUNE  -  Sat. 21st at 7.30pm
JULY  -  Sat. 12th at 7.30pm

The ever popular Music Events at Alwinton Church in Upper Coquetdale.
A dazzling line up of events this summer please go to our website for a full program of concerts. website

Brinkburn Priory Summer Music Festival 2014

Friday the 4th to Sunday 6th of July

An exciting Classical Music festival in and around this beautiful Brinkburn Priory. Our full program can be found on our website.

Web Site

Castles Challenge TriathlonCastles Challenge Triathlon 2014

2014 Saturday & Sunday 26th and 27th July

An annual event featuring a Junior Triathlon, Sprint Distance Triathlon and a Middle Distance Triathlon based around Bamburgh Castle on the fantastic Northumberland Coast.
For comprehensive information see website below...

Folk Music - Rothbury Roots

Various dates

Rothbury Roots, is a dedicated group of local music lovers who arrange regular events at Rothbury's Queens Head Hotel. Seethe website for further information.

Web Site

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2014

2014 starts Friday 18th to Sunday 19th of July for the weekend

This is a well-established Traditional Country Music Fair featuring pipes, fiddles, bodrun, guitars, folk singing, and dialect poetry. A full weekend of fantastic folk!

Web Site

Alnwick International Music Festival - go to their website for more information!Alnwick International Music Festival 2014

August 2nd to 9th.

8 days of events, 250 entertainers from around the world, a grand costumed event with dancers in traditional costume with traditional music. Evening concerts in the Playhouse, and dances each evening in the Northumberland Hall. Most events are centered around the Market place.
See their website

Powburn Annual Show and Sheepdog Trials 2014

August - Sat. 2nd

Local agricultural show featuring stalls, craft displays, competitions, sheep show, cross country race, pony games & jumping etc. Evening show dance. For more information see website.


Simple MindsSummer Concerts at Alnwick Castle 2014

Simple Minds concert - Saturday, 16th August 2014

Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, have had a string of top 20 UK singles including Don’t You (Forget About Me), which also reached number one in the US charts.  More info

Alnwick Family Proms - Sunday, 17th August 2014

A programme full of popular classical pieces and film scores, culminating in the traditional Proms flag-waving finale.  More info

Rennington Scarecrow Festival - "Del-Boy & Rodney"Rennington Scarecrow Festival 2014

August Bank Holiday Weekend Sat 23rd - Mon 25th.

Rennington is a picturesque village on the coastal route B1340 just 8 min's drive from Alnwick.
Every August Bank Holiday weekend they celebrate in eccentric style with a wonderful tongue in cheek "Scarecrow Festival" The majority of the village turn out with their own version of a topical or literary scene for your enjoyment. There will be stalls and refreshments daily
10am - 4.30pm. Come along for a great laugh! webpage

The Cheviots Challenge 2014

September Saturday 6th

Enter this 12 hour walking event which starts and finishes at Alwinton - in aid of the Northumberland National Park Search and Rescue Team.

Web Site

Glendale Show - 2014

August 25th - Bank Holiday Monday

Near Wooler longside the A69& Road, the Glendale Show is probably the biggest country show in Northumberland, enjoy all the fun of the fair!. Find out more by going to their web site.

Web Site

Harbottle ShowHarbottle Show 2014

September - Sat. the 6th

Harbottle Show Is A Traditional small village show featuring: Sheep Show, Horticultural, Industrial and Children's exhibits. Craft Demonstrations, Terrier Racing, Children's and Adult's Races, Cumberland Wrestling and Local Produce For Sale.
The venue is the Oak tree Field, Harbottle, Nr. Rothbury. NE65 7DG.
For more information please go to the website

Alnwick Beer Festival 18th and 19th Sept. 2010Alnwick Beer Festival

(Waiting for confirmation re dates from the organisers)

There will be a warm Welcome to Alnwick & District Round Table's 6th Beer Festival. 11am - 11pm Fri & Sat. & 12 - 6pm Sun.
There will be at least 30 real ales from small breweries from local Northumberland breweries and from others within the North East.
For more information see the website.

Alnwick Food FestivalAlnwick Food Festival 2014

September 20th and 21st

A festival of North East England's food producers, with cookery demonstrations, talks, food and drinks trails, special recipes, street entertainment, workshops and a Young Chef of the Year competition.

Web Site

Alnwick Fireworks Display 2014

November, usually the 5th or Nearest Saturday!

Venue - Alnwick Rugby Club, Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick. NE661BX.
Details - Spectacular large firework display from 7.30pm.

Shepherds Walks - guided walks

Dates throughout the year

Shepherds Walks arranged by Jon Monks a local shepherd and walking enthusiast with a superb knowledge of the Northumberland footpath and rights of way network arranges guided walks across Northumberland throughout the year. For more information on the walks go to the website Web Site



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