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Events & Festivals
in Alnwick & Northumberland

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2016 Events

Shrove Tuesday Football at Alnwick CastleShrove 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!

Rothbury Food and Craft FairRothbury Food and Craft Fair

2nd May 2016 - Bank Holiday Monday

Local food and craft fair in Rothbury - featuring local food and recipes together with local crafts. A popular well tended event.



Provincial Booksellers Fair at Northumberland Hall, Alnwick CANCELLED this year due to refurbishments.

Mighty Dub FestMighty Dub Fest

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2016

The most Northern VW weekend festival in England.
Set overlooking the most famous location Alnwick Castle, Northumberland. Fully packed family entertainment, trade stands, Live music and 3 bars. This year its all about flower power and summer of love.
Enjoy a weekend of music, mayhem and awesome VWs. Entertainment to keep the whole family busy or just chill out with your friends. Bars and amazing street food.


Alnmouth Arts FestivalAlnmouth Arts Festival

Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th June 2016

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.


Rothbury Traditional Music FestivalRothbury Traditional Music Festival

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th of July 2016

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


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

30th July to 6th August 2016

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.


Powburn Annual ShowPowburn Annual Show and Sheepdog Trials

Saturday 6th August 2016

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


The Glendale ShowGlendale Show

Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016

Near Wooler, alongside 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

Rennington Scarecrow FestivalRennington Scarecrow Festival

Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016

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!

Lindisfarne Festival Lindisfarne Festival

Thurs 1st to Sun 4th September 2016

Come and watch us disturb the peace with great live music, comedy, poetry, workshops, holistic therapy, novelty acts and other festival fun in a stunning setting, overlooking Holy Island, up at Beal Farm on the mainland near the Lindisfarne Causeway.
Tickets are currently £85 plus booking fee


Castles Challenge TriathlonCastles Challenge Triathlon

Saturday 3rd September 2016

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...


The Cheviots ChallengeThe Cheviots Challenge

Saturday 3 September 2016

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


Harbottle ShowHarbottle Show

Saturday 13th September 2016

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.


Alnwick Food FestivalAlnwick Food Festival

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2016

More than 30,000 people enjoy the Alnwick Food Festiva, with free admission to top-class entertainment, cookery demonstrations by local chefs and a bustling market square offering a wide range of local produce for sale. A feast of fun for all the family. Runs alongside Alnwick Beer Festival.


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

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2016

There will be a warm Welcome to Alnwick & District Round Table's 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.


Alnwick Fireworks DisplayAlnwick Fireworks Display

November, usually the 5th or Nearest Saturday!

Venue - Alnwick Rugby Club , Willowburn Avenue, Alnwick. NE661BX. (GoogleMap)

Spectacular large firework display from 7.30pm.

All year round:

Alwinton Church Music Concerts May - JulyAlwinton Church - 2016 Summer Concerts

Composers' Competition - Saturday 7 May 2016
Kathryn Tickell and The Side - Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm
Apollo Saxophone Quartet - Saturday 28 May, 7.30pm
Fretwork with Simon Callow - Saturday 11 JUNE, 7:30pm

Royal Northern Sinfonia Ensemble - Saturday 25 JUNE, 7.30pm

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


Andrew and Margaret WatchornAndrew and Margaret Watchorn
Traditional Music Concerts

Andrew & Margaret will be playing Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle concerts in venues along the north Northumberland coast, from Holy Island to Craster (Admission: £7.50 - under 12 free) - highly popular with visitors to the area, many of whom have never had the opportunity to see and hear the smallpipes at close quarters, nor to hear about our traditional songs, dances and legends.

Andrew & Margaret also do various other concerts throughout the year - details on their Website

Alnwick MarketsAlnwick Markets

Every Thursday & Saturday 9am - 4pm

- Farmers Market last Friday in month 9am - 2pm

Contact information:
Alnwick Markets, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick, NE66 1HW
Market Manager Tel: 07783 557116


Events at Alnwick CastleAlnwick Castle Events

Dates throughout the year

Numerous events at Alnwick Castle throughout the year, include: Broomstick Training, Medieval crafts, a Wedding Fair, Battleaxe to Broomsticks Tour, Falconry, Longbow Demonstrations and a Rosa Mundi Encampment. 


Alnwick Playhouse & Arts CentreAlnwick Playhouse & Arts Centre

Dates throughout the year

For first class entertainment, shows, drama, films, live music, the Alnwick Playhouse is a first class venue. Its Arts Centre runs a continuous programme of Art Exhibitions throughout the year.


Shepherds WalksShepherds Walks - Walking Events

Dates throughout the year

Shepherds Walks arranged by Jon Monks, a local shepherd and walking enthusiast with a superb knowledge of the Northumberland footpaths, hosts walking festivals and challenges throughout the region.


Rothbury RootsFolk Music - Rothbury Roots

Dates throughout the year

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


Hospice Care Open Garden DaysHospice Care Open Garden Days

Dates throughout the year

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.


NGS Open Garden DaysNGS Open Garden Days

Dates throughout the year

This year, many gardens throughout Northumberland 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 Open Garden DaysRed Cross Open Garden Days

Dates throughout the year

There are many hidden gem gardens across Northumberland which are normally closed to the public, but open for the public on open days of the year.




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