Summer in Northumberland: festivals, feasts and fun

Coastal Retreats Blog 29 June 2017

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Rory Bremner will be live at The Maltings in Berwick upon Tweed on July 5 with his Partly Political show. Expect a satirical take on Brexit, Trump and Boris.

Heartbeak Productions return to The Alnwick Garden on July 16 for another open air adaptation of children’s favourite author David Walliams’s novels. This time it’s Billionaire Boy.

Festivals and shows

Held in the pastures at the front of Alnwick Castle, The Percy Country Dog and Hound Show is one for those passionate about our four-legged friends. Various classes include foxhounds, terriers, lurchers and gun dogs, as well as family dog and ferret shows. Admission is by donation and there will also be a licensed bar and barbecue. July 2, 2pm.

Spittal Seaside Festival on the promenade by the beach in Berwick upon Tweed is a two-day event on August 12 and 13 with family friendly activities and live music. Entry is free.

Actor and DJ Craig Charles will be playing funk and soul tunes at Coquetfest at Druridge Bay Country Park on August 17, kicking off this four-day festival.

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Set in the grounds of Berwick’s 18th Century barracks, The Berwick Food and Beer Festival has more than 80 stalls of local produce and beers, cookery demonstrations and live music. September 1-3.

Northumberland’s answer to Glastonbury, Lindisfarne Festival plays host to an eclectic line up of music from Beal Farm, overlooking Holy Island. As locations go, this would be hard to be surpassed. Headlining this year are The Fratellis, The View and Norman Jay and Huey Morgan from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. August 31-September 3.

For children

The Alnwick Garden is a must-see at any time of the year, but during the summer it plays host to a number of theatrical characters for the children’s entertainment from Prince Amer and Busy Lizzie to Professor Bramble the Badger, Gorillas and Squawk. A summer finale of a Lord of the Rings inspired bank holiday weekend will be a real treat with giant-size tree robots armed with humour.

Watch a live lifeboat demonstration at Seahouses Annual Lifeboat Fete and Family fun day on August 28. This annual event is for a worthy cause, raising money for the RNLI.


Enjoy some traditional Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle concerts in July and August at various locations throughout the county, including Low Newton by the Sea, Craster, Alnwick Garden Treehouse restaurant, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Lucker. Visit for full details.

Alnwick International Music Festival is a eight-day event from July 29-August 5 showcasing Irish, African, American, Scottish, Eastern European, Australian and Northumbrian music across the genres of folk, jazz, blues, Celtic, Balkan and Americana. There is also a daily craft fair and workshops throughout the festival.

For fans of Jess Glynne, she’ll be bringing her music to Alnwick Castle on August 12, which promises to be an amazing show in a fantastic location.

Hadrian's Cavalry


The war games, training and daily life of a Roman cavalry trooper are being showcased at Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site, with dramatic reenactments staged at various venues across the wall. This exciting new exhibition for 2017 holds a spotlight on this showy regiment of the Roman army. Hadrian’s Cavalry until September 10.

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