5 Things to do in Northumberland across August Bank Holiday Weekend 2018

*This is a paid collaboration with Great Northumberland

I have thoroughly enjoyed this summer. Helped of course by some fantastic events in Northumberland as part of Great Northumberland and the glorious sunshine, I'd go as far as to say it's been the best summer we've enjoyed in a long time. 

We've packed lots in, including a beautiful walk around Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens, a lovely afternoon at Alnwick Garden where we listened to lots of talented local musicians as part of their Northumberland Music and Dance Festival and a trip to learn more about the Pitman Painters at Woodhorn. There's still a couple of weeks left to enjoy some of the events taking part as part of Great Northumberland - check out their website for inspiration and a full guide to what's on across the rest of August. I thought I'd share a couple of my top picks for Bank Holiday weekend today - let me know if you fancy any of my suggestions..... 

25 - 27 August -  Cheeseburn Sculpture Gardens | find out more here

My number one recommendation for this weekend would be to visit Cheeseburn. The Sculpture Gardens are only open for a handful of days each year and August Bank Holiday weekend is one of them. It's FREE to visit (donations welcome) and the trail is suitable for young and old. Please note - dogs, picnics and ball games are not allowed within the gardens. Check out our video from our visit earlier this year below:

25 August - Bellingham Show & County Festival | find out more here

There is a lot going on at this day-long country show with plenty to entertain all ages. Expect live-music, wrestling, Northumbrian Pipers, food stalls, sheep, vintage cars, children's rides, motocross, beer tents and more! Adult tickets are £8, Children are £4 or a family ticket is £20. Under 2s are free and parking is available free of charge.

25 - 27 August - Knight's Tournament at Belsay Castle | find out more here

We watched the Knight's Tournament at Belsay Castle a few years ago and really had a wonderful day - it's an event I'd highly recommend. Expect Medieval tents and villages, craft demonstrations, horse-riding, tournaments, jesters, weapon displays and more - all to the wonderful backdrop of Belsay Castle. The event is FREE for English Heritage members (non-members can either join or pay an entrance fee on arrival).

25 & 26 August - Berwick Festival Opera at The Maltings, Berwick | find out more here

If you fancy a night out with a difference, why not give this a try? HMS Pinafore  - Gibert & Sullivan promises to provide an evening of comedy and brilliant music. You can purchase tickets online here.

27 August - Flavinus Day at Hexham Abbey |  find out more here 

Pop along to Hexham Abbey on Bank Holiday Monday and enjoy a free family day out with lots of Roman-inspired activities. There will be costumes, demonstrations, crafts, face-painting, bouncy castles, a Roman BBQ and more (some activities may be chargeable).

Don't forget to check out the Great Northumberland website for more ideas for what's on across the weekend and the rest of this month. Have a great one! 


  1. Love the sounds of the Knights Tournament at Belsay!

  2. I haven't been to Northumberland since I have been blogging and that is nearly 5 years. Yes some of our best holidays were in Northumberland we loved Alnwick, I think I will have to fit it in somewhere next year. These all look great Sam x


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