Brackenlea Cottage

Northumberland National Park

What's on in 2016

Some of the events taking place this year in The County. There is no charge for any of the events on this page, except where shown. Approximate driving times from the cottage are shown in brackets. More events will be posted up here when they are announced.

Traditional music events

Morpeth gathering - Rapper Dancers in the Tap & Spile, Morpeth Gathering

Fri 17 - Sun 19 April- The Morpeth Gathering

A lively festival of Northumbrian Language, Music, Song, Crafts and Dance. Events are free and start from Friday evening and run through to Sunday in pubs and halls throughout the town. (45 mins)
Contact - 01670 513308

Fri 10 to Sun 12 July - Rothbury Traditional Music Festival

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is a friendly gathering in the heart of the beautiful Coquet Valley. It brings musicians from the length and breadth of the country and beyond to join with enthusiastic local musicians, singers and dancers to create a celebration of traditional music. (15 mins)
Contact: Val Miller Tel: 01669 620419

Alnwick International Music Festival Sat 1st -8th August

A week long international celebration of music and dance, with traditional dancers and musicians from around the world. (35 mins) Website

Fri 13 & Sat 14 November - Alnwick Northumbrian Gathering

Alnwick's annual celebration of Northumberland's traditional folk music and dance: concerts, ceilidhs, competitions and workshops. (35 mins)
Contact: Tel: 01670 815400

Classical Music Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory Classical Music Festival 2 weekends in July, 3th-5th and 10th-12th

Sublime music ranging from early to contemporary classical in the beautiful setting of a fully restored 12th century priory, Brinkburn Priory, near Rothbury. (25 mins).
Contact: Joined up North Tel: 0191 2614292

Hexham Abbey Music Festival 25th Sept - 3rd Oct

Orchestral and choral music in Hexham's historic Abbey and Queen's Hall, plus street theatre.


Wallington Hall


Alnwick Playhouse

A comfortable small theatre with a year round programme of drama, music and film. Highly recommended and very popular, so book early.
01665 510785

Wallington Hall

Illyria perform:

A Midsummers Night Dream, 7:30 Saturday 27th June
The Three Musketeers, 7:30 Saturdat 1st August
The Mowgli Stories, 6:00 Saturday 22nd August

Adult £13.50, Children £6.50

Agricultural Shows

Alwinto show - terrier racing

Hilarity at the Terrier Racing at Alwinton

Mon 25 May - Northumberland County Show; Corbridge

The regions biggest single rural attraction and entertainment event with agriculture remaining firmly at its heart. Corbridge is Roman all country. Entry £8. (1 hr)

Sat 5 September - Harbottle Village Show

Our local show, small and friendly.

Sat 10th October - Alwinton Border Shepherds Show

The last show of the season and one of the local highlights of the year. 30 Mins walk from the cottage.

Other Coquetdale shows are listed here

Other events

Duke of Edinburgh at Alnwick horse driving trials
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Alnwick Castle Horse Driving Trials.

All year - Alnwick Garden

Alnwic Garden organise lots of events throughought the year, such as live jazz in the Treehouse every Thursday

Warkworth Castle (40 mins)

There are normally events here, but nothing has been announced yet

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