Events to look out for in Northumberland during 2016

Published: Thursday 21st Jan 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

If you are looking ahead and planning this year’s UK holiday to Northumberland, it helps to know what events are coming up in the area. This will help you decide on when to consider coming to this North-East county when making your booking.  

There are many luxury self-catering holiday cottages located around Northumberland that will provide a fantastic base for exploring Northumberland and the surrounding areas.

There is something for everyone in Northumberland during 2016. Whether you want sporty, historical, animal loving or family bonding activities, there are some great events lined up.

  • Stick Man Trail

Kielder Castle, Kielder, Northumberland

31/12/15 – 31/10/16

The Stick Man Trail is based on the much loved book written by Julia Donaldson. It follows the success of The Gruffalo Trail. The Trail starts from Kielder castle, where families can pick up an activity pack, follow the trail and complete fun activities along the way.

Stick Man activity packs are £3 each from the onsite café and contains a trail leaflet, activity sheets, pencils, crayons and the all-important pipe cleaners to make your own stick man.

Follow the Duke’s Trail at Kielder Castle. The length of the trail is approximately 0.75 miles and parking is £4.50 for all day or £1.50 for one hour.

No booking is required to take part in the Stick Man Trail but activity packs will only be available between 10am and 4pm while the café is open.

  • Run Northumberland Half Marathon 2016

Kirkley Hall, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland

Sunday 3rd April 2016

This event was first organised in 2011 and has grown to become one of the region’s most popular Half Marathons and is Northumberland’s largest road race. One of only a handful of Half Marathons I the North East, the course is undulating and has some downhill sections and some steady climbs.

The race starts at 9:45am at Kirkley Hall and finishes back at the same place. Shuttle buses will be on hand to transport all runners to the race start/finish from the race car park in Ponteland.

If you wish to take part you will receive a commemorative race t-shirt and a finishing medal.

Blyth, Northumberland

Friday 26th – Monday 29th August 2016

The busy port town of Blyth in south-east Northumberland will host the prestigious Tall Ships Regatta in August 2016. The four-day event will be a wonderful maritime celebration including street theatre, a Crew Parade, live music and a spectacular Parade of Sail.

Tall ships up to 100 meters long and some decades old will sail into the deep water port of Blyth. Visitors can expect excellent views of the ships from the quayside and may even be able to go on board some of them. Seeing the ships at full mast, sails billowing, will amaze many onlookers as it is a dramatic, yet breath-taking sight.

This is only the 2nd time in 6 years that the Tall Ships Regatta has taken place and it is a fitting tribute to Blyth’s sailing history that the town will be welcoming the Regatta in 2016. This year the event will be marking the diamond anniversary of the Tall Ships races. Following the Regatta, the ships will depart on the 500 mile nautical race from Blyth to Gothenburg in Sweden.

  • Northumberland and Durham Labrador Retriever Championship Show

Kirkley Hall, Northumberland

Saturday 1st October 2016

This club was founded in 1923 and are proud to be the 2nd oldest Labrador club in existence. They have a growing membership that is representative of working, show and Labrador owners in general. The club is committed to promoting the breed to help ensure long term health by providing advice on everything from puppy buying to working or showing your dog.

Following the success of previous shows, the club are pleased to return to Kirkley Hall for their 2016 Championship Show. The show has a family friendly atmosphere with around 250 Labradors, so why not go along and join in the fun.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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