Host of events lined up for Northumberland Day

Howick Hall.
Howick Hall.

A host of events are being lined up for the first-ever Northumberland Day.

The arts, sport and music are all featured in the event, which is on Sunday, May 28.

In Howick, the Howick Coastal Choir will be performing in a two-hour concert in the Earl Grey Tea Rooms at Howick Hall, on the evening.

The concert will celebrate Northumberland Day through song, fiddle playing and the poetry of Noel Hodgson. Ticket details can be obtained by calling 01665 577285.

On the same day, the Ashington Rocks event will be staged in Ashington, featuring local rock bands.

Tickets cost just £10, for an event that will go on until late, and can be bought from or by calling 01670 814091.

SMILE Through Sport – a not-for-profit organisation founded by Cramlington Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE – is arranging two Northumberland Day taster events, to encourage more people with disabilities and mental health conditions to get involved with sport.

One will take place at Blyth Sporting Club, on Saturday. May 27, between 10am and noon. Those attending are encouraged to dress in red and yellow, to celebrate Northumberland Day.

National Trust Wallington is encouraging people to get involved in a sport of a different kind with the opening of its new Dragon Cycle Trail.

Biking beginners and those a little more accustomed to life in the saddle can explore two new trails – one of 1.5km and the other of 4km.

Finally, competitiveness of another sort will be at the fore of a Northumberland Day event in Slaley village’s Commemoration Hall, as teams of four compete in a Community Amusement Tournament.

The event, starting at 7.30pm, will see each team battling to win as many 10-minute games as possible during the evening, as they take on board, skills and card games.

Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt, said: “These arts, music and sports-focused events show how Northumberland Day is touching every aspect of life in the county.

“It’s not too late to put your own event on, have a great time, unite the community and maybe scoop one of our very special ‘Northumbie’ awards, designed in fused glass by local artist, Helen Grierson.

“Northumberland Day is about communities and people coming together and celebrating everything that makes the county great. These events embody all that the day stands for.”

More information about all events, along with ideas of how to get involved, can be found at