Things to do in Hexham July 2017

Hexham This July

Lots and Lots Happening This Summer

  • Hexham Carnival attribution to
  • Food and Music Festival 
  • Hexham Abbey Flower Festival 
  • History Uncovered
  • Natural Remedies and Mind Food
  • Hidden Gardens
  • A Range of Events on the National Park 
  • Tea at The Abbey

Hexham Carnival Kicks Off Summer

This year the Carnival is on Sunday 2nd July at Hexham Park and Bandstand.  As usual the organisers have worked jolly hard to put together a great day out for all the family. Kick-off is 11.00 am and parties through to 6.00 pm.

There is an open air service from an inter-denomination group of clergy from the bandstand.  Relevant in these times I think.    The Mayor of Hexham then performs the official opening with the bands getting straight into festive mood.

The band line up (though not sure of order) is awesome and, with the weather looking dry, this is a “must not miss” line-up.  The Bad Pennies are likely to attract a big local following and provide us with a fantastic set.

The Jokers at Hexham Local Hexham band The Jokers, who are enjoying massive demand this Summer, are guaranteed to get the whole Park going.   They are a Bluesy Rock band playing from ZZ Top,  AC/DC all the way to Jimmy Hendrix.  Be ready for a loud wonderful noise. Human, a South Shields band, are a great five-piece with a huge range of material through the decades.  From The Stones and the The Who through ELO and Squeeze to Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and loads more to boot.  They are worthy regulars at the Carnival and I look forward to seeing them again.

A BIG THANKS to Billy Charlton for his support with this fantastic entertainment

There will also be a large selection of trade and craft stalls with a wide range of goods and services on offer from local Jams to Sand Art.  A sumptuous selection of food is also available including Burgers, Noodles, Hotdogs and a new addition of Crepes.  Very tasty !

The Slaters’ Family Funfair are supporting the event and are bringing a small amount of their Funfair to the Carnival.  Other rides and attractions will be brought along too.  So expect a range of family rides with a Fun House and Bouncy Castle.

Hexham CarnivalTommy Bungle the Clown will be there to delight young and old alike.  He will be entertaining with his “invisible” dog who does woopsies and needs a poop bag.  He does creative balloon art with hats and swords etc.. Finally, there is no show without Punch !  Mr. Punch and Mrs. Judy will be there to delight children of all ages.

This event has taken a lot of hard work to put together and is a wonderful day out without spending a fortune.  Our own Tynedale Hospice will be raising money for the invaluable work they do in our community supporting families when they need it most.  The Dystonia Society will have a stall to raise awareness and money for the charity.  If we all give a little on the day it makes a huge difference.


Get Stuffed at The Food and Music Festival

Taste Tynedale Food Festival

Hexham Food and Music FestivalWhat an opportunity to eat and drink and be merry! Many top regional chefs will be doing demonstrations and masterclasses, and cooking up some gourmet feasts for us all to enjoy.  They will be using plenty of local produce so we might pick up a few tips that we can use back in our own kitchens.  A street market with fabulous Food and Drink producers awaits you.

Bands and artists will perform in the beer tent throughout the event. Again, the focus will be on the local brews but there will be plenty of wine and fizz for those of a more delicate taste.  This is a full-on Beer and Wine Festival and not to be missed.

There are fairground rides and a range of children’s activities

The event takes place at Abbey Park on Friday 28th July (10 am to 9 pm) and Saturday 29th July (10 am to 5 pm).  This event is all my favourite pastimes rolled into one, so I’ll be sure to see you there.

Event organised in association with Hexhan Courant, Hexham Town Council and delivered by CNevents.  Bless them.

Flowers and Family Fun at The Abbey

On the weekend of the 21st to 23rd July Hexham Abbey hosts a fantastic event with something enjoyable for everyone in the family.  Local businesses and clubs are also invited to come along and promote themselves whilst supporting the Abbey Roof Fund and the Hexham and District Flower Club.

Hexham Abbey Flower FestivalThe Abbey will have approximately 40 individual displays in prominent locations within the Abbey.  These are individually sponsored by businesses and associations and colour, craftship and diversity are assured.  You will probably never see such a range of floral displays anywhere else in your lifetime. Even if you don’t have a strong Floral bent yourself, bring someone you love to see this display,

On the grounds outside there will be a big marquee and lots of market stalls with a wide assortment of goods.  There will be food available and a BBQ.  There are children’s crafts and entertainment.  There is also a stage for demonstrations and talks from a variety of individuals including the physic garden, horticultural society and the district flower club.  What a nice pleasant day out, in beautiful surroundings, for all the family.  Go on. Try it. You will want to go back next year!!

Kids’ crafts include making paper flowers in a range of different colours and decorating shortbread flower biscuits and edible flower pots.  I hope they let us adults have a go too!  There is also a bouncy castle and a beehive.  Best of all – a jazz band.

History Uncovered Before Your Eyes at Vindolanda

The scale of excavations, recreations and abundance of exhibits make a trip to this old Roman fort a must-see for anyone with an interest in history or construction.  A great educational day out for eager minded young ones too.  This world renowned site is only down the road at Bardon Mill.

Roman Ruins
Vindolanda Roman Ruins

The museum alone takes you on a tour through those Roman times. But, the extent of the ongoing excavations is stunning and some of the recreated buildings enable one to visualise the fort as it would have been thousands of years ago.  You can watch the excavation work taking place.

For full information visit Vindolanda

Food For The Mind

Dilston Physic Gardens near Corbridge is an oasis of calm and unusual and beautiful treatments and activities.  The substantial gardens are full of herbs and trees with health and healing properties.  Easy to read labeling tells the story of each one and how it used.  The gardens flow naturally between distinctly different themes but maintain a sense of calm and intrigue.

Indian Head MassageThe gardens also offer an unusual (but lovely) range of events and workshops.  Learn how to perform Indian Head Massage on 1st July, followed by a day learning about the Native American Medicine Wheel on the 2nd.  Through the month are Mind Spa Magic, Plant Spirit Medicine, Flower Essences, Astringent Nature of Oak Bark, Children’s Potion Club, Reiki, Wild Medicine and Shamanic Herbs,

This is a place to properly relax your mind and get away from the stress and relentless fast pace of life. Check out the website, put the family in the car and take your first step in finding a place of peace.

Hidden Gardens of Hexham

This is the second year for this lovely, personal and sharing event. There will be 10 private gardens on display on the day.  Some will be big and some smaller but between them they offer a vast range of flora, fauna and information.  Tea and cake will be available and some live music if the weather holds.  There will also be a raffle.

Maps and guides are available from Cognito Books and the Abbey Shop.  The event takes place 16th July.  Please provide me with some feedback and contact information.

National Park at Full Speed for Summer

Northumberland National Park kicks off July with a 2 hour wander through some of the counties best hay meadows. The idea is to show the children the diversity of flowers and insects.  The price is £5 per child and the event is on Saturday 1st July.

Other 2 hour walks focusing on particular topics include a Ranger’s favourite walk through meadows and burns accompanied by a little poetry, you can visit the last Blackhouse at Catcleugh, enjoy the Milecastle Circular (as part of the Walk To Wellbeing Programme),

There are a selection of 3 – 4 hour walks including Seldom Seen – a walk through a quiet nature reserve with remnants of coal and lead mining, flowers and birds at Greenlee Lough, Crag Lough & Sycamore Gap, Wild Wednesday- a minibeast safari to entertain and engage the children and the Upper Coquet Valley and its history.

The Falstone Cakewalk is a great few hours for adults and children to walk along some riverbanks and an old railway  line with some cake at the end.

There are some longer outings and full details can be found at The National Park website

Afternoon Tea at The Abbey

Hexham Abbey by Peter Brooks [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsOn 7th July Hexham Abbey is hosting a fabulous afternoon tea in the Georgian Hall.  Expect a splendid range of sandwiches, cakes and pasteries.

Booking is essential so please mail or call 01434 611908.

Things to do in Hexham June 2017

Hexham this June

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  • From Roman Cavalry to  Horse Racing
  • Live Pianists and Silent Movies
  • Glam-Up for Ladies Day at the Racecourse
  • Out on the Tyne for Hexham Regatta
  • Classics, Comedy and Shakespeare
  • Food, Drink and Pub Entertainment

If you can’t find Things to do in Hexham this June you might as well give up going out !!

Summer is on the way and our town is coming more alive than ever.  Lots of indoor and outdoor events to look forward to.  Something for all ages and tastbackwards and forwards in time researching material for this post.  I certainly do a great impression of him at his bewildered best !  We have so much good stuff happening, it is difficult to know where to start and where to draw the line at inclusions.  Anyway let’s get moving.


Hexham Abbey EventWide Skies Film Festival 2017 is presenting a fantastic event at Hexham Abbey.  This is a “must see, must hear” presentation of a Silent Movie with celebrated pianist Tony Berchman providing the soundtrack.  

Here is a great video of Tony playing the famous “The Circus” starring Charles Chaplin.  For me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a trip back to a bygone era.  

There are 2 screenings on Friday 9th June and various packages and refreshments are available.  Book early for an opportunity to meet the the performer.

Join me there, and for drinkies afterwards.  

A Day (or 3) at the Races

If you have never been to the races then now is the time to start.  There are two Saturday race dates in June.  The 3rd and 17th.  Hexham is a good course to just go along and soak up the atmosphere and “people watch”.

Hexham Races

Even if you don’t look near a horse, you will enjoy watching other racegoers – worth the price of admission all on its own !!.  Seriously, treat yourself or someone you love to something special and visit your first horse race.

Glamorous Ladies Day is on Sunday 25th June and this promises to be a display of fashion and elegance (and a few other things).  Great day out always.  Lets hope that that it does not go like this Ladies Day in Ireland

The racecourse has great facilities for disabled people with lifts and reserved viewing areas.  There is a wide selection of hospitality packages or just enjoy what you need, as you need it, from the many food and drink venues at the course.

Please post any details of Racing Day Events or Offers taking place in Bars or Restaurants

All Aboard For Hexham Regatta

The event is on Saturday 3rd June and, as usual, is a very busy competition.  Plenty of viewing space is available along the banks of the Tyne and is a great opportunity for family picnics and perhaps a glass of something nice!

The size and resilience of this major rowing event is a tribute to the hard working members of Hexham Rowing Club .  They will be grateful for any assistance or sponsorship from other parts of our community.

Roman Cavalry Brought Back To Life

Roman Cavalryman

An unusual and truly impressive exhibition is taking place in 10 different venues along the whole length of Hadrian’s Wall.  The three nearest venues for us are Corbridge, Chollerford and Bardon Mill.

Hadrian’s Cavalry are celebrated in various exhibitions and sensory exhibits.  A fantastic opportunity to get up close to those formative times. There are things of interest for all the family and it would be a shame not to enjoy this unique event.

All the in-depth information can be found at Hadrian’s Wall Country

A New Twist on a Shakespeare Classic

The Queens Hall is hosting a new and exciting take on Romeo and Juliet. The play is given a Mods and Rockers musical theme.  Well worth a visit on the 6th and 7th of June.

Throughout the month the venue is also presenting great classics including Wind In The Willows and Funny Face.  The Green Room has a portrait of Richard Burton told in his own words on 24th June and The Damp Knights provide Improvised comedy in The White room on 28th June.