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Carnival Atmosphere

Haltwhistle Town Carnival & Garden Party (Sunday 9th July) is a brilliant afternoon of fun and entertainment, including a parade of floats, live music, Cumberland wrestling, mega-Mini stunt team, climbing wall, vintage vehicles, funfair and stalls. Various events are held during carnival week, leading up to the excitement of the big day.

There will also be something for everyone at the Felton & Thirston Fair, near Morpeth, on Saturday 8th July. Attractions at this traditional village event include a dog show, dog agility, fun run, sports and junior football, side shows, craft and flower show, bar with real ale, tea tent and a good old-fashioned Punch & Judy show.

Head to Prudhoe on Sunday 9th July for Chopwell Woodfest, a free event for the whole family, bringing the heritage of the area to life. Turn your hand to pottery, make a willow hurdle, have a go on a pole lathe and learn all about wool spinning and felting. Bring a picnic or sample some of the food on offer at the event – including hog roast, wood-fired pizza and BBQ.

If you’re a fan of classic cars, get yourself along to Woodhorn’s Vintage Car Rally, near Ashington, on Sunday 9th July. The North of England Classic and Pre-war Automobiles will be on site with an amazing array of classic cars. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet the owners and take lots of photos!

There’s plenty to see during a trip to Holy Island, just off the coast of Northumberland, but make sure you check the crossing times as the island is reached by a causeway only visible at low tide! Well-known as a wildlife haven, the island is small enough to be explored on foot. Discover St Cuthbert’s Isle, just off the shore from Lindisfarne Priory, where the saint lived out his hermit years. You can also climb a high ridge on Holy Island known as the Heugh for spectacular views across to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. And no trip to the island is complete without finding a local pub and sampling fresh crab sandwiches, a delicious Northumberland speciality. The nearby Farne Islands are home to the most famous seabird sanctuary in the British Isles, with unrivalled views of 23 species, including around 37,000 pairs of puffin. They also have a large colony of Atlantic or Grey Seals. Check out the boat trips on offer – a short journey to a different world!

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