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International Horse Trials

The Burgham International Horse Trials (dressage, cross-country and showjumping) is taking place at Felton from 27th to 30th July. Some of the top Olympic and world class riders will compete in a range of classes. Local riders will also compete. It all takes place against a backdrop of trade stands, food stalls, children’s entertainment and a fun dog show.

Head to Hexham for the Taste Tynedale Festival, a big celebration of all things foodie, showcasing the finest produce from around the North, a beer and wine festival, chef demonstrations, cookery master classes and live music. There’s a picnic area, kids’ activities and more, in a fun day out for all the family at the town’s Abbey Park. The event takes place on Friday and Saturday 28th/29th July.

The Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre in Amble is the venue throughout the summer (each Tuesday and Thursday) for a range of activities aimed at children aged 5 to 12 to get them involved in nature, including mini beast hunts, small mammal walks, bird watching and other wildlife-themed fun.

Travel back to 1914 at Alnwick Castle and discover what life was like during World War I. Meet a dispatch rider and learn about the obstacles they had to overcome to deliver important messages during times of war. Join soldiers on the lawn, inspect their uniforms and hear all about their day-to-day lives. Great War Week runs from Monday to Friday, 24th to 28th July, and is free with Alnwick Castle admission.

The Hesleyside Mestival (yes, you did read that right!) is back for a second year, on Saturday 29th July, after the resounding success of last year’s event. (The organisers are promising an even messier/muddier affair this year.) Taking part in the runs will test your physical and mental endurance, although it’s all done in a spirit of fun. Mestival caters for all ages and fitness levels and the whole family can run together round the grounds of Hesleyside Hall. And after your muddy good run, stick around and enjoy the sun, accompanied by live music, food and drink stalls and a host of activities to help you recover!

Dog-lovers should definitely put Saturday 29th July in their diaries and go along to Morpeth for the Street Paws Summer Dog Show. You can show off your four-legged friend and be in with a chance of winning a prize and rosette. There’s also a range of local arts and crafts stalls, including natural dog treats and doggie accessories, plus raffles and tombolas, food and drink, and lots more . . .

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