A summer of sports near South Meadows


Whether you’re a keen participant or prefer to watch from the sidelines, there’s plenty of sporting action from the adrenaline-pumping to the more sedate taking place close to South Meadows throughout the summer months.

Chevy Chase Fell Race - runners on the summit

The Chevy Chase Fell race


The Chevy Chase Fell Race 


The famous 20-mile race takes place for the 59th time on July 4th.

Starting and ending in Wooler, this endurance race over testing terrain takes in both the summit of The Cheviot and Hedgehope Hill.



A rather newer inception, and a great spectacle to watch, is the Castle Challenge Triathlon in Bamburgh on the weekend of July 25 and 26. Junior and senior competitors will swim, cycle and run different courses in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle.

Starting the swim

Starting the swim

If you’re interested in traditional country activities, try Powburn Show and Sheepdog Trials on August 1.

Border collie herding sheep

Border collie herding the sheep

The biggest agricultural showcase in the area is Glendale Show at Wooler on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31.



September 9 sees the arrival of the Discover Britain Cycle Tour to Northumberland. This major event will see competitors race from Wooler to Alnwick, then down the coast to Blyth.


You’ll find plenty of activities running all summer long that you can try your hand at. Bamburgh boasts a croquet club and it’s also a great place to watch cricket on the Castle Green.  Check the fixtures here.

Croquet at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

Croquet at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland


If you’ve always wanted to gallop a horse along the beach, Slate Hall Riding Centre in Seahouses takes out one and two-hour beach rides for experienced equestrians where you can enjoy views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands.


Watersports fans, whether you’re a sailor, surfer, kite-surfer or diver, are well served with facilities at Beadnell Bay … www.beadnellbay.info/watersports.


Or what about coasteering at Howick? This involves swimming, climbing and scrambling through tunnels and is sure to get the adrenaline going!