A Northumbrian summer of music, merriment – and Tom Jones


The North Northumberland Coast’s distance from the big cities is one of the most attractive thing about it for many visitors, but that doesn’t mean nothing happens here. In fact, if you’re seeking culture, you’ve come to just the right place.

Alnwick Castle and Lion Bridge

Alnwick Castle and the Lion Bridge

Within easy reach of South Meadows, events and entertainments are being staged throughout the summer months, whether you want to listen to world famous singers or watch outdoor Shakespeare in stunning surroundings.

You’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re a music fan with the appearance by Sir Tom Jones outdoors at Alnwick Castle topping the bill. Sir Tom is the star of this year’s Alnwick Pastures concert on August 8 and come rain or shine, he’ll be wowing the crowds against the backdrop of the Duke of Northumberland’s ancestral home. Find out more at http://www.alnwickcastle.com/events/109/tom-jones-concert.

Outdoor music at night

Outdoor music at night


The legendary singer and coach on The Voice appears at the end of the eight day Alnwick International Music Festival [http://www.alnwickmusicfestival.com/], which has been bringing performers from around the world to this part of Northumberland since 1976. You can see colourfully-costumed singers, musicians and dancers at various venues around the town, including street performances. The festival runs from August 1-8.



The B-Festival

The B-Festival

Bamburgh is also staging a summer Music Festival in a day on July 31. The B Festival event at the Castle features an eclectic line up of classical, opera, folk, jazz and pop, and the ticket price of £15 is raising cash towards Hospice Care Northumberland.

Such a good cause !!!

Such a good cause !!!

Find out more at the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/571985286272021/.



A month later, head to the Castle to enjoy outdoor Shakespeare on Bank Holiday Monday, August 31. This year, it’s the romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Contact Bamburgh Castle for more information.


Group of children singing and playing guitar together in the forest

Singing together

At the start of September, the very first Lindisfarne Festival takes place at Beal from the 4th-to the 6th [http://www.lindisfarnefestival.com/].

The event will be held at Beal, just next to the causeway to Holy Island and brings together music, food, alternative therapies, arts and crafts, workshops and much more.


Finally, if you prefer culture of the historic variety, head to Berwick which is celebrating its 900th anniversary with events throughout the summer, telling the tale of the town which has swapped hands many times between English and Scottish ownership. You can find full details on the Berwick 900 website [http://www.berwick900.org.uk/].


yellow microphone with stand on blue sky background

Ready to sing