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What's On in Hexham, Northumberland

What's On in Hexham

Hexham is a thriving town with a wealth of culture, music, art, cinema and theatre. In the town and surrounding areas you'll discover all kinds of festivals, country shows, fairs and exhibitions.

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Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

Visit Hexham

Discover one of Northumberland's most beautiful and historic market towns and surrounding countryside.

Explore our website to find things to do, places to visit, where to stay and eat. So much to see and do in Hexham to suit all budgets.

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Events and What's On In and Around Hexham

Below you can find a selection of events and activities taking place in and around Hexham and you can also find a comprehensive listing of events, activities, exhibitions and entertainment for all ages by visiting the Northumberland County Council website events page and Tyne Out.

Hexham Events 2016 - Spring/Summer Programme can be downloaded here. (*PDF)

Lower down this page you'll find events, which occur throughout the year.

If you are coming to Hexham for an event or activity and want to make the most of your time in the town, please do use this website to help you. You will discover Hexham's wide and varied range of eateries, pubs, accommodation, shops, attractions, sport, leisure facilities, arts activities, historical information and other things to do.

*PDFs - You may need Adobe Reader to view the What's On Guide and some of the documents below. It's free to download here.

Hexham Community Partnership Spring/Summer Events - Download Programme

April 2016

Mansio ProjectTHE MANSIO PROJECT – various points along Hadrian’s Wall from 23rd April

The Mansio has its roots firmly based in place and history and will be brought to life in a series of geographical locations that are rich with internationalism, social and architectural heritage. Hadrian’s Wall is considered to be the most important monument the Romans built in Britain.

The Mansio will become a ‘place of rest’ for visitors, a touring tea-house where the public can experience contemporary art, literature and video in a bespoke twenty first century ‘building’ within an important historical and geographical context. Stopping at internationally significant sites including the roman forts and townships at Hexham, Arbeia, Vindolanda, Senhouse, Walltown Crags, Birdoswald and Carlise Castle. Visit the Mansio website for more details.

Hexham Spring FestivalHEXHAM BOOK FESTIVAL
22nd April - 4th May 2016

The Hexham Book Festival programme is now available in print and online at

May 2016

Hexham Orpheus Choir and Norther Praeclassica, Hexham Abbey Saturday 7th May at 7.30pm imageHEXHAM ORPHEUS CHOIR AND NORTHER PRAECLASSICA - Hexham Abbey
Saturday 7th May

Vaughan Williams’ epic work A Sea Symphony. This large-scale piece, scored for full symphony orchestra and uses the choir throughout, is rarely performed so this concert, in the magnificent setting of Hexham Abbey, is rare treat. Directed by Mark Edwards and with soloists Carole King and Alex Otterburn.

Tickets £15 from Cogito Books, Hexham or online at or telephone 01434 602249

Hexham Abbey Phelps OrganHEXHAM ABBEY - Tuesday lunchtime concert series
10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May

A series of 45 minute concerts on Tuesday lunchtimes at 1.00pm. Eat your lunch while you listen to some wonderful music - the Refectory café will be selling take out sandwiches and teas and coffees. Free admission but retiring collection.

For more details visit the Lunchtime Live page of the Abbey Website.

Copenhagen Bach Choir ConcertCOPENHAGEN BACH CHOIR – VOICES ACROSS THE NORTH - Hexham Abbey
Friday 13th May

The Copenhagen Bach Choir is based in St. Jacob’s Church, Oesterbro, Copenhagen and over the weekend of 13th-15th May will be singing across the heart of the North East, starting with Hexham Abbey.

Tickets £9 (£7.50 concessions) from see more details here (*PDF).

Flying venom and elfshot workshop small thumbnail flyer - click image to view full sizeFLYING & AND ELFSHOT – MEDIEVAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP - Hexham Abbey
Saturday 14th May

Dilston Physic Garden and Hexham abbey invite you to join them to explore the world of medieval monks and medicine. Discover how their work formed the basis of cutting–edge science & medicine today, focusing on the historic ‘Nine Herb Charm’ and a modern equivalent

Free but bookable event – Toni Bush at Hexham Abbey – 01434 611905 or

Download full size flyer (shown left) here.

A photo taken at Ladycross Nature Reserve – a tourist attraction 5 miles from Hexham in Slaley NorthumberlandLADYCROSS NATURE RESERVE - May Walks
Wednesday 18th May – Woodcock walk
Thursday 26th May - Woodcock walk

Once again we are offering a series of nature walks in May to help raise funds for a classroom and the reserve (booking is essential for all walks). Contact Merilyn on 01434 689889 to book.

TAWNY OWL - Nest Box Walks
An opportunity to look at the young tawny owls but this will depend on how the breeding season goes so it is not possible yet to set the dates for these. Please check in the local press (Village Notes) or via our website. Contact Joan Jewitt on 01434 573245 or to express an interest. GATHERING
21st - 22nd May 2016

June 2016

Hexham regattaHEXHAM REGATTA - Tyne Green
Saturday 4th June

One of the biggest one-day regattas in the country - enjoy a picnic or some hot and cold refreshments while sitting on the banks of the Tyne watching this very popular event.

Details about Hexham Rowing Club can be found on their website.

Sunday 12th June 2016

Wide Skies film festivalWIDE SKIES FILM FESTIVAL - Various venues in and around Hexham
10th-19th June 2016

This Forum Cinema initiative is a brand new festival for the Tyne Valley, bringing together Queen's Hall Arts, the Cinema and a host of local partners. There will be a huge range of screenings on offer for only £5.00 and on the 17th June the original 1922 silent version of Nosferatu with live piano accompaniment (see below) and all in the glorious surrounds of Hexham Abbey.

For programme, venue and tickets details see our Wide Skies Film Festival page.

Friday 17th June 9pm

Screenings of ‘silent’ films were, in fact, rarely silent – they were almost always accompanied by music. CINEPIANO is a tribute to this magical, lost experience. Scoring classic silent movies, Brazilian composer and pianist Tony Berchmans improvises by blending excerpts of classical and folk music with his own original music inspired by vintage styles such as ragtime, traditional jazz or stride piano. Created in 2010, the CINEPIANO project has toured around Brazil and Europe and now arrives in Hexham!

Tickets £15

Book a table at The Refectory and enjoy a meat or cheese platter and glass of wine or beer before the film for £10 - space limited so booking is essential on 01434 - 602031.

Picnic in the Cloister – bring your own food - the bar will be open in the Abbey porch from 7pm.

A photo of a Hexham AbbeyHEXHAM RACES LADIES' DAY - Yarridge Heights
Sunday 19th June - (1st Race 2.00pm, Gates Open 1.00pm)

One of the highlights of the racing calendar and described by one commentator as the 'Ascot of the North'. Picking winners in the fashion stakes is more difficult than picking winners on the racecourse.

A great day out for all the family.  Website   Email    01434 606881

Saturday 25th June 2016

July 2016

Hexham Carnival photoHEXHAM CARNIVAL
Sunday 3rd July 2016

Hexham Hidden Gardens small image of the flyerHEXHAM HIDDEN GARDENS
Sunday 3rd July 2016
From 1.30pm

Come and enjoy a trail of twelve of Hexham’s gardens, both big and small, with a range of trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and vegetables.

For a donation of just £3.00 (£7 for families) enjoy all of this plus a light-hearted quiz, a green woodworker, music, garden advice and even a glass of Pimms!

View a flyer with more details here (*PDF).

Sunday 3rd July 2016


A photo of the exterior of the Queen's Hall Art CentreQUEEN’S HALL ARTS CENTRE - Town Centre, Beaumont Street

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre boasts a 350-seat theatre and two galleries. It has an all-year-round programme of the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance, exhibitions, film, comedy and non professional shows. The building is shared with Hexham Library, the Exchange Café and theatre company Théâtre Sans Frontières.

01434 652477    Website

The Forum Cinema in HexhamFORUM CINEMA - Town Centre, Market Place

Hexham's community-owned cinema with an exciting programme of films - latest releases, classics, world cinema and weekly Kids' Club - alongside a fantastic programme of live satellite events brought to you from the Royal Opera House, Bolshoi Theatre, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and major galleries.

Online booking Website

A photo of the exterior of Artful on Battle Hill in HexhamARTFUL - Town Centre, Battle Hill

Artful is a studio and gift shop based in Hexham. We aim to make art accessible to as many people as possible, selling a wide range of hand-painted glass, cards, jewellery, photography and original art, all produced by North East artists.

26 St. Mary's Chare    NE46 1NQ   01434 608 974   Website   Email

A photo of the interior of the Core Music Shop in Hexham Northumberland with instruments on the wallCORE MUSIC - Town Centre, Gilesgate

The one-stop shop for all things musical in Tynedale: instruments, accessories, lessons, clubs, workshops and more! We are a not-for-profit social enterprise, actively promoting access to affordable music for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Contact: Mike Coleman.

14 Gilesgate    NE46 3NJ   01434 601993    Website

Visit Hexham Specialist Haslam's of Hexham photo, who have work by leading local and nationally acclaimed artists over three galleries and offer painting and drawing classes, an Art Materials Store and Picture Framing Service HASLAM'S OF HEXHAM - Town Centre, Hallgate

Work by leading local and nationally acclaimed artists over three galleries. Painting and Drawing classes and an excellent Art Materials Store and Picture Framing Service. Collectors world wide find us friendly and welcoming. Contact: Ben Haslam.

22-24 Hallgate     NE46 1XD     01434 603884   Website

An oil painting of Highshield Crag, Hadrian's Wall from the Peter Flanagan Gallery in HexhamPETER FLANAGAN GALLERY - Town Centre, Market Place

Continuing exhibition of paintings and prints of local landscapes and Hadrian's Wall, alongside the regular figurative and life drawing exhibition. Open Saturdays 10am to 5pm and weekdays by appointment or when the sign is outside.

10a Market Place    NE46 1XG    07973 702463    Website    Email

Visit Hexham photo of Robinson-Gay Art Gallery, in Hexham showcasing some of the region's finest artists and designers and view British-made contemporary fine-art, ceramics and sculpture alongside our handmade and bespoke-designed furnitureROBINSON-GAY ART GALLERY - Town Centre, Market Street

Ours is a unique gallery in the heart of Hexham showcasing some of the region's finest artists and designers. View a selection of high quality British-made contemporary fine-art, ceramics & sculpture alongside our handmade and bespoke-designed furniture.

3a Market Street    NE46 3NS    01434 601972    Gallery Website    Furniture Website

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