Thriving cultural scene

Whatever the weather, Hexham offers plenty to do. We're strong on the Big Outdoors but we also have plenty of indoor options.

  • Hexham Abbey's glorious interior plus its Big Story exhibition
  • The Forum - our Art Deco, independent cinema with daily screenings
  • Queen's Hall arts centre with its 350-seat theatre plus art galleries and library
  • Exhibitions at the Old Gaol about Hexham's turbulent past
  • The Vault, Hexham's quirkiest music venue

Kids along with you? How about Wentworth Leisure centre with its gym, swimming pools, ten-pin bowling and soft play, or Project Escape's escape rooms on Hallstile Bank?

The Vault

A truly unique live music venue. The Vault sits below Haslem's of Hallgate art gallery. This atmospheric music venue was a malting cellar in medieval times. 

​Forum Cinema, Market Place

Housed in a glorious Art Deco building which has been a cinema since 1937, the Forum is a community-owned cinema with a full programme of new releases and old favourites. Enjoy live transmissions...

Hexham Book Festival

Hexham's annual book festival runs over ten days each spring. It's the perfect excuse for the bookish to take a break here....

Hexham Abbey

Completed in AD678, Hexham Abbey is one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England​ and remains at the heart of the town to this day. Discover treasures and artefacts that span the ages,...

Queen's Hall Arts

Hexham's arts centre has a 350-seat theatre and two galleries. Year-round programme of music, drama, dance, film, arts and comedy. The building also hosts Hexham’s library, a café and tourist...

Cogito Books

Independent bookshop with a great selection of books. Wonderful for a mooch! The owner, Claire, and her knowledgable team are very helpful if you are looking for a gift or just can't pick....

Old Gaol Museum​

Step into the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Descend into the dungeon, peer into the gloom and imagine confinement in the dark awaiting trial in the nearby Moothall. Meet the gaoler to...

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