What’s happening on Hadrian’s Wall?

Don’t imagine the main action all took place centuries ago - the frontier today is the setting for drama and music, historical events, kids activities and all sorts of other tempting festivities. There are both Roman and non-Roman events aplenty for people of all ages with a vast array of interests and passions! Dark Skies stargazers, film buffs, kite-flyers, Easter egg hunters, Roman re-enactors, birds-of-prey enthusiasts and many more besides are all catered for. Whether you want to join a sponsored walk, get up close with some Roman objects, peruse incredible art installations or have your mind blown by world-class performances, you’re in the right place. The calendar is simply packed so take a look and join us!


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What's on

2018 Excavations Banner stretching across the new excavation area. Volunteers working in background
8 Apr 2019 to 20 Sep 2019

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill
Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure illustration
18 May 2019 to 6 Oct 2019

Following visits to Dorchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow, the Natural History Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast Dippy is coming to Newcastle upon Tyne's Great North Museum.

Great North Museum, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PT
+44(0)191 2086765
Blood Sweat and Tears
20 May 2019 to 4 Sep 2019

Earlier this year Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle Castle reached out to veterans of Afghanistan in a bid to add a more contemporary record to its already extensive archive to ensure Afghanistan is not forgotten.

Cumbria's Museum of Military Life, Alma Block, The Castle, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR
01228 532774
Cartoon Roman soldiers on Hadrian's Wall
25 May 2019 to 15 Sep 2019

Borderline Funny explores the depiction of ancient Rome's great northern frontier of Hadria

Segedunum Roman Fort, Buddle Street, Wallsend, NE28 6HR
0191 278 4217
Jess Glynne
4 Aug 2019

Global superstar Jess Glynne will perform at Bitts Park, Carlisle on Sunday 4 August, bringing her instantly recognisable stardust and powerhouse vocals to the city.

Bitts Park, Carlisle, Cumbria
01228 598596
Gok Wan
5 Aug 2019

The UK’s only all-female jockey race meeting!

Join Carlisle Racecourse for a very special Ladies Night, as they celebrate the very best in racing and fashion at Cumbria’s finest racecourse!

Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar Rd, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4TS
01228 554700
Gaming board and counters
12 Aug 2019 to 13 Aug 2019

Roman Games Days - Fun and games at Vindolanda with Roman themed games. Great for children and families.

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill
Carlisle Fake Festival
17 Aug 2019

Fake Festivals are bringing 6 of their ‘fake bands’ to Bitts Park in Carlisle – professional ‘touring-grade’ tribute bands that put on a superb performance. They look, sound and move like the real rock-stars – you have to see them to believe it!

Bitts Park, Carlisle, Cumbria
01228 598596
Gaming board and counters
19 Aug 2019 to 20 Aug 2019

Roman Games Days - Fun and games at the Roman Army Museum with Roman themed games. Great for children and families.

Roman Army Museum, Greenhead
Carlisle International Market
22 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

A popular International Market is set to return to Carlisle city centre in August.

Carlisle city centre, Cumbria, CA3 8JE
01228 598596
Carlisle Collective Fringe
23 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

The Carlisle Collective Fringe Festival is a brand-new festival to celebrate the amazing arts and culture in the city. The festival will showcase music, theatre, art, workshops & crafts, and local businesses.

Various venues
07887 405728
Sense and Sensibility
29 Aug 2019

This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company will take place at Talkin Tarn Country Park in Carlisle and features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.

Talkin Tarn Country Park, Tarn Road, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1HN
01228 598596
Roman Soldiers
7 Sep 2019 to 8 Sep 2019

Over this weekend, soldiers from the Eighth Legion reenactment group will be visiting Vindolanda.

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill
Carlisle Pageant
7 Sep 2019

This year’s Carlisle Puppet Pageant Parade is themed on a Kaleidoscope of Carlisle Life - celebrating the people and achievements that have made the city what it is today.

Carlisle city centre, Cumbria, CA3 8JE
01228 598596
Xander & The Peace Pirates
27 Sep 2019 to 29 Sep 2019

The Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival is a national treasure, recognised as one of the best Blues/Rock events in the UK. A weekend of top quality, totally live, dynamic Blues and Rock music, all under one roof at Carlisle's Crown & Mitre Hotel.

The Crown & Mitre Hotel, English St, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8HZ
01228 598596
Heather Peace
28 Sep 2019

Taking place at Carlisle Castle, and celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Cumbria Pride is a volunteer-led community organisation established in 2009 that seeks to ensure that the LGBT+ community of Cumbria and its supporters are recognised, celebrated and supported through an annual Pride event.

Carlisle Castle, Castle Way, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8UR
01228 267247

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