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

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
3 Aug 2019

Don't miss our National Park Family Fun with Fabric sessions.

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre
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
North Pennines Stargazing Festival
26 Oct 2019

Join the North Pennines AONB Partnership at Talkin Tarn Country Park, Carlisle, to experience some of the darkest skies in the North Pennines.

Talkin Tarn Country Park, Tarn Road, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1HN
01228 598596
Vindolanda replicas against a spooky sky
26 Oct 2019 to 3 Nov 2019

Sometimes Romans did things that we now consider to be rather gross and they could also be quite gruesome!

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill
Replica skull and display of animal bones
27 Oct 2019 to 31 Oct 2019

Finds Handling Event

Prepare to get hands on with some of our ancient animal bones.

What can bones tell us about the Romans at Vindolanda?

Roman Army Museum, Greenhead, CA8 7JB
Ongoing excavation at Vindolanda Fort
27 Oct 2019 to 31 Oct 2019

Family fun, chat with an archaeologist, learn about volunteering at Vindolanda and try out our virtual excavation.

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill
Carlisle Fireshow
2 Nov 2019

This year’s Carlisle Fireshow will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Bitts Park, Carlisle, Cumbria
01228 598596
Carlisle Christmas Lights Switch On
17 Nov 2019

The star-studded Christmas Lights Switch On stage will be in place in the city centre pedestrianised area, outside the Old Town Hall. Organised by Carlisle City Council, it will provide a packed family entertainment programme, to suit all ages.

Carlisle city centre, Cumbria, CA3 8JE
01228 598596

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