Live Events

Over the years, GMDT has developed a portfolio of events, largely built up and developed by the Trust's interest groups. This section previews and reports on GMDT- organised events, for a comprehensive listing of events in and around Morpeth, we recommend the More in Morpeth website.

Victoria and Abdul (2017)

07 September 2018

Morpeth Community Cinema - screening films on the first Friday of the month from September to June - Morpeth Town Hall 7pm

Tickets available for the month before screening from GMDT. Chantry TIC or the Town Hall - or on the door if not sold out

2018-19 Season

Friday 7th September    Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.


Stephen Frears


Lee Hall (screenplay by), Shrabani Basu (based on the book by)


Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith

Friday 5th October         Darkest Hour (2017)

‚ÄčFriday 2nd November    The Post (2017)

Friday 7th December     Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

Heritage Open Days 2018

13 September 2018

The Morpeth Heritage Open Days programme 2018

Morpeth Past and Present: Shop Window Displays

Newgate Street/Oldgate/Market Place/Newmarket, Morpeth

Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September 9am to 5pm

A photographic exhibition in shop windows along main streets of Morpeth. The displays give a potted history and old photographs show how the town centre shops have changed over the years.

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Morpeth

St Mary's Field, Morpeth, NE61 2QT

Thursday 13, 14 & 15 September 10am to 3pm; Sunday 16 September Noon to 3pm

There is a church service on Sunday at 9.30am to which all visitors are welcome..A lovely church set in an interesting churchyard which holds the graves of several famous people including the artist Joseph Crawhall and the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison. There is also a Watch House used to guard against grave robbers. Inside the church there will be an exhibition 'St Mary's - moments and memories which will feature a display of wedding and baptism dresses and associated photographs.

Church of St James’ the Great, Morpeth

St James Terrace, NE61 1BP

Thursday 13 September to Sunday 16 September: 10.00am to 4pm

A Victorian, Norman-style church by Benjamin Ferrey, former apprentice to Augustus Pugin. Impressive apse murals from 1875 recently conserved, and a fine Minton tiled floor in the Chancel. Information leaflets will be available. Guide books and handmade cards will be available to purchase.

St. Robert's Church, Morpeth

Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF

Thursday 13 September Noon to 4pm; Friday 14 September Noon to 4pm

A glorious church of 1850 with stained glass windows by the renowned William Wailes. An icon to St Robert is incorporated into the stained glass of the Sanctuary. There is a marble memorial for those who fell in the First World War. Church members will be on hand to give information about St Roberts' and its most important features. No booking required.

Collingwood House

Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF

Thursday 13 September Noon to 4pm, Friday 14 September Noon to 4pm

Admiral Lord Collingwood was Nelson’s second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar and spent long periods of time away at sea but this Georgian house in Morpeth was where his family lived. Although his visits home were rare, he wrote fondly of his time spent here in Morpeth. This house is now the Presbytery of St Robert’s R.C. Church which will be open at the same time. No booking required.

Morpeth Heritage Walk - Blagdon to Belasis

Village Hall, Stannington, Morpeth, NE61 6EL

Thursday 13 September 12.45pm

This is a 5.5 mile circular walk from Stannington to Belasis and will include a visit to the normally closed Blagdon Hall, home of Lord Ridley. The walk will end with optional refreshments at the Ridley Arms, Stannington. No booking required. This is a country walk and children must be accompanied by an adult Please come equipped for possible rough ground and the weather. Contact for the day: David Barker (01670 515351).

Morpeth Town Treasures

Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ

Thursday 13 September 2pm to 4pm

Visit the Mayor's Parlour and the Council Chamber to see displays of Morpeth's treasures, including the silver mace from 1604 - the oldest working civic mace in the country, cannon balls from the 1644 siege of Morpeth Castle and the Town Hutch from 1513. Also the scold’s bridle (or ‘branks’) which was given to gossips or scolding wives! The Mayor Coun. Jack Gebhard will be in attendance.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford

Stable Green, Mitford, Morpeth, NE61 3PZ

Thursday 13 & 14 September 2pm to 4pm; Saturday 15 September 10am to 4pm & Sunday 16 September Noon to 4pm

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mitford, is a 12th Century church steeped in history. There are Norman remains; the oldest church bell in the country and interesting stained glass, all in a beautiful setting overlooking the remains of Mitford Castle. There will be a service in the church on Sunday from 10.30am to Noon to which all visitors are welcome.

Collingwood Society Lecture: "Why Naval Battles Don't Matter"

Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ

Thursday 13 September 7.30pm to 9pm

Collingwood Society member and Head of History at Newcastle's Royal Grammar School, Simon Tilbrook, will take a tongue-in-cheek look at 'Why Naval Battles Don't Matter'.

Morpeth Heritage Walk - Halls of Coquetdale

Harbottle Castle Car Park, Harbottle, Morpeth, NE65 7BB

Friday 14 September 11am

This is a guided walk of approximately 8.8 miles featuring the history of Harbottle Castle and Hall, Biddlestone Hall and the Biddlestones and Clennel Hall. Bring a picnic lunch. This walk can be muddy so come equipped for the weather. Meet at Harbottle Castle Car Park, NE65 7BB, on the A68. [55.337055N 2.112308W]  Possibility of car sharing from Morpeth Contact David Barker (01670 515351) No booking required.

Clock Tower Tours and Bell Ringing Experience

Oldgate, Morpeth, NE61 1QF

Saturday 15 September 10am to Noon & 2pm to 4pm Sunday 16 September 2pm to 4pm

Built in the early 1600s and containing the oldest original peal of civic bells in Britain, the Clock Tower is one of Morpeth’s landmarks. There will be short tours of the Clock Tower and an opportunity to ring the bells. There is no booking required but at busy times people might have to wait or be asked to come back later. Leaflets will be available.

St George’s United Reformed Church, Morpeth

Bridge Street, Morpeth, NE61 1PD

Saturday 15 September 10am to 4pm

This fine, spacious church will be open all day serving refreshments.

St John the Evangelist, Longhirst, Morpeth

St John the Evangelist, Longhirst, Morpeth, NE61 3LS

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September 10.30am to 3.30pm

This is the first time that this Victorian church has opened as part of HODs. There will be a church service on Sunday morning at 9.30 to which all visitors are welcome. Contact for the day: Jill Elphick (01670 790764).

Morpeth Poetry Heritage Tour

Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ

Saturday 15 September 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sunday 16 September 10.30am & 1.30pm

A tour of some of Morpeth's heritage sites conducted by members of Morpeth Poetry Group including child poets. We will be remembering a number of extraordinary women including Emily Wilding Davison, Lady Collingwood, Councillor Dorothy Robson and Alderman Isobel Smail. Pre-booking: Required. Booking essential as numbers are limited Contact: Barbara Ross Email:  Booking opens: 10 August 9am Booking closes: 10 September 2018 5pm.  Additional information Max 12 people per tour/session. Walk takes 1 hour Meet 10 minutes before the start time in the Market Place. Contact for the day: 0771 898 9566.

Bowling in the Park

Morpeth Bowling Club, Carlisle Park, Morpeth

Saturday 15 September 11am to 3pm

Morpeth Bowls Club was formed in 1926 and has its home in beautiful Carlisle Park. The members invite you to watch them bowling and give it a try yourself. In the clubhouse there will be a display of trophies, historic items and refreshments will be available. No booking required.

St Andrew’s Church, Bothal

St Andrew's Church, Bothal Village, NE61 6SL

Saturday 15 & 16 September 11am to 4pm

St. Andrew's Church, Bothal has been designated a Grade I Listed Building as it is of exceptional architectural and historical interest. There will be occasional tours of the building during our open days and there will be a wide variety of craft stalls with items for sale and excellent homemade refreshments.

Bothal Castle

Bothal Village, Morpeth, NE61 6SL.

Saturday 15 September 1.30pm to 4pm

Informal tours of the grounds of Bothal Castle to reveal the history of one of Northumberland's less well known strongholds. There is no entry to the Castle which is privately occupied. Tours will be led by Barry Mead, local historian and archaeologist.

Cresswell Pele Tower Archaeology Open Day

Cresswell, NE61 5JT

Sunday 16 September 11am to 3.30pm

A chance to see what new finds have been made at this site. No booking required. Half hour tours  with Barry Mead. Refreshments in Village Hall.

Celebrating Morpeth’s Heritage

Butter Market, Town Hall, Market Place, Morpeth, NE61 1LZ

Sunday 16 September Noon to 3pm

There will be a display about Local Notable Women including the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison whose grave is in St Mary's Churchyard. Also what was happening in Morpeth during the last year of WW1 and the locally organised pilgrimages to the battlefields of Ypres which took place in 1928. There will also be a display about Morpeth's leather trade and the Tanner's Guild.


Picnic in the Park 2019

14 July 2019

Free family fun at the annual Picnic in the Park


We are always on the look out for new opportunities so if you have an event you could see working well in Morpeth or would like to work with our interest groups to develop new ideas please contact us by email or tel 01670 503866.

We also recommend "Inside Morpeth" magazine edited by Ian Leech email: for more in-depth reporting of local events.