Belford is delighted to be hosting another Arts Festival this year. Organised by the local community, Belford Arts Festival supports local small businesses and artists and is proud to showcase local talent in the historic town.

We welcome you to join us on the 11th & 12th of July for a weekend packed full of creativity, performing arts and handcrafted goods.

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What to expect from Belford Arts Festival? Look at last years programme and get a flavour of things to come...

Artists & Makers

Artists and Makers from Northumberland, The Scottish Borders and Tyneside take over venues across the village to exhibit, demonstrate and sell their work. Talent and skill comes in spades this year...here is a sneak preview

Community Cinema

THE BORDER REIVERS (57 mins), and


Certificate U.

Saturday 13 July. Cost £4 adult/children free.

Doors 6.30pm for 7pm start at Bell View, West Street, Belford.

Part of the Edwin’s Kingdom series of films about Northumberland, THE BORDER REIVERS tells the fascinating story of the Reivers, who from the 14th to the 17th Century lived in the Anglo-Scottish borderlands. In a time when plunder, kidnap, blackmail and murder were a way of life, every man needed a refuge from the Reivers! Lords and knights built their castles and tower houses, vicars their peles and farmers their bastles. 


Plus, The Wansbeck Piper, a short film that shows a daytrip by steam on the old Wannie Valley Railway (1865 – 1966). Originally part of the inland route from Newcastle to Edinburgh this amateur film from 1966 captures the very last train on the Wannie Line from Newcastle Central Station to Woodburn.

THE LAST SHEEP SALE (45 mins) and


Certificate U.

Sunday 14 July. Cost £4 adult/children free.

Doors at 6.30pm for 7pm start at Bell View, West Street, Belford.

For more than a century the auction mart was the focus of life in the picturesque market town of Bellingham. Farmers and shepherds came down from the hills to watch their sheep being sold in the mart’s two ancient sale rings. But times change, with new animal health rules coming into effect the mark was forced to close in 2004. This beautifully shot film encapsulates the atmosphere at Bellingham at the day of the final sale, and remembers a local tradition which has gone, but is not forgotten.


Plus The Tale of the Bellingham Bell, another memorable trip by steam on the old Wannie Line, made by amateur filmmakers.

Olivia Lomenech Gill

Artist, illustrator & printmaker, illustrator of JK Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them” and Michael and Clare Murpogos “Where my wellies take me” will be opening her gallery and workshop, signing and selling her books.

Belford Players

Joined by the Silver Singers

Belford Players will be making their third Arts Festival appearance. This year they give you Medieval Mayhem, a fast-moving revue culminating in a lively sketch entitled Robin Hood and The Sheriff of Nottingham's Dastardly Plan. They promise you an hour of light-hearted entertainment with plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

Friday 12th and Monday 15th July

Pave the way..

Pick up your chalks from the newsagents and unleash your inner artistic talent on the pavements of Belford! We can’t wait to see what works of art you create!

Music & Dance

A varied afternoon and early evening programme of music and dance will be held in the marketplace. Acts will include Big Sky, Dance Dynamic, Luna Nigra Dancers, Greycatz and KEVI Steel Band.

Multigenerational Community Project

Friendships for AGES ran a multi-generational project with children from Belford Primary School and clients from Bell View.

Community Cinema


In the far off land of Borovia, where dragons are fierce, witches are wicked, scientists are insane, the economy is bad and television is in black & white, stands Castle Big: home of The Big Knights.


From the award-winning animators behind Peppa Pig, The Big Knights revolves around the exploits of brothers Sir Boris (the finest swordsman in the world), Sir Morris (the most enthusiastic) and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster.

Certificate U (70 min film, followed by 60 min workshop). Suitable for children aged 4 to 9 years old. Cost: £4 child/adult for joint ticket for both film programme and workshop.


Saturday 13 July, 2pm to 4.15pm at Bell View, West Street, Belford.


NB: One responsible adult required for each family group. No unaccompanied children please.

Hidden Histories

As part of Belford Arts Festival this year Belford based artist Sarah Riseborough invites you to experience the value of handmade items that aren’t made to sell, but instead used in and around the home.

Sarah’s Pop-up Museum and Storytelling sessions question how we can measure the value of the Handmade? Is it through skill? Time taken? Effort? Or is it the through learning the stories of how these objects communicate touch, and how in turn they touch our lives each day?


The museum collection has been shaped through participation from the community and the Pop-up exhibition celebrates our community through ‘The Handmade’ bringing together a collection of objects and materials that acknowledge the creativity and skills, time, effort and ingenuity devoted to making our lives work.



Jane Harland - Harmony Singing Workshop (Saturday 13th only) 3pm - 4:30pm, cost £5, St Mary's Church.

Booking useful to give an indication of numbers.

If you are new to singing or an old hand, come along and have fun singing together with others. Jane is an insiring vocal leader who makes music fun and possible for all.

Margaret Woodliff Wright - Millinery Workshop: Make a Stemmed Flower (Sat & Sun) 2pm, cost £10, Blue Bell

Booking Essential due to limited places available.

The Northumbrian Milliner will be teaching participants how to turn a length of ribbon into a decorative flower.


Trish Turnbull - Jewellery Taster (Sat & Sun) Drop-in, Cost £5, Golf Club

Short 15 minute taster workshop will explore simple jewellery making techniques used by Trish.

Lynda Vusthoff - Working with Clay Taster (Sat & Sun) Drop-in,Free, Bell View

Lynda will be demonstrating working with clay over the weekend and invites visitors to get Hands on.