It’s back and better than ever! The North East Dog Festival promises a doggy extravaganza like you’ve never seen before. With everything from top class main ring displays, have-a-go activities to try, lots of shopping and great competitions, there’s sure to be something to suit everyone. The venue – Kirkley Hall, Ponteland – provides woodland walks and plenty of space to enjoy a fun day out. The £5 ticket price (under-16s go free) includes entry into Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.

Head to Northumberland’s beautiful Breamish Valley on Saturday 9th September for the Ingram Show, a traditional country show with sheep showing, horticultural and industrial competitions, a dog show, sports for all, face-painting and Punch and Judy.

Enjoy a Prosecco afternoon tea in the Paxton House Picture Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed on Sunday 10th September. Listen to the beautiful Steinway piano while enjoying delicious sweet and savoury treats, and take in stunning works of art from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is celebrating the Cavalry Regiments in a major new exhibition running throughout the summer (ending 10th September). Hadrian’s Cavalry explores the role and daily life of the Roman Army’s Cavalry forces in the unique exhibition that stretches the full 150 miles of the heritage site area – from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east, across 10 museums and venues.

Head to the Hauxley Nature Reserve, near Amble, to celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The walk around the reserve will focus on autumn wildlife, and the habitats and plants that support so many different species in the run up to winter.

Take part in an interactive transport challenge at Wallington Hall, near Cambo. Over the years, the owners of Wallington have travelled by horse and carriage, bicycle, boat and train – now it’s your turn to celebrate all the different forms of transport through the ages by taking a trip around the West Wood and joining in six special challenges!

All things wool will be on the agenda in Alnmouth on Saturday 9th September at the Wool Festival. Stalls include local wool suppliers, artists and wool-makers, craft demonstrations and an exhibition about the history of Northumberland shepherding.

Find out about Kielder’s art and architecture programme, directly from experienced curator Peter Sharpe as he takes you – by minibus – off the beaten track to see unique artworks, including Janus Chairs, Belvedere and Kielder Skyspace. Available on two Sundays in September – the 10th and the 24th. Advance booking essential.