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Berwick 900 - Autumn 2015

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September


Events include the popular Berwick Food and Beer Festivals and a variety of food-themed activities throughout the town.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September


An opportunity to visit buildings not usually open to the public.

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th October


Berwick Families’ Heritage Festival features the Berwick Family History Show on 3rd and 4th October and
a programme of activities and displays aimed at fostering links with families throughout Britain and beyond who have historical associations with the town. If your family has connections with Berwick, Tweedmouth or Spittal, this is the ideal time to visit us and explore your roots.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th October


Displays, performances and talks marking the 200th anniversary of the capture of Holy Island Castle, on 10th October 1715, by two Northumbrian Jacobites.

Friday 16th to Sunday 25th October


Events include the Berwick Literary Festival (16th to 18th October), an exhibition illustrating Berwick’s printing and publishing heritage and the ‘ Arty-Facts Show’ art and crafts finale (24th and 25th October).

Throughout 2015


Throughout 2015, Berwick’s sports clubs will be celebrating their history and personalities associated with their sports over the years.

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    Berwick-upon-Tweed Tourist Information Centre

    (upstairs in the library)
    TD15 1DB

    +44 01670 622155

    Useful links

    Main Guard Museum
    Museums and galleries

    The Main Guard is a Georgian Guard House near the quay; it displays ‘The Story of a Border Garrison Town’ exhibition and is supported by Berwick Civic Society.

    Berwick Literary Fest
    Family event

    Berwick Literary Festival 2018 will combine various events over the 19th-21st October, including; readings, workshops, children's authors, book signings, poetry, education and schools events, meet the author, the Rotary short story writing competition and much more.

    Food Event

    Mouth of the Tweed Food Festival; a family fun day out with plenty to see, do and taste!

    Minden Day 2008

    Minden Day commemorates the King's Own Scottish Borderers' participation in the Battle of Minden in 1759. The Day starts at 10am on the Barracks Square.

    Then follows the parade of bands, regular soldiers and veterans through the town, with the salute being taken at the Town Hall.



    Guided Walk/Tours

    Heritage Open Days is your chance to explore the world on your doorstep, unlocked and completely free of charge!

    Spittal Gala by Alan Turnbull
    Outdoor Event

    Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018.

    Some say that Spittal Gala has its historical roots in the local fishing industry, particularly salmon. However, local Gala's throughout the North East had their origins in the coal mining industry. The Gala remains an event that is suited for families, with events for all ages.


    Elizabethan Fortifications
    Historic sites

    Berwick's town walls are its most famous piece of architecture and still stand strong today, hundreds of years after they were built by Queen Elizabeth to keep out the invading Scots.

    Beer Fest 2013
    Food Event

    The annual Berwick Food and Beer Festival is back 31st August-2nd September 2018. 

    The Beer Festival opens with 'Meet the Brewers' 6pm on Friday 31st, and the Food Festival opens 10am on Saturday, with Beer festival from 12noon. Now in its eleventh year, the event attracts thousands of visitors from around the UK.

    Walking the May Fair

    'The Walking of the May Fair' takes place in Berwick on 25th May 2018.

    Salmon Queen 1988 by John Thompson
    Outdoor Event

    Tweedmouth Feast is a traditional event, with origins in the 12th Century, which celebrates salmon fishing on the River Tweed, including the Crowning of the Salmon Queen.


    Party on the Parade
    Outdoor Event

    Sunday 27th May 2018 is the date of the Party on the Parade - with music, entertainment and cream teas.

    Town Hall

    Armed Forces Day is on 30th June 2018 and begins with a traditional military Drumhead Service at St Andrew's Wallace Green Church (11am), followed by a Parade to the Town Hall on Marygate (assemble 11:45, parade at 12noon).

    Spittal don Williams
    Outdoor Event

    In 2018, the annual Seaside Festival takes place on 10th, 11th & 12th August, along the full length of Spittal Promenade.

    Historic sites

    If you are interested in genealogy or tracing your family history in Berwick-upon-Tweed, your main point of contact should be Berwick Record Office.

    Barracks Entrance
    Museums and galleries

    Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks houses three museums.

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