A Little About Us

Hexham Abbey Festival started in 1953. Since then, it has run annually, providing nine days of concerts and events at the end of September.

Through those sixty-four years, and in particular the last eleven or so, the Festival has increased its level of activity and has been able to expand the size and scope of its audiences, which now hail from all sectors of the community.

Central to the Festival is Hexham’s glorious medieval Abbey, which acts as the main venue for the events and provides a stunningly conducive environment for the fostering and fulfillment of the Festival’s aims.

Since 2007, the programme has been expanding to include classical music of early to contemporary periods, jazz and world music, improvisation, theatre, poetry, puppets, film and more, and has been combined with other initiatives such as the Hexham Eating Festival and Hexham Street Festival to capitalize on scope, output and involvement with other community groups.

“For our 60th Festival celebrations in 2012, we expanded further to include new innovations such as twilight concerts with pre-concert drinks…”

What Our Visitors Think

David Jonson

Excellent! And such a friendly atmosphere.

David JonsonHull
Bill Howden

Friendly reception at the Abbey, fantastic setting, acoustics, warmth and comfort – what more can I say!

Bill HowdenNewcastle