Thriving cultural scene

Whatever the weather, Hexham offers plenty to do. We're strong on the Big Outdoors but we also have plenty of indoor options.

  • Hexham Abbey's glorious interior plus its Big Story exhibition
  • The Forum - our Art Deco, independent cinema with daily screenings
  • Queen's Hall arts centre with its 350-seat theatre plus art galleries and library
  • Exhibitions at the Old Gaol about Hexham's turbulent past
  • The Vault, Hexham's quirkiest music venue

Kids along with you? How about Wentworth Leisure centre with its gym, swimming pools, ten-pin bowling and soft play, or Project Escape's escape rooms on Hallstile Bank?

Hexham Abbey

Completed in AD678, Hexham Abbey is one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England​ and remains at the heart of the town to this day. Discover treasures and artefacts that span the ages,...

The Vault

A truly unique live music venue. The Vault sits below Haslem's of Hallgate art gallery. This atmospheric music venue was a malting cellar in medieval times. 

​Forum Cinema, Market Place

Housed in a glorious Art Deco building which has been a cinema since 1937, the Forum is a community-owned cinema with a full programme of new releases and old favourites. Enjoy live transmissions...

Queen's Hall Arts

Hexham's arts centre has a 350-seat theatre and two galleries. Year-round programme of music, drama, dance, film, arts and comedy. The building also hosts Hexham’s library, a café and tourist...

Hexham Book Festival

Hexham's annual book festival runs over ten days each spring. It's the perfect excuse for the bookish to take a break here....

Cogito Books

Independent bookshop with a great selection of books. Wonderful for a mooch! The owner, Claire, and her knowledgable team are very helpful if you are looking for a gift or just can't pick....

Old Gaol Museum​

Step into the oldest purpose-built prison in England. Descend into the dungeon, peer into the gloom and imagine confinement in the dark awaiting trial in the nearby Moothall. Meet the gaoler to...

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