Blythfest is a celebration of Blyth’s Art and Culture, brought to you by Blyth Culture Network. Over two weeks in June-July we will showcase the best of Blyth culture with an abundance of events, festivals, exhibitions, shows and workshops.

Blythfest 2023 runs from Saturday 17th June to Sunday 2nd July.


Blythfest 2023 logo - an art print of a yellow sun and blue waves sit behind black text reading Blythfest 2023. The logo is encircled with a thin black line, all on a white background.


For 2023 a sunny Blythfest logo has been created by the Stargaze Press project who are supported by Headway Arts. See below if you’re interested in coming along to a free open session.


Download the programme of events!


Headway Arts Events:


Blyth Open Call Exhibition Preview and Art Auction

🗓 Tuesday 20th June 2023 — 6pm-8pm

FREE ENTRY  –   There’ll be drinks and nibbles, music, a raffle and THE AUCTION! Blyth Open Call artists have kindly donated work to be auctioned in order to raise funds for Headway Arts. Join us for a relaxed evening of pure culture and mild silliness.

You can be first to see the exhibition of artworks from local talent (- see the Blyth Open Call Exhibition page if you’re interested in showing your work -) all of which will be for sale.



Blyth Open Call Exhibition

🗓 Wednesday 21st June 2023 — 1pm-5pm

🗓 Thursday 22nd June 2023 — 1pm-5pm

🗓 Friday 23rd June 2023 — 1pm-5pm

🗓 Saturday 24th June 2023 — 2pm-9pm

This open call is showcasing contemporary art by creators living and working in Blyth Valley. Drop in to see works by local talent, all of which are for sale. One hundred percent of the sale price goes to the artist – Headway Arts is not adding commission – so adorn your walls with prints, paintings, textiles and more, or just admire it as it hangs on ours. (See above for the Preview and Auction event times.)

No need to book, just come along during open hours.



Creative Cafe – The Great Get Together

🗓 Saturday 24th June 2023 — 2pm-4pm

Inspired by the late Jo Cox MP’s message of unity The Great Get Together inspires people across UK to come together in their communities and make new connections. Headway Arts’ event offers cake, coffee, chat and drop-in workshops with creators Allie Walton-Robson, Fran Castle, Paul Denton, Pete Shaw, and Sheila Biggs.

FREE EVENT. NO NEED TO BOOK – this is a drop-in event. Just come along between 2pm and 3.30pm (event closes at 4pm.)



Recipes For Happiness with Headway Arts Inclusive Theatre Co.

🗓 Saturday 24th June 2023 — 6pm

Queen Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake,” but hey Queenie, life’s not always sweet! A new piece from the amazing Headway Arts Inclusive Theatre Co. brings the love, and asks: what do we all need? Costumery confections and live soundtrack in a great big delicious recipe for happiness. Sweet.

FREE EVENT. NO NEED TO BOOK – the show starts at 6pm.



The Blythfest Ball

🗓 Saturday 24th June 2023 — 7pm-11pm

Join Blyth Culture Network members and friends at The Old Church to celebrate Blyth’s amazing Blythfest creative partnership. We’ll have:

  • live music & open mic hosted by Dave Cowan (free drink token for buskers/ performers)
  • alcohol & soft drinks bar
  • Mexican street food bar
  • a raffle
  • Blyth Open Call Exhibition open in the White Studio

No dress code, but (as always) you’re encouraged to wear your flower crown and dance into the midsummer night at The Old Church! Tickets are available via Eventbrite or pop into Headway ArtSpace and speak to Kerri. Money raised from ticket sales will help to further the work of Headway Arts, registered charity number 1049698.


Early Bird tickets are just £2.50 + booking fee – on sale Friday 26th May to Monday 29th May online via Eventbrite only.

There’s two kinds of General Admission tickets – you can choose whether to pay Eventbrite’s fees:

1 x General Admission – Headway Arts pays the fees = £5 cost to you, and we’ll receive £3.87 of the ticket sale price.

1 x General Admission – BUYER pays the fees = £6.13 cost to you, and we’ll receive the full £5 of the ticket sale price.


You can pop into Headway ArtSpace and speak to Kerri if you’d like to purchase tickets with cash.

➡➡➡ Tickets are free to Blyth Culture Network members (email Headway Arts for your free tickets).



See The Stars – Inclusive Dance

🗓 Monday 26th June 2023 — 10am-12pm [2 hours]

An open invite to an uplifting creative movement workshop supporting health & well-being led by learning disabled choreographer Paula McLain & dance artist Tracey West. The session gives a taste of our weekly programme for people who are learning disabled and/ or neurodiverse. No experience necessary. Wear loose comfortable clothing.

Please let us know if you’d like to join us: or 01670351962



Stargaze Print Open Studio

🗓 Tuesday 27th June 2023 — 10am-12pm [2 hours]

An open invite to a relaxing print-making workshop supporting good mental health & well-being. We’ll be creating collagraphs using leaves, recycled card & textured papers on a flatbed press. Experienced facilitation by artists Paul Denton & Allie Walton-Robson.

Please let us know if you’d like to join us: or 01670351962



See The Stars – Inclusive Drumming

🗓 Wednesday 28th June 2023 — 10am-12pm [2 hours]

An open invite to explore powerful & exciting drumming whilst supporting self expression, well-being and togetherness. Renowned musician Mark Barfoot offers a taste of our weekly workshop programme for creatives who are learning disabled and and/ or neurodiverse. No experience necessary.

Please let us know if you’d like to join us: or 01670351962



Walking For Change – Newcastle University with Headway Arts

🗓 Friday 30th June 2023 — 10am-11am  Rescheduled! 

🗓 date in July tbc

Where would you like to see social change happening in Blyth? An action research walk to discuss how local people and organisations might all work together to create positive sustainable change for Blyth.

Meet at Headway ArtSpace. Then back to Headway ArtSpace for tea & scones.

Please let us know if you’d like to join us: or 01670351962


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We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of all our funders which currently includes:

  • Arts Council England
  • Blyth Town Council
  • Community Foundation
  • Edward Gostling Foundation – RW Mann Trust – Shears Foundation
  • Erasmus+
  • Great Northumberland
  • Hadrian Trust – High Sheriff of Northumberland – Rothley Trust
  • Heritage Fund
  • National Lottery Community Fund
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Postcode Community Trust
  • Scope
  • Sir James Knott Trust
  • The 1989 Willan Trust – Wellesley Trust
  • the Coalfields Regeneration Trust