Easter egg hunts, events and more

The Easter bunny visited the Aln Valley Railway.
The Easter bunny visited the Aln Valley Railway.

A host of events are taking place across North Northumberland this weekend to celebrate Easter.

From Easter egg hunts to crafts and special visitors, fun for young and old will be on offer.

On Saturday, The Black Swan pub in Alnwick is hosting a free children’s fun afternoon, with an Easter egg hunt, children’s buffet, kiddies’ karaoke, face painting, arts and crafts, guest appearances from Frozen characters and the Easter Bunny, and party bags for all the youngsters to take home.

It runs from 3pm to 6pm .

The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance at Aln Valley Railway.

Diesel trains will run from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday, and on Easter Sunday and Monday there is a special Easter Bunny Meets the Train event.

There will be a bunny hunt with prizes for everyone, competitions for children and adults, a tombola, guess where the bunny lives, Easter nest bran tub, make an Easter card, colouring pictures, and more.

And the cafe, model railway and shop will be open throughout the weekend.

For the photographers in the family, the locomotive RICHBORO will be in light steam.

At Cragside there is a Cadbury Easter Egg hunt throughout the weekend, and an Easter Bunny Trail running throughout the school holidays.

The Cadbury Easter Egg hunt is also taking place at Wallington.
And the National Trust property is also hosting live lambing events.

You can take a short scenic tractor trailer ride through the Wallington estate to Broomhouse Farm to get a close-up experience of lambing on a working farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the lambing shed, visit the ‘lamb hospital’ to see how newborn lambs are looked after in intensive care, and help to bottle-feed the lambs.

Visitors can also join the team as a lambing apprentice for an afternoon of looking after pregnant ewes and lambs.

Booking for the lambing events is essential online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Alnwick Garden, meanwhile, is hosting a Lindt Easter Bunny Hunt until April 10.

Youngsters can search the garden for the hidden gold bunnies and win a chocolate treat if they complete the trail.

And adventurers are wanted at Belsay Hall during the Easter bank holiday weekend to join a quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues on an historic hunt.

New for this year, those completing the quest will also receive a Play-Doh prize, which includes a pot of the squidgy stuff to get creative with and an activity booklet.

An Easter craft fair is taking place at Warkworth Memorial Hall on Monday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with top quality hand-crafted products from some of the area’s leading artisans.