Fund-raising fun at The Alnwick Garden

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The public are being invited to zip wire through The Alnwick Garden to raise funds for Children in Need.

With The Alnwick Garden named as official host to the live BBC North East and Cumbria television broadcast for the 2012 Children in Need annual fund-raising night, planners on the ground have swung into action to stage an evening of exciting entertainment with help from the local community.

Tomorrow, The Garden will open its doors from 6pm to 10pm free of charge, inviting the public to a spectacular After Dark Garden Party.

To raise funds for the cause, Adventure Northumberland will be setting up a zip wire which will run the width of The Alnwick Garden.

Open to the public today from 11-3pm and tomorrow from 11-4pm and 7-9.30pm, visitors are invited to zip wire 125 metres across The Garden, in return for a £5 donation to Children in Need.

In addition to this, in advance of the Children in Need event, The Alnwick Garden, BBC North East and Cumbria and Pudsey Bear are appealing for people from across the region to take part in a mission to set the Grand Cascade aglow with thousands of homemade lanterns.

The appeal is calling on people to get creative and decorate old jam jars which they may have lying around the house and to then drop them into the designated ‘Jar Drop’ area in The Garden’s atrium.

These will then be fitted with electric tea lights and placed around the Grand Cascade on Friday, creating a beautiful spectacle to mark the occasion.

The event will showcase an abundance of entertainment including balloon artists, Punch and Judy, circus workshops, a magician, face painters, an escapologist as well as the return of the beloved Alnwick Garden Bunch.

The Garden’s Young Buskers will set the tone for the evening while stilt walkers will leave people mesmerized.

Hot food offers will be available including Pudsey-shaped pancakes from Jamie’s Ministry of Food.

A luxury hot chocolate and hot chestnut station is sure to keep the crowds well insulated on this evening to remember.

For further information, visit www.alnwickgarden.com or call 01665 511350.