Cracking Easter activities to try

Attractions across Northumberland are hatching plans for an eggstra special Easter.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11 April, 2019, 12:22
The Easter Bunny will be at the Aln Valley Railway.

The National Trust is once again running the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at sites nationwide.

It will be at Lindisfarne Castle until Saturday, April 27, from 11am to 2pm, £2; Cragside from Good Friday (April 19) to Easter Monday (April 22), from 11am to 3pm, £2.50; Low Newton by the Sea on Easter Monday, from 11am to 3pm, £2; and Wallington, from Good Friday to Easter Monday, from 11am to 4pm, £2.50.

Also running at the Wallington estate, near Cambo, is Lambing Live at Broom House Farm where visitors can see the newborns and help to bottle-feed them.

It runs until Easter Monday at 12.30pm and 2pm, and costs £7.50.

For more hands-on experience try being a Lambing Apprentice, running today (Thursday) and Monday to Thursday next week, from 2pm to 4pm, for £35.

Booking is essential for both lambing activities on 07469 203088.

Cragside is running a nature trail, pond dipping, garden events and craft sessions until Easter Monday.

English Heritage is also offering family fun for the holidays.

At Warkworth Castle you can take on an Easter Adventure Quest, following clues to hunt for dragon eggs.

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Those who track down the eggs will receive a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat.

It runs daily until Sunday, April 28, from 11am to 5pm, and costs £1.

The event is also running at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens over the same period.

Dinosaurs are also the theme for The Alnwick Garden as it combines education with fun in an archaeological event.

Children can learn all about palaeontology while hunting for dinosaur pits, eggs and baby dinosaurs until Easter Monday, from 11am to 4pm.

And the Dinosaur Street Theatre will perform from Good Friday to Easter Monday at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, on the main lawn.

Meanwhile, at Alnwick Castle there is Dragon Quest, broomstick training, birds of prey (Saturday to Wednesday), Harry Potter inspired characters (Saturday to Tuesday), and a medieval alchemist, music from the Trouvere Minstrels and crafts (Good Friday to Easter Monday).

Over at the Aln Valley Railway, at the Lionheart Enterprise Park in Alnwick, steam trains will be running from Easter Saturday to Easter Monday, with an Easter Bunny egg hunt and children’s crafts on Easter Sunday and Monday.

For those venturing slightly further afield, Kielder Waterside will be on Osprey Watch from Saturday, April 20, and every weekend and bank holiday until August 18, from 10.30am to 5pm.