Date for Northumberland Residents’ Festival revealed

Cragside is one of the attractions taking part in the Northumberland Residents' Festival.
Cragside is one of the attractions taking part in the Northumberland Residents' Festival.

The date has been announced for the fifth Northumberland Residents’ Festival - and this year’s event is set to be bigger than ever.

Residents in the county will be able to enjoy more than 30 of the region’s most popular attractions for free or discounted entry over the weekend of Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30.

The festival is organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the visitor destinations taking part.

This year’s event will coincide with Mothering Sunday and attractions include castles, country houses, petting zoos, leisure activities, gardens and museums.

Anyone who lives in Northumberland can take advantage of the weekend’s offers by downloading a special voucher from the council’s website.

Residents’ Festival brochures which include the vouchers will be available from local libraries, council offices, tourist information centers and sports centers across Northumberland from mid-February onwards.

Last year’s festival weekend attracted thousands of people and this year, the council is encouraging even more people to take part and save this year’s date in their diary.

Northumberland county coun, Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “We would like to encourage local residents to take this opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions available to us all, right on our door step.

“It’s going to be great to see more and more attractions and residents getting involved.

“This weekend has become really special for local people, allowing them to enjoy a weekend in our county for free or at a discount, and we hope this year’s event will be a big success.

“This weekend is a great opportunity for families right across Northumberland.”

Attractions taking part include Alnwick Garden, Bailiffgate Museum, Bamburgh Castle, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Chillingham Castle, Cragside, Dunstanburgh and Etal castles, the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, the RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Warkworth Castle, Wallington and Lindisfarne Castle and Priory.

Further information on which attractions are taking part and downloadable vouchers can be found here