Easter fun at castle and railway

Broomsticks at Alnwick Castle.
Broomsticks at Alnwick Castle.

There will be Easter activities galore in Alnwick as two attractions open their doors for the season.

Alnwick Castle, which has been closed since October, will open today, while Aln Valley Railway will have trains on its tracks from Saturday.

The Easter bunny visited the Aln Valley Railway.

The Easter bunny visited the Aln Valley Railway.

The castle will be open every day, from 10am to 5.30pm, until October 28.

And all sorts of amazing, magical activities to suit all ages will be taking place throughout the holidays and beyond.

True to form, the castle will have some surprising and exciting new activity announcements to make over the coming weeks.

If you visit once, you can visit again free for a whole year.

A jester at Alnwick Castle.

A jester at Alnwick Castle.

Over Easter you can take part in broomstick training at regular intervals throughout the day.

You can also join highly popular ‘On Location’ tours, where knowledgeable guides show you where famous scenes were filmed and divulge insider secrets of films and TV series shot at the castle, including Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Transformers the movie, The Hollow Crown, and more.

Nothing is very serious for long at Alnwick Castle and Peterkin the Jester will be have you thoroughly entertained from Wednesday to Friday next week.

There’s hubble, bubble and lots of trouble with Alchemy Jack and lookalike characters inspired by Harry Potter.

Zooted will be returning to wow the crowds with their unique mix of fire-eating, sword-juggling, comedy and trickery from April 11, and mystical birds of prey from April 7 to 10, with plenty of other activities to boot.

For the full line-up of what’s on when, visit www.alnwickcastle.com
Meanwhile, at the Alnwick Lionheart site of Aln Valley there is a big Easter weekend of fun planned to entertain young and old.

Trains will be running on Saturday, Easter Sunday and Monday.

On Easter Sunday and Monday there will be the now traditional Easter Bunny Hunt for children, with all participants receiving a chocolate bunny.

Throughout the weekend trains will be hauled by a steam locomotive. Long-term resident RICHBORO will be hauling the carriages along the recently extended line.

The ‘new’ locomotive without a name, but known as ‘Number 60’, arrived at the railway on Monday. It will be tested on the Aln Valley’s rails and if everything proves satisfactory it may make its debut on passenger trains.

If not, it will be in ‘light steam’ so that it can be photographed moving up and down in the sidings or possibly platform 2.

The site opens at 10.30am, with trains running from 11am to 4pm.