Getting into the festive spirit, the iconic Bamburgh Castle has decided to open for extra days over the Christmas period.
The decision was taken in the wake of an excellent year for visitor numbers, topping the 130,000 mark.
Chris Calvert, castle director, believes that Robson Green’s Tales From Northumberland programme has played a big part in the rise in visitors, which has climbed by 15 per cent in 2014.
He is hoping that the castle’s recent appearance on Homes by the Sea and upcoming appearances in the BBC’s Coast, as well as The Salvage Hunters on Quest, plus The Wonder of Britain with Julia Bradbury and CBBC’s World’s End will have a similar result.
Chris said: “We seem to have been very popular this year with production companies and hope to capitalise on the exposure we’re going to get.”
Of the extended festive opening, he added: “We’re already opening weekends throughout the winter, but thought it would be nice to open over the festive period so that those people who have chosen to spend Christmas in the county can visit.”
With that in mind, the castle was open on December 23 and 24, and then today until Wednesday.
Chris added: “We’re able to do this because of the fantastic team we work with here at the castle, not just the guiding staff but the groundsman who can if necessary, with his snowplough and gritter, make sure visitors can get into the grounds.”
The castle and cafeteria will be open from 11am until 4.30pm on each of the days.