What Is Happening In April
Published: Thursday 31st Mar 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Spring is now firmly in the air in Northumberland and there are a huge number of events and things to do throughout this North-East county during April.
Below are some of the events that are happening during the month. All these events offer an interesting day out to accompany a stay in a Grace Darling Holidays luxury holiday cottage.
- All Year Round
Walks around Parks, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Discover Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park on either side of Berwick Railway Station, where investments from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery has recently reinvigorated these two little gems.
Castle Vale Park contains a lily pond, shelters, pergolas, rockeries and offers a fantastic view of the Royal Border Bridge. Coronation Park contains beautiful planting, a pergola in the Arts and Craft of the original layout era and magnificent views of the Tweed Estuary. Both the parks also contain space to enjoy a picnic amongst the relics and views of the remains of Berwick Castle.
There are regular walks and events in these parks and for those who wish to volunteer some time to the Friends of Castle Parks, you can take part in some of the regular tasks on offer such as gardening or willow spilling.
- 25th March – 10th April 2016
Cragend farm Open Day, Rothbury
£5 per adult, children under 14 are free (booking in advance is essential)
Cragend Farm is a 16th century farm that was remodelled by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. This open day enables visitors to:
View an ‘H.Pooley & Sons Liverpool’ weighbridge in working order with the original farm cart fittings,
See the Grade II listed Salvage Tower,
Have access to the Farm Steading with its original Welsh Slate roof, cow byres and cobbled pavement,
Enter the Pumproom (appointment only),
See the Gilbert Gilkes Turbine with its Watson Valve,
See the machinery used for threshing, milling and heavy lifting within the barns,
Have access to archives, archaeological reports and photographs on request.
- Various Dates from 4th April to 22nd October 2016
Jesting with Zooted – Alnwick Castle, Alnwick
Free with Castle admission
Harking back to the old days when court jesters would entertain the lords and ladies of aristocratic and royal households, Zooted come from a time when comedy was simple and uncomplicated. When chivalry was the order of the day and the knights fought each other to keep it that way.
This event brings hilarious comedy, fire-eating, sword juggling and trickery. Zooted never fail to entertain and amaze their crowd and all the family will enjoy the show as audience participation is loudly encouraged.
Admission to Alnwick Castle is £14.95 per adult, £7.75 per child aged 5-16years and free for under 4s. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 4 children is £40.00. All tickets can be validated on the day for 12 months of free admission.
- 7th April 2016 (and various other dates throughout the year)
Family Bush crafts – Kielder Water and Forest Park
£30 per family of 4
This is a fantastic event for all members of the family and enables everyone to experience nature and get back to basics. Build a shelter; light a fire (without matches), cook a meal and either make a string bracelet from nettles or an elder-wood pea-shooter.
- 17th April 2016
Vintage Vehicle Day – Station Yard, Bellingham
This is an outdoor event that makes a great day out for all the family. See he vintage carriages on the tracks and then enjoy a delightful afternoon tea in the carriages tea rooms.
- 23rd April 2016
Spring Festival and Eating Festival – Hexham Abbey, Hexham
This annual Spring Festival and Eating Festival includes an arts and crafts market, an outdoor licensed dining area selling hot and cold food and drinks, music in the bandstand, Teddy bears’ picnic, vintage cars, climbing wall and much more.