National Trust Properties

Published: Sunday 22nd Mar 2015

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

National trust properties

Northumberland features a number of well-maintained National Trust properties.  The Cragside House, Gardens and Estate and Wallington Hall are always bustling with visitors and for the school holidays, they will open from Saturday 16th to Sunday 24th February.

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the Cragside Estate will also have special activities for the kids where they can 'Wake up at Wallington' and discover how the Trevelyan family live.

Snowdrop festival

For an event that will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, why not head down to Howick Hall Gardens for its annual Snowdrop Festival?  Being the winner of the Garden of the Year in 2009, you can expect manicured grounds and stunning displays.  If you fancy a little refreshment, the tearooms will also offer a delicious morning or afternoon treat.  

Howick Hall Gardens will be opened on Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th February and the following Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th February.

Theatre and film

Of course, not everyone wants to be outdoors in February.  If you and the kids don’t feel up to battling the freezing weather, why not stay inside and indulge in a bit of cinema and theatre instead?

You will find a number of Arts Centres and cinemas in the region, such as The Maltings in Berwick, Alnwick Playhouse, Queen's Hall Arts Centrein Hexham, The Forum Cinema in Hexham and The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth.  With a wide range of theatre and film on offer, there is definitely something to suit everyone’s taste.

Alnwick Castle

Castles are always wonderful places to excite the imagination of both children and adults, but the lovely tradition taking place in Alnwick Castle on Shrove Tuesday every year gives even more of a reason to visit this attraction.

On the day, the Duke of Northumberland will throw a football from the walls of the Alnwick Castle to a huge crowd gathering to watch the match between the Parishes of St Michaels and St Pauls.  Known as the Scoring of the Hales, the match never fails to excite the locals and the winning team is the first to score two goals.

Cooking fun

With a number of reality cooking and baking shows dominating our screens at home, kids and adults alike are increasingly interested in honing their skills in the kitchen.  If you and your family fall into this category, then a visit to Alnwick Gardens is a must.  Reopening after closure for essential maintenance work, it will hold classes in February focusing on themes like After School Cooking, Boys in the Kitchen and Dads in the Kitchen.

Where should you stay?

There is plenty of accommodation available but take a look at the Grace Darling Holidays website for beautiful self-catering cottages dotted along the coast.  If you want to grab a bargain, check out their late availability deals where you can get fantastic discounts on their wonderful properties.    

Organising a trip to Northumberland is simple, so make a start today!  You’ll be pleased you explored a new and exciting area of the country.


The Grace Darling Holidays Team
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