Events

Untold stories

Delve into the past with Untold Stories at Cragside... 

Delve into the past with Untold Stories at Cragside...

Wednesday 2 September and Wednesday 16 September,  11am - 12pm

Join a guided walk around the house with Carole Evans, our Learning Officer. Hear the interesting and unexpected stories of the ‘other’ Lord Armstrongs and their impact upon Cragside. What happened to the first Lord’s art collection? Why must we not ‘throng’ the kitchen? What is the reward for a ten minute lecture on electricity? Come along and find out!

£5* Normal admission charges will apply. Booking is essential - please book online or call 0844 249 1895.

Heritage Open Day

Explore Cragside for free on 12 September © Simon Fraser

Explore Cragside for free on 12 September

Saturday 12 September, 10am - 5pm

An opportunity to discover Cragside for free, as part of Heritage Open Days.

Enter the world of Lord Armstrong and explore the house and grounds of one of the most ground-breaking inventors and engineers of his time.

Free admission
 

Turning water into light

Discover how Lord Armstrong harnessed the power of water  © National Trust

Discover how Lord Armstrong harnessed the power of water

Tuesday 15 September, 1pm-3pm

Join our engineer, Robin Wright, on a 3 mile walk and hear all about William Armstrong and his lifelong passion for water power at the first place to be lit by hydroelectricity. Includes steep terrain. Sign up at the Car Park Shop or Visitor Centre Shop. Meet under the archway at the Visitor Centre.

*Free (normal admission charges apply) 

Wildlife weekend: The birds of Cragside....

Discover the birds of Cragside and Upper Coquetdale with Andrew Sawyer © NTPL/972951

Discover the birds of Cragside and Upper Coquetdale with Andrew Sawyer

Friday 18 September, 11am - 12pm

David Dippie Dixon was Lord Armstrong’s Archivist and in 1903 listed the birds of Upper Coquetdale, Cragside and the Upper Coquet Valley in his book. Conservation Manager Andrew Sawyer looks at the status of the birds in 1903 in comparison today, accompanied by Victorian illustrations.

£6* including a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits at the Coachman’s House. Booking essential, please call 01669 622001.

Hallowe'en half term

Make a spooky spider, a haunted house or a Hallowe'en lantern... © NTPL/National Trust

Make a spooky spider, a haunted house or a Hallowe'en lantern...

Monday 26 October - Saturday 31 October 

Every day during October half term there's lots of Hallowe'en fun to be had at Cragside! Follow the witch hunt trail in and around Nelly's Moss Labyrinth - there will even be a real witch to find on 31 October! *50p per trail guide

Join in with creepy craft activities in the spooky stables workshops - make a haunted house, make a Hallowe'en lantern or make a scary spider to hang on our giant spiders web! *£1 for each craft activity

*Normal admission charges apply.  

Pumpkin carving and Hallowe'en parade

Don't forget your fancy dress costumes and your pumpkins for carving © NTPL/National Trust

Don't forget your fancy dress costumes and your pumpkins for carving

Join us on 31 October for a day of Hallowe'en fun! 

Come along in your favourite fancy dress outfits and bring your pumpkin along to carve with us. Hunt for witches on the witch trail in and around Nelly's Moss Labyrinth - there will even be a real witch to find on Hallowe'en (12-3pm) - see if you can find Nelly and answer her riddle to win some Hallowe'en sweets!

Then, join in the pumpkin parade (4-5pm) from the house to the Visitor Centre, with some spooky suprises along the way! Don't forget your fancy dress outfits and your pumpkins. There are prizes available for the biggest, scariest and ugliest pumpkins. 

Garden walks

Tulips will be blooming at Cragside from late March through to May

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12-1pm

Join one of our volunteer gardeners for a guided walk through the formal gardens. The tour includes an introduction to the different parts of the garden and seasonal highlights. 

Free (normal admission charges will apply)
 

Ranger walks

Saturdays 1:30-3:30pm

Join one of our Rangers for a rugged hike and explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. You’ll be led through the amazing landscape of rocks, caves and secret pathways that you just can’t see through the car window.

Free (normal admission charges will apply)

Engineering walks

The Archimedes screw in situ at Cragside, Northumberland

16 June, 21 July, 5 August, 15 September, 1-3pm

Join our engineer Robin Wright for a 3 mile walk to explore all things engineering at Cragside. Hear all about William Armstrong and his lifelong passion for water power. Include steeps terrain. 

Family versions in school holidays – beware, you might get a bit wet!

Free (normal admission charges will apply)
 

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