Free admission during February half term

Enjoy a great day out with the family at Cragside © National Trust

Enjoy a great day out with the family at Cragside

We are offering free admission for half term, 14 to 22 February. The woodland and ground floor of the House will open again on the 14 February and we have lots of events planned to keep you busy during half term. The House will open fully on Tuesday 23 February, for more information take a look at our opening times.

Be a Cragside tracker

Pick up a tracker pack from the Car Park shop © Richard Daniel

Pick up a tracker pack from the Car Park shop

Saturday 14  to Sunday 22 February, 11.30am - 2.30pm

Pop into the Car Park shop and borrow an explorer pack. Have lots of fun using a compass, measuring a tree and hunting for bugs.

£1 per pack



50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4

Climb the holly tree in the Formal Garden and tick off No.1 © National Trust

Climb the holly tree in the Formal Garden and tick off No.1

Saturday 14 - Sunday 22 February

No.1 - Climb a tree

Find the holly tree in the Formal Garden and tick off no.1 - watch out for prickly leaves!



Be a nature spotter

Pick up a nature spotter leaflet and go on nature trail © Layton Thompson

Pick up a nature spotter leaflet and go on nature trail

Saturday 14 February - Sunday 22 February

Pick up a nature spotter trail leaflet from the Visitor Centre information room or the Car Park Shop. Tick off what you find as you explore Cragside then call into the Visitor Centre shop to collect your sticker. 



50 Things - Bird watching

Join the RSPB at the wildlife hide

Monday 16 February 11am to 3pm

Drop into the wildlife hide and do a spot of bird watching - shh you'll need to be quiet! A volunteer from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will be on hand to help you identify them. No. 44 in you're 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 booklet. 

Free, drop in event.


Plant it, grow it, eat it

Plant it, grow it, eat it. Join out Gardener's and plant a broad bean

Wednesday 18 February, 11am-2.30pm

Plant a broad bean and tick off no. 41 of the 50 things - Plant it, grow it, eat it. The gardeners will be on hand at the visitor centre to help with the seed planting.

Free, drop in event.

Victorian kissing dangle

Join the Learning officer and make a Victorian kissing dangle

Tuesday 17 February, 11am – 3pm
Make a Victorian kissing dangle with Carole, the Learning Officer. Valentine’s Day rituals were very popular in Victorian times. Take home your kissing dangle for your ‘true love’, or better still, keep it for yourself!

£1 per child, drop in event.

Make a flying machine

Join the Rangers and make a flying machine

Thursday 19 February, 11am – 2pm
Make a flying machine with the rangers at the visitor centre. Then meet them at 2.30pm, on the grass overlooking Tumbleton Lake to launch your flying machine and see how far it can soar.

£2 per child, drop in event.

Live conservation

Katherine Foggon, House Steward at Cragside

Wednesdays from 25 February 2015, 1 - 4pm
Meet the conservation volunteers and watch how they delicately handle and clean items from Cragside’s collection. It's a great opportunity to see some of our more 'behind the scenes' work and our volunteers will answer any specific questions.
Free, subject to volunteer availability.


Victorian baking

Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesdays

Wednesdays from 1 April 2015, 1 – 3pm
Imagine visiting Cragside to be greeted by the smell of baking as you step through the door. Our volunteer cooks will be in costume recreating authentic Victorian recipes on the recently restored range in our magnificent kitchen.
Free, normal admission charges apply, subject to volunteer availability.

Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan

Everyday from 3 March to 1 November 2015
Joseph Swan died a century ago after a lifetime devoted to the pursuit of scientific discovery. His most famous invention, the incandescent light bulb, brought him to Cragside. In this new exhibition find out about his life and what a light bulb and purple dressing gown have in common.
Free, normal charges apply.