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LUX featured artists

LUX is our 2014 art exhibition reflecting on the importance of light and innovation at Cragside.

Read more about LUX here.



Science quest

Explore your inner scientist

Saturday 19 July – Monday 1 September
A trail for inquisitive families. Delve into the mind of Lord Armstrong and discover the wonder of science on this one mile trail.

£1 per pack.

Time to dress

Dress up in Victorian clothing this summer

Various dates and times

This summer we are offering your children the chance to dress up in child sized adult Victorian clothing, from bloomers to hat, with a personal maid to assist. £10 per 1 hour session. Booking essential call 0844 249 1895. Suitable for ages 4 – 12. Maximum three children per session.

Garden events

Gardens of the imagination

Gardens of the imagination

Various dates and times
Inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens use your imagination to design and create your own miniature garden with the materials provided.
 £2 per garden.


Create some wild art

Create some wild art at Cragside

Various dates and times
Cragside is hosting an art exhibition between June – November 2014 so explore your artistic side by creating some wild art with the natural materials provided as part of our 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 campaign. Tick off number 18 and collect a sticker for your scrapbook in the shop.
Free, normal admission charges apply.

Science lab

Time to get hands on with science

Various dates and times
Join Carole, our Learning Officer for fun and practical investigations of some Victorian bright ideas that shaped our world.

Normal admission charges apply.

Untold stories

Discover details you might otherwise have missed on a guided tour © Arnhel de Serra

Coming in September
A guided walk around the house with Carole Evans, our Learning Officer. Hear the interesting and unexpected stories of the ‘other’ Lord Armstrong’s and their impact upon Cragside.
£5, to book call 0844 249 1895 . A customer booking fee of 5% applies. Normal admission charges apply.

Celebrating Joseph Swan

Joseph Swan © National Trust

Tuesday 27 May – Sunday 2 November
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.

Victorian baking days

Victorian Baking Days take place most Wednesday's © National Trust / Barry Pells

Wednesdays between 9 April and 29 October, 1 – 4pm
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 in our magnificent kitchen.
Free, normal admission charges apply, subject to availability of volunteers.

Live conservation

Katherine Foggon, House Steward at Cragside © National Trust / Barry Pells

Wednesdays from 3 September - 29 October, 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.