Free admission during February half term
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.