Science quest

Explore your inner scientist! © National Trust/Ian Shaw

Explore your inner scientist!

Saturday 5 – Sunday 21 April

11am – 4pm

A self led trail for inquisitive families ready to discover the wonder of science on this one mile trail.


Gardens of imagination

Let your imagination dream up the perfect garden © National Trust/Ian Shaw

Let your imagination dream up the perfect garden

Wednesday 9 & 16 April, 11am – 3pm

Get inspired by Lord Armstrong’s innovative gardens. Work with our Gardeners and use your imagination to create your own miniature garden with the materials provided. £2 per garden

Science lab - Make a thaumatrope

Time to get hands on with science © National Trust/Ian Shaw

Time to get hands on with science

Tuesday 8 April 11 - 3pm

Join Carole, our Learning Officer, to find out how Victorian children made their own animated toys. Make a thaumatrope or flip book to take home with you.
Free, normal admission applies.

Science lab - Investigate zoetropes

Produce your own animated cartoon © National Trust

Produce your own animated cartoon

Tuesday 15 April, 11am – 3pm

Join Carole, our Learning Officer to investigate the Zoetrope – one of the fore runners of modern media and produce your own animated sequence.
Free, normal admission applies.


Untold stories

Various dates between March and April, 11 - 12pm

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.


Victorian baking days

A servants work is never done

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

Sometimes a duster just won't do

Wednesdays between 5 March - 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.