Cragside family fun

A family strolling through rhododendron at Cragside

The play area may be closed but there's still lots to see, do and explore at Cragside with the kids.

Go on a sculpture hunt and see if you can find the wise owl in the Formal Garden, 'Douglas' hiding in the Pinetum and the wizard guarding the labyrinth's entrance. Bring your binoculars for wildlife spotting at Nelly's Moss - look out for frogs and toads on the lakeside and the Graylag Geese family paddling across the water. You could also see how many activities you can tick off the 50 Things to do before you're 11 ¾ list. Pre-booking essential this half term.

A child running out of Nelly's Den at Cragside

Explore the labyrinth

Enjoy the ultimate game of hide and seek in the labyrinth - a maze of tangled rhododendrons. We're expecting the rhododendrons to burst into bloom during the half term week so bringing your camera is a must as purple flowers cover the labyrinth walls. Fun for all the family, investigate all of the twists and turns and discover a few surprises along the way. Only those skilled enough will discover Nelly's den at its centre.

50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾

50 Things is a handy guide to activities for the whole family to bring you closer to nature. It’s jam-packed full of creative ideas to enjoy in the great outdoors throughout the year and it's perfect for giving you some inspiration to keep the kids entertained while out and about. Here’s our top 3 for the week. 

Even more adventures See the full 50 Things list