Delve into Easter at Cragside

Children look at their trail map in a woodland

From walking, to family fun, to conservation in action, there's plenty going on every day this Easter!

Family fun

Otter Spotter trail, Saturday 8 - Thursday 13 and Tuesday 18 - Sunday 23 April, 11am - 3pm

Nature is waking up on the estate! Become a nature detective on our Otter Spotter trail. Make your way around Tumbleton Lake and see if you can find the wildlife that live on the estate, and they'll give you clues that'll lead you to Ollie Otter. Then, bring your finished trail to the shop to get a special Otter Spotter Certificate.

Cadbury Egg Hunt, Friday 14 - Monday 17 April, 11am - 3pm

For Easter weekend our Otter Spotter trail has a special twist! This time, join the Cadbury Egg Hunt and see if you can find Ollie Otter for a specal chocolate reward (£3 per hunt). Trails are pram and wheelchair-friendly.

50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4, Saturday 8 - Sunday 23 April, 11am - 5pm

It’s time for some 50 Things spring fun! Why don’t you go bird watching down at the Wildlife Hide by the Formal Gardens, play pooh sticks at Debdon Valley, build a den, or do the barefoot walk, and tick off more activities in your scrapbook.

Plus, stop off at the Adventure Play Area on the estate drive and whoosh along the zip line, scramble on the climbing frames and whizz down the slide, and get lost as you explore the Labyrinth!

Spring gardens and walking

April’s Walk of the Month is the Armstrong Trail, a one mile walk around Tumbleton Lake and Debdon Valley. Look out for the various wildlife that have returned to Cragside after winter.

Find out more about the work we do to look after this special place:
•    Gardener Q&A – 13 and 20 April
•    Conservation in action – 12, 14, 19 and 21 April

Plus, the House will be open every day over Easter, explore Lord Armstrong’s magnificent Electrical Room and see our volunteer cooks dressed in Victorian clothing and baking authentic treats on 12, 14, 19 and 21 April.

Upcoming events

Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation. Part of Women and Power

Wed 26 Sep 2018
From 23 June, International Women in Engineering Day, discover Cragside in an extraordinary light in this brand new exhibition in partnership with Newcastle University

Women of industry: Industrial innovation? Part of Women and Power

Wed 26 Sep 2018
A new exhibition will share the experiences of women who worked in some of Newcastle's most iconic industrial environments, exploring the contribution women made to industry at a time of major societal shift

Turning water into light walk

Wed 03 Oct 2018
Join our engineer Robin Wright on a 3 mile walk to hear all about Lord Armstrong and his lifelong passion for water power at the first place to be lit by hydroelectricity.

Scarecrow making

Sat 06 Oct 2018
Help the gardens look after the lawn by making a scarecrow to keep the birds away


Sat 27 Oct 2018
Explore the night sky through a telescope with expert astronomers

Trust10 run

Sun 28 Oct 2018
Have a go at a free 10k run through the estate on the fourth Sunday of every month (excluding December)