Rainy day adventures

A family by Douglas, the fir tree sculpture in the Pinetum

Don't let a bit of drizzle spoil your fun... there's plenty to do when it's raining at Cragside

The House

Home to Lord and Lady Armstrong, the house is full of special inventions. Explore every room and find out more about the life of this Victorian family. See if you can find the huge marble fireplace, the childhood bedrooms of Lord Armstrong's great niece and nephew, and the kitchen, where every Wednesday freshly-baked treats are served up for you to taste! Plus, check out the 'Bright Sparks that lit Cragside' exhibition, and find out more about the brilliant minds behind the story.

There are so many rooms to explore in the House!
A family in the Gallery

The Electrical Room

Hidden in the house is the Electrical Room, a secret laboratory. Here, Lord Armstrong's electrical experiments come to life. Discover recreations of his experiments and find out more about his electrifyingly-exciting story!

Discover how Lord Armstrong experimented with electricity
One of the installations in the new Electrical Room at Cragside, Northumberland

The Young Engineers' Zone

Here, your inner inventor can run wild! Put your thinking cap on and see if you can solve the magnetic marble cascade, or experiment like Lord Armstrong and play with cogs, LEGO™ and more! 

Let your inner inventor run wild with different activities in the Young Engineers' Zone
Building bricks in the Young Engineers' Zone

Welly walks and muddy fun

Cragside is loads of fun to explore when it’s wet, just pop your wellies on and head outside!
Rainfall makes Blackburn Lake and Debdon Burn really come to life as they run even faster and froth up like a giant cappuccino. 
The trees in the Pinetum act as giant umbrellas when it rains… well, you’ll probably still get wet but they’re still fun to run under!
One of the best parts about being out in the rain? Jumping in puddles! Whether you’re in the woodland, Labyrinth or Formal Garden, you’ll definitely find a puddle to splash in on a rainy day. Plus, it’s one of your 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities.
Lovely weather for ducks! See if you spot our ducks and geese around the lakes enjoying the wet weather.

Don't forget... keep dry and explore the estate by car on the carriage drive, a 6-mile drive with 8 car parks to stop at along the way.

Get stuck in the mud on a wet weather adventure!
Children with their muddy wellies

Upcoming events

Winter wonders: Cragside house behind the scenes conservation tour

Fri 26 Jan 2018
Discover the house when it's being cared for in winter on this guided tour

Terrific trees trail

Fri 26 Jan 2018
Did you know that Cragside is home to some of the tallest trees in the UK? Find out more on this self-guided trail

Trust10 run

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

Social rides - tour and bike hire

Sun 04 Feb 2018
Hire a bike or bring your own and enjoy a guided cycle tour of the estate

Stargazing - suitable for beginners and children aged 6+

Sat 10 Feb 2018
Explore the night sky through a telescope with expert astronomers

Pancake breakfast fun!

Sun 11 Feb 2018
Pancake flipping, decorating, and eating... yum!