Summer holiday activities

Visitors pond-dipping in the burn at Cragside, Northumberland

An engineer, an explorer, or a whizz on the water... what will you become this summer? Try a different activity at Cragside every day of the summer holidays.

Bright sparks Mondays (excluding 28 Aug & 4 Sept)

Drop-in activity between 10am and 3pm

Learn all about electricity as we'll be experimenting with static electricity on 31 July and 14 August. Then, if you're feeling really inventive, drop in on 7 and 21 August to learn how to generate your own electricity.

Innovation Tuesdays

Drop-in activity between 11am and 3pm

Calling all inventors, come and get creative in the Young Engineers' Zone. We'll be trying to solve engineering challenges and crack practical problems.

Wildlife Wednesdays

Drop-in activity between 10.30am and 3pm

Give nature a helping hand by making a birdfeeder (26 July, 9 & 23 August) or a bee box (2, 16 & 30 August) in the Formal Garden.

Make a splash Thursdays

Prebooking essential

Join Cullercoats Bike & Kayak and try kayaking or canoeing on Tumbleton Lake. There's also a special kids-only Splashdown! event. Book here

50 things Fridays

Drop-in activity between 11am and 3pm

From pond dipping to making messy mud pies, we’ve got all sorts of fun activities to try out. Grab a scrapbook and see how many things you can tick off your list!  

Explorer weekends

Drop in activity between 11am and 3pm

Grab a tracker pack from the information hut and be on your way... there are tasks to complete as you adventure around the estate.

Upcoming events

Trust10 run

Sun 22 Apr 2018
08:00-11:00
Have a go at a free 10k run through the estate on the fourth Sunday of every month (excluding December)

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

Sun 22 Apr 2018
11:00-15:00
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

Kayaking and canoeing

Sun 22 Apr 2018
11:00-16:00
Canoe and Kayak is back for 2018 once again we'll be working with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak to bring you exciting new ways to see Cragside this season

Stand up paddleboarding

Sun 29 Apr 2018
11:00-16:00
This year we're introducing SUP as the latest - and possibly most unique - way to see Cragside yet

Turning water into light walk

Wed 02 May 2018
13:00-15:00
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.

Ultimate STEM challenge

Sat 26 May 2018
11:00-15:00
William Armstrong was a great scientist and inventor who made Cragside the first house to be powered by hydroelectricity