Summer holiday fun

Children running by the lake

An scientist, an eco-explorer, or a young engineer... what will you become this summer? Try a different activity at Cragside every day of the summer holidays.

Week one: Super science 21 - 29 July

Saturday 21 - Monday 23 July: Eco explorers! Botanical brilliance. Plant a sunflower seed and learn all about renewable biofuels in the gardens

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 July: Explosive science. Have a go at fizzy frothy fun by the visitor centre. Prepare to get messy!

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 July: Eco explorers! Protecting our pond life. Have a go at pond dipping and discover the importance of keeping our waters safe and clean for the resident wildlife.

Discover what lives in a pond
Children pond dipping with their grandparents
Discover what lives in a pond

Week two: Totally tech 30 July - 5 August

Saturday 30 July - Thursday 2 August: Whimsical circuitry. Discover how Lord Armstrong generated electricity with Whimshurst demonstrations by the Young Engineers' Zone

Friday 3 - Sunday 5 August: Eco explorers! Wonderful windpower. Make your very own windmill to take home and learn all about renewable energy.

Experiment with technology
A model whimshurst machine in the electrical room
Experiment with technology

Week three: Extreme engineering 6 - 12 August

Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 August: Young engineers' club: Hydraulic heroes. Follow in Lord Armstrong's footsteps and make a mini hydraulic crane at the Young Engineers' Zone

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 August: Young engineers' club: Building bridges. Have you walked across Cragside's Iron Bridge? Make your own bridge at the Young Engineers' Zone

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August: Newcastle University Street Science buskers. Look out for the science buskers performing tricks and experiments by the visitor centre

Build your own model bridge to take home
Children and their parents walking over the Iron Bridge
Build your own model bridge to take home

Week four: Awesome art 13 - 19 August

Monday 13 - Thursday 16 August: Eco explorers! Funky junk sculptures. Reuse old bits and bobs to make an artsy creation to take home at the Young Engineers' Zone

Friday 17 -  Sunday 19 August: 50 things: wild art creations. Get your 50 things scrapbook at the ready and tick off number 18. Create some wild art at the Young Engineers' Zone

Create some wild art this summer
A child making a picture with leaves and twigs
Create some wild art this summer

Week five: Monsterous maths 20 - 26 August

Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 August: Code breakers. See if you can crack the Cragside code at the Young Engineers' Zone

Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 August: Eco explorers! How tall is that tree? Head to the pinetum to measure some of Cragside's tallest trees

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August: Newcastle University Street Science buskers. Look out for the science buskers performing tricks and experiments by the visitor centre

Discover how tall Cragside's trees are
A family walking through the pinetum
Discover how tall Cragside's trees are

Week six: Celebration of STEAM 27 August - Sunday 2 September

Monday 27 August: Explosive science. Have a go at fizzy frothy fun by the visitor centre. Prepare to get messy!

Tuesday 28 August: Whimsical circuitry. Discover how Lord Armstrong generated electricity with Whimshurst demonstrations by the Young Engineers' Zone

Wednesday 29 August: Screw it! Make a mini Archimedes screw. Head to the real Archimedes screw for this activity.

Thursday 30 August: Code breakers. See if you can crack the Cragside code at the Young Engineers' Zone

Friday 31 August: Pond dipping and bug hunting. Head to slipper lake to discover Cragside's pondlife

Saturday 1 September: Eco explorers! Funky junk sculptures. Reuse old bits and bobs to make an artsy creation to take home at the Young Engineers' Zone

Sunday 2 September: Young engineers' club: Hydraulic heroes. Follow in Lord Armstrong's footsteps and make a mini hydraulic crane at the Young Engineers' Zone

The Archimedes screw in situ
The Archimedes screw in situ at Cragside, Northumberland
The Archimedes screw in situ

The fun continues...

Head to Crozier car park on the Carriage Drive and you'll find the adventure play area, complete with a zip line to whizz along!

Also at the adventure play area is the den building zone and barefoot walk, so don't forget your 50 things adventure scrapbook and tick off numbers 4 and 24

At Nelly's Moss car park you can walk round Nelly's Moss lakes (a pushchar and wheelchair friendly route) and explore the labyrinth, full of twists and turns

*Prebooking essential* Join Cullercoats Bike & Kayak and try standup paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing on various dates this summer. There's also a special kids-only Splashdown! event. Book here

Try your hand at kayaking this summer
Two people kayaking on Tumbleton Lake
Try your hand at kayaking this summer

Upcoming events

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

Sat 21 Jul 2018
10:00-16:00
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

Sat 21 Jul 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

Sat 21 Jul 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

Trust10 run

Sun 22 Jul 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)

Turning water into light walk

Wed 01 Aug 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.

Stand up paddleboarding

Sun 12 Aug 2018
11:00-16:00
This year we're introducing SUP as the latest - and possibly most unique - way to see Cragside yet