Wet weather adventures

A small child holding a rainbow umbrella

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

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... you can also 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
Get stuck in the mud on a wet weather adventure!

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 'Switched on! Shining a light on female innovation' exhibition to discover installations created by clever minds from Newcastle University.

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

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
Discover how Lord Armstrong experimented with electricity

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! The Young Engineers' Zone is open every day of the summer holiday.

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

Upcoming events

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

Tue 16 Oct 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

Tue 16 Oct 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

Garden tour

Tue 16 Oct 2018
12:00-13:00
Volunteers Chris and Geoff are on-hand to give you a guided tour of Lord and Lady Armstrong's formal garden and rock garden

Scarecrow making

Sat 20 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Help the gardens look after the lawn by making a scarecrow to keep the birds away

Stargazing

Sat 27 Oct 2018
18:30-21:00
Explore the night sky through a telescope with expert astronomers

2k family fun run

Sun 28 Oct 2018
08:00-11:00
A running route suitable for less-able runners and little legs on the fourth Sunday of every month (excluding December)