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

Winter wildlife trail

Wed 19 Dec 2018
11:00-15:00
Ozzy the owl is looking for his friends but can't seem to find them; could they be hibernating?

Meet Father Christmas

Sat 22 Dec 2018
10:30-11:00
He’s making a list and checking it twice… Father Christmas is coming to Cragside!

Trust 10 run

Sun 27 Jan 2019
08:00-11:00
Have a go at a free 10k run through the estate on the fourth Sunday of every month (excluding December)

Behind the scenes house conservation tour

Tue 12 Feb 2019
11:30-12:30
Join the house team for a spring clean

Stargazing

Sat 16 Feb 2019
18:30-21:00
Explore the night sky through a telescope with expert astronomers