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Family fun at Cragside

A child playing on tyre swings, part of the trim trail at Cragside.
Play the ultimate game of the floor is lava on the trim trail. | © National Trust Images / Annapurna Mellor

Enjoy an adventurous day outdoors with the kids at Cragside. There's plenty of space to run around (and do cartwheels!) and lots of things to discover as you explore the grounds.

Easter holidays at Cragside

Find the Easter bunnies
Until Sunday 14 April
During opening hours
FREE, self-led

Some of our Easter bunny helpers have been seen around the House and the Formal Garden. See if you can spot them on your visit.

A child sliding down one of the tunnels head first at Cragside's adventure play area.
Slide down tunnels at the adventure play area. | © Annapurna Mellor.

Den Building

Next to the adventure play area. Nearest car park Crozier, via the Carriage Drive.
Den building is back at Cragside. Located right next to the adventure play area, the whole family can get creative and build a grand design. Use the sticks and branches provided to create your dream home, a rocket ship to travel through space or a ship to travel around the world...the possibilities are endless!

Adventure play area

Nearest car park is Crozier, via the Carriage Drive.
The kids can test their clamber up beams on the log mountain, climb to dizzy heights on the witch's hat, glide along on a zip and slide down the tunnels and slides. There's plenty of space to run around and make friends with picnic benches nearby to enjoy snacks and nibbles.

Trim Trail

Nearest car park is Crozier, via the Carriage Drive.
Hop across tyres, swing between bars and climb over cargo ropes on the trim trail. There are four sets of frames to discover on the path between the play area and the labyrinth. Perfect for the ultimate game of the floor is lava!

Labyrinth

Nearest car park is Nelly's Moss, via the Carriage Drive.
The labyrinth is a giant maze cut into a forest of rhododendron. Hunt for William the Wizard, create your own tale of courageous quests in the storyteller’s chair and see if you can find Nelly’s Den at the heart of the labyrinth. The collection of weaving paths can get extra muddy when it rains, so bring some waterproofs for a wellie wander. You’re never too old for a splash through the puddles!

Top tip: We want everyone to have fun when in the labyrinth. It’s good to keep the kids in sight as you explore. Before entering, let your group know that if anyone gets lost, they should stand still and shout, so you can follow their voice and find them. If you need further assistance, please call the emergency number on 07818 240 068.

Fun things to find when you're exploring

Impress the kids with your knowledge of Cragside with some handy tips on things to find and wildlife to watch out for.

A sculpture of a face with decorative leaves carved into a fallen tree at Cragside, Northumberland
The tree sculpture known as 'Douglas' at Cragside | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Look out for 'Douglas'

Discover Cragside’s leafy green giant hidden up the bank in the Pinetum. The team at Cragside have affectionately nick-named him ‘Douglas’ as he was carved from a fallen Douglas Fir Tree. In the Pinetum you’ll be surrounded by huge heritage trees, some of which are the tallest of their kind in the country.  

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Wildlife to look out for this spring

Spring is a great time to spot wildlife coming out of hibernation at Cragside. As the trees are still a little bare you will be able to see birds more clearly and maybe even a red squirrel hopping by.

A close up of a visitor holding a newt.
Look out for emerging newts, frogs and toads. | © Rob Coleman.

Newts, frogs and toads

Look out for frogs, toads and newts emerging from hibernation. At this time of year, they are heading to water to breed. Some of the best places to spot them are around Tumbleton Lake and Nelly’s Moss Lakes.

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