Easter treats on the menu

Stilt walkers give out Easter treats at Sanderson Arcade. Picture by Trevor Walker.
Stilt walkers give out Easter treats at Sanderson Arcade. Picture by Trevor Walker.

There’s a cracking Easter in store in Northumberland, with activities for all the family.

At Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade there will be live music throughout the bank holiday, starting with the KEVI Monsoon Steel Band on Good Friday.

And on Saturday, there is a packed day of free activities at the shopping centre, running from 11am to 3pm.

There will be face painting, the chance to meet Alice and the White Rabbit, and a craft tent where children can decorate Easter eggs.

A variety of animal friends can be found at Pets Corner, including chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs, and Barnacre Alpacas will be introducing its babies.

An Easter Treat Trail takes place around the arcade, and visitors could win a hamper by guessing how many chocolate eggs are in a giant glass bowl.

Meanwhile, adventurers are wanted at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens to embark on its Easter Quest.

The challenge will see participants crack clues on an historic hunt, meeting characters from the past as they explore the English Heritage attraction.

All those completing the quest will reap a chocolate reward and a Play-Doh prize.

The activities run from Friday to Monday, from 11am to 5pm. Admission charges apply.

At Wallington, near Cambo, there will be a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt through its West Wood.

The National Trust trail costs £2.50 per person, plus normal admission charges, and runs from 11am to 4pm until Sunday, April 10.

Also on offer is a short tractor ride through the estate to Broomhouse Farm to get a close-up experience of lambing time.

Visitors can take a tour of the lambing shed and ‘hospital’, where newborn lambs are looked after in intensive care, and they may be able to bottle-feed the lambs.

The experience costs £6 adult, £5 child, and booking is essential at www.broomhousefarm.co.uk