Appetite grows for culture

Enjoying the fun at this years  'our people, our places' Northumberland Residents' Festival organised by Northumberland County Council.
Enjoying the fun at this years 'our people, our places' Northumberland Residents' Festival organised by Northumberland County Council.
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THOUSANDS of residents across Northumberland have taken the opportunity to find out more about the county’s heritage and attractions.

The Northumberland Residents’ Festival took place last month, offering free or discounted entry to some of the county’s most popular visitor centres.

Castles, gardens, stately homes, museums and even a zoo all threw open their doors for the weekend event.

And the festival was supported by partners such as English Heritage and the National Trust, as well as locally-run venues.

Northumberland County Council was responsible for organising the event, which aims to celebrate the fact that Northumberland is a great place to live and give something back to the people who have made the county their home.

In total 26 visitor attractions took part in the weekend, including Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and Wallington.

And many of the venues enjoyed unprecedented visitor numbers, despite the cold weather.

More than 5,400 people claimed the residents’ vouchers to take advantage of the event, which was the fourth festival of its kind to take place in the county.

The council also organised a photographic competition to find the best image to capture the event.

Residents were invited to send in photographs of their days out or upload them to the authority’s social media sites.

The winner was Alison Ellerbrook, of Prudhoe, who took a photograph of two friendly donkeys at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens. She will receive a Canon digital camera.

The results of a prize draw to win an English Heritage VIP voucher, valid for all Northumberland sites for a year, will be announced in the coming weeks. Everyone who applied for the residents’ discount tickets was entered into the draw.