Estates open their doors for free half-term fun

Kids in the Walled Garden at Wallington (Please credit National Trust / John Millar
Kids in the Walled Garden at Wallington (Please credit National Trust / John Millar

FREE admission is being offered to two Northumberland tourist attractions during half-term next week.

The National Trust is waiving the usual entry fees for Wallington estate in Cambo, as well as Cragside near Rothbury.

Assistant Director of Operations for the North East Liz Fisher said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people living in the region to take advantage of the places on their doorstep.

“These two places have a lot to offer, such as woodland walks, beautiful gardens and adventure play areas, but each property is very different.

“With both of them open for free we hope that people will take the opportunity to visit each one over the half-term break.”

Families can also get creative through a range of activities.

At Wallington, from Monday to Wednesday, children can have a go at making ladybird houses, leaf masks and crafty creatures, as well as put together some wild art. There will be a small charge for each item made.

On Thursday and Friday next week they can make a bird box for the garden or a kazoo. It will cost £5 per bird box and £1 for each kazoo.

Sessions will run from 11am to 12.30pm, and from 1.30pm to 3pm throughout the week. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

At Cragside there will be a Water Wizards event, taking visitors on a walk around Tumbleton Lake and stopping at a number of water stations for interactive fun.

Free entry is available at both venues from Saturday to Sunday, February 19, though Cragside is closed on Monday.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northeast