Festival was roaring success

THE Northumberland Residents’ Festival has been hailed a roaring success — and local attractions proved quite a draw.

More than 4,500 people took advantage of free or reduced entry to 16 attractions across the county, including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums — double the attendance of last year’s festival.

Wallington was one of the most popular sites, attracting 531 visitors with vouchers, while Belsay recorded 84.

The discounts were available by using vouchers from Northumberland County Council’s magazine.

Council Executive Member for Tourism Neil Bradbury said: “It’s easy to forget just how special the county is and the many great things there are to do and see on our doorstep.

“Northumberland has such a lot to offer in terms of heritage and culture and the festival is a great reminder for residents of this, while also giving them the ability to explore our many unique attractions at a great price in these hard economic times.”