Residents’ festival returns with attraction discounts

Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Community Infrastructure and Culture Val Tyler getting ready for the Northumberland Residents' Festival.
Northumberland County Council Policy Board Member for Community Infrastructure and Culture Val Tyler getting ready for the Northumberland Residents' Festival.
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Visitor attractions across the county will be offering free or discounted entry in the sixth annual Northumberland Residents’ Festival.

The celebration, which runs this coming weekend, has been organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with more than 20 participating venues to remind people that the area is a great place to live.

Attractions taking part include Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Whitehouse Farm Centre, and Woodhorn Museum, which is running a Lego exhibition.

There will also be a ‘buy one get one free’ offer for swimming at Northumberland’s leisure centres.

Council Policy Board Member for Community Infrastructure and Culture Val Tyler said the recent Robson Green TV show Tales From Northumberland was showing just what a great county it is.

“Tales From Northumberland has proven again just how popular Northumberland is to national TV audiences and we are very lucky to live in such a beautiful county, with so many unique visitor attractions.

“The Residents’ Festival showcases the county’s family-friendly attractions and gives something back to our local communities.

“We are delighted that so many venues have agreed to open their doors to residents during the weekend and we hope that as many people as possible take the opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions Northumberland has to offer.”

The participating venues are The Alnwick Garden, Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick, Bamburgh Castle, Bellingham Heritage Centre, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Blyth Battery, Chesters Roman Fort and Museum, Chillingham Castle, Corbridge Roman Town, Dunstanburgh Castle, Etal Castle, Hexham Old Gaol, Housesteads Roman Fort, Kielder Water Birds Of Prey Centre, Kielder Observatory, Kielder Water and Forest Park, Kielder Castle Cafe, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Lindisfarne Priory, Paxton House Gallery and Country Park in Berwick, RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh, Warkworth Castle, Whitehouse Farm Centre, and Woodhorn Museum.

To access the discounts, people will need the Residents’ Festival leaflet, which contains vouchers to visit up to four attractions this weekend. They are available at libraries, leisure centres, council information offices, tourist information centres and children’s centres, or can be downloaded online.

When using a voucher people need proof of residence, such as a driving licence, utility bill or bank statement.

To download a brochure visit residentsfestival.northumberland.gov.uk