Easter fun for all the family at town and rural locations

Val Tyler with the Morpeth sculptures.
Val Tyler with the Morpeth sculptures.

There is plenty of egg-citement on offer across Northumberland over the Bank Holiday weekend.

In Morpeth, the team at Sanderson Arcade are preparing for its Easter Eggstravaganza event on Saturday. It will run from 10am to 4pm.

There will be an egg hunt, bonnet parade, stilt walkers and a craft workshop which starts at 11am. Capital FM will be at the centre from noon with a competition to give away a cracking prize of a £500 shopping spree at the Arcade for one lucky winner.

The Arcade team will also be fund-raising on the day to try to reach the target of raising £10,000 for The Sick Children’s Trust (SCT).

Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “We have nearly reached our target of raising £10,000 for SCT, which has been our chosen charity throughout the last 12 months, so we’re hoping to give it one last push over the Easter weekend.

“We have some great traditional Easter activities organised throughout the day.”

The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury to run Easter Egg Trails and one of them is taking place at Wallington.

Join the Trevelyan children as they help their fearsome aunt, explorer Gertrude Bell, as she prepares for her next expedition and claim your yummy Cadbury chocolate Egghead reward.

This activity will run between Good Friday and Easter Monday, from 11am to 4pm each day. Normal admission charges apply and it costs £2.50 per trail.

For more information, call 01670 773600.

At Belsay Hall on the same four days (11am to 5pm), visitors can go on an Easter Adventure Quest. Meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by – maybe a king, butler, Roman centurion or even a monk.

They will be happy to help participants crack the clues and reap a chocolate reward.

For more information, call 01661 881636.

People can find out about other activities taking place over Easter at Morpeth Tourist Information Centre in Bridge Street, where they can also see hand-woven sculptures with a local theme by Gary Tiplady.

His mallard duck and two ducklings piece will evoke the memories of many Morpethians of saving up their stale bread to feed the ducks on the River Wansbeck.