Nostalgia brings out the crowds

VISITORS have been flocking to Wallington over the holiday period after it turned back the clock for two special events.

A total of 31,611 people went along to the National Trust site between Monday, April 18, and Monday, May 2.

During the Easter weekend there were 14,272 attendees as the attraction held knight-related activities to mark St George’s Day and a Cadbury’s Easter trail, along with traditional games and face painting. This figure was an increase of 5,913 on the same period in 2010.

And 10,158 visited on the following Bank Holiday weekend, up from 4,223 last year, to enjoy Roman-themed fun, which included performances from the re-enactment group Comitatus.

This was the first in a series of eight special events which bring the large canvas paintings in the central hall by William Bell Scott to life.

All eight paintings by the artist, who was born 200 years ago, show famous scenes from Northumbrian history.

Visitor Experience Manager Gillian Mason said: “We are delighted with the visitor figures, which are down to a combination of good weather and big events that people are starting to associate with Wallington.

“Children have been able to get active in various ways, from dragon hunting in our woods to bashing Romans with foam swords, and it was quite a special sight seeing the re-enactment group on horseback in the courtyard.

“Hopefully the other seven events in the series will be as successful.”

l Visitors can admire a selection of post vintage and classic cars in Wallington’s courtyard on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.