Festival for all the family

Kirkley Hall Countryside Day
Kirkley Hall Countryside Day

A Northumberland attraction is gearing up for an annual event, which is set to be fun for all the family.

Kirkley Hall’s Countryside Day on Sunday is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the region.

A host of attractions, including fairground rides, a dog agility show, horse riding display, countryside and machinery activities, and cattle and sheep displays will be on offer.

And there will also be plant sales, craft stalls, a range of food and refreshments, woodland walks and access to the Kirkley Hall Outdoor Adventure Academy, which incudes a zip wire, high ropes and a climbing wall.

A huge range of stalls will be there, selling a range of handmade gifts, authentic crafts and tasty food from around the region.

Whilst visiting, members of the public can also call into Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, which boasts more than 200 species of animals, reptiles and birds, including alpacas, ring tailed lemurs, marmosets, capybara, emus, wallabies, kookaburras, snakes, lizards and smaller domestic animals in a petting barn.

Anyone who wishes to find out about courses, training and apprenticeships at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Campus can do this on the day. Courses include agriculture, horticulture, floristry and animal care.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm. Parking is £1. Entry costs £4, and children aged two and under go free.

Kirkley Hall is a 17th century rural estate of more than 190 acres with a variety of woodland. The Grade II listed hall is set in gardens and is available for weddings, private functions, conferences and other corporate events.

For more information about the Countryside Festival and Zoological Gardens visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk or to find out more about courses on offer at the campus you can visit www.kirkley.ac.uk