WHAT IS IT? There aren’t many places you can see beautiful plants and flowers, eat in a treehouse and meet weird and wonderful characters, but you can at the Alnwick Garden – a day out everyone will love.
WHAT’S NEW? Head up to Alnwick Garden on 15 April to meet Mr and Mrs Nutkin – two perfectly nutty characters who will be greeting guests to the garden at various times throughout the day.
OUR HIGHLIGHT – Having visited the Garden, you might be inspired to get a little green-fingered yourself. Alnwick Garden’s Plant Centre can provide you with everything you need to get going.
Howick Hall Gardens
A real family affair 81 years in the planting, the gardens at Howick Hall are mostly the work of Charles, the fifth Earl Grey, his wife Mabel and their daughter Lady Mary Howick. See the blooming flowers and majestic trees and explore the woodland garden and the bog garden.
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
The garden at Belsay Hall was created by Sir Charles Monck and Sir Arthur Middleton and includes a quarry garden, a rhododendron garden, terraces and a winter garden. Vivid colours abound.
There are 13,000 acres to explore here, but our favourite part of the Wallington estate’s grounds is the East Wood – or ‘secret garden’ as it is otherwise known. You’ll find winding paths, bridges and ponds, as well as an abundance of wildlife including red squirrels, otters and bats here.
Crook Hall and Gardens
The grounds of this Grade I-listed medieval hall are many and varied. The orchard is full of apple trees, while the Shakespeare garden is made up of plants which grew in the time of the Bard. There are nine outdoor areas to choose from – take your pick and get exploring.
Northumberland National Park
As you might expect, Northumberland National Park is rather large. Whether you want a sedate walk, an exhilarating bike ride or to get involved in watersports, there are facilities to accommodate you here. We love a ramble along the Falstone Circular Walk route, where visitors can see an old railway line, and stroll along riverbanks.
An outdoor-enthusiast’s paradise, a day at Kielder Water & Forest Park is as extreme as you want to make it. Take part in mountain biking, horse riding or watersport activities, or just go for a quiet walk around the park – the choice is up to you.