Residents' Festival

also known as: Attractions, Castles, English Heritage, Festival, National Trust, Resident.

Find out what’s on offer during the Residents’ Festival weekend and how to take part.

Residents' Festival 2015:

The festival weekend will be taking place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March 2015. The festival is organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with leading visitor attractions.

You can download the Residents' Festival Brochure here.

Venues 2015:

We had over 20 attractions taking part in this year's festival. Have a look at what the venues have to offer below.

Alnwick Garden

Step into the unexpected to explore acres of fascinating plants, water sculptures, the infamous Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Denwick Lane, Alnwick, NE66 1YU
Last Admission: 4pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01665 511350
Website: http://www.alnwickgarden.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Special activities during Festival weekend:

  • Budding Artists – free family arts and crafts activities.
  • Lunch Time Music – free live music concerts in the Pavilion.
Bailiffgate Museum

The Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery celebrates the history and heritage of Alnwick and the surrounding area in artefacts, pictures, words and interactive displays.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, NE66 1LX
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01665 605847
Website: http://www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: £1 with voucher

Bamburgh Castle

Experience the sights, stories and atmosphere of over 2000 years of exhilarating history. With fourteen public rooms and over 3000 artefacts including arms and armour, porcelain, furniture and artwork.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm. State rooms from 11am
Venue: Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, NE69 7DF
Last admission: 4pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01668 214208
Website: http://www.bamburghcastle.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 2 for 1 admission with voucher

Bellingham-THC

An accredited, volunteer run museum covering many aspects of the history and heritage of North Tynedale and Redesdale. Special facilities - names and photography databases which are useful for family historians. Museum building and two railway carriages, one of which is an excellent tearoom.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Heritage Centre, Bellingham, NE48 2DF
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01434 220050

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens

At Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens you can spend hours exploring both inside and out. The Hall is an architectural masterpiece and outside roam the huge grounds and grade 1 registered heritage gardens.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, Nr Ponteland, NE20 0DX
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01661 881636
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsay/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Blyth Battery

Unique WW1 and WW2 coastal defences on the Blyth sea front. Tearooms and guided tours available. Special themed activities for festival weekend.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm
Venue: Blyth Battery, The Links, Blyth
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01670 368816
Website: http://www.blythbattery.org.uk/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Free with voucher

Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

Set in the picturesque valley of the North Tyne River, Chesters is the best preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort. Inside the museum there’s also an amazing collection of Roman items found during the excavation of the wall.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Chesters Roman Fort & Museum, Chollerford, NE46 4EU
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01434 681379
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/chesters/fort

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Chillingham Castle

A remarkable castle steeped in history situated in romantic grounds. Relive the atmosphere of the torture chamber and visit the gift shop and tea rooms.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Venue: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, NE66 5NJ
Last admission: 4.30pm
Wheelchair access: No
Tel: 01668 215359
Website: http://www.chillingham-castle.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Corbridge Roman Town

Only place in Britain where you can walk along the surface of a Roman “high street”. The Corbridge Hoard is a display of armour and possessions from a Roman soldier and one of the most influential Roman time capsules ever discovered in Hadrian’s Wall country.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Corbridge Roman Town, Corbridge, NE45 5NT
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01434 632349
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/corbridge/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Dunstanburgh Castle

Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland, in one of the most stunning places on the Northumberland Coast.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Dunstanburgh Castle, Craster, NE66 3TT
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01665 576231
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/dunstanburgh/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Etal Castle

Set in the charming village of Etal, this Northumberland castle is the ideal location for a family day out. The award-winning exhibition outlines the interesting story of the bloody Anglo-Scottish warfare of this border castle.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Etal Castle, Etal, TD12 4TN
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01890 820332
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/etal/

Special Residents’ Weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Hexham Gaol

The oldest purpose-built prison in England! Come and explore crime and punishment in the area and find out about the Border Reiver families. Use the glass lift to travel round the building, from the dungeon where the poorest prisoners were kept to the top floor where the richest prisoners lived.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4.30pm
Venue: Hexham Old Gaol, Hexham, NE46 1XD
Last admission: 4pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01670 624523
Website: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/hexham-old-gaol/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Adults £2, concessions £1 with voucher

Special activities during Festival weekend:

  • Family craft activities both days, 11am – 3pm, included in admission charge.
Housesteads Roman Fort

Set high on a dramatic escarpment of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain. There are some stunning panoramic views to enjoy from the walls of this ancient fortress that was once home to around 1000 soldiers.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Housesteads Roman Fort, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6NN
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01434 344363
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/housesteads/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre

A unique experience in Northumberland, this is your chance to get up close and personal with some fascinating birds and other animals. An opportunity not to be missed. Daily flying demonstrations (arrive before 1.30pm).

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm
Venue: Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre, Leaplish Waterside Park, Kielder, NE48 1AX
Last admission: 3pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01434 250400
Website: http://www.kwbopc.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Adult £4, child/conc £2.50, family £12 with voucher plus free parking.

Special activities during Festival weekend:

  • Throughout the day you will have the chance of a close encounter with our wonderful owls and fabulous falcons, not forgetting “Hope,” our Steller’s Sea Eagle, the largest breed of eagle in the world.
Kielder Observatory

A public astronomical observatory and a remarkable place to visit Kielder Observatory is a magical and unique visitor attraction situated under the finest dark skies in England.

Date & Time: Saturday only
Venue: Black Fell, Off Shilling Pot, Kielder, NE48 1EJ
Last admission: N/A
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 07805 638469
Website: http://www.kielderobservatory.org/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Free with festival voucher.

Special activities during Festival weekend:

  • Observatory will be open to residents so they may see our telescopes and gain a better insight of what we offer members of the general public.
Kielder Water and Forest Park

The Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England. It covers 250 square miles and features multiple visitor centres and activities.

Date & Time: The Park is open all year round – visitor centre opening times vary.
Venue: Kielder Water & Forest Park
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01434 220616
Website: http://www.visitkielder.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Free parking (Display one voucher on windscreen)

Kielder Castle Cafe

The Park is home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England. It covers 250 square miles and features multiple visitor centres and activities. Come and enjoy light snacks and hearty warming meals.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 5pm
Venue: Kielder Water & Forest Park
Last admission: 4pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01434 250400
Website: http://www.visitkielder.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Free parking and 20% off food with voucher (excludes gift shop).

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

We have over 130 species of animals including lemurs, meerkats and wallabies. With a rolling programme of kids’ activities and play areas, forest trails and garden walks, there really is something for all the family.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Ponteland, NE20 0AQ
Last admission: 3pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01670 841235
Website: http://www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Lindisfarne Priory

Original home to the Lindisfarne Gospels, an important centre of early Christianity and the home of St Cuthbert. Today you can marvel at the ornate carvings on the extensive ruins of the monastic buildings and enjoy the serenity that first drew the monks here.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm (check tides)
Venue: Holy Island, TD15 2RX
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01289 389200
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/lindisfarne/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Paxton House

Family friendly historic house set in lovely gardens and grounds. House tours, adventure playground, delicious home cooking and baking in Stables Tearoom and a fantastic gift shop. Family events and activities all year round.

Paxton House is just outside Northumberland, on the Scottish side of the border – we are delighted that they have joined us for 2015!

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday: House tours 11am – 3.30pm, Tearoom and shop 10am – 5pm, Grounds 10am – sunset.
Venue: Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1SZ
Last admission: House: 3.30pm, Grounds: sunset
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01289 386291
Website: http://www.paxtonhouse.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Adults £4, children free with voucher

Special activities during Festival weekend:

  • The house will be open early for 2015 especially for the Residents’ Festival.
RNLI Grace Darling Museum

Commemorating the life of Grace Darling who risked her life to rescue others from certain death in a terrible storm, the museum includes the rescue coble and a cornucopia of commemorative ware.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bamburgh, NE67 7AE
Last admission: 4.15pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01668 214910
Website: http://www.rnli.org.uk/gracedarling/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: Free entry with voucher

Special activities for Festival weekend:

  • Opening weekend of our family-friendly temporary exhibition “Hope in the Great War”.
Warkworth Castle

Magnificent cross-shaped keep crowning a hilltop above the river Coquet. Once home to the powerful Percy family who now reside at Alnwick Castle, Warkworth was and remains one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in North East England.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: Warkworth, NE65 0UJ
Last admission: 3.30pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01665 711423
Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/warkworth/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

White House Farm Centre

Meet and feed animals, reptiles and owls. Bottle feed lambs, hug bunnies, stroke anything from a snake to a skunk or be mesmerised by meerkats and marmosets! Indoor and outdoor play areas. Hands on activities for all. “Farmtastic” fun whatever the weather!

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Venue: North Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth, NE61 6AW
Last admission: 4pm
Wheelchair access: Partial
Tel: 01670 789998
Website: http://www.whitehousefarmcentre.co.uk/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 50% off with voucher

Woodhorn Museum

Take a fun and fascinating journey of discovery as you learn of Northumberland’s industrial past and its proud people. Explore original colliery buildings and the work of the Pitmen Painters.

Date & Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Venue: QE11 Country Park, Ashington, NE63 9YF
Last admission: 3pm
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tel: 01670 624455
Website: http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/

Special Residents’ weekend offer: 2 for 1 admission to the exhibition with voucher. Cheapest ticket free.

Special activities for Festival weekend:

  • Enjoy a discounted visit to Woodhorn’s big exhibition for 2015, Brick Planet, and see buildings, wonders of the world and landmarks recreated in LEGO by artist Warren Elsmore.
Leisure Centre

We are delighted that Northumberland’s leisure centres have joined the festival this year. The county is fortunate to have some first class leisure facilities so why not take the opportunity to try out a new venue?

Special Residents’ Weekend offer: Buy one get one free (cheapest goes free)

Please check with the individual venues for opening times and access arrangements. Click here to view the website

Participating venues:

  • Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick. Tel: 01665 605030
  • Ashington Leisure Centre. Tel: 01670 532380
  • Swan Centre for Leisure, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Tel: 01289 330603
  • Blyth Sports Centre. Tel: 01670 542222
  • Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington. Tel: 01670 542222
  • Wentworth Leisure Centre, Hexham. Tel: 01434 607080
  • Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre. Tel: 01434 320727
  • Ponteland Leisure Centre. Tel: 01661 825441
  • Prudhoe Waterworld. Tel: 01661 833144
  • Riverside Leisure Centre, Morpeth. Tel: 01670 514665
  • Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre. Tel: 01670 532348
  • Rothbury Pool and Gym. Tel: 01669 622834
  • The Swan Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Tel: 01289 330603