The Northumberland Residents' Festival takes place on Saturday 29th March and Sunday 30th March 2014 (which also happens to be Mother's Day). If you live in Northumberland it is your chance to visit some of the region''s top attractions at a heavily discounted price or FOR FREE!
To take part, you need to DOWNLOAD YOUR VOUCHER HERE and take it along to the venue over the weekend along with proof of address. You can read about all of the places taking part in the Residents' Festival Brochure here, but I thought I would make it easier for you and let you know my top picks.
Seaton Delaval Hall and Wallington Hall are two of my favourite National trust properties. Both are fantastic places to enjoy a nature walk and both have outdoor play areas and a tea shop. Entry is FREE during Resident's weekend! Seaton Delaval Hall is even offering free craft activities between 11am-1pm on Sunday 30th March.
If your children are aged 5+ and you fancy a coastal walk' I can highly recommend the Craster-Dunstanborough Walk. Dunstanborough castle is offering 50% discount for tickets during the festival which means that an adult ticket will only cost you £2.20 and a child's ticket will be £1.25. Bargain!
Alnwick garden is a place you can spend the whole day and I don't know of any mum who wouldn't appreciate a trip here on Mother's Day. During Residents Festival entry to the garden for mums IS FREE! Entry for children is only 1p and for all other adult's with a voucher it will be £3. While you are in Alnwick you could pop over to the Newly refurbished Baliffgate museum and enjoy their interactive displays FOR FREE!
We recently thoroughly enjoyed a trip to holy island. You can spot seals from the coast, enjoy the history of the small but perfectly formed Lindisfarne castle and explore the ruin's of Lindisfarne Priory. Entry to Lindisfarne castle during the festival IS FREE and entry to Lindisfarne Priory is half price (so it will be £2.60 for adults, £1.55 for children aged 5+ and under 5's are free). This is such a small price to pay for what will be a magical day. (Check causeway crossing times here)
If you enjoy Castle's, Bamburgh castle is offering residents 2for1 entry during the festival (works out £9.95 for 2 adults). Bamburgh castle has been beautifully restored and is stunning inside and out. Warkworth castle is the castle for you if you prefer your castle's more rustic! They are offering 50% off entry which works out at only £2.50 for an adult and £1.50 for children (under 5's go free). That price is worth the spectacular sea views alone!
Whitehouse farm may be an option if the weather isn't too good. They offer plenty of indoor and outdoor fun (enough to be able to spend a whole day there). They even have an indoor picnic barn. They rarely discount tickets so grab this bargain while you can - they are offering 50% off entry fee during the festival. A family ticket will work out at only £16.25.
My final tip is Belsay Hall. The garden's are beautiful and the walk to the castle is just the perfect length for a toddler toddle. There is a hall and castle to explore and a lovely tearoom where delicious cakes are served. During the festival tickets will be half price so adults will pay just £3.95 and children aged 5+ will pay £2.35 (under 5's free).
You really would be foolish not to make the most of this fantastic weekend open to all residents of Northumberland - you can visit multiple places too - just make sure you print extra vouchers.
Resident's weekend takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March. I advise you check prices and opening times before you leave. Make sure you PRINT AND TAKE YOUR VOUCHER ALONG plus proof of address. Enjoy xx