Step into Northumberland throughout Spring

Whilst Northumberland is beautiful in all weathers at any time of the year, Northumberland really does blossom in the Spring.

Our gardens excel themselves in spring, bursting into life after the long winter. Howick Hall Garden & Arboretum is a gardener's paradise, with the grounds packed full of daffodils from March. Spring at The Alnwick Garden sees the spectacular sight of the blossoming of over 300 Japanese cherry trees in the The Cherry Orchard.

Many of Northumberland’s heritage sites, halls and castles have stunning gardens. Explore the extensive grounds at Cragside, whose Rhododendron display is legendary. Marvel at the microclimate of The Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, home to a vast array of exotic plans and trees usually found across the globe. Wallington, home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family who loved being outdoors and close to nature, is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, parkland and woodland waiting to be explored. The gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall, created by John Vanbrugh are now the most complete Vanbrugh landscape in existence, pre-dating Capability Brown.  Winner of Countryfile Magazine’s Garden of the Year 2019, The Gertrude Jekyll Garden at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island occupies the site of a vegetable patch that once provided the soldiers in the castle with food. This small yet distinctive National Trust garden has something to offer all year round from hardy annuals to colourful perennials.  

Prepare to get back to nature with England’s most tranquil National Park, the largest reservoir in Northern Europe, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many Nature Reserves just waiting to be explored. You'll see the Ospreys returning to Kielder Water & Forest Park, discover rare Black Grouse in the heather moorland of the North Pennines AONB, and find freshly-hatched Pufflings on Coquet Island and the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast.

Springtime also benefits from two Bank Holidays in May. Take advantage of this free time and make sure a visit to Northumberland in spring is on your to-do list.

Keep an eye on our events guide below to see what's on this spring.

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Ugly Bug Ball
Family event
Hexham
Come on let's crawl to the Ugly Bug Ball! Join Chalk for a session of crafting, playing and dancing with your mini beasts! Visit the bug bar where you can design and craft your own bug accessories (th ...
The Art of Dressage
Family event
Witness an exquisite display of beautifully maintained horses, demonstrating the movements, airs and graces, that have made dressage as we know it today! Experience the art of dressage being brought ...
Medieval Camp
Family event
Explore a band of merry peasants bustling medieval encampment and take the opportunity to handle artefacts of authentic origin. Discover Rosa Mundi’s extensive variety of fascinating medieval s ...
Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
Music & Dance
Enjoy a number of musical treats taking place in the museum as part of this annual celebration of Northumbrian heritage.  An opportunity to hear local music and join in a number of activities tak ...
Build a Teddy Tastic Friend & Easter EGGstravaganza
Family event
Morpeth
A truly special Easter Experience, we have a selection of Bears and Easter themed teddies for your child to make with our team. The first step is to choose your super soft teddy tastic friend from ou ...
Easter Chocolate Lolly Making
Family event
Hexham
Drop in to The Sill and decorate your own lolly with Bev from North Chocolates. ...
Fighting Knights
Family event
Hear Alnwick Castle’s wall ring once again with the sounds of clashing steel in this gripping performance of epic proportions. Witness the drama, pageantry and passion as two armoured knights in ...
Foods and Feuds: Two Cooks of Hexham
Shows & Displays
Hexham
Join us for a sneak preview of November Club’s new work-in-progress - celebrating the 18th century Hexham born author of the most successful cookbook of all time, The Art of Cookery made Plain a ...
Medieval Music by Trouvere Minstrels
Music & Dance
Discover soothing entertainment of a medieval style, amidst the spectacular setting of one of Northumberland’s, as well as England’s, finest castles. ...
Easter Eggstravaganza
Arts and Crafts
Blanchland
Jaspah Crewe is a cooperative of artists and crafts people who make and sell their work in Blanchland .THe shop is ran by the members. There will be a Free Easter Trail around the village - starting a ...
Safari on Foot at Walltown
Family event
Greenhead
From mammals to minibeasts, have a go at tracking them. ...
Birds of Prey
Shows & Displays
Witness an exceptional display of medieval falconry, worthy of entertaining the old Earls of Northumberland, from two of the country’s finest historical falconers. ...
Potter Inspired Characters
Family event
Put on your most enchanting robes, summon your favourite wand and come meet the characters likened to those from the magical world of Harry Potter. ...
Paint & Sip Beginners Painting Session
Arts and Crafts
RELAX, PAINT & SOCIALISE with The Paint and Sip Party co "Start with a blank canvas and sip and party your way to a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. You will be given the choice of up to 20 paintings. O ...
The Percy Past Trail
Family event
Explore the grounds of Alnwick Castle and stumble upon some extraordinary and formidable figures of days gone by. ...
Easter 2019 at Alnwick Castle
Family event
Witness spellbinding sorcery, astonishing experiments and hilarious theatrics this Easter at Alnwick Castle.  ...
Easter Egg Hunt
Family event
Ponteland
CCan you help the Easter bunny find her eggs? Her assistant Eric has lost them...he didn't mean too - it was an accident but he cant remember where he's put them Date: Friday 19th April - Sunday 21st ...
Longbow Demonstrations
Family event
Observe incredible feats of skill during our live-action longbow demonstrations, with the entertaining master archer Andy Rice. Often the weapon that determined the outcome of many of medieval England ...
Artisans Market
Family event
Enter Northumberland’s most bustling medieval marketplace and take the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the country’s most skilful artisans! ...
Percy Tenantry Volunteers
Family event
Witness history in action with Northumberland’s finest local volunteer artillery regiment! Observe thrilling live firing displays and military drill re-enactments, performed by the Duke of North ...

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