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.