Oh how we’ve missed going to Cragside. The National Trust property just near Rothbury, home to Lord Armstrong’s incredible electric house. There’s no way you can do all that Cragside has to offer in a day, but here are 5 things that if you’ve got children, you just can’t miss.
1. The Barefoot Walk
Come prepared with towels and water (or wet wipes) and perhaps don’t attempt it if it’s below zero temperatures. The Barefoot Walk is a squidgy delight — for all ages. Oh and there’s a brilliant playground next to The Barefoot Walk (and toilets too!)
2. The Labyrinth
It’s not easy getting to the centre — and often we’ve had to fight through the thick mud, but there are delights to be had if you make it to the middle!
3. The Trim Trail
Glorious views and challenges as tough as you want them to be, make this a fantastic walk to do, no matter what age you are. Most of it is do-able pushing a buggy too.
4. Science and Art Activities
Nearly every half term or school holiday there is something to do, make or learn. We’ve built and fired rockets, made spooky spiders and cauldrons, painted eggs and much more. Check on the website for what’s going on when you visit, it’s normally a very small donation (50p) and you don’t have to book.
5. Picnics and Walks
There are bubbling waterfalls, crystal clear lakes and surprising little houses and quarries dotted around the vast Cragside estate. Come prepared or stop off at the cafe and then choose your car park and set off on a walk followed by a rewarding picnic next to a lake, or in a forest or on a bench looking at those incredible views.