Organisers of the 2012 Northumberland Resident’s Festival have unveiled this year’s programme of events as part of English Tourism Week.
During English Tourism Week local residents are being encouraged to enjoy their local area and the benefits tourism brings. In order to celebrate the fact that Northumberland is a fantastic place to live, and to give something back to the residents of the county, a weekend festival is being laid on for their benefit.
Over the weekend of March 24 -25 the Northumberland Residents’ Festival will provide the opportunity for residents to enjoy free or discounted entry to many of the top attractions across the county including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums.
Local attractions, English Heritage and the National Trust have worked closely with Northumberland County Council to make the event bigger and better than ever before.
This year some of Northumberland’s best loved attractions, including, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Etal and Lindisfarne Castles, Alnwick Gardens and Seaton Delaval Hall will be taking part in the festival weekend.
Residents can discover the wonderful world of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong with free passes to Cragside House and gardens. Chesters Roman Fort in the Tyne Valley has one of the best preserved Roman bathhouses and is offering 2 for 1 entry with the festival voucher. Meanwhile Wallington Hall is offering free entry enabling the visitor to explore the Trevelyan family home, and informal landscape of lawns, lakes, and woodland.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over one hundred species of animals, are offering a 50% discount on entry, while Newbiggin Maritime Centre will be laying on special activities over the festival weekend.
Northumberland County Council Leader, Jeff Reid, said: “2012 is a year packed full with iconic events including The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Torch Relay and the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. Northumberland will be celebrating all of these with our own events making for an exciting year.
“As part of English Tourism Week, residents are being encouraged to become ambassadors for their county and invite friends and relatives from far and wide to come and visit Northumberland. But first, our Resident’s Festival provides the opportunity for local people to get out and about and explore our beautiful county for themselves.”
Northumberland is officially in the very top tier of England’s most loved destinations and tourism is now the second largest employer supporting more than 13,000 jobs and bringing an estimated £665m to the local economy each year.
Residents will need the 2012 Residents’ Festival leaflet containing the vouchers for free and discounted entry. Each leaflet contains sufficient vouchers to visit up to five attractions during the Festival weekend and they are now available at various outlets throughout the county such as libraries, leisure centres, council information offices, tourist information centres and Sure Start Children’s centres.
Please note that some attractions may have car parking charges or special exhibitions, which may not be included in the festival weekend offer.
For further information phone: 0845 600 6400. Email: www.northumberland.gov.uk/