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Cragside in spotlight with return of Electric Estate

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Electric Estate will again shine a light on Cragside © John Williamson

Popular outdoor winter festival, Northumberland Lights,  is set to dazzle audiences when it returns for a second year to Cragside.

The National Trust property will be brought alive after dark as the estate at Rothbury in the heart of Northumberland is turned ‘electric’ with the stunning illuminations.

From November 10-20, visitors to the Electric Estate will be taken on a dreamlike journey around a newly designed illuminated trail, entitled ‘fantasy forest’, encountering sound and light installations as well as inventions and storytellers, who will guide and interact with them along the way.

Devised to mark the end of the  ‘Year of the Forest’ celebrations at Cragside, this spectacular night time winter event has, this year, put the Pinetum, house, cascade and famous Iron Bridge at the heart of the trail.

Zoe Bottrell, director of Northumberland Lights, said: “Starting at the forecourt of the house, where large scale projections will cast it in a whole new light, the trail then takes visitors through some of Cragside’s most famous tree specimens before moving on to the cascade and Iron Bridge.  All will come to life as you wander through this illuminated fantasy forest encountering magical inventions inspired by Armstrong’s genius as well as performers along the way.

“Our aim, once again, with the Electric Estate is to stage an event that combines magic and spectacle with more interactive and intimate elements whilst remaining sympathetic to the landscape and the environment. We hope that as many people as possible will join us on this amazing night time adventure.”

The fantasy forest trail, which will take approximately an hour to complete at a pleasant pace, will be open from 5.30pm-8pm.  Ticket prices are £11.50 for adults, £8.50 concession or £32 for a family (two adults and two children.)

For more information about the event and full ticket details go to www.northumberlandlights.com or telephone 01665 833751.

Cragside’s Stables Tearoom will also be open to visitors this year, offering a special winter warmer menu for £12 per head.  To book call 01669 622040.

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