Northumberland residents can start planning for a great free or discounted family day at this year’s bigger and better Northumberland Residents’ Festival.
The date has been set for the third annual residents’ festival, entitled Our People Our Places. It which will take place on Saturday and Sunday March 24 and 25, 2012.
Our people, our places was launched at one of Northumberland’s newest attractions the Kirkley Hall Zoological gardens which joins the festival for the first time.
Over the festival weekend, Northumberland residents will be able to enjoy free or discounted entry to many of the top attractions across Northumberland including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums.
The Festival aims to celebrate the fact that Northumberland is a fantastic place to live and to give something back to people living in the county.
The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with leading visitor attractions from across the county. These include: The Alnwick Garden, Cragside, Bailiffgate Museum, Belsay Hall, Bamburgh Castle, Seaton Delaval Hall, Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Lindisfarne Castle and Priory, Woodhorn, Etal Castle and Newbiggin Maritime Centre.
Over the last two years the festival has grown in popularity and is now a well established event. Last year thousands of people took advantage of the festival weekend and this year the council is keen to attract even more people.
Councillor Jeff Reid, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “We hope that residents will take the opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions Northumberland has to offer and put the date in their diaries now. The festival promises some fantastic days out for us all to enjoy.
“It’s also a fantastic showcase for the county and all the world class venues that are on our doorstep. I hope as many people as possible will enjoy the weekend which has been organised by the council and take this opportunity to visit as many of the venues as they can.”
Marcus Clinton, Assistant Principal Land Based and Kirkley Hall, said “As a new tourist attraction in the Northumberland area we were honoured to host the launch of the Northumberland Residents Festival and we are delighted to be taking part. We have continued to expand our animal collection and there are many new faces since we opened last May. We are looking forward to welcoming new customers and we hope they enjoy their experience at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.”
Jennie Collingwood, tourism development manager at Northumberland County Council said: “Our places, our people is all about celebrating the best of Northumberland and getting to know some of attractions better. It gives people who live in the county the chance to explore and enjoy some of the venues that they may not have visited before but are right here on the doorstep.
“Free or discounted entry to some of the best attractions in the whole country will come as a real help for our residents at a time when money is tight for so many people.”
Residents will need special vouchers to receive free or discounted entry to the attractions and these will be available from the council website, local libraries, council offices, tourist information centres and sports centres from mid-February onwards.
Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Chesters Roman Fort
Corbridge Roman Town
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
Newbiggin Maritime Centre
RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh
Seaton Delaval Hall
National Trust Wallington Morpeth
Warkworth Castle and Hermitage