What's on

Christmas Lunches in the Pavilion Cafe

01 Dec - 05 Dec 2014

njoy a superb four course festive lunch and a glass of our delicious house wine, in the atmospheric Pavilion Cafe overlooking the stunning Grand Cascade.

Father Christmas at The Garden

29 Nov - 24 Dec 2014

Meet Father Christmas and his troupe of busy elves in his beautiful grotto!

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves

June Thomas

26 Nov 2014

Piano magic

Grand Lantern Parade

21 Dec 2014

Join us for a magical music, light and movement spectacular around The Garden.

Budding Artists - Pumpkin Carving

26 Oct - 31 Oct 2014

Design and create your own pumpkin in time for Halloween

Glass in The Garden

26 Oct - 24 Dec 2014

Glass in The Garden – A Unique Creative Partnership between The Alnwick Garden and The National Glass Centre Sunderland

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition

26 Oct - 01 Apr 2015

A range of kinetic sculptures inspired by nature on display around The Garden

The Big Draw Event

26 Oct - 28 Oct 2014

Come along and help create a unique piece of installation art with the help of our resident artists from ‘Set of Drawers’. 11am – 3.30pm each day

Treehouse Early Closure

01 Nov - 02 Nov 2014

Treehouse Early Closure

Children's Christmas Party

06 Dec 2014

A chance for your little ones to get their fancy dress outfits on and enjoy fun filled day.

Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Christmas Market

Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery Band

30 Nov 2014

The band was formed as a brass band in 1926 and has been successful in many competitions and championships throughout it’s history, and is still a thriving band.

Voices of Hope

13 Dec 2014

Lunchtime Concert

Lunch time concerts - Paul Edis

29 Oct 2014

Free lunchtime concerts in The Alnwick Garden

Motown Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

06 Dec 2014

Get in the dancing mood with a live performance from Joe Harriett singing Motown favourites and then dance the night away.

Durham Scratch Choir

06 Dec 2014

The choir has members from many different backgrounds, stages of life and professions.

Budding Artists - Potion Making

29 Oct 2014

Use ingredients to make your potions!

Dusty Divas

01 Dec 2014

Play a range of genre - jazz, pop, ballads, love songs - all with a groovy, upbeat style.

The Snow Bear

06 Dec 2014

Storytelling and Music for children and families

Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble

15 Dec 2014

A concert by Prince Bishops Brass takes you on a tour of all musical styles

Christmas Disco Party Night

05 Dec 2014

Gather for drinks in the Atrium, which overlooks the stunning Grand Cascade lit with Christmas lights, then enjoy the party atmosphere and dance the night away..

Werca’s Folk

07 Dec 2014

Werca’s Folk , directed by Sandra Kerr, is a hugely popular choir of women’s voices, based in Morpeth, Northumberland. They sing a wide repertoire of world, folk and popular music.

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2014

Celebrate the New Year in style with some old fashioned family fun.

The Wisdom of Trees

04 Nov 2014

Author Max Adams explores the extraordinary biology of trees

Danza Antigua by Scarabeus

31 Oct 2014

Dances inspired by the day of the dead.

Early Closure

30 Oct 2014

Due to private function The Alnwick Garden will be closing early.

Pumpkin Parade

31 Oct 2014

Parade your grinning pumpkins with pride and collect at treat at the Hovel!

Meze Mundo

20 Dec 2014

Playing Latin and African style music to bring a reminder of the summer sun.

Tenth Avenue Band

30 Nov 2014

Tenth Avenue Band was formed by Ken Patterson

Berwick Arts Choir

20 Dec 2014

Choir Performance

Budding Artists - Wand Making

31 Oct 2014

Make a magic wand

Roly Veitch and Neil Harland

12 Nov 2014

Live Music

Tea Dance

04 Feb 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Rod Sinclair

19 Nov 2014

Rod Sinclair

Budding Artists - Spell books

30 Oct 2014

Every good witch or wizard needs a trusty spell book - get crafty and make your own!

The Larks

05 Nov 2014

Folk Pop from the North


Garden design

The Alnwick Garden is the only public garden on this scale designed by Belgian designers, Jacques and Peter Wirtz.

Their signature emphasis on living green architecture means that The Garden is striking all year round.

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The Alnwick Garden is being created by Jacques and Peter Wirtz, celebrated international garden designers from Belgium.

In design terms it is fair to say that The Alnwick Garden pushes the boundaries, and this is due in no small part to the Duchess of Northumberland herself, who has always believed that almost anything is possible if you get the right people involved. Her original concept was to produce a garden design framework and then to bring in the specialists, the experts, the best in their field, to ensure that each individual garden and concept was cutting edge in terms of both design and technology.

The Garden is a place where the imagination can run wild and the element of surprise is everything. This is created not just by the imaginative design of The Garden as a whole, but the attention to detail which is apparent in every aspect of it and of the many features it contains.

Water is the lifeblood of this garden, the heart of which is the Grand Cascade. Running north to south it forms a dramatic centrepiece to The Garden and is the first thing visitors see when entering through the archway, immediately catching the eye and drawing them in.

Teamwork has played a vital role in the design process. Because of the ground-breaking nature of many of the design features, the means by which to make them operational has been developed from scratch. Only by including everyone, from the Duchess to the contractors, has it been possible to solve the many problems which tend to crop up when working with such innovative concepts.

The Wirtz signature style features an architectural green structure, seen here in hornbeam-covered pergolas, yew topiary, box and beech hedges. This gives lots to see outside of the summer months. The landscape is eclectic, from the gentle waves of colour and scent in the Rose Garden to the riotous water displays of the Grand Cascade.

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There is a final phase of development still to come, encompassing more gardens and an adventure play area. The Alnwick Garden belongs to a charity, The Alnwick Garden Trust, who are fundraising to complete the landscape.

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The Alnwick Garden is more than a garden, it is a registered charity that places people at its heart, whether they be individuals or part of a community. As well as standing for contemporary gardening excellence, The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, addressing disability and the economic renaissance of a rural community.

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