What's on

Pump Room Tours

29 Jul - 01 Oct 2014

Explore the underground pump rooms of The Grand Cascade and learn about the machines that power the wonderful water displays

Splash Alnwick!

29 Jul - 31 Aug 2014

Join our Pistoleers in water pistol games.

Designer Strings

04 Aug 2014

The quartet is made up of professional musicians who are committed to quality, live performance.

Big Rory and Ochie the Dog

06 Aug - 07 Aug 2014

A giant Scotsman and his endearing giant dog.

Ski Band

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

Part of Ice Cream in The Garden

Budding Artists - Wooden Pets

10 Aug 2014

Make a friend of arboreal origin.

Early Closure

02 Aug 2014

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

Glass in The Garden

29 Jul - 31 Aug 2014

A fantastic opportunity to blow some glass and contribute to a major glass artwork

Budding Artists Programme - Flower Pot People

19 Aug 2014

Make your own Flower Pot friend!

The Snow Bear

06 Dec 2014

Storytelling and Music for children aged 4 – 7 yrs and their families

Budding Artists - Gnome Making

17 Aug 2014

Make a Gnome for your plants at home.

Treehouse Early Closure

02 Aug 2014

Treehouse Early Closure

Budding Artist - Lolly Pop Stick Crafts

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

Join in with the Ice Cream Festival Fun and make your own Lolly Pop Stick

Mini scarecrows - Budding Artist Programme

11 Aug 2014

Make a mini scarecrow to guard your fruit and vegetables at home!

Muddy Fingers Pottery

23 Aug - 25 Aug 2014

Raku ware is a type of traditional Japanese pottery.

Budding Artists - Pencil Pals

20 Aug 2014

Create quirky pencil toppers from a range of craft materials

Budding Artists - Peg Friends

14 Aug 2014

Upcycle a peg into a fairy or pixie friend

Budding Artists - Bug Buddies

16 Aug 2014

Make and dress your own bug friend

Budding Artist - Musical Instrument Making

02 Aug - 09 Aug 2014

Make your own musical instrument

Budding artists - Finger Puppet Friends

18 Aug 2014

Let your creativity loose!

'Death Row' Jethro

20 Aug - 21 Aug 2014

Fierce looking 8' 6" high retired sea captain is a big softie really.

Chefs des Chansons and The Frying Squad

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

This is part of Ice Cream in The Garden

Tom Wyllie

06 Aug 2014

Come hear this Northern Star sing in our cafe.

Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble

09 Aug 2014

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

The Larks

07 Aug 2014

Folk Pop from the North

Budding Artists - Everlasting Flowers

15 Aug 2014

Create an Everlasting Flower

Betty Brawn

29 Aug - 30 Aug 2014

The world of the Strong Lady is filled with dazzling contrasts: muscle and grace, beauty and brute strength

The weird, wacky and extremely funny ‘Granny Turismo’.

26 Aug - 28 Aug 2014

If you are wondering how to entertain the children during the summer holidays we have a fantastically silly programme of entertainment at The Alnwick Garden.

The Alpacazz

24 Aug 2014

Lunchtime Concert

Budding Artist - Poppy Making

29 Jul - 31 Jul 2014

Lets create your own poppy

Budding Artist - WW1 Commemoration Activities

23 Aug - 24 Aug 2014

Crafts to celebrate WW1

Quintessential

23 Aug 2014

Lunchtime Concert

Lick Me I'm Delicious

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

Part of Ice Cream in The Garden

Ice Cream in The Garden

12 Aug - 13 Aug 2014

Do you scream for Ice Cream?

Fools Parade

09 Aug 2014

mini-performance

Titan the Robot

25 Aug 2014

Titan the Robot

Creative Seed Carnival

29 Jul - 30 Jul 2014

Creative Seed Carnival

Roly Veitch and Neil Harland

27 Aug 2014

Live Music

Budding Artists - Willow Crafts

01 Aug 2014

Weave some magic!

June Thomas

28 Aug 2014

Piano magic

The Brass Necessities.

29 Aug 2014

Bring a picnic to this Disney themed family Concert.

Voices of Hope

16 Aug 2014

Lunchtime Concert


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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Hornbeam walkway

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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