What's on

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition

19 Dec - 01 Apr 2015

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

SPARKLE

19 Dec - 01 Jan 2015

Come in and see something truly dazzling!

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

20 Dec - 21 Dec 2014

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves

Christmas Market:Free Entry

20 Dec - 21 Dec 2014

Christmas Market: Free Entry

Choir of St. Mary the Virgin

20 Dec 2014

The choir of St Mary the Virgin Whickham is a mixed choir

Budding Artists: Reindeer Food

20 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Mix a magic bag of reindeer tidbits

Father Christmas at The Garden

19 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

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

Children's Christmas Party

20 Dec 2014

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

Glass in The Garden

19 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

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

Christmas Lunches in the Pavilion Cafe

19 Dec 2014

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

Tea Dance

04 Feb 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artist - Creative Crafts

22 Dec - 24 Dec 2014

Using pegs, felt and imagination our artists will help you create a beautiful craft to take home and keep.

Mid Northumberland Chorus

22 Dec 2014

Caroling in the cafe

Bailiffgate Singers

21 Dec 2014

Bailiffgate singers are based in Alnwick and have over forty members.

Meze Mundo

20 Dec 2014

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

Motown Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

20 Dec 2014

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

Ellington Colliery Band

21 Dec 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.

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2014

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

Budding Artist - Snowflake Decoration

20 Dec 2014

Using lollypop sticks and imagination to create a beautiful tree decoration for your home.

Grand Lantern Parade

21 Dec 2014

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

Budding Artist– Rudolph Decoration

21 Dec 2014

Be inspired by our reindeer friend and produce a unique Rudolph decoration using plant pots.

Berwick Arts Choir

20 Dec 2014

Choir Performance

Treehouse Early Closure

27 Dec 2014

Treehouse Early Closure


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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