What's on


28 Nov - 24 Dec 2015

Come in and see something truly dazzling!

Hungry Robin Red Breast

02 Dec 2015

Help feed the hungry Robins during the cold winter months

Christmas Lunches in the Pavilion Cafe

01 Dec - 04 Dec 2015

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.

Father Christmas at The Garden

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

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

The Winter Sprites

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Released into the human world in the months leading to Christmas

Elderberries Clinic Café

09 Feb 2016

Meet new people and gain valuable information about your health

Christmas Market: Free Entry

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Christmas Market: Free Entry

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves on the theme of ‘The Snow Queen'

A Christmas Tale

18 Dec - 23 Dec 2015

Join us for an after-dark tour of The Garden.

Christmas Disco Party Night

04 Dec 2015

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..

Elderberries Tea Dance

17 Feb 2016

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artist: Polar Bear Frost

01 Dec 2015

Join our Budding Artist team and make some magical Polar Bear Frost

Budding Artist: Flying Food

03 Dec 2015

Make your magical flying food to help keep the reindeers refreshed on their long journey.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Party

05 Dec 2015

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

Art in The Garden

27 Nov - 04 Dec 2015

Exhibition of local artwork inspired by The Garden

Budding Artist: Christmas Tree Decoration

21 Dec - 24 Dec 2015

Make a beautiful Magical willow Star decoration with Santa's elves

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2015

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

Elderberries Drop In

03 Dec 2015

Enjoy arts & crafts, gardening activity, xbox, games and loads more

Grand Lantern Parade

20 Dec 2015

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

Children's Christmas Party

19 Dec 2015

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

Elderberries Foot Care

30 Nov 2015

Get your feet looked after and a lovely hot foot massage

Schools Christmas Market Takeover

26 Nov 2015

Support your children, your school, or simply snag yourself a Christmas treat!

Treehouse Early Closure

30 Nov 2015

Treehouse Early Closure

Elderberries Kiehl's Facials

25 Nov 2015

Half hour facial and complimentary goody bag

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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