What's on

Traders Wanted for The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

30 May - 30 Sep 2015

Attracting in excess of 10,000 shoppers

Christmas Market:Free Entry

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Christmas Market: Free Entry

Pump Room Tours

30 May - 01 Sep 2015

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

Tombs Creatius: The strange travel of Senyor Tonet

26 Aug - 28 Aug 2015

Using found and recycled wood, Tombs Creatius tells the vivid stories of Mr. Tonet’s travels, through a series of 9 games.

Treehouse Early Closure

30 May 2015

Treehouse Early Closure

A Garden of Fairy Tales

30 May - 01 Sep 2015

A strange wind is blowing, bringing with it a band of fairy tale characters and an exciting quest.

Budding Artist: Magical Doors

20 Jun 2015

Get crafty with our Budding Artist Team and create your magical door into another realm.

Budding Artist - Fairytale Finger Puppet

30 May 2015

Let your creativity loose!

Creative Seed Carnival

29 Jul - 31 Jul 2015

Creative Seed Carnival

Budding Artist: Magic Mirror

13 Jun 2015

Create your magic mirror with the Budding Artist Team and become the fairest of them all.

Budding Artists - Enchanted Flowers

31 May 2015

Create an Enchanted Flower

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves

Father Christmas at The Garden

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

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

Budding Artist: Jack and The Beanstalk

14 Jun 2015

Get crafty and grow your imagination with our Budding Artist team and watch your magical bean sprout.

The Doo Wop Dollies

11 Jul 2015

The Doo Wop Dollies are an all female vintage singing group

Budding Artist: Crafty Crowns

06 Jun 2015

Tranform yourself into a king or queen for a day with our Budding Artist Team.

‘Leap’

18 Aug - 20 Aug 2015

‘Leap’ strong lady lifts acrobat

Budding Artists - Pumpkin Carving

24 Oct - 31 Oct 2015

Design and create your own pumpkin in time for Halloween

Budding Artist: Bewitched Bottles

07 Jun 2015

Create and enchanted bottle full of magic and wonder with our Budding Artist Team.

The Most Dangerous Cup Of Tea In The World

05 Aug - 07 Aug 2015

A comedy show with spectacular juggling, high flying acrobatics, crazy contraptions, and general silliness.

Mr Stink adaptation by Heartbreak Productions

23 Aug 2015

Watch the fabulous characters from the infamous novel by David Walliams come to life.

Chilli Road Band

18 Jul 2015

Chilli Road Band is a dynamic, vibrant band consisting of adults, young people and children

The Secret Garden - Chapterhouse Productions

05 Aug 2015

Join young Mary Lennox on her journey of discovery as she travels to her uncle’s house.

Robin Hood - Cambridge Touring Theatre

21 Jul 2015

Come and have a joyful, fun-filled picnic with your family while you watch this hilarious musical show.

Titan the Robot

04 Jul 2015

Titan the Robot

Jurassic Garden

14 Jun 2015

Transport yourself back 60 million years on a Jurassic journey

Grand Lantern Parade

20 Dec 2015

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

See Peppa Pig and George

29 Aug 2015

Everyone’s favourite cheeky little piggy and her brother will be visiting The Alnwick Garden for the first time!

Early Closure

02 Aug 2015

Check here for early closures throughout 2015


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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