What's on

Budding Artists - Wand Making

04 Oct 2014

Make a magic wand

Pump Room Tours

30 Aug - 01 Oct 2014

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

Budding Artists - Spell books

11 Oct 2014

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

Treehouse Early Closure

30 Aug 2014

Treehouse Early Closure

Father Christmas at The Garden

29 Nov - 24 Dec 2014

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

The Snow Bear

06 Dec 2014

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

Splash! Alnwick Every Day

30 Aug - 31 Aug 2014

Join our Pistoleers in water pistol games.

Budding Artists - Potion Making

05 Oct 2014

Use ingredients to make your potions!

Budding Artists Programme - Flower Pot People

30 Aug 2014

Make your own Flower Pot friend!

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.

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..

Budding Artists - Pumpkin Carving

25 Oct - 31 Oct 2014

Design and create your own pumpkin in time for Halloween

Early Closure

14 Sep 2014

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

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves

Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Christmas Market.

NSPCC ChildLine Gala in The Garden

19 Sep 2014

Evening dinner and entertainment to raise £30,000 to support the ChildLine Schools Service

Pumpkin Parade

31 Oct 2014

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

Budding Artists - Bug Buddies

13 Sep 2014

Make and dress your own bug friend

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2014

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

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.

Mini scarecrows - Budding Artist Programme

06 Sep 2014

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

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.

Tea Dance

03 Sep 2014

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artists - Wooden Pets

01 Sep 2014

Make a friend of arboreal origin.

Budding Artists - Everlasting Flowers

07 Sep 2014

Create an Everlasting Flower

The Larks

03 Sep 2014

Folk Pop from the North

Budding artists - Finger Puppet Friends

20 Sep 2014

Let your creativity loose!

Budding Artists - Pencil Pals

31 Aug 2014

Create quirky pencil toppers from a range of craft materials

Grand Lantern Parade

21 Dec 2014

Join us for a Christmas sing-a-long, even if you haven't got the voice of an angel

Glass in The Garden

30 Aug - 31 Aug 2014

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

Danza Antigua by Scarabeus

31 Oct 2014

Dances inspired by the day of the dead.

Budding Artists - Gnome Making

14 Sep 2014

Make a Gnome for your plants at home.


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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