What's on

Elderberries Foot Care

03 Aug 2015

Get your feet looked after and a lovely hot foot massage

Traders Wanted for The Alnwick Garden Christmas Market

30 Jul - 30 Sep 2015

Attracting in excess of 10,000 shoppers

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

30 Jul 2015

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

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.

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.

Elderberries Manicure

25 Aug 2015

Manicure includes nail clipping, shaping, cuticle care and more

Elderberries Clinic Café

11 Aug 2015

Meet new people and gain valuable information about your health

Budding Artist - Fairytale Finger Puppet

01 Aug 2015

Let your creativity loose!

Budding Artists - Pumpkin Carving

24 Oct - 31 Oct 2015

Design and create your own pumpkin in time for Halloween

Budding Artist: Crafty Crowns

03 Aug 2015

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

Pump Room Tours

30 Jul - 01 Sep 2015

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

Budding Artist: Magical Doors

31 Jul 2015

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

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.

Budding Artist: Bewitched Bottles

04 Aug 2015

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

Budding Artist: Magic Mirror

05 Aug 2015

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

Elderberries Drop In

06 Aug 2015

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

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

12 Aug - 14 Aug 2015

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.

A Garden of Fairy Tales

30 Jul - 01 Sep 2015

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

Christmas Market:Free Entry

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Christmas Market: Free Entry

Alnwick International Music Festival at The Alnwick Garden

01 Aug - 08 Aug 2015

Join us for the return of the Alnwick International Music Festival with special performances in The Garden

The Doo Wop Dollies

22 Aug 2015

The Doo Wop Dollies are an all female vintage singing group

Elderberries Tea Dance

16 Sep 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

Budding Artists - Enchanted Flowers

02 Aug 2015

Create an Enchanted Flower

Elderberries Kiehl's Facials

26 Aug 2015

Half hour facial and complimentary goody bag

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.

‘Leap’

18 Aug - 20 Aug 2015

‘Leap’ strong lady lifts acrobat

Mr Stink adaptation by Heartbreak Productions

23 Aug 2015

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

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

28 Nov - 29 Nov 2015

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves on the theme of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker

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..

Only Fools and 3 Courses

25 Sep 2015

Join us for the dinner event of the year

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.

Creative Seed Carnival

30 Jul - 31 Jul 2015

Creative Seed Carnival

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!

Budding Artist: Twizzlers

26 Aug 2015

Come and make a twirling twizzler.

Early Closure

02 Aug 2015

Check here for early closures throughout 2015

Treehouse Early Closure

30 Nov - 01 Dec 2015

Treehouse Early Closure

Grand Lantern Parade

20 Dec 2015

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

The Treehouse Wedding Open Day

25 Aug 2015

Your chance to see The Treehouse in all it's wedding finery

Official Guinness World RecordsTM Title Attempt | Witch Gathering

31 Oct 2015

Attempting to beat the official Guinness World RecordTM for the largest number of people dressed as witches

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.


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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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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