What's on

David Watkinson Sculpture Exhibition

23 Nov - 01 Apr 2015

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

Dusty Divas

01 Dec 2014

Play a range of genre - jazz, pop, ballads, love songs - all with a groovy, upbeat style.

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.

Glass in The Garden

23 Nov - 24 Dec 2014

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

Father Christmas at The Garden

29 Nov - 24 Dec 2014

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

Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Christmas Market

Durham Scratch Choir

06 Dec 2014

The choir has members from many different backgrounds, stages of life and professions.

North East Brass Ensemble

29 Nov 2014

North East Brass Ensemble was formed in 2013

Werca’s Folk

07 Dec 2014

Werca’s Folk , directed by Sandra Kerr, is a hugely popular choir of women’s voices, based in Morpeth, Northumberland. They sing a wide repertoire of world, folk and popular music.

Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble

06 Dec 2014

A concert by Prince Bishops Brass takes you on a tour of all musical styles

Christmas Lunches in the Pavilion Cafe

01 Dec - 05 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.

Voices of Hope

13 Dec 2014

Lunchtime Concert

Budding Artists: Winter Crafts

27 Dec - 30 Dec 2014

Get crafty with our Budding Artists

Budding Artists: Autumn Crafts

23 Nov 2014

Get crafty with our Budding Artists

Budding Artists: Reindeer Food

06 Dec - 07 Dec 2014

Mix a magic bag of reindeer tidbits

Meze Mundo

20 Dec 2014

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

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.

Treehouse Early Closure

29 Nov 2014

Treehouse Early Closure

The Snow Bear

06 Dec 2014

Storytelling and Music for children and families

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..

Ellington Colliery Band

30 Nov 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.

Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making

29 Nov - 30 Nov 2014

Make a beautiful willow lantern with Santa's elves

Berwick Arts Choir

20 Dec 2014

Choir Performance

The Alpacazz

29 Nov 2014

Lunchtime Concert

Bailiffgate Singers

21 Dec 2014

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

Duchess Book Signing

06 Dec 2014

The Duchess of Northumberland and author Jane Dismore will be in The Garden to sign copies of their books.

New Year Family Fun

31 Dec 2014

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

Heaton Voices

07 Dec 2014

Heaton Voices is a community choir based in Heaton, Newcastle

Tea Dance

04 Feb 2015

Cha Cha Cha to live music in the Pavilion.

June Thomas

26 Nov 2014

Piano magic

Tenth Avenue Band

30 Nov 2014

Tenth Avenue Band was formed by Ken Patterson

Grand Lantern Parade

21 Dec 2014

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


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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