The Elderberries Programme

Helping Northumberland to address loneliness
and be a great place to grow older

This community programme is a series of initiatives delivering activities for everyone aged 55 and over, aiming to address loneliness and isolation, providing the opportunity to create friendships whilst gaining new experiences.  It aims to promote a healthy, fulfilling quality of life.

Health & Self

A range of activities which include weekly exercise based sessions as well as a social walking group and foot therapy, monthly musical movie afternoons and regular large social events. It offers monthly clinic café sessions of varied informative talks, involving useful advice and local history, all of these bring people together to form new friendships.  Singing for the Brain is a monthly session held in partnership with Alzheimer’s society.

Drop In

The drop in centre was opened to combat loneliness amongst the over 55’s living in Northumberland.  It is located in the Stuart Halbert Room at The Alnwick Garden and is open every Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11am-4pm for you to drop in and meet other people to play cards, listen to music or join in with dominoes, jigsaws and more.

And let’s not forget that there is free Tea, Coffee and light refreshments too!

Gentlemen’s Garden

A weekly session that encourages gentlemen to socialise, share traditional skills, and learn new ones, while working on their own allotment plots under the guidance of George Swordy, Senior Gardener.

Blooming Well

This is a twice weekly programme dedicated to improving the quality of life through inclusive activities for those experiencing early stages of dementia. A variety of targeted therapeutic horticultural sessions, craft sessions, informative talks, games and music to encourage mind stimulation and keeping active.

To find out more send us an email.



“A very big thank you to everyone on the team for making such a wonderful change to my life.”     Liz Holmes

“Thanks to Elderberries I have friendship, companionship and fun in my life again and I am so very grateful to Tracy and all the volunteers who make it happen. Elderberries has proved to be a life changing experience for me.”     Jackie Simpson

The Alnwick Garden Opening Hours

* Please note that the below times are for The Alnwick Garden daytime opening hours only - Halloween evening events, The Winter Light Trail and The Treehouse are all subject to individual opening hours, which can be found on the relevant pages on our website *

Please note that outside of  Northumberland school holidays we will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays as of 1st November 2021 – 31st March 2022 (with the exception of evenings during the light trail - please see Christmas page for further details)

1st – 28th November 2021

10:00 – 16:00 (Last Admission 15:00)

29th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
10:00 – 15:30 (Last Admission 14:30)

CLOSED Christmas Day, Boxing Day (open Boxing Day evening for light trail)

Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Thursday 3rd February 2022
CLOSED for essential maintenance

4th February 2022 – 31st March 2022
10:00 – 16:00 (Last Admission 15:00)