Festival dates given for county residents
Northumberland residents will once again be spoiled for choice with free or discounted entry into some of the county’s most popular attractions.
Organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with leading visitor attractions, the fourth annual Northumberland Residents Festival ‘our people, our places’ will take place on March 16 and 17.
The event has grown from strength to strength since the inaugural festival in 2010.
This year’s festival, which coincides with English Tourism Week, aims to celebrate Northumberland as a fantastic place to live, and encourage local people to experience more of the high quality attractions that the county has to offer.
Over the festival weekend, Northumberland residents will be able to enjoy free or discounted entry to many of the top attractions across the county including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums.
Thousands of people took advantage of the 2012 festival weekend and this year the council are encouraging even more people to take part.
Nigel Walsh, design and cultural services manager at Northumberland County Council explained the ideas behind the festival.
He said: “Northumberland has a variety of wonderful attractions and we are hoping that each and every resident takes this opportunity to experience what is on their door step.
“The festival promises some fantastic days out for all of us to enjoy.
“It is very encouraging to see the festival grow year on year with more venues eager to get involved.
The weekend has become really special for local people, giving Northumberland residents a free or discounted day out in their own county.”
Residents will need special vouchers to receive free or discounted entry to the attractions and these will be available to download from the council website.
Residents Festival brochures including vouchers will also be available from local libraries, council offices, tourist information centres, sports centres and a variety of supermarkets across the county from mid-February onwards.
Justine James, customer development manager at Cragside, Rothbury, which is taking part in the scheme, said: “As a longstanding tourist attraction in the Northumberland area we were thrilled to be launching this year’s Northumberland Residents Festival.
“This will be our fourth year lending our support and we are delighted to be taking part.”
She added: “We are looking forward to welcoming new customers through our doors and hope they enjoy their experience at Cragside.”
Bamburgh, Chillingham, Etal and Lindisfarne Castles are among the destinations taking part, as well as Lindisfarne Priory and the Alnwick Garden.
For further information and to find the whole list of attractions taking part in the festival, go to http://residentsfestival.northumberland.gov.uk
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