More than 30 top attractions are offering free or discounted entry to Northumberland residents this weekend.
It is all part of the fifth annual Northumberland Residents’ Festival organised by Northumberland County Council.
This year the festival will coincide with Mothering Sunday, allowing the whole family to enjoy a day together with an attraction to suit everyone, from castles and country houses to petting zoos, leisure activities and gardens and museums.
Along with the usual favourites such as Alnwick Garden and Chillingham Castle, there are six new attractions which have been added to this year’s event, deeming this year to be even bigger and better than ever.
The new attractions include Whitehouse Farm Centre, near Morpeth, which is offering half price entry on the weekend to have a day on the farm feeding the lambs, meeting the meerkats and enjoying a range of hands on activities.
Residents will get the chance to visit the brand new Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum which will be opening its doors for the first time on the Festival weekend. The museum has put on free special events for the weekend.
Participating leisure centres countywide have also got involved in this year’s event to provide more variety to the festival’s activities by offering two for one on swimming for all the county’s waterbabies. Certain leisure centres will be providing free taster sports sessions aswell.
Anyone who lives in Northumberland can take advantage of the weekend’s deals by downloading a special voucher from the council’s website.
Residents’ Festival brochures which include the vouchers are also available from local libraries, council offices, tourist information centres and sports centres across Northumberland. Last year’s festival weekend attracted thousands who took advantage of the weekend and this year, the council is encouraging even more people to take part.
Northumberland County Councilor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture said: “We would like to encourage local residents to take this opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions available to us all, right on our doorstep. “It’s going to be great to see more and more attractions and residents getting involved.
“This weekend has become really special for local people, allowing them to enjoy a weekend in our county for free or at a discount, and we hope this year’s event will be a big success. This weekend is a great opportunity for families right across Northumberland.”
Further information on which attractions are taking part and downloadable vouchers can be found at residentsfestival.northumberland.gov.uk.