Festival was the best yet

THIS year’s Northumberland Residents’ Festival has been hailed a success – with more than four-and-a- half-thousand people visiting 16 attractions during one weekend.

The number of visitors – during the last weekend in April – was double the attendance of last year’s festival.

Ancient castles, beautiful gardens, stately homes and museums offered free or reduced entry to Northumberland residents on production of a voucher.

Most visited during the weekend was Bamburgh Castle with 1,314 visitors and Cragside with 1,123, while Seaton Delaval Hall also proved popular, attracting 420 visitors.

Coun Neil Bradbury, executive member for tourism, said: “It’s easy to forget just how special the county is and the many great things there are to do and see on our doorstep.”

Other attractions taking part included Woodhorn Museum.

From September 8 to 11, Heritage Open Days will provide a further opportunity for residents to celebrate history and culture with free access to properties not usually open to the public or which normally charge an admission fee.