Double charity opening up of historic Blagdon Estate

Blagdon Estate, near Stannington will open its doors to the public for two charity events this year

Michael Gordon The Lutyens 'canal' at Blagdon Estate
The Lutyens 'canal' at Blagdon Estate

An exclusive Northumberland estate is set to open its doors to the public as part of a second charity event owners have agreed to this year.

Blagdon Estate, near Stannington, will be opening its gardens on Sunday to raise money for the North East charity St Oswald’s Hospice.

It comes after North of England Children’s Cancer Research (NECCR) announced Viscount Matthew Ridley will be allowing 500 fundraisers to take a walk through woodland on the estate never before opened to the public.

The charity’s Children’s Cancer Walk on September 21 and will be led by revered author Bill Bryson, who is a patron of the NECCR. But this Sunday, for the St Oswald’s Hospice event, the estate will be open from noon to 4.30pm and guests will be treated to an afternoon of family friendly outdoor entertainment.

People can explore Blagdon’s grounds, visit the arboretum and take a stroll on a woodland walk, as well as take pony rides, trailer tours, refreshments and enjoy various stalls set up for the event.

The estate has been owned by the same family since 1700 with the viscounts being named Matthew for more than 300 years. Lyn Cain, fundraiser at St Oswald’s said: “The open garden event will be a wonderful family day out, with plenty on offer for people of all ages.

“We are extremely grateful to the Blagdon Estate for holding the open garden event in order to help us raise money for the hospice.

“We need to raise £6.5m each year to continue caring for adults, young people and children across the North East.”

Tickets cost £3.50 and children under 10 go free. For more information contact the fundraising team on 0191 246 9123.

Tickets for the Children’s Cancer Walk are £10 and all proceeds will go to the NECCR fund. Children go free but spaces are limited to 500 walkers.

People will meet at 10.30am at Blagdon Hall aiming to start the six-mile route at 11am, stopping at the halfway point where refreshments will be available.

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