A festival giving families with a Northumberland postcode access to bargain fun is back.
Feeding the lambs, meeting the meerkats or handling the hairless rats are just some of the attractions on offer as the popular Residents’ Festival returns this month bigger than ever.
Now in its fifth year, the weekend event sees visitor attractions across Northumberland slash their admissions fees or offer one-off deals to those living in the county.
More than 30 of the region’s top attractions have pledged to join in the scheme on March 29 and March 30.
Joining this year’s line-up is Whitehouse Farm Centre near Morpeth which is offering half-price entry all weekend with a range of hands on activities.
Also on offer is the chance to visit the new Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum, which will open its doors to the public for the first time for the festival with a series of free events.
Leisure centres across the county are also showing their support for the scheme.
Providing more variety to the festival’s activities, there will be two for one on swimming, with some centres offering free taster sports sessions.
Northumberland County Councillor Val Tyler, responsible for community infrastructure and culture, said: “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.
“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.
“We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful county with so many unique landscapes, visitor attractions and friendly market towns. Every year thousands of visitors are drawn to Northumberland, either on a day visit or to stay overnight.
“The festival is a great opportunity for families right across Northumberland.”
Coinciding with Mothering Sunday the festival’s days out include castles and country houses, petting zoos, gardens and museums.
Launching the festival at the weekend were four-year-olds Fergus Gray and Kate Gustard, who got to feed some of the new arrivals at Whitehouse Farm Centre.
To take part in the festival visit www.northumberland.gov.uk