FAMILIES in Northumberland will again get free or discounted entry into some of the county’s most popular attractions with the revival of a popular project.
The fourth annual Northumberland Residents Festival will take place on March 16 and 17. Organised by Northumberland County Council alongside some of the country’s top visitor attractions, it has grown since the inaugural festival in 2010.
The festival, which coincides with English Tourism Week, aims to celebrate Northumberland as a great place to live and encourage local people to experience more of the attractions the county has to offer.
Over the festival weekend, families living in Northumberland will be able to enjoy free or reduced entry prices to castles, gardens, stately homes and museums.
Thousands of people took advantage of the 2012 weekend, and this year the council are encouraging even more people to get involved.
Justine James, customer development manager at Cragside, in Rothbury, 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.
“We are looking forward to welcoming new customers through our doors, and I hope they enjoy their experience at Cragside.”
Nigel Walsh, design and cultural services manager at Northumberland County Council, 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 doorstep. 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 vouchers to receive free or cheaper entry to the attractions, and these will be available to download from the council’s website.
Residents Festival brochures, including vouchers, will also be available from libraries, council offices, tourist information centres, sports centres and some supermarkets across Northumberland from mid-February onwards. For further information, go to www.residentsfestival.northumberland.gov.uk