Blooming marvellous at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens

This weekend (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June), see wonderful blooms at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, near Morpeth, at the Blooming Belsay family event.

Belsay’s gorgeous Grade 1 listed gardens are at their peak, bursting with life and colour, and you can enjoy all accompanied by music from local brass bands. It’s a fantastic opportunity to spend a summer’s day in the most magical of settings.

There’s fun for all the family at Belsay this weekend, with garden tours from our experts and shows suitable for all the family: learn about the Plant Hunters of the past and obsessive Victorian plant collectors. Throughout the day, ask our gardeners how they maintain these stunning grounds, and look out for ‘Perks’ the Georgian Under Gardener, who will be wandering about ready to share his knowledge of Belsay in the past. Then, explore the gardens more with our Scavenger Hunt, or play traditional garden games at the front of the hall. Additionally, watch incredible chainsaw artist Steve Tarr create wood carvings throughout the day with machinery and hand tools alike.

Don’t forget to get involved in gardening yourself, and plant up a sunflower seed to take away and grow. Then, hear all about the history of the British afternoon tea, and, if that gets you peckish, enjoy a cup of tea and delicious snack at our tea rooms and put your feet up after a jam-packed day of fun.

Site manager Rebecca Pullan says: “Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens are especially beautiful this time of year, and we can’t wait to show them off this weekend! Our busy schedule of activities throughout the day offers something for all the family, so you can be sure everyone will thoroughly enjoy themselves!”

11.00am The Victorian Obsessions
Join Heuristics at the front of the Hall for an entertaining show for all the family. Collecting and documenting plants became an obsession 200 years ago. Are you a “Pteridomaniac”? Many were and still are! Come and be Pterrorised!
11.30am Formal Gardens Tour
Join our Head Gardener / Garden Supervisor to explore the formal gardens. Places are free but limited and should be booked at the admissions point. Please meet at the front of the Hall.
12.30pm & 1.30 pm Band performance by one of the area’s finest local bands.
1.00pm The Plant Hunters
Victorian people and inventions changed gardens throughout the world, such as Nathaniel Ward and Joseph Paxton, plus many others. What did they do that made your life what it is today?
2.30pm Formal Gardens Tour
Join our Head Gardener / Garden Supervisor to explore the formal gardens.
3.30pm High, Low, or Afternoon.
Hear about British tea rituals. You might be lucky and be invited by the lady of the house to take tea with her.

Also: ‘Perks’ the Georgian gardener will be around the grounds. Chainsaw Artist, Steve Tarr will creates wood carvings using both machinery and hand tools, and Heuristics will be offering traditional games all day.