Giant bugs spotted lurking around Cragside

The team at National Trust’s Cragside in Northumberland are on high alert after giant bugs have been spotted lurking around the house.

This June, as part of Bug Weekend, some of the less-welcome visitors to the House have been supersized to create a new indoor trail.

Staff have reported sightings of a ginormous Dust Mite and Bed Bug to name a few, young, fearless visitors are needed to help track them down…

Six models of various creepy crawlies have been created to form the Micro Monsters trail, which takes visitors around the house of Lord and Lady Armstrong.

The Micro Monsters show some of the microscopic creepy crawlies that may be found lurking around the everyday home - as well as far more sinister creatures like the troublesome Deathwatch Beetle.

The realistic monsters will be hidden around the National Trust property alongside other bugs and creepy crawlies in the fabric of the home, and will open on Saturday 20 June as part of Bug Weekend at Cragside.

Marketing Officer Ellen Glover commented: “We’re really excited to launch the new trail, we hope visitors will enjoy hunting down these giant-sized monsters in the rooms of the house, as well as looking for other bugs and insects hidden away in wood carvings and designs.”

“The Micro Monsters trail will begin during Bug Weekend, where visitors will also be able to get involved with a variety of other bug related activities and events - including the Cragside Bushtucker Challenge!”

The Alnwick and District Beekeepers Association will be joining in the celebrations over the weekend, talking about the art and importance of beekeeping - and giving visitors the chance to sample some delicious honey based products.

There will be plenty of family activities including the chance to get creative and build a bug house or put your taste buds to the test with the Cragside Bushtucker Challenge on Father’s Day, 21 June.

Families can also pick up a free 50 things to do before you’re 113/4 scrapbook from the visitor centre or the shop, and start working through a list of fun, free outdoor activities, including No.31 – hunt for bugs.