As the trees change colour and the air turns crisper, Northumberland comes alive with the magic of autumn.

Join us as we unveil a delightful array of spooky Halloween events and autumn family activities that you can enjoy at National Trust properties across Northumberland. 

Whether you're in pursuit of thrilling Halloween scares or enchanting autumn walks, Northumberland has so many things to do

Halloween Happenings at Seaton Delaval Hall

Are you ready for an unforgettable Halloween filled with thrills and chills? Seaton Delaval Hall, just off the Northumberland coast, is the place to be during this spooky season

Visit Seaton Delaval Hall for their annual best dressed and best carved pumpkin competitions, showcasing your Halloween creativity for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Make sure to share your costumes and creations by joining their pumpkin parade, accompanied by the spooktacular samba drumming band, The Bangshees. 

Throughout the day, explore the hauntingly decorated basement, inspired by the hall's eerie myths and legends. Don't forget to grab a free spooky spotter sheet from the visitor welcome desk to enhance your adventure and find hidden surprises. Enjoy family-friendly Halloween celebrations filled with thrilling activities and unforgettable moments throughout the day. 

And as night falls, Seaton Delaval Hall takes on an even spookier atmosphere with a thrilling after-dark experience for older children and adults. Venture further into the basement and explore the west wing kitchen, where gory and ghostly effects await. Join magician Chris Cross, who will amaze you with his tricks, and be sure to pick up a complimentary treat from the witches brewhouse on your Halloween journey. 

Discover The Magic of Autumn

As autumn descends upon Northumberland, two enchanting National Trust properties, Cragside and Wallington Hall, beckon families to embrace the magic of the season with the most scenic spots and some of the best outdoor walks

Cragside, a Victorian historic house tucked away in the heart of  Northumberland's countryside, offers a range of walking trails across its estate, leading families on captivating journeys through the autumn landscape. 

The lakeside walk is one of our favourite routes, tracing the shores of Tumbleton lake, where the vibrant orange, red and golden autumn foliage casts mesmerising reflections on the water. Keep an eye out for wildlife on your visit, especially for  industrious red squirrels, busy preparing for winter.

Wallington Hall, another hidden gem within the Northumberland countryside, undergoes a breathtaking transformation into an autumn wonderland, inviting families to explore its expansive grounds. 

The west wood at Wallington presents family-friendly trails winding through woodlands adorned with vibrant canopies. Children can delight in collecting conkers and acorns, as well as enjoying adventure and excitement with Wallington’s play areas, from their forest play fort to their adventure train, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Both Cragside and Wallington Hall offer a variety of trails suitable for all ages and abilities, ensuring that families can savour the magic of autumn together. Whether you're enjoying the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet or pausing to admire the changing colours of the woodland, both Cragside and Wallington allow families to be immersed in autumn

So whether you are wearing your most wicked witches hat, showcasing your carved pumpkin creation, or lacing up your walking shoes, make sure to create lasting memories in Northumberland this Halloween with the National Trust

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