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Open Gardens allows keen gardeners to share their passion, while helping people in crisis. Meanwhile, you can go along for a nosey - and maybe get a cup of tea and slice of cake. Other gardens go even further and offer cream teas, light lunches, plant sales, treasure trails and more.
All takings go directly to the Red Cross

Blagdon Red Cross Garden17 APR 2016 - Blagdon Hall


This garden is one of the garden scheme's oldest and finest. Blagdon Hall provides a great day out, with its beautiful, colourful and extensive grounds. These include an arboretum and quarry garden.

  • 1pm-4:30pm - Entrance fees:Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address:Blagdon Hall, Seaton Burn, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE13 6DB
  • Directions: Follow the old A1 road, two miles North of Seaton Burn.
  • Garden owner: Lord and Lady Ridley

 Red Cross Garden29 MAY 2016 - Eachwick Hall

Eachwick is an early summer garden, with rhododendrons and azaleas. The beech woods are carpeted with bluebells. The walled garden protects the herbaceous borders and kitchen garden area, along with children’s climbing frames. The owners are also creating an arboretum, with a small lake – but this is still a work in progress.

  • 12pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Eachwick Hall, Eachwick, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE18 0AZ
  • Directions:
    Eachwick is on a single track road between the Stamfordham Road and the road through Medburn. It is two-thirds-of-a-mile south of Darras Hall.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Charles May

Children's climbing frames and small lake

 Red Cross Garden29 MAY 2016 - Polemonium Plantery

Explore this series of garden ‘rooms’ – with a cottage garden, yard garden, pergola garden, and a ‘secret garden’, too. It is all managed organically and includes five national plant collections.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £2.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address:28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, TRIMDON STATION, County Durham, TS29 6HF
  • Directions:
    Seven miles East of Durham City on the B1278, at the South end of Trimdon Grange. Turn east at St Albans Church, then take the first right.
  • Garden owner:Mr David Nichol-Brown

Make a day of it and enjoy a children’s treasure hunt, small plant nursery and traidcraft shop, plus organic cream teas and refreshments

 Red Cross Garden29 MAY 2016 - Thornley House

Spot the feline theme in this child-friendly garden, which is an acre in size. Real cats and ornamental animals enhance the safari for youngsters: two giant Maine coons and a red Burmese. The garden includes woodland, a stream, pond, rosa rugosa avenue, and some mixed planting.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £1.00
  • Address: Thornley House, Thornley Gate, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 9NH
  • Directions:
    From Allendale town, go downhill from the Allendale Inn public house for one mile, to 5 Road Junction. Cross the junction and into Thornley House Drive. There is a large cat sign at the front of the entrance.
  • Garden owner: Mrs E Finn

Enjoy some live classical piano during the day. There are also some donkeys in the field, and a pussy cat cemetery.


 Red Cross Garden05 JUN 2016 - Stagshaw House

This formal terraced garden is well established and has beautiful views of the Tyne Valley. There are woodland walks, with rhododendrons and azaleas.

  • 12pm-5:30pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Stagshaw House, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5PG
  • Directions: Two miles north of Corbridge, on the A68.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Burnell

On top of the garden delights, there is a herd of alpaca in the park, tennis and croquet, plus music during the afternoon and chapel evensong at 5pm.

 Red Cross Garden12 JUN 2016 - Styford Hall

This Victorian walled garden has herbaceous borders and a kitchen garden. There is a riverside and woodlands walk.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address:Styford Hall, STOCKSFIELD, Northumberland, NE43 7TY
  • Directions: South of B6530, and two miles East of Corbridge.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs R Dickinson

Bring your own bats, rackets and other equipment, as the grounds include a tennis court, cricket, croquet and French boules. For an extra £3.50, you can also take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. It’s heated – so you don’t have to worry about the weather! Just save some time for the exceptional plant stall and teas.

 Red Cross Garden19 JUN 2016 - Halton Castle

This terraced garden has herbaceous borders, shrubs, and lawns, with beautiful views over the Tyne Valley.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Halton Castle, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5PH
  • Directions: Turn off the A68, one mile North of Corbridge.
  • Garden owner: Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett

There will be homemade teas and plant stall. There is also a church with Norman origins within the estate.

 Red Cross Garden26 JUN 2016- Fallodon Hall

These are formal gardens in traditional grounds. There is a lake and some lovely woodlands, with specimen trees and a kitchen garden.

  • 2pm-5:30pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Fallodon Hall, Christon Bank, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 3HF
  • Directions:
    A1, five miles North of Alnwick. Turn off to Christon Bank (B6347) Lodge and gates after two miles.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Mark Bridgeman

 Red Cross Garden02 JULY 2016 - Chillingham Castle

This rare survival from 1828 is the work of Royal garden designer, Sir Jeffrey Wyatville: fresh from his royal triumphs at Windsor. The urns and statues are inexpensive modern composite copies, but give an atmosphere of originality. The famous herbaceous border is the longest in Northern England. The far wall, fifteen feet thick, was a jousting ‘grandstand’ in ancient days, and it once extended around the castle grounds.

  • 12pm-4pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ
  • Directions:
    If you are travelling from the south, take the A1 North towards Berwick upon Tweed. Approximately 15 miles North of Alnwick, you will approach the Purdy Lodge service station. Drive about 200 yards North of here until you come across a sign to Chillingham Castle, on the left side of the road. Turn left here off the A1. Follow signs to Chatton. Drive through the village of Chatton. When you exit the village, turn left and follow this road for just over one mile, until you reach the main gates on the left.
  • Garden owner: Sir Humphrey Wakefield

 Red Cross Garden03 JULY 2016 - Walwick Grange House

This peaceful and sheltered traditional country house garden overlooks the River North Tyne. There are lawns, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, shrubs, old walls and some riverside views.

  • 2pm-5:30pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address:Walwick Grange, Humshaugh, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE46 4BH
  • Directions:
    Situated on the B6319, about halfway between Chollerford and Warden. The entrance gateway (stone pillars and white gate) is on an elbow bend, close to Farm Steading.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Douglas-Menzies

There will be homemade teas and plant stall. There is also a church with Norman origins within the estate.

 Red Cross Garden10 JULY 2016 - Eland Green Farm

This well-developed garden is in a lovely area. Around two acres, it includes lawns, herbaceous shrubs and trees. No dogs. Car parking available.

  • 11am-4:30pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £1.00
  • Address: Eland Green Farm, Ponteland, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE20 9UR
  • Directions:
    A696 Ponteland: in the centre of the village at the mini-roundabout, take the North Road, signposted Morpeth. Eland Green Farm is exactly half-a-mile from the roundabout, on the right-hand side of the road. Look for the grass, with trees outside. Exactley opposite number 97 North Road.
  • Garden owner: Ms Clare Stephenson

 Red Cross Garden17 JUL 2016 - East Deanraw

This is a young, expanding garden with shrubs and borders, plus a burn (water feature) and pond, on the fell-edge facing South. It is a good walk up on the fell, with views up to Hadrian’s Wall.

  • 1pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: East Deanraw Farm, Langley-on-Tyne, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5LY
  • Directions:
    Behind Langley Castle, off the A69/A686, South of Haydon Bridge. It is 2 ½ miles up the A686. Just before the castle, turn right, signposted West Deanraw, for one mile. The sign 'East Deanraw' is on the drive entrance.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Tom Speir

You might also want to take a walk on the fell.

 Red Cross Garden26 JUL 2015 - Dilston Physic Garden

Unearth the power of medicinal plants, and explore what might be the most unique herb garden in the world! Discover the folklore, magic, medicine and science of over 800 medicinal plant species, in a beautiful countryside setting. The admission cost includes a guide.

  • 11am-3pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £5.00 Children: £3.00
  • Address: Dilston Mill House, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5QZ
  • Directions:
    By car from Corbridge: travel South across the bridge at Corbridge and at the roundabout, turn right on to the A695. Travel along the A695 for around half a mile and go over the level crossing. After around 300 yards, after the level crossing (immediately following a small bridge), turn left on to a small lane marked with a red 'Dilston Physic Garden' sign. Our car park is immediately on your left and the garden is about 200 yards further along the lane, beyond the two properties, after a sharp right bend. By car from Hexham: travel along the A695 towards Corbridge. Immediately before the small bridge over Devil's Water, turn right on to a small lane, marked with a red 'Dilston Physic Garden' sign. The car park is immediately on the left and the garden is about 200 yards further along the lane, beyond the two properties after a sharp right bend.
    By train from Newcastle to Hexham/Carlisle: these run approximately every 30 minutes and stop at Corbridge Station. The garden is about a 15-minute walk from the station.
    By bus: bus services between Newcastle and Hexham/Carlisle include the number 685 and number 602, which both run every hour and half-hour, respectively. Both stop at Dilston.
  • Garden owner: Professor Elaine Perry

 Red Cross Garden24 JULY 2016 - Lilburn Tower

These large formal gardens have a walled garden and a large glasshouse, lawns and conservatory. There is also a woodland walk with pond garden.

  • 2pm-5:30pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.50 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Lilburn Tower, West Lilburn, ALNWICK, Northumberland, NE66 4PQ
  • Directions: On the A697, three miles South of Wooler, on the right side of the road, going North.
  • Garden owner: Mr and Mrs Davison

Check out the 11th-century pele tower and 14th-century church, too - also within the estate.

 Red Cross Garden24 JULY 2016 - Newbrough Hall

This is a very colourful walled garden with shrubs and roses, and a woodland garden with specimen trees and grounds.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Newbrough Hall, Newbrough, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5AJ
  • Directions:
    Four miles west of Hexham, drive through Fourstones and into Newbrough. Turn right at Newbrough Hall, which is 150 yards after the school.
  • Garden owner: Hon M H and Mrs Beaumont

The garden opens jointly with Newbrough Hall, which is a three-quarters-of-a-mile, scenic walk across fields. Entrance to both gardens is £4.

 Red Cross Garden24 JULY 2016 - Newbrough Lodge

A formal walled garden in a beautiful area. It is well stocked with shrubs and roses. There is also a woodland garden with specimen trees, plus homemade teas, a tennis court, and a parish church open at the drive entrance.

  • 2pm-6pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address:Newbrough Lodge, Newbrough, HEXHAM, Northumberland, NE47 5AT
  • Directions:
    Four miles west of Hexham. Drive through Fourstones and Newbrough. A quarter-of-a-mile out of the village, turn right by the church.
  • Garden owner:Mr and Mrs Mark Liddell

The garden opens jointly with Newbrough Hall, which is a one-mile scenic walk across fields. Entrance to both gardens is £4.

 Red Cross Garden24 JULY 2016 - Oliver Ford Garden

The garden is around one-and-a-half acres in size, with a similarly sized meadow. It is designed so that it blends into the surrounding countryside, with an emphasis on wildlife friendliness. The main elements of the garden are a large rock garden, insect nectar area, woodland area with Japanese maples and rhododendrons, a bog garden, stream, arboretum, meadow, winter bark walk, pond and orchard. Many rare species of rhododendrons were recently planted, so that they mature into a glade by the stream.

  • 1pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £3.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Oliver Ford Farm, Long Edge Lane, Rowley near Castleside, CONSETT, County Durham, DH8 9HG
  • Directions:
    Castleside lies on the A68 trunk road between Corbridge and West Auckland. From the crossroads in Castleside, take the A68 South towards Tow Law (up Rowley bank). After around two miles, you will approach a crossroads. Go left towards Lanchester. Oliver Ford Farm and gardens will be found on the left-hand side, after around two-thirds of a mile, in the obvious dip in the road. The property on the right-hand side that looks like a farm is Oliver Ford House. Pass this and you will then see Oliver Ford Farm.
  • Garden owner:Mr Bob Tridgett

 Red Cross Garden28 AUG 2016 - Polemonium Plantery

Explore this series of garden ‘rooms’ – with a cottage garden, yard garden, pergola garden, and a ‘secret garden’, too. It is all managed organically and includes five national plant collections.

  • 2pm-5pm - Entrance fees: Adults: £2.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: 28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, TRIMDON STATION, County Durham, TS29 6HF
  • Directions:
    Seven miles East of Durham City on the B1278, at the South end of Trimdon Grange. Turn east at St Albans Church, then take the first right.
  • Garden owner: David and Dianne Nichol-Brown

Make a day of it and enjoy a children’s treasure hunt, small plant nursery and traidcraft shop, plus organic cream teas and refreshments

 Red Cross Garden16 OCT 2016 - Blagdon Hall

This garden is one of the garden scheme's oldest and finest. Blagdon Hall provides a great day out, with its beautiful, colourful and extensive grounds. These include an arboretum and quarry garden.

  • Entrance fees: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00
  • Address: Blagdon Hall, Seaton Burn, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE13 6DB
  • Directions: Follow the old A1 road, two miles North of Seaton Burn.
  • Garden owner: Lord and Lady Ridley

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