Red Cross Open Gardens

British Red Cross

Red Cross Open Gardens
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
and County Durham
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

You’re in for a real treat this year. There are more gardens opening for the British Red Cross than ever before. The reason why people open their garden is to share their much-loved plot and raise valuable funds to support our work.
We are constantly amazed by the efforts of our wonderful garden owners. You’ll find pocket-sized town plots and country cottage gardens among this year’s offerings – each and every one of them different but equally intriguing. Some garden owners offer teas and plant sales, and others, music and canapés. Expect the unexpected and enjoy a relaxed and informative visit.
Last year, while serving tea in a garden, I had the chance to talk to many visitors. I was amazed how far and wide they had travelled to get there. Many had found a garden through word of mouth. So, this year I ask you to spread the word about our wonderful scheme. Thank you to everyone involved – garden visitors, garden owners and volunteers. You all make our scheme work and for that the whole team are truly grateful.
Happy gardening. (Tamsin Westhorpe – British Red Cross Open Gardens ambassador)

All garden openings are on a SUNDAY unless otherwise stated.

    Polemonium Plantery Garden
    26 Feb

    Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, County Durham TS29 6HF, United Kingdom

    Sunday, February 26, 2017

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Trimdon Grange, County Durham

    Welcome to Polemonium Plantery Red Cross Open Garden Day A series of small gardens, including a south-facing gravel garden, pergola garden, herb and alpine yard, and cottage garden (north-facing). See how to make the maximum use of small spaces, and enjoy the herb nursery and home- baked teas.Read more…

    Little Harle Tower Garden
    11 Jun

    Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle upon Tyne NE19 2PD, United Kingdom

    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Kirkwhelpington, NW of Newcastle upon Tyne

    Welcome to Little Harle Tower Red Cross Open Garden Day These extensive gardens surround a 14th century Grade 11* pele tower – with mature woodland and shrub & herbaceous borders surrounding a two-acre lawn and there is a quarter-mile ha-ha offering stunning views over Kirkharle Estate.Read more…

    Blagdon Hall
    15 Apr

    Blagdon Hall, Seaton Burn NE13 6DB, United Kingdom

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

    West of Cramlington, Tyne & Wear

    Welcome to Blagdon Hall Red Cross Open Garden Day 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.Read more…

    Thornily House open garden day
    27 May

    Thornley House, Thornley Gate, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 9NH, UK

    Sunday, May 27, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Nr. Allendale, SW of Hexham

    Spot the feline theme in this child-friendly garden, which is an acre in size.Read more…

    Eachwick Hall open garden
    27 May

    Eachwick Hall, Eachwick, Newcastle upon Tyne NE18 0AZ, UK

    Sunday, May 27, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Eachwick, west of Ponteland

    Welcome to Eachwick Hall Red Cross Open Garden Day in Eachwick, Newcastle upon Tyne. A garden & woods with climbing frames for children.Read more…

    Stagshaw House Garden
    03 Jun

    Stagshaw House, Corbridge NE45 5PG, United Kingdom

    Sunday, June 3, 2018

    12:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    North of Corbridge

    Welcome to Stagshaw House Red Cross Open Garden Day This formal terraced garden is well established and has beautiful views of the Tyne Valley. There are woodland walks, with rhododendrons and azaleas.Read more…

    Lilburn Tower Open Garden Day
    10 Jun

    Lilburn Tower, West Lilburn, Alnwick NE66 4PQ, United Kingdom

    Sunday, June 10, 2018

    3:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    West Lilburn, nr Wooler, Northumberland

    Welcome to Lilburn Tower Red Cross Open Garden Day These large formal gardens have a walled garden and a large glasshouse, lawns and conservatory. There is also a woodland walk with pond garden.Read more…

    Polemonium Plantery Garden
    24 Jun

    28 Sunnyside Terrace, Trimdon Grange, Trimdon Station, County Durham, TS29 6HF, United Kingdom

    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Trimdon Grange in County Durham

    Welcome to Polemonium Plantery Red Cross Open Garden Day A series of small gardens, including a south-facing gravel garden, pergola garden, herb and alpine yard, and cottage garden (north-facing). See how to make the maximum use of small spaces, and enjoy the herb nursery and home- baked teas.Read more…

    Halton Castle Garden
    24 Jun

    Halton Castle, Whittington, Corbridge NE45 5PH, United Kingdom

    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    2:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    Whittington, north of Corbridge

    Welcome to Halton Castle Red Cross Open Garden Day This terraced garden has herbaceous borders, shrubs, and lawns, with beautiful views over the Tyne Valley. 2pm-6pm – Entrance: Adults: £4.00 Children: £0.00 Address: Halton Castle, CORBRIDGE, Northumberland, NE45 5PH Directions: Turn off the A68, one mile North of Corbridge.Read more…

    Bywell Castle open garden
    24 Jun

    Bywell Castle, Bywell, Stocksfield, UK

    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    2:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    Stocksfield-upon-Tyne, Northumberland

    Welcome to Halton Castle Red Cross Open Garden Day Enjoy a garden by a castle with stunning views of the River Tyne. 2pm-6pm – Entrance: Adults: £5.00 Children: £0.00 Address: Stocksfield-upon-Tyne, Northumberland NE43 7AB Directions: On the A69, Bywell is approx.Read more…

    Walwick Grange House Open Garden
    01 Jul

    Humshaugh, Hexham NE46 4BH, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 1, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    Humshaugh, nr Hadrian's Wall & Hexham

    Welcome to Walwick Grange House Red Cross Open Garden Day 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.Read more…

    Capheaton Hall Garden
    01 Jul

    Capheaton Hall, Capheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE19 2AB, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 1, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Capheaton, NW of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    Welcome to Capheaton Hall Red Cross Open Garden Day Capheaton Hall has beautiful views over a magnificent park. Formal ponds sit south of the house, which has an 18th century conservatory and a walk to a Georgian folly.Read more…

    Fallodon Hall Garden
    01 Jul

    Fallodon Hall, Christon Bank, Alnwick NE66 3HF, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 1, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    Christon Bank, north of Alnwick

    Welcome to allodon Hall Red Cross Open Garden Day These are formal gardens in traditional grounds. There is a lake and some lovely woodlands, with specimen trees and a kitchen garden.Read more…

    Newbrough Lodge open garden day
    08 Jul

    Newbrough Lodge, Newbrough NE47 5AT, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 8, 2018

    2:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    Newbrough, nr Hexham

    Welcome to Newbrough Lodge Red Cross Open Garden Day 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.Read more…

    Newbrough Hall Open Garden
    08 Jul

    Newbrough, Hexham NE47 5AJ, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 8, 2018

    2:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    Newbrough, nr Hexham

    Welcome to Newbrough Hall Red Cross Open Garden Day This is a very colourful walled garden with shrubs and roses, plus you can enjoy a woodland garden with specimen trees and grounds. Dogs must be on leads. Car parking available.Read more…

    Kinky Cottage open garden day
    08 Jul

    12 Mindrum Farm Cottages, Mindrum TD12 4QN, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 8, 2018

    10:00 am To 5:30 pm

    Mindrum in North Northumberland

    Welcome to Kirky Cottage Red Cross Open Garden Day Having left Mindrum four years ago in the capable hands of her son Tom and his family, Ginny Fairfax has created a much smaller garden 500 yards away at Kirky Cottage on Mindrum Farm.Read more…

    Chillingham Castle Open Garden Day
    21 Jul

    Chillingham Castle, Chillingham NE66 5NJ, United Kingdom

    Saturday, July 21, 2018

    12:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Chillingham, SE of Wooler, Northumberland

    Welcome to Chillingham Castle Red Cross Open Garden Day 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.Read more…

    Eland Green Farm Open Garden Day
    22 Jul

    North Road, Ponteland NE20 9UR, United Kingdom

    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    11:00 am To 4:30 pm

    Near Ponteland in Tyne & Wear

    Welcome to Eland Green Farm Red Cross Open Garden Day This well-developed garden is in a lovely area. Around two acres, it includes lawns, herbaceous shrubs and trees. No dogs. Car parking available.Read more…

    Newbiggin House Open Garden Day
    05 Aug

    Newbiggin House, Blanchland, Consett DH8 9UD, United Kingdom

    Sunday, August 5, 2018

    2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

    Blanchland, Consett, Co. Durham

    Five acres of formal wild gardens. Features include interesting trees and shrubs, a pond bog garden, wild rose walks and extensive herbaceous borders. No dogs.Read more…