As the kids eagerly countdown the days, hours and minutes until their next half-term break from school, parents across the region wonder just how they’ll keep their little ones entertained. After all, you want to give them a half term break to remember, but you don’t want to break the bank.

With half term just around the corner, we have rounded up all of the fun family activities we have to offer here at Alnwick Castle, helping you to make memories with your loved ones and experience one of the best family days out in the north east.


Visit Alnwick Castle

Standing proud for over 900 years, Alnwick Castle now welcomes hundreds of visitors throughout the year, so why not become one of them?

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK and in our opinion is one of the best castles in Northumberland! That is why we offer our visitors annual passes to the castle when they purchase any Alnwick Castle ticket online. That’s right, book your tickets online and pay for a day and visit free for a year, meaning you and your family have unlimited access to all that Alnwick Castle has to offer throughout the year whenever our doors are open to the public.

Read on to find out more about our favourite family activities this half term, all of which are included within your castle admission ticket or annual pass.

Immerse yourself in

medieval history

Step back in time this half term and witness the spectacular and theatrical medieval falconry display by Raphael Historic Falconry and their beautiful birds of prey. Witness an exceptional display of medieval falconry and be enchanted by the stories and inspiring history of English falconry during the medieval period. A must see during your visit to the castle this half term, their captivating and authentic reproduction of medieval falconry will make you feel like you have travelled back in time.

Bring the whole family along this half term and be immersed in medieval mischief with Jesting with Zooted. Enjoy a hilarious and interactive show with circus tricks performed by this highly comedic act. Their show always promises to delight with lots of laughs and cheers!
No trip back in time would be complete without trying on some medieval costumes in our Artisans Courtyard, transforming you into the most noble and courageous of princesses and knights. With over a hundred vibrant costumes to choose from, for adults as well as children, immerse yourself in the past by trying out the dresses, capes and headgear of the medieval world. You can also witness the creation of crafts from centuries gone by, taught by our resident costumed artisans, as well as learning more about medieval armoury and gaining some top tips on how to perfect your sword wielding technique.

Explore inside Alnwick Castle and its imposing castle grounds and discover the hidden gems of this medieval castle, from the Ramparts Walk to our Lions Tower, walking in the footsteps of the many members of the Percy Family who have called Alnwick Castle home throughout its long and dramatic history.

Enter the dragons lair

Join forces with Harry Hotspur and the Dragon Catcher to battle mystical forces, conquer challenging obstacles and discover a terrifying dragon on our Dragon Quest. Are you ready to come face-to-face with Northumberland’s most fearsome beast?

Discover the magic of
Alnwick Castle

This half term join our resident wizarding professors and take part in one of our famous Alnwick Castle Broomstick Training sessions, on the very spot where Harry had his first flying lesson in the film production of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Learn the basics of mastering a broomstick in the iconic grounds of Alnwick Castle, more affectionately known as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Buy your family
annual pass

Whether it’s learning to master a broomstick, discovering your inner knight, taking part in our dragon quest, or watching our live action medieval performances, there are so many family activities and things to do at Alnwick Castle this half term.
To visit the castle for a day and automatically secure your families annual pass to Alnwick Castle for a year, book online today.

With so much to explore and do at Alnwick Castle, our twelve month pass is the most cost effective way for families to enjoy days out together during half term, the summer holidays and beyond!
Plan your visit this half term to one of the top attractions in Northumberland, by taking a look at our Your Visit us page, where you will find Alnwick Castle opening times along with more information on finding us.

*Please note all events are subject to change and are weather dependent. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of our activities take a look at our ‘What’s On’ board upon arrival or speak to one of our team.