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Events at Cragend
The Silo Grade II* Listed Building at Cragend Farm.


Our tours start in May-October  2024. Booking essential. Book direct using our contact page.

Rothbury History Society: Cragend Farm History Talk Friday 21st June 2024

Take a look at whats going on at Cragend Farm:

 Historic Tours are back for 2024 and 2025!

Book now for our historic tours of the Farm, with information and tales aplenty about our links to Cragside and  Lord William Armstrong. Our Grade II* Listed Silo and outbuildings are full of history and intrigue.

Bookings taken direct via our website using our contact page for dates in May - October  2024.

Visit Cragend Farm and explore the Victorian farm steading designed and created by Lord Armstrong of Cragside. See the Grade II* listed Silo Tower, weighbridge and many original features. Weather permitting there will be tours around the site and time to sit and reflect in our stone flagged Courtyard. Please call to book a tour by appointment. 

£15 per ticket. Includes brochure and refreshments. Book Now button or use the contact form to book your place. Tuesday or Wednesdays. By Appointment only.

In association with Historic Houses Association. Call 01669-621533. 


Membership offer:

Discount Code CRAG33 for Historic Houses Membership for updates and news of all Historic Houses.

Numbers are limited. Covid restrictions may apply. 

Ticket Tailor:

If you book a staycation with us we may be able to take you on a tour if time allows. Please ask for further details. Free to B&B and Cottage guests.


We run research days for people who really want to dig deep into the facts and figures of the architecture and the machinery here Cragend Farm. It's more like an open discussion Q&A over coffee and biscuits £10 pp. We are happy to have groups of 6+ to make for a tutorial style experience. Enquires to book direct via our contact page. 

Tree Dedication and Rare Breed Sponsorship.

We are part of The Great Northumberland Forest, and continue to plant trees throughout the estate.

We have a new project for the coming year, to plant Ten Trees of Ten Varieties to celebrate ten years at Cragend.

Please get in touch if you would like to come and plant a tree and put up a guard to protect it's initial growth #treesforlife #plantbritain

Pledges and Sponsorship are welcomed for our Rare Breed animals and as we cruise into Spring, we are due some new-borns that will need a name. There is also competition to guess the number of babies born.

Contact or use our contact page for further information.

Gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, anniversaries or just because ....

Mugs of our rare Breed Animals £20

Newsletter and sponsorship of a Rare Breed Goat, Cow or Pedigree Sheep

Prices from £5 

Name a rare Breed: When our maternity unit starts to become busy in the spring we are offering the chance for you name our new arrivals and receive a copy of their pedigree and details of their breed. £20.

Art Club Days:

Call for information on visiting the buildings and farm for photography, art and sculpture days.

Yoga Retreat

The Armstrong Room is a large space for taking time to relax and participate in some yoga or meditation. On fine days there are spaces for outdoor yoga. If you would like to book an yoga instructor please let us know in advance.

Write and Record: Music Inspirational Days

A quiet and inspiring environment for musicians to write, play and record. 

Please ask for further details. Drum Kit and Piano available plus other smaller instruments.

Camping in the Woods

Contact us for further information if you wish to camp.


Newcastle and Northumberland Society Visits:

Open to members of the Newcastle and Northumberland Society to see the local heritage of Lord Armstrong by appointment.

The farm comprises of a multitude of buildings that have been placed together with some great thought by Lord William Armstrong to provide a working environment for his farm workers and their animals and machinery. Even the fields around it have been laid out with specific hedge lines to rotate the cows as they graze. The farm was built to be viewed from the carriage drive as a show piece.
Our tour will comprise of: A visit to the Farmhouse that is thought pre-date Armstrong and that was then extended to accomodate his workers in 1870-80. (This is currently unoccupied and in need of repair). 
The workers cottages have tenants in currently so can only been seen from the outside but we have historic notes to help with discussion. 
The wooden cow byres, bull house, stable and tack room at the rear of the main buldings are also a vital part of the farm as a whole with the cobbled stone walkway along the shed which is linked to a lane to the Silo creating a circle around the main barns. 
An agricultural weighbridge bought by Armstrong from the 1871 Great Exhibition from H Pooley Ltd.
We will open the Grade II* Silo for people to look in. Sensible shoes are advisable (wellies if raining)  and hard hats will be available. The Grade II* listed Silo. This building has been judged by Historic England to be of national importance being one of only 4% of Listed buildings with such heritage. 
The main farm buildings are now our home but we are happy to show everyone around the ground floor, discuss the working of the different barns and show the Gilkes Turbine. Upstairs is the Granary (now bedrooms) and we have historical documentation showing how the rooms were writtenand drawn on by farm workers from the 1890’s until 2013. 
We also have a number of photographs and ‘finds' that are relevant to the Victorian farm and earlier for inspection.


Rothbury Music Festival: July 2024

Simonside Show, Powburn Show, Harbottle Show, Alwinton Show 2024.


Christmas 2023 event

Rothbury History Society 
There will be time to look at a selection of artefacts from the award winning 'Cragend Farm Collection' and a display of vintage postcards of the region from Jeff Reynalds collection. 
At 7.30pm Lou Renwick will be giving “An Introduction to the History of Cragend Farm”  about Recognising, Responding, and  Reimagining this unique site. 
This is followed by a short talk on ’The origins of a few Christmas traditions’ by Rob Walker.
£3 entrance to all visitors/non members.


Find Out More About Cragend

Cragend Farm has a interesting and diverse history, from technical innovations to historic buildings. Tied in closely to the neighbouring Cragside Estate home of Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong.