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A NORTHUMBERLAND visitor attraction last night came alive with the colour for the second winter running.

The Northumberland Lights team has once again given its treatment to Cragside, near Rothbury.

It has turned the estate "electric" with its stunning illuminations which aim to bring the destination alive after dark, from yesterday until November 20.

The Electric Estate has been inspired by inventor and engineer Lord Armstrong, who lived at Cragside. The display has been devised to mark the end of the Year of the Forest celebrations at the estate.

A newly designed illuminated trail, entitled Fantasy Forest, has been created on which visitors will encounter sound and light installations as well as inventions and storytellers, who will guide and interact with them along the way.

The Pinetum, house, cascade and famous Iron Bridge have been put at the heart of the trail.

Installations have been created for it by children from Northumberland and Tyneside, under the Armstrong Challenge. Rothbury First School, Harbottle First School and Dr Tomlinson's Middle School at Rothbury, and the National Trust's Inner City Project in Newcastle, all took part. With the help of local artists, some children created installations inside a jar, while others designed and animated 'Victorian' style Zoetropes.

Devised by the Bureau of Silly Ideas in partnership with Northumberland Lights, the challenge is based on a letter believed to have been written by Lord Armstrong to fellow inventors, calling for the development of new inventions powered solely by renewable energy.

Zoe Bottrell, director of Northumberland Lights, said: "We have again been inspired by Lord Armstrong's obsession with energy efficiency, renewable power, engineering excellence and a devotion to the beautiful trees and gardens of Cragside, for this year's Electric Estate."

The fantasy forest trail, which will take approximately an hour to complete, will be open until Sunday and again from November 17-20, from 5.30pm to 8pm.

For further information on the event and full ticket details go to or tel: 01665 833751.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 11, 2011
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