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Culture Secretary praises Alnwick attractions after ‘brilliant’ family holiday in Northumberland

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport visited Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle during a family holiday in Northumberland earlier this month.

He said: ‘I had a great family holiday in Northumberland this summer and visiting Alnwick Garden and Alnwick Castle was a real highlight.

“The castle is an extraordinary piece of Britain’s national heritage, while Alnwick Garden is stunningly beautiful.

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden with the Duchess of Northumberland at Alnwick Garden.

“Both speak to why it was so vital to protect our irreplaceable heritage and cultural bodies during the pandemic with the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, so that these special places can be ready to help us build back better. .

“Both attractions are crucial to the future of Northumberland, creating jobs and investment through tourism which will be further boosted by the new Lilidorei Play Village at Alnwick Garden, which has received £5m from the government scheme Borderlands.

“This expansion of Alnwick’s tourism offering will bring additional revenue to the hotel and accommodation economy in the area.”

The Lilidorei building is being filmed by MGM for a six-part global documentary series which will air on Channel 4 from October 2022.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden chats with the Duchess of Northumberland for a new documentary series about the construction of Lilidorei.

Lilidorei means “children’s adventure with play at its heart” and will involve the construction of the world’s largest play structure in the heart of a play village, for land north of the tree house.

The Duchess of Northumberland said: ‘I didn’t think building anything after Alnwick Garden could be so difficult, but Lilidorei turns out to be much more complex, trying to explain to a construction crew how a hobgoblin where a fairy could behave proves almost impossible. .

“Lilidorei’s goal is to encourage children to leave their phones in their pockets and to be imaginative – to achieve this, the visitor must enter a totally believable magical world.

“I am thrilled at the idea of ​​a series that will highlight the many attributes of Alnwick and Northumberland; a wealth of history, amazing castles, beautiful coastline and beaches and vast expanses of wild moorland.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden speaks with the Duchess of Northumberland.

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