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FAQs

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What is Northumberlandia?

Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform.

How big is Northumberlandia?

She is 100 feet high and a quarter of a mile long and made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil. This makes her the World’s largest human landform sculpture.

Was public money used to build the park and sculpture?

No the work has been entirely privately funded by the Banks Mining Group and Blagdon Estates who have provided around £3m to create the landform and surrounding park.

Do I have to pay to see the sculpture?

No access to the park is free, although there is a small charge for the car park.

How is the park managed?

The park is managed on a day to day basis by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Land Trust, who are a national charity that ensures public space are managed for community benefit.

How is the management of the park funded?

The management of the park is funded by an endowment.  This is a sum of money provided by the Banks Mining Group and Blagdon Estates to the Land Trust, which has been securely invested. The interest earned on this investment provides the annual maintenance budget for the park.

Is there a visitor centre/café?

Yes there is a Visitor Centre providing information about Northumberlandia and a Café serving refreshments. 
 
 The Visitors Centre and Café is open Friday to Sunday from 10am till 4pm.

Are there toilets on site?

Yes there are toilet facilities behind the visitor centre open at the same time as the Visitor Centre. Opening times can be found here.

Is there a car park?

There is a car park with a suggested donation of £2 to help maintain the site.

How do I find out what’s happening at Northumberlandia?

Keep in touch with news, activities and events or follow us on facebook.

Why aren’t there more facilities on site?

The park is for public benefit and it is therefore important that it is free for everyone to enjoy.  We also need to ensure this park can be enjoyed by many future generations.   As such we need to use our resources wisely to ensure that we can maintain the park long term - so if we can’t fund something long term then we won’t do it.  However we are constantly looking for opportunities for events and sponsorship or funding sources that will enable the facilities to be enhanced.

Are dogs allowed in the Park?

Dogs are welcome however please be a responsible owner and keep them under control on leads at all times and clean up after them. A bin for dog waste is provided at the end of the island in the car park.

Can I ride my bike on the landform?

No the nature of the landform means it’s not safe (for both you and other users) to ride on. However we would encourage you to ride to the park and leave your bike at the entrance to the site.

Can you ride horses on site?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate horses.