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Family Fun this Summer in Northumberland
9th August 2021
Northumberland's blessed with many fine, golden beaches and glorious countryside but did you know that it's also packed full of fun family activities. Whether you're looking for some adrenalin fuelled action to amuse older children; exploring our fascinating history; or getting up close to our wildlife - there's plenty going on to intrigue all ages.
To offer you some inspiration, we've put together 12 fun things to do with the kids here in Northumberland this Summer, helping you create those wonderful holiday memories that'll last a lifetime ....
1. Alnwick Castle
Not only can you wander through the vast state rooms and discover over 700 years of history but the whole family can join in the fun with the Harry Potter inspired characters (Alnwick Castle was used as a film location in the first 2 films). Conquer the terrifying Dragon's Quest, dress up in medieval costumes or try a spot of broomstick training - there's so much to fire the imagination!
2. North Side Surf School
Whether you're a complete first-timer or an experienced surfer, enjoy the waves off the Northumberland coast with a group surfing lesson. North Side Surf School are based in Amble, Northumberland and offer beach surf and paddle board lessons to all ages and abilities. It's great fun and sure to bring a smile to your face! Wet suits and equipment provided.
3. Rock Pooling and Sand Sculptures
With miles of stunning coastline, a good old fashioned day on the beach with the kids is magical. From splashing about in the water to indulging in a picnic, it's a great way to spend some 'free' time together. Add an extra dimension to your beach day and why not grab a bucket and spade and head off to do a spot of rock pooling and discover some weird and wonderful sea creatures or perhaps try your hand at a bit of creative sandsculpting.
4. Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall (aka the Roman Wall) is a spectacular World Heritage Site, marching 73 miles from sea to sea across some of the wildest and most dramatic country in England. Experience Roman life and explore this epic history in stunning locations such as Housesteads Roman Fort, learning about how the soldiers lived and built the wall.
5. Barter Books
This rambling, quirky second-hand bookstore is definitely worth a visit whether you're a bookworm or not. Housed in Alnwick's former railway station, it has many extra features: a great cafe, a model railway, a mini-cybercafe and a children's room with books and plenty of toys together with a huge room lined with cases containing interesting antiquarian books. You have to visit to appreciate why this is no ordinary book shop. Entrance is free.
For the more adventurous, coasteering is a unique and exhilarating combination of cliff jumping, rock climbing, sea level traversing and sea cave exploration. As well as having fun, you will also see some of amazing coastal features along the way such as blow-holes, sea caves, tunnels and gulleys. This is a good group activity and there are a selection of routes available for different abilities. All activities are led by enthusiastic, experienced instructors who know the coastline and tides.
7. The Alnwick Garden
This internationally renowned, contemporary pleasure garden has much to offer everyone. From the magnificent grand cascade to a guided tour of the deadly poison garden - it's truly innovative and ever-changing. Get lost in the maze, stop for refreshments in the magical treehouse, get wet running through the architecturally designed water features or meander through the formal walled garden.
8. Cragside House and Grounds
This Victorian mansion, now run by The National Trust, was built by the industrialist, Lord Armstrong, and described in 1880 as 'a palace of a modern magician'. Lord Armstrong created stunning gardens and grounds which are definitely worth exploring, but it's the ingenious inventions contained within the house that truly paved the way for modern living as we know it now.
9. Newcastle or Edinburgh by train
Both cities are packed full of culture, shopping and great architecture and with regular trains from Alnmouth and Berwick upon Tweed on the East Coast Mainline, it's easy to visit for the day. Just remember to leave time to catch your return train back!
10. Boat trip to the Farne Islands
Take a boat trip on the ‘Glad Tidings’ across to the famous Farne Islands, which lie just off the Northumberland Coast and are famous for their Sea Bird Santuary, including the comical puffins and a large colony of grey seals. You might also be lucky enough to be joined en-route by our resident pod of dolphins. So take to the sea and be amazed by the variety of wildlife on offer.
11. Bamburgh Castle
Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, the iconic Bamburgh Castle sits magnificently high up on a rocky outcrop with incredible views across the sea. Mystery awaits as the past comes to life with dark tales of royal rebellion, bloody battles and spell-binding legends. What will you uncover?
12. Holy Island (Lindisfarne)
Skim over the sands and causeway to Holy Island and prepare to enter another world. Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, it carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls. Both Lindisfarne Priory and Castle have seen their fair share of maurauding Vikings and Scottish border raids. Holy Island is cut off twice-daily from the rest of the world by fast-moving tides, so check tide times before setting off.
Well, whatever you get up to in Northumberland with the family this Summer, we truly hope you have a thoroughly enjoyable time.
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