Things to do in Northumberland!?...

(37 Posts)
Badvoc Tue 02-Apr-13 21:19:56

Going to Northumberland for our summer hols in July.
2 ds's aged 9 and 4.
Staying near beadnell.
I want to go to:
Alnwick castle
Bamburgh castle
Holy island
Anything else we could check out?
Or that we should give a miss!?
Thanks.

Liskey Tue 02-Apr-13 21:25:55

I posted this very same thread last year! Bamburgh castle looks impressive from outside but was a disappointment inside to us. Though walking along the beach was wonderful DD was happy just playing there for ages - she was 2 at the time.

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/uk/1426739-Holiday-in-Northumberland

We and Dd liked the honey farm W S Robson (& honey ice cream was gorgeous!)

Liskey Tue 02-Apr-13 21:27:50

Forgot to say we like it so much we're going back to Northumberland this year as well.

Quak Tue 02-Apr-13 21:37:01

Kielder Water - Lots of outdoor activities by the reservoir too like cycling and water things and wildlife to see. There's a fantastic observatory. If you can get to a talk, they are really child friendly too. Really exciting - go there at night, pitch black, look at stars and it's in the middle of bloody nowhere! Fab.

Cragside. I haven't personally been but know a ton of people who rave about it.

Rothbury is a nice place to stop for a cuppa if you're passing and if you want to go further north, Berwick is quite sweet. The walls and pier are nice and a nice selection of little shops and galleries.

Warkworth Castle is worth a visit - proper old ruin the kids can run round.

BikeRunSki Tue 02-Apr-13 21:44:39

Fabulous beaches in Northumberland - miles and miles of sand at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Alnmouth and Druridge.

Castles - Warkworth, Alnwick, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh

Lots of roman stuff along and around Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads and Vinolandia

Inland - Fielder Forest for mountain biking.

Urban fix - Newcastle - Centre for Life, Hancock Museum, Sage Centre, and you are not far from Edinburgh

Boat trip to Farne Islands

Lindisfarne - drive over causeway (check tide times!), great chips at The Ship! more beaches and castles!

Morpeth is nice for a potter.

Alnmouth is beautiful

Hexham is also nice.

HolidayArmadillo Tue 02-Apr-13 21:45:03

Alnwick Garden
Northumberlandia
Whitehouse Farm
Barter Books

soozejukes Tue 02-Apr-13 22:01:00

Northumberland is lovely. We've visited a few times and would recommended visiting:

Cragside (National Trust property)
Alnwick gardens (take spare change of clothes for the kids as there are water features for them to get wet in)
Alnwick castle (Harry Potter was filmed there)
Barter books in Alnwick (huge second hand bookshop with miniature train)
Castles previously mentioned in above posts
Net fishing at side of River Coquet in Rothbury

HolidayArmadillo Tue 02-Apr-13 22:06:31

Can I suggest that you do one of the treasure trails from http://www.treasuretrails.co.uk/ to explore bits. I can especially recommend the Tynemouth one if you're going to be that far South.

iseenodust Tue 02-Apr-13 22:11:10

Take body boards and you wont get them out of the sea.
Agree otherwise with above posts. Though wouldn't bother with urban fix choosing Northumberland is a holiday about open spaces !
We're going back this year too!

Badvoc Tue 02-Apr-13 22:18:05

Ooh thank you!
Have wanted to visit for years and now ds2 is older we can do more...
Where we are staying is right next to a beach (annstead farm) so am hoping its a decent one!

BikeRunSki Wed 03-Apr-13 19:15:33

Agree that Northumberland is all about wide open space (there is even a place called Wide Open wink ), but was thinking that if the OP is coming from a long way, it could be an opportunity to visit Edinburgh or Newcastle. That's all.

BeaWheesht Wed 03-Apr-13 19:21:50

Cocklawburn beach near Berwick is lovely.

Spittal near Berwick has arcades, park, splash park, bouncy castle , chips and ice cream etc.

It's nice up in the Cheviots too for a picnic, walk and paddle in stream.

East links is at Dunbar (40ish miles from beadnell) and is a good farm park but fairly expensive.

Life centre at Newcastle is good for a rainy day - right next to train station - ds (6) loves it.

BeaWheesht Wed 03-Apr-13 19:22:51

Oh and there's heatherslaw mill which has a wee railway - you can get train along to etal village - walk up to village / castle / river and have a picnic and then get train back.

If you're going to tynemouth, go on a Saturday - there is a fabulous market in the railway station!

BeaWheesht Wed 03-Apr-13 19:25:06

Oh and if you wanted to see pandas they're at Edinburgh zoo

Badvoc Wed 03-Apr-13 19:26:06

We were wondering about Edinburgh on the train tbh...both boys love trains and I have never been.

Mandy21 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:26:33

I would recommend walk at Newton by the sea - massive beach and my children loved it. Also my favourite children's day out of all time - not Northumberland but North Yorkshire so not far - the Forbidden Corner. Brilliant.

BeaWheesht Wed 03-Apr-13 19:35:35

Train goes from Berwick fairly regularly - takes 45 minutes.

Selks Wed 03-Apr-13 19:53:39

If your DC like books there is an amazing second hand bookshop in Alnwick's old train station - Barter Books
It's a great place for lunch too - it has a wonderful cafe in the old waiting rooms.

Another thing that is great to do is take a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to see the seals and seabirds. When the seabirds are nesting it is an incredible sight - not sure if they still will be by July though, but the seals should still be there smile

Take a stunt kite or two - the beaches are perfect for kite flying grin

Selks Wed 03-Apr-13 19:56:27

Also Kielder Forest - great for mountain biking and walks

LoganMummy Wed 03-Apr-13 20:01:04

Agree with above
Barter Books - amazing!
Anwick Castle has a great treehouse you can have lunch in
The railway mentioned above was loved by our kids
Treasure Trail was great
Seahouses was worth a visit
Boat trip from Seahouses

Try looking on daysoutwiththekids for things to do.

Badvoc Wed 03-Apr-13 20:50:18

Oh no, not a book shop!
(I have a slight book buying problem issue!smile)
Better get saving...
I want dh to get a bike holder thing do the car (largish estate car) it he is not keen...how can I convince him? can You get them to hold 2 adult and 2 kids bikes?
Oooohhhh...am getting excited now! smile

Quak Wed 03-Apr-13 20:55:44

You'd better take extra cash then - barter books whilst brilliant, is very expensive for a second hand shop!

Badvoc Wed 03-Apr-13 20:57:18

Oh sad
Am still going though!

Fallenangle Wed 03-Apr-13 21:15:10

Get away from Beadnell and be prepared to walk a little way from any car park and you will have half a mile of beach to yourselves, take a walk down to the tern colony at Long Nanny.

idiot55 Fri 05-Apr-13 20:54:27

love Northumberland we are going for the third year in a row,

fab ideas, also recoomend the heathersla wrailway and etal

Badvoc Sat 06-Apr-13 11:20:18

Wow.
Thanks everyone.
So...I need 2 plans...
A good weather plan and a bad weather plan!
Thoughts?

Imflabulous Sat 06-Apr-13 11:37:05

Eshott meercat farm, I'm off there today just up the a1 heading south about 15min ish from alnwick. It's lovely with lots of animals and its not expensive.

It's a gorgeous day here in the north east today!

Badvoc Sat 06-Jul-13 19:36:07

Hi!
Well, we are off next week! (Pray the weather holds!)
Thanks so much for all the advice.
We are not actually at beadnell, but between there and seahouses.
We are hoping to do Alnwick, barter books, railway and treasure trial
With any luck they will be at the beach a lot!

idiot55 Fri 12-Jul-13 21:34:25

Going to beadnell tomorrow for a week, third year in a row, can't wait!

FrameyMcFrame Sun 14-Jul-13 16:57:57

Did you have a good holiday Badvoc?

I'm from Northumberland so it's lovely to see people are enjoying being up here, it's so beautiful smile

Badvoc Sat 20-Jul-13 21:26:34

Hello smile
Got back today.
We stayed in between beadnell and seahouses.
3 min walk to beach.
It was wonderful
Probably our best holiday tbh.
Miles and miles of lovely beaches and hardly anyone on them.
Alnwick castle
Bamburgh
Cragside
Lindisfarne
Amazing weather.
Ice creams
Fish and chips.
smile
Happy days.

Badvoc Sat 20-Jul-13 21:27:01

It really is a beautiful part of the country.
I am sure we will go back.

idiot55 Sun 21-Jul-13 17:07:11

We are just back from beadnell, badvov, ! Fab time too!

Possibly saw you, out and about!

Badvoc Sun 21-Jul-13 17:15:16

Oooooh possibly!

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