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Just booked cottage in Northumberland nr Morpeth, any info please?

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triplets Fri 05-Jun-09 20:39:06

Hi, its in a village called Ulgham nr Morpeth, only been up as far as Durham so don`t know much about the area. As you may know we have 11yr old triplets, any ideas on good things to do please?

cockles Fri 05-Jun-09 20:42:25

alnwick castle, bamburgh, dunstanburgh, crab sandwiches at pub at Low Newton, & Rothbury is beautiful.

ABetaDad Fri 05-Jun-09 20:49:42

You could go to Warkworth Castle, Craster where the kippers come from, Otterburn (nr Rothbury). Coldstream if you wante dot go further.

The countryside is beautiful out there wherever you go.

Take a set of stunt (2 string) kites for the kids to play with on the beach at Bamburgh. Take wellies for rock pools and nets for dredging and buckets to keep stuff they find. Thats a whole day out in itself.

LupusinaLlamasuit Fri 05-Jun-09 20:57:54

All of the above. Alnwick gardens also brilliant for kids though expensive - diggers, water, brilliant interactive fountains, poison garden (really brilliant and interesting). Secondhand Bookshop in Alnwick also good fun.

LupusinaLlamasuit Fri 05-Jun-09 20:58:30

Sorry just saw the ages, diggers perhaps too young! but they'd love the poison garden and fountains

Theresa Fri 05-Jun-09 21:28:05

There is a wildlife sanctuary http://www.wildlife-sanctuary.co.uk/
we've been there a few times for childrens parties. Not too commercial. Another vote for Alnwick gardens. Not too pricey if you have a few children. Costs about £8 or £9 for adults but children are free (or cost 1p I think!) Food is horrible expensive to take apicnic and spare clothes as they WILL get wet. ALso a tree house which is nice but not mega as most of it is devoted to restaurant but has brilliant 'rope' type bridges. You will see adults as well as children jumping up and down as they go over them. Providing there are 2 adults, after you've had your picnic, 1 stays in gardens with kids and the other nips into alnwick (via the exit that takes you to the castle) and buys icrecreams from iceland! Round trip takes 10 - 15 minutes, you lounge on grass while the kids play and send the other adult! The castle is good as well but seperate, you pay an increased combined price for adults and you also have to pay for children for the castle, however if weather is nicde you can spend day in gardens

triplets Fri 05-Jun-09 21:33:05

Ooooo thank you, sounds lovely, watched a prog the other night on Alnwick and it showed the lovely gardens, kids all sound Wow at the poison garden! We are members of English Heritage so might be able to get into some for free!

yousaidit Fri 05-Jun-09 21:36:23

embleton beach is huuuuuuuuuugeeeee, and bamburgh beach (go down a little road callled the wyndings to the golf club for car parking and beach access), go on a warm day, take a picnic and games and you will loooaaaads of beach practically to yourselves, the kids can run riot!

yousaidit Fri 05-Jun-09 21:36:49

and its a free day out and will tire kids out! grin

triplets Fri 05-Jun-09 21:37:35

Even late Oct?

Theresa Fri 05-Jun-09 22:06:47

embleton beach always freezing! (still nice though!) also mobile phone signal not good in embleton

yousaidit Fri 05-Jun-09 22:09:15

ah, get them jumpers and tell them to run round to keep warm... it'll do them good! (but for barefoot running around still try it, they can have a huge plat beach to play footy and stuff

hel70 Sat 06-Jun-09 07:47:32

If you don't mind a bit of a drive up to Seahouses, then a trip to the Farne Islands would be well worth it. Most of the birds will have left but it is the breeding season for the seals so potential to see lots of babies. Check first though as the boats won't go if the weather is bad. Walkworth castle and Dunstanborough are both EH. It is a lovely walk from Craster to Dunstanborough. We were up at Easter for a week and met up with some cousins at Beadnell and they had snowboards and sledges to go down the dunes. Don't know if you have as old plastic sledge you can fit in for this - very tiring to drag it back to the top every time!

hel70 Sat 06-Jun-09 07:59:27

If it is very wet then the train to Newcastle from Morpeth only takes around 20 minutes. In Newcastle there is the discovery museum (free entry), and the centre for life both within walking distance of the train station. Or there is the blue reef aquarium at Tynemouth which would be a trip on the metro (Newcastle's version onf the underground) if you didn't want to drive. (It is a little pricey to get in though)

TigersChick Sat 06-Jun-09 08:58:23

Another vote for Craster and Dunstanburgh Castle - we went there all year 'round as children and it is my most favourite place in teh whole world smile
Bamburgh is also interesting tho it depends on your kids ... unlike Dunstanburgh it has a roof so better if it's wet!
Beadnall beach is beautiful and agree that it is a perfect beach for a day of playing but, IIRC, there are only loos there so you'll need to take a picnic.
Newcastle sounds like a good bet for at least one day out too.

Mutt Sat 06-Jun-09 09:09:57

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Mutt Sat 06-Jun-09 09:14:07

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triplets Sat 06-Jun-09 13:30:49

Wherabouts in Durham? My brother lives in Spennymoor and I have a friend in Newton Hall!

Mutt Sat 06-Jun-09 15:42:54

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