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Here Comes Summer…

With the sun finally deciding to emerge and stick around, a trip to magnificent Warkworth Castle is the perfect day out. You can follow in Robson Green’s footsteps (the castle was featured in ITV’s ‘Tales from Northumberland’) and see how the powerful dukes of Northumberland once lived. Warkworth Castle was home to ‘Harry Hotspur”, the bane of Scottish raiders, who was immortalised as a rebel lord by Shakespeare. Take in the spectacular views from the castle walls and go on a boat trip along the River Coquet to discover the intruiging Warkworth Hermitage, a religious building carved out of the rock.

Love wildlife? Then you’re in luck! Enjoy a guided trip around Kielder Water on an Osprey and Wildlife motorboat cruise. 

Knowledgeable Northumberland Wildlife Trust volunteers are on hand to help you spot local wildlife – and with luck, one or more of the ospreys. 

The Old Boat House in Amble has been crowned Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year in the 2017 Fishing News Awards – for the second year running – beating off competition from eateries all over the UK. Situated at picturesque Amble Harbour, the restaurant has a rustic bistro feel and offers a wide range of expertly prepared and cooked dishes – including gluten-free fish and chips!

Stretch your legs and assault your senses (in a good way) with a woodland walk through glorious Howick Gardens and Arboretum. Look out for red squirrels, as well as ducks, swans and herons on the pond, and why not wet your whistle at the Earl Grey Tea House? Howick was the Grey family seat and home to Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. The famous tea was blended especially for the water at Howick and named after the earl. The famous monument of Earl Grey stands at the top of Grey Street in Newcastle. 

You can explore Northumberland’s rich mining heritage and celebrate its strong community spirit at the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic on 11th June. Held at Woodhorn Museum, near Ashington, the event will include an appearance by famous North-East band Lindisfarne, who are headlining a fabulous programme of performers. 

Discover some of the region’s tastiest fare at the food stalls and beer tent, and get creative with pop-up arts and crafts workshops at what promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Harry Potter fans will love the exhibition now running at the Bailiffsgate Museum in Alnwick. It highlights the work of artist Jim Kay, who was personally selected by J K Rowling to bring Harry Potter’s world alive with his dazzling illustrations. Visitors to the exhibition can see original illustrations, sketches and models from the new hardback edition of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. The exhibition runs until June 18th.

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