The county of Northumberland is so rich in history and natural beauty, you’ll never be short of things to do.
Bamburgh Castle, once the royal seat of the kings of Northumbria, has stood guard over Northumberland’s beautiful coastline for 1400 years. You can explore the castle, which is open daily from 10am to 5pm, then take a walk around the castle grounds and stop in at the museum and café.
Kirkley Hall is hosting their annual Countryside Festival over the weekend of 13th/14th May. It’s a great day out for all the family. The ticket price of £5 per person includes entry into the Zoological Gardens, a fun dog show, stalls and skills displays, including horse-riding and tree climbing.
Enjoy a fun insight into baking in Victorian times at Cragside House & Gardens, where staff in costume cook up authentic traditional Victorian treats in the magnificent kitchen. The ovens are on from 1pm to 3pm on the 10th,12th and 17th May! The event is included in the price of entry to Cragside.
Visit Alnwick Gardens and indulge in a magical dining experience in the 80-seat Treehouse Restaurant, which includes delicious locally-inspired food on its menu. One of the largest wooden treehouses in the world, it boasts handcrafted furniture made from fallen branches, a roaring log fire on cold days and trees growing through the floor! The rope bridges and wooden walkways are all accessible by wheelchair and buggy.
If you’d like to visit the most famous bird sanctuary in the British Isles, take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, which lie just off the coast of Northumberland, midway between Seahouses and Bamburgh. You’ll see puffins, guillemots and Eider Ducks, and there’s also a large colony of Grey Seals on the islands.
Discover the wonders of the night sky at Kielder Observatory. Various evening events include Family Astronomy (various dates, including 13th May). Adults and kids alike will enjoy the stunning visuals, and being whizzed through the Universe at break-neck speed! You’ll also be shown how to use the powerful telescopes.