Top 7 Picnic Spots in Northumberland

Posted 12 Jul 17, written by Amanda Lambert

From its wealth of history to the unspoilt natural scenery, there’s every reason to visit Northumberland throughout the year - especially as the British staycation grows in popularity. If you’re planning a holiday in the UK this summer, our fully equipped self-catering holiday lets in Bamburgh, Alnwick and across Northumberland mean you can enjoy your holiday, your way.
 
From enjoying quality time together during the warmer months to getting back in touch with nature, embracing the great outdoors during a getaway to Northumberland is an experience that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry. That’s why today, we’re bringing you our insider tips for picnicking in Northumberland. So, whether you’re hiring one of our holiday cottages in Seahouses or opting for self-catering in Alnwick, our guide to eating al fresco in Northumberland means that you can rest assured that you’ll be able to see all that the area has to offer during your well-deserved break.
 

Seahouses

1. Seahouses’ north sands

 
 

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Best known for its close proximity to the largely untouched Farne Islands, as well as its working fishing port, the large village of Seahouses is a popular destination for holidaymakers looking to explore Northumberland’s outstanding coastline. Boasting an impressive backdrop of Bamburgh Castle and golden sand dunes which line the coast of Seahouses to the north of the town, this beach is no doubt one of the best seaside spots for picnicking in the region.
 

2. Farne Islands

Located just a stone’s throw from the village of Seahouses, the Farne Islands are a must visit for anyone looking to get up close and personal with nature. Home to a myriad of rock pools, a large colony of Atlantic seals and one of England’s most famous sea bird sanctuaries, taking one of the regular boat trips across the waters will provide an unforgettable experience. And with captivating views of the mainland and the islands’ wildlife, a picnic on the Farne Islands guarantees you some of the best sights that the region has to offer.
 

Craster

3. Craster harbour

 
 

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Famous for being the home of the widely acclaimed best British kipper, the ancient fishing village of Craster boasts no shortage of picture-perfect picnic spots - so, you can set up base in one of our beautiful cottages in Craster and then head off in search of all that this part of Northumberland has to offer. Whether you try a Craster kipper for yourself or bring a hamper packed full with goodies from your self-catering Craster accommodation, don’t miss catching the majestic views of the North Sea in front of the impressive harbour that was built over 100 years ago.
 

Alnwick

4. Hulne Park

If you’re searching for somewhere to rest your legs while sampling some of Northumberland’s culinary delights, then look no further than Hulne Park. The former hunting grounds of the Percy family, this popular walking route boasts captivating views of the gothic Brizlee Tower, Alnwick Abbey and Hulne Priory - and with Alnwick accommodation located nearby, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect picnic spot.
 

5. The Alnwick Garden

 
 

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Home to one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses, the county’s largest collection of European plants and an array of exciting activities for the whole family, there are an abundance of reasons why you should pay a visit to The Alnwick Garden during a stay in one of our beautifully-furnished holiday cottages in Alnwick. And with plenty of fountains to paddle in, the lawns in front of the Grand Cascade make for an idyllic spot for indulging in some summertime snacks.
 

Bamburgh

6. Bamburgh Castle

 
 
Built on a dolerite outcrop on the Northumberland coast, a visit to the iconic Bamburgh Castle is not to be missed. From the treasure trove of unique historical artefacts inside the walls of the castle to the impressive views of the fortress from the lawns, there’s plenty to take in on a day out to Bamburgh Castle - and with no shortage of space for visitors to set out their blankets, a picnic on the lawns below will provide the perfect snapshot for your family album. 
 

7. Bamburgh beach

With Bamburgh Castle standing tall above the village, catching a glimpse of the Grade I listed building couldn’t be easier from Bamburgh’s beautiful beach. A day trip to this corner of the coast is guaranteed to brighten up your summer itinerary during your stay in one of our holiday cottages in Bamburgh - and with dogs welcome all year round, the whole family can enjoy a day by the sea.
 
Whether you’re looking for a spot of rest and relaxation this well-loved region will allow you to truly embrace the great outdoors this summer. So, what are you waiting for? With the school holidays just around the corner, browse our first-class collection of holiday cottages in Seahouses, Craster, Alnwick and Bamburgh online today.
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