Things to Do in Northumberland

If you’re looking for things to do in Northumberland, you’ve come to the right place. This vibrant, culturally rich county is packed with one-of-a-kind activities, historical sites and much-loved local events - and at Cottages in Northumberland, we love nothing more than exploring the region for ourselves. With so many places to visit, organising your Northumberland holiday couldn’t be easier – and we will help you create the ultimate itinerary.

In our ‘What’s On’ section, you’ll find a guide to the latest and greatest things to do in Northumberland - from bustling local food markets to exclusive regional festivals. With family days out galore, our county calendar should give you plenty of exciting local activities to keep the whole gang occupied.

Check out the region’s huge range of local attractions to find days out in Northumberland the family can all enjoy - with everything from picturesque places on the Northumberland Coast to local hotspots, famous the world over.

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Days Out in Northumberland

Alnwick Castle www.alnwickcastle.com

The second largest inhabited castle in England is now also famous for Harry Potter and the Alnwick Garden project.

2016: The Castle is open 24th March - 30th October 10am - 5.30pm daily. Visit the website for more details on the opening times of exhibits, the gift shop and places to eat at the Castle.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Alnwick Garden www.alnwickgarden.com

Alnwick Garden is a vibrant place, with beautifully landscaped gardens, magnificent architecture and unique features, all brought to life with water.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Please visit the website to find out more about opening times. 

Bamburgh Castle www.bamburghcastle.com

Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline Bamburgh is one of the highest inhabited castles in the country.

Please visit the website to find out more about opening times as these may vary. Please note: castle is closed from 14th - 19th September 2016 due to filiming. 

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Craster Arms www.crasterarms.co.uk

The Craster Arms is a traditional, dog friendly Coaching Inn situated in the picturesque village of Beadnell. Popular with locals and visitors alike this pub/restaurant caters for families, serving a good selection of beers and wines, which complement the delicious food on offer.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Jolly Fisherman in Craster boasts fantastic sea views and delicous food. Tastefully refurbished this locally renowed pub has kept an air of tradition and character which visitors just love. 

The summer months see the beer garden fill with people enjoying the view out to the coast and in the winter an open fire awaits you, sure to warm you up after a brisk walk! 

The Barn at Beal www.barnatbeal.com

Barn at Beal is a coffee shop and a restaurant which serves all locally sourced produce. There is also a lovely gft shop so that you can take home a piece of Northumberland.

Enjoy spectacular views of Lindisfarne and the Northumberland coast. Barn at Beal has enviable views overlooking the Lindisfarne Nature Reserve which is 15 miles long and home to the country's most important places for wildlife and natural features.

 

The Plough Inn, Alnwick www.theploughalnwick.co.uk

The Plough is situated in Bondgate Without and has a new bistro and A La Carte menu which will be available online. You can choose from snacks at the bar to sampling some delights from the new Bistro menu and A La Carte Dining in the Plough Restaurant.

Purdy Lodge www.purdylodge.co.uk

Purdy Lodge - Bar and Grill Restaurant 01668 213 000

Located in Adderstone, just off the A1 and only 10 minutes outside of Bamburgh, The Purdy Lodge serves a delicious selection of lunch and evening meals. Visit the website above for opening times.

 Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

 

 

 

Billy Shiel's Farne Island Boat Trips www.farne-islands.co.uk

Year round sailings on one of the fleet of 7 'Glad Tidings' boats to the glorious Farne Islands. Billy Shiel's boat trips have been operating since 1918, Billy has been awarded an M.B.E for his contribution to tourism in Northumberland and even Her Majesty, The Queen has been aboard to visit the islands. +44 (0)1665 720 308/ +44 (0)1665 720 316

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.  

Farne Islands www.nationaltrust.org.uk

The Farne Islands lie two to three miles off the Northumberland coast midway between the fishing village of Seahouses and the magnificent Bamburgh Castle. As well as being the most famous Bird Sanctuary in the British Isles they also have a large colony of Atlantic Grey Seals.

An independently owned premier fashion accessories gift shop based in the heart of Alnwick on Bongate Street. Home to an extensive range of fashion jewellery, handbags, purses, scarves and much more. We are sure you'll find something you'll love.

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Chillingham Wild Cattle and Castle www.chillingham-castle.com

Magnificent 12th Century medieval Castle is home to the only herd of wild cattle in the world, who have lived in the castle’s grounds, unhindered by man, for over 700 years.

Howick Hall Gardens www.howickhallgardens.org

Howick Hall Gardens has been rated by the BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of the top 5 coastal gardens in the country and rated the Independent Magazine as 'one of the Best 10 Gardens to visit this spring'.

English Heritage www.english-heritage.org.uk

Local attractions include Warkworth Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle and Lindisfarne.

Bailiffgate Museum www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is a people’s Museum, where stories of historic Alnwick are brought back to llfe in interactive displays. Free entry for children under 5.

 

Lindisfarne Castle www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lindisfarne Castle, owned by the National Trust is a 16th-century castle located on Holy Island. There are some wonderful views from the Castle, with some of the most wonderful coastal views. About 500 metres to the North of the Castle are it's walled gardens which were re-designed by Gertrude Jekyll in 1911 as part of the conversion of the Castle.

Behind the Castle there are also some extremely well preserved examples of Lime Kilns from the 19th Century.

Northumberland Cheese Company www.northumberlandcheese.co.uk

Northumberland Cheese Company, Blagdon, is an award winning cheese maker of handmade farmhouse cheeses. A must for all cheese lovers. During your visit you can also learn all about how the cheese is made by going on a dairy tour. Pre-booking advisable. For tasty treats, there is also the Cheese Loft Cafe where you can enjoy, coffee, lunch or afternoon tea.

Kirkharle Lake and Courtyard www.kirkharlecourtyard.net

Kirkharle Court is a unique destination. Just a short drive from Newcastle is a collection of boutique shops, arts and crafts workshops set in a converted 18th Century farm courtyard. Here, as well as visiting one of our many specialist shops , or dining in our cosy coffee house and restaurant, you can wander around the gardens and lake or take a countryside walk to the nearby 14th Century Church.

Swallow Fish www.swallowfish.co.uk

Swallowfish is based in The Fisherman’s Kitchen in Seahouses complete with the original smokehouses, which have operated on this site since 1843. As well as smoked produce, Swallowfish also offer a wide range of fresh, seasonal fish from the north sea. Why not try some during your stay - you won't be disappointed!

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

More More More www.more-more-more.co.uk

More More More give you the perfect excuse to relax and take it easy on your holiday, offering a range of mouthwatering home cooked quality foods that can be delivered direct to your holiday cottage. There is a very tempting range to choose and rest assured you'll be spoilt for choice. Take a look at their website for more details!

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Adventure Northumberland www.adventurenorthumberland.co.uk

Adventure Northumberland your outdoor activity experts - experienced guides offer adventures including coasteering, sea kayaking, river canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking as well as micro adventures and much more. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome.

Special offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Northside Surf School www.northside-surf-school.co.uk

Northside is a Surfschool based in Amble offering you the chance to learn how to surf, bodyboard and stand up paddle. We can arrange lessons on several beaches along the Northumberland coast: North Druridge Bay, Warkworth Bay, Longhoughton Bay, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh. We operate 7 days a week, 12 months of the year and cater for all needs.

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Northern Outdoor www.northernoutdoor.co.uk

We have teamed up with Northern Outdoor, near to Bamburgh, to give our guests the opportunity to experience a great range of outdoor activities at a great price. They specialise in a wide range of unique and impressive experiences for all ages and abilities.

If you would like to book any of these sessions, we can offer you a special discount when you book your holiday cottage with us. For more details about these activities you can call: 0845 467 3750 or email: info@northernoutdoor.co.uk.

Active 4 Seasons www.active4seasons.co.uk

Active 4 Seasons specialise in adventure activities, including coasterring, open canoeing, river kayaking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, skiing. They offer guiding, coaching and outdoor education, as well as made to measure expeditions. Whether you are a group looking for a 3 day excursion, or an individual trying a new outdoor activity, contact Ollie at Active 4 Seasons.

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Slate Hall Riding Centre www.slatehallridingcentre.com

Slate Hall Riding Centre offers lessons, treks, and beach rides on some of Northumberland’s best beaches and countryside.You will be able to ride along Bamburgh beach past Bamburgh Castle, Beadnell beach and also Seahouses beach with a view of the Farne islands.

For prices or bookings please visit their website or email: enquiries@slatehallridingcentre.com or call: 01665 720320.

Doxford Hall Spa and Leisure Club www.doxfordhall.com

We have teamed up with Doxford Hall to offer our guests some exclusive offers and discounts to make your stay in Northumberland even more relaxing.The spa and leisure club at Doxford Hall is well equipped with pool, sauna, steam room and two spa baths. The spa has five tranquil therapy suites from where trained therapists soothe away the stresses and strains of modern life with a collection of exclusive products and therapies.

Located in the heart of Seahouses, The Ocean Club offers a high quality leisure experience. A selection of our cottages offer access to this private leisure club at a special rate and offers guests the perfect place to relax and unwind either in the swimming pool or in the Health and Beauty Suite where a number of beauty and pamper treatments are available.

 

Treasure Trails www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Take your family on a great Adventure!

If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to explore, a Treasure Trail is a brilliant way to help you get out and see the sights. Enjoy one of the different Trail themes Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt or Spy Mission.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Northumbria Days Out www.northumbriadaysout.co.uk

“Northumbria Days Out” – is a photo eBook with lots of images of our famous local attractions and has been put together to help visitors to the region plan their precious holiday time and ensure they get the most out of our beautiful county.

 

 

 

Castle Mania www.castlemania-uk.com

This castle themed indoor adventure play centre was purpose built for kids and is located in the popular seaside town of Amble on the Coquet Enterprise Park. 

With more than 40 play and interactive features, our three storey adventure play frame is the biggest in Northumberland.

ZOOM around our outdoor go-karting track in one of our cool coloured junior grand prix karts

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours www.northernexperiencewildlifetours.co.uk

Provide exclusive natural history excursions with an enthusiastic, experienced and friendly leader. When you visit Northumberland, if you want to see whales, dolphins, otters, seals, and Black Grouse let them be your guide to the spectacular wildlife in Northumberland. They offer half day and full day trips. Unmissable experience!

National Trust www.nationaltrust.org.uk

North east attractions include Wallington Hall, Cragside, Gibside Chapel and Grounds, Souter Lighthouse, Dunstanburgh Castle, the Farne Islands, and Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island.

Cheviot Walks www.cheviotwalks.co.uk

This stunning website is the leading online resource for walking in the Cheviot Hills and offers a totally different perspective on this beautiful part of Northumberland. All material is free.

Barter Books www.barterbooks.co.uk

Situated in the heart of Alnwick, this is one of the largest second hand book shops in Britain.

Footsteps - walking the beauty of Northumberland offer a range of circular guided walks in the beautiful and historic Northumberland countryside.When you walk with a Footsteps guide, you have time to enjoy the unique and beautiful Northumberland landscape. We will see castles, big skies and great views. For more information, please call 07847 506399 or email: patrick.norris@footsteps-in-northumberland.co.uk.

Brogan's Beauty www.facebook.com

Brogan's Beauty is the perfect place to have a pamper. It offers a range of beauty treatments ranging from massages, wraps, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures from the salon which is in the centre of Seahouses on King Street.

Special Offer is available to Cottages in Northumberland guests.

Alnwick Golf Breaks www.alnwickcastlegolfclub.co.uk

 If you love golfing, you must try a round of golf at some of Northumberland's best courses. Alnwick golf course have put together a couple of packages to let you experience the game on some of the best courses in the area including Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Seahouses, Alnmouth (Foxton), Dunstanburgh and Goswick. Best of all you can mix and match which courses you would like to play on. For more information please call: 01665 602632 or email.

Morwick Ice Cream Parolour www.royaldouble.co.uk

Located just outside of Warkworth, Morwick Dairy Ice cream parlour is a great place to visit if you love ice cream. The ice cream is made from the milk of their award winning herd which can be seen in the fields surrounding the parolour on your visit. For families there is a great secure play area and plenty of parking.

Opening times: (spring/summer) from 1st April - 11am to 6pm.

Villages in Time - Guided Walks www.villages-in-time.co.uk

Guided walks by the coast in Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses. Join a local guide for a chance to learn about the history and culture of these local villages. These walks are for people of all ages and last between one and two hours. Each walk takes place over approx. 2 miles. Young families and well behaved dogs are also welcome to join in these walks.

Please visit the Tourist Information Offices in Seahouses, Alnwick and Berwick or visit the website for more information with full details of the times and locations of the walks. 

Prices are £5 per adult, and one child per paying adult goes free.

North East Guides www.northeastguides.com

North East Guides, provide guided walks all year round, in Northumberland, the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines, and the Lake District.

Groups of all ages and abilities can be provided for, whether you want a family stroll, or a more strenuous day in the hills. North East Guides offer adventurous days out with many walks which will take you off the beaten track and those which won’t always be led along a waymarked trail, or have a visible path underfoot! In addition, the walks are informative, and most importantly, fun!

Visit North East Guides to view available walks and prices. Please contact Paul on 0191 413 3775, 07786 902586 or email northeastguides@hotmail.co.uk to book the walk of your choice!

Navigation courses, outdoor leadership courses, DofE Expeditions, indoor climbing, and mountain biking are also available.

My Personal Sanctuary www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk

Add an extra touch of indulgence to your holiday with visiting Organic Spa Treatment service, My Personal Sanctuary.

With their carefully selected therapists and various treatment packages to suit groups, couples, or even just yourself, this is a chance to truly unwind on your holiday.
Please note that to avoid disappointment, it is recommended you book at least 14 days prior to your holiday.

To find out more about offers (available all year round!), prices, availability and booking, please visit My Personal Sanctuary, call 01625 540557 or email enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk.

Sambuca, Embleton www.sambucarestaurants.co.uk

Located in Embleton this lovely Italian restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. With very reasnobly priced starters, mains and desserts and also a 3 Course Lunch Special priced at just £4.95, this is a must visit! 

Contact: 01665 576 639 

Address: Stead Road, Embleton, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3UP

Alnwick Farmers Market www.alnwickmarkets.co.uk

9.00 - 14.00 - This market takes place on the last Friday of every month, in the centre of the town.

The Centre, 27 Fenkle Street, Alnwick NE66 1HW

There has been a market in Alnwick for generations and is a showcase for local produce.

Amble Harbour Market www.amblenorthumberland.co.uk

Every Sunday there is a market held on the quayside next to the new harbour village development. 

Seafield Ocean Club www.ocean-club.co.uk

Seafield Ocean Club - Day Escapes ans Spa Packages

Why not treat yourself or a loved one whilst on holiday in Northumberland? In Seahouses you'll find a superb private leisure club which offers a selection of Day Esacpes and Spa Packages to non members - perfect for special occassions! Prices start from £55. For more information about any of these packages, please call reception on: 01665 721600

Seahouses Food Craft Market www.seahouses.org

Every Sunday at the Bunker in Seahouses between 11-4pm

There will be a variety of stalls with an array of home produced goodies and quality gifts, with many of the sellers living in the Northumberland area. These can include homemade scones & cakes, handmade fudge & chocolate, handmade soaps, lotions & potions, silver and copper jewellery, handmade garden ornaments & plaques, jams & chutneys, soft toys, plants, homemade ginger wine, scarves and more (stalls will vary from time to time)

This is a free event for the public, but we are weather dependent so please ring 07811 169200 to check before travelling. 

Crafts with the Company of Artisans - Alnwick Castle www.alnwickcastle.com

At Alnwick Castle enter the bustling marketplace of Knight's Quest and take the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the best artisans in the country.

24 Mar - 28 Mar 2016, 25 Jul - 29 Jul 2016 and 22 Oct - 30 Oct 2016.

 Create unforgettable memories by creating your own onesie and seeing it come to life at The All-in-One Experience – the only place in the UK where you can see your bespoke garment being made.

Expect the unexpected in a sensationally surprising way, whether it’s a family day out, birthday celebrations, an educational school visit, or a hen party with a difference, book your experience day by calling us on 01670 522478 or visiting.

Cheviot Dog Walking www.cheviotdogwalking.co.uk

Are you in Northumberland on holiday and want to go on a non dog-friendly adventure for the day?

Cheviot Dog Walking will look after your dog while you are off adventuring, in a safe, secure environment on a lovely farm steading, with lots of walks and attention, making sure he enjoys his holiday too!

Telelphone Henrietta (Fully insured and CRB checked) on 07769 656 411 or visit their website. 

Coquet Shorebase www.coquetshorebase.org.uk

 Our guided tours of the Coquet Estuary by canoe or kayak are an excellent way to discover the history and wildlife of the river as it flows round Warkworth Castle and down to the harbour at Amble.

No previous experience is needed, and we use the rising tide to best advantage.

Hire craft are available on the Lake at Druridge Bay Country Park, where we also offer tuition in a wide range of watersports.

A special offer is available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available after booking. 

Go Ballistic go-ballistic.co.uk
Submerge yourself on the front line of action as you fight your way through a variety of military-themed game modes on our indoor and outdoor battlefield's located across the nation!
 
With over 120 warlike battlefields, Go Ballistic is the UK and Ireland's largest paintballing provider - so you're guaranteed unbelievable paint-splattering fun in a destination near you!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Karting Nation kartingnation.co.uk
Feel the heart-racing thrills of Go Karting as you take part in an authentic Formula One experience behind the wheel of our rapid and robust Go Karts - competing against your friends, family or rivals in an adrenaline-filled and hilariously fun environment!
 
Claiming the title as the UK and Ireland's largest karting network, with over 95 spectacular indoor and outdoor tracks across the nation, we guarantee you a karting experience like no other!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Quad Nation quad-nation.co.uk
Prepare for mud-churning and wheel-spinning action as you try and overcome the array of challenging obstacles that await you on one of our treacherous off-road tracks!

With over 70 circuits located across the nation, Quad Nation is the UK and Ireland's largest Quad Biking provider and, with a bucket load of adrenaline-filled experience, you're guaranteed to have a quad biking adventure to remember!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
National Archery nationalarchery.co.uk
Master the ancient art of Archery as you hone in them Robin Hood-like skills on one of our spectacular shooting ranges located across the nation! Possessing innate, competitive, adrenaline-filled thrills - Archery is the perfect activity for those of all ages and athletic abilities, making it the tailor-made event for any occasion!
 
With over 250 state of the art shooting ranges, National Archery is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Archery provider and the ultimate choice for a remarkable day to remember!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Go Bubble Ball gobubbleball.co.uk
Bounce about in a gigantic Bubble Football Zorb ball as you take part in a hilariously fun twist on the beautiful game! It doesn't matter if you're a football lover or not, this intense and action-packed activity will see you actively seek to fly into your opponents, sending them flying across the pitch!
 
With over 150 spectacular pitches located across the nation, Go Bubble Ball is by far the UK and Ireland’s largest Bubble Football provider - guaranteeing you heart-racing thrills to suit any occasion that you may be organising!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Rollmania rollmania.co.uk
Calling all adrenaline-seekers and trendsetters! Take part in the newest, high-octane and adrenaline-filled activity to sweep the nation as you hurtle down a hill at breath-taking speeds in the comfort of a gigantic 'hamster-like' Zorb Ball!
 
This bonkers activity is the perfect activity for any occasion that you may be organising due to its sheer simplicity and hilariously fun nature! With over 160 spectacular venues situated across the nation, we're the UK and Ireland's largest Zorbing provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Laser Strike laserstrike.co.uk
Immerse yourself on the front line of action as you battle your way through an array of military-themed challenges on one of LaserStrike's 60 warlike battlefields situated across the UK and Ireland!
 
Tailor-made for the wannabe war hero or the adrenaline-seeker, heart-racing and replica warlike is guaranteed as you go Laser Combating with the UK and Ireland's largest provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Dirt Karts dirtkarts.co.uk
Experience the adrenaline-fuelled thrills of off-road karting as you put your driving skills to the ultimate test on one of DirtKart's 22 mud-filled circuits located across the nation!
 
Presented to you by the UK and Ireland's largest Off-Road Karting provider, you'll get to jump behind the wheel of our speedy and powerful karts, racing around the track at heart-racing speeds as you tackle a plethora of challenging obstacles in a hair-raising race against time!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Go Combat Archery gocombatarchery.co.uk
Fusing together the adrenaline-fuelled thrills of paintball with the high-octane and hilariously fun action of dodgeball, Combat Archery is the newest craze to sweep across the nation - an activity that is suitable for any occasion that you may be organising!
 
With over 160 venues located across the nation, Go Combat Archery is the UK and Ireland's largest Combat Archery network - so you're bound to have an exhilarating experience as you partake in all the chaotic mayhem that this bonkers activity has to offer!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Adrena Course adrenacourse.co.uk
Put yourself to the test both physically and mentally as you aim to overcome a plethora of challenging obstacles at one of Adrena Course's 30 spectacular venues nationwide!
 
Boasting the title as the UK and Ireland's largest High Ropes Course and Assault Course provider, you're guaranteed to have an adrenaline-filled experience as you climb to truly dizzying heights on our state of the art climbing walls or work as a team to overcome testing scenarios on our treacherous assault courses - tailor-made for those looking to arrange a corporate event!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Go Ballistic Airsoft Combat airsoftcombat.co.uk
Submerge yourself on the front line of action as you fight your way through a variety of military-themed game modes on our indoor and outdoor battlefield's located across the nation!
 
With over 120 warlike battlefields, Go Ballistic is the UK and Ireland's largest paintballing provider - so you're guaranteed unbelievable paint-splattering fun in a destination near you!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Go Falconry gofalconry.co.uk
Experience a truly awe-inspiring and breath-taking adventure as you come into close proximity with some of the world's most elegant and beautiful Birds of Prey! Not only will you get to hold these magnificent creatures, but under guidance from our qualified instructors, you'll also learn a whole array of insightful information!
 
With over 13 spectacular venues located across the nation, Go Falconry is the UK and Ireland's largest Birds of Prey provider which strives to provide animal lovers and bird enthusiasts with an unforgettable experience!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Jump This jumpthis.co.uk
A remarkable adrenaline-filled experience awaits you as you take part in the awe-inspiring, bucket-list, daredevil activities of either Bungee Jumping or Skydiving - jumping from spectacular heights as you plummet to the earth below at heart-racing speeds!
 
Your unforgettable experience will take place at one of Jump This' magnificent venues situated across the nation, so you'll encounter unbelievably picturesque views before you take the leap of faith! With over 28 venues located nationwide, Jump This is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Bungee Jumping and Skydiving provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Kids Activity Guide kidsactivityguide.co.uk
Provide an adventure-seeking child with a day out to remember as they take part in one of our spectacular junior-friendly activities!
 
The kids will be able to take part in everything from an authentic militaristic experience in Paintball to exploring the depths of the unknown as they go Scuba Diving - whatever it may be, The Kids Activity Guide is sure to have an activity to suit any occasion or to fulfil any adrenaline-filled dreams! With an epic 45 activities at over 1120 venues, The Kids Activity Guide is the UK and Ireland's largest children activities provider!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Rally Nation rallynation.co.uk
Jump behind the wheel of one of our rapid and robust Rally Cars as you experience the mud-churning, adrenaline-revving and high-octane action of Rally Car driving at one of Rally Nation's spectacular mud-filled circuits located across the nation!
 
With over 13 epic tracks, Rally Nation is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Rally Car driving provider - so you're guaranteed only the best driving experience as you rush around our custom-built tracks at heart-racing speeds, aiming to record the quickest time possible as your driving skills are put to the ultimate test!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Red Rush Adrenalin Vouchers redrushdriving.co.uk
Are you a petrol-head or supercar enthusiast? Well, experience truly adrenaline-fuelled thrills as you get behind the wheel of our beautiful cars and blast them around one of Red Rush Driving's 39 incredible tracks, situated across the UK and Ireland, at truly heart-racing speeds!
 
Claiming the title as the UK and Ireland's largest Driving Experience network, you're guaranteed an exhilarating adventure like no other as you take control of some of the world's most rapid and powerful cars, including one of our beloved Ferrari's and Lamborghini's!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Scenes Above scenesabove.co.uk
Soak in the picturesque surroundings of the encircling landscape as you experience all the awe-inspiring thrills of Hot Air Ballooning! Ascending to staggering heights in the comfort of our charming baskets, you'll have an experience like no other as you gently float across the sky with the wind as your guide.
 
With over 29 beautiful venues situated across the nation, Scenes Above is by far the UK and Ireland's largest Hot Air Ballooning provider and is bound to have a stunning location near you!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Segway Trails segwaytrails.co.uk
Experience a truly awe-inspiring adventure as you take a hold of our state of the art Segway's and take part in a mixture of unprecedented challenges whilst traversing through the picturesque landscape which encircles you!
 
With over 13 spectacular venues located across the nation, Segway Trails is the UK and Ireland's largest Segway provider - guaranteeing you a remarkable event that'll suit any occasion that you may be organising!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
 
Survive This survivethis.co.uk
Partake in a Bear Grylls experience as you explore the stunning wilderness, learning a mixture of key survival skills under the tuition of one of our qualified instructors!
 
With over 23 spectacular locations situated across the UK and Ireland, Survive This is the UK and Ireland's largest Survival Skills provider and is sure to provide you with a day out to remember as you learn how to start fires, build shelters and a whole bunch of other crucial skills that'll stick with you for life!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
The Big Shoot thebigshoot.co.uk
With over 150 spectacular shooting grounds located up and down the country, The Big Shoot is the UK and Ireland's largest Clay Pigeon Shooting network and strives to provide you with an unbelievable shooting experience!
 
It doesn't matter whether you're a regular shooter looking to hone in them pre-existing deadeye skills or a newcomer looking to experience the thrills of cracking clays - everyone can enjoy the hilariously fun and competitive thrills that Clay Pigeon Shooting provides!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
Mud Mayhem mudmayhem.co.uk
Tailor-made for the adrenaline-junkie or petrol-head enthusiast, Mud Mayhem aims to provide you with a 4x4 off-roading experience like no other as you try to overcome the plethora of challenging obstacles on the treacherous mud-filled terrain in our monstrous 4x4 vehicles!
 
With over 42 exhilarating off-road tracks located nationwide Mud Mayhem is by far the UK and Ireland's biggest 4x4 off-roading provider - providing you with an amazing event no matter the occasion!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
Scuba Nation scubanation.co.uk
Encounter all the breath-taking thrills of an underwater venture as you go Scuba Diving with the UK and Ireland's largest Scuba Diving provider, Scuba Nation!
 
With over 14 spectacular centres to choose from, you're bound to have an astonishing experience as you receive expert tuition from our qualified instructors - allowing you to learn the tricks of the trade in no time as you descend to great depths, exploring the awe-inspiring views that await you below!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.
 
The Activity People theactivitypeople.co.uk
Enjoy a tremendous assortment of action-packed activities as you book with The Activity People! With over 75 activities at over 1500 venues, the UK and Ireland's largest activity network provides you with a plethora of incredible activities to choose from!
 
You'll be able to do everything from the bucket-list from an awe-inspiring activity of Sky Diving to the adrenaline-filled authentic military action of paintball - you can even submerge yourself underwater as you explore the depths of the unknown as you go Scuba Diving, we really do have an activity to fulfil your desires or for any occasion you may be organising!
 
Please note pre-booking is required to secure places.
 
Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

What's On in Northumberland

Farne Islands - Seal Cruise
06/01/2017 - 06/01/2019 www.farne-islands.com/trips

Set sail with Billy Shiel's on board Glad Tidings which departs from Seahouses harbour daily to visit the Farne Islands where a colony of seals can be spotted all year round. This cruise lasts 1.5 hours and tours around all the islands with informative commentary throughout. There are an estimated 3-4k seals living at the Farne Island's with approx. 1k seal pups born each Autumn. Times of sailing may vary throughout the year, so please do check. Suitable for all the family. 

Treemendous, Alnwick
26/08/2017 - 28/08/2017 http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/treemendous

These attention grabbing trees are sure to bring a smile to any explorers of Alnwick. They walk, they talk, and their jokes are positively barking!

This event is part of the 'Lord of the Rings' inspired weekend.

Lambing Live!
18/03/2017 - 02/04/2917 http://www.broomhousefarm.co.uk/lambing-shed-live

<p>&nbsp;Experience lambing on a working farm. Enjoy a guided tour of the lambing shed &amp; help to bottle feed the lambs, you might even see a lamb being born! Booking essential.&nbsp;</p>

Hadrian's Cavalry 2017
08/04/2017 - 10/09/2017 hadrianswallcountry.co.uk

 Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site will host a major new exhibition in 2017 celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.

Taking place from Saturday 8 April to Sunday 10 September 2017, Hadrian’s Cavalry explores the role and daily life of the Roman army’s cavalry forces in a unique wall-wide exhibition that stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site area – from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east.

Berwick Food and Beer Festival
01/09/2017 - 03/09/2017 www.berwickfoodandbeerfestival.co.uk/

Now in its 10th Year the Berwick Food and Beer Festival is a must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer. Organised by Slow Food Berwick, and held in the magnificent surroundings of the towns 18th Century barracks, the entrance fee to the festival also grants you access to the museums many informative exhibits.

Year of Literary Heroes
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2017 www.visitbritain.com

VisitEngland has declared 2017 to be the "Year of Literary Heroes", in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death and 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, to name just two milestone events. The Year of Literary Heroes will celebrate some of the publishing phenomena that have helped put England on the map.

Days Out in Newcastle

Newcastle Gateshead River Escapes www.riverescapes.co.uk

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where you can take in NewcastleGateshead's finest and most famous riverside scenery.

A River Escapes sightseeing cruise offers an unrivalled way to experience one of the North's great cities and its evolving industries, taking you from past to present, from the once thriving maritime heritage, to world renowned landmarks such as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, The Sage Gateshead and the Baltic Centre for Comtemporary Art.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Blue Reef Aquarium - Tynemouth www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk

Enjoy close encounters with incredible creatures from around the world…. Everything from seals and otters to sharks, seahorses and stingrays! Meet the monkeys and reptiles in Amazing Amazon! Come face to face with our adorable California sea lions! Talks and feeding displays take place throughout the day.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Northumberlandia www.northumberlandia.com

Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46 acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform. There is a car park with a small charge for parking.

The Cycle Hub www.thecyclehub.org

We have a full range of brand spanking Roam 2 bikes from Giant. These are available for hire from half a day upwards. So, whether heading out on the Hadrian Cycleway or C2C or setting your sights on the Tyne Valley or heading to the coast and Tynemouth they are just the job. Hiring a bike starts from as little as £15 for a half day.

Special offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Climb Newcastle www.climbnewcastle.com

Why not reach new heights and try something a little different during your stay in Newcastle? Climb Newcastle is Newcastle's first dedicated indoor climbing centre. Located in Byker, close to the City Centre, the centre is one of the most extensive facilities of its type worldwide. Climb Newcastle has something for all ages and abilities.

Special Offer - available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

Stein Bier Keller www.steinbierkeller.com

 Experience an authentic bavarian experience at the latest new bar in Newcastle. Serving a selection of world beers. Free entry all night and live shows from 9pm. Open every weekend.

Cullercoats Bike and Kayak cullercoatsbikekayak.co.uk

Cullercoats Bike and Kayak provides the perfect means to explore this stunning coastline from Whitley Bay to Cullercoats. There is lots to see and do from exploring the magnificent beaches to one of the many attractions such as Tynemouth Priory.  You can also stop off and enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the many splendid restaurants and cafes. St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley Bay is well worth a visit and is reachable at low tide across the causeway.

Special Offer: available to Cottages in Northumberland guests. More details available when you book.

The Northumberland Club www.northumberlandclub.org

 The Northumberland Club in Jesmond offers Tennis, Squash, Racketball and Badminton. We have organised a special offer for guests to use whilst on holiday. 

The club can be found at:

The Northumberland Club
North Jesmond Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 3JU
 

My Personal Sanctuary www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk

Add an extra touch of indulgence to your holiday with visiting Organic Spa Treatment service, My Personal Sanctuary.

With their carefully selected therapists and various treatment packages to suit groups, couples, or even just yourself, this is a chance to truly unwind on your holiday.
Please note that to avoid disappointment, it is recommended you book at least 14 days prior to your holiday.

To find out more about offers (available all year round!), prices, availability and booking, please visit My Personal Sanctuary, call 01625 540557 or email enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk.

Iles Tours www.ilestours.co.uk

Are you interested in what’s going on in the heart of the North East? Do you want to discover more about Newcastle? Iles Tours will show you the very best of what Newcastle has to offer!

Iles Tours was created in March 2013, by Alexander Iles who has a passion for Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle has a vibrant history with the Castle and City dating back 1000 years. These tours were started to show visitors the city of Newcastle and all of its brilliant history, culture and amazing things that regularly go on within the city.

There are a variety of tours available for bookings; including Historical, Cultural and Gory tours daily at 10am, 2pm and 4pm. There are also bespoke tours on offer, which could be on a variety of topics and areas of the city. Corporate scavenger hunts and seminars for larger groups can also be arranged.

Please contact www.ilestours.co.uk or 07734 130 422 to book.

Newcastle Markets www.newcastle.gov.uk

Newcastle Farmers Market

Newcastle Farmers Market held on the first Friday of every month at Grey's Monument between 9.30am till 2.00pm.

Newcastle Quayside Market

There is also a market on every Sunday on the Quayside. This is a very popular market held every week on Sunday between 9.30-4pm. You'll find artists, designers, jewellers, food producers, photographers, ceramic artists and fashionistas as well as street artists and buskers.

Beamish Museum www.beamish.org.uk

Visit the world famous open air museum which tells the story of the North East of England during the 1820s. 

Opening times: 19th March - 30th October 10am - 5pm. 

Ticket prices vary, so please visit the website or call 0191 370 4000 to find out more. 

Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall www.blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk/

Blackfriars serves gutsy, traditional British food using seasonal produce from the local farms and producers and serves one of the most inexpensive and popular lunch and early evening set menus in town, as well as Sunday lunches, an award-winning wine list, and a large range of local ales and Scottish whisky.

RECOMMENDED BY MICHELIN, HARDENS & THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE. AWARDED AN AA ROSETTE.

WINNER – TASTE OF ENGLAND – NORTH EAST ENGLAND TOURISM AWARDS

 

Wood fired, sourdough pizza accompanies al forno starters and home made desserts that change daily. 

Find Cal's Own on Holly Avenue West in Jesmond.

Diggerland www.diggerland.com

Diggerland is a great family day out located in Durham. Fun for all ages both young and old and provides a unique experience where you can have a go at riding, driving and operating real diggers, dumpers and other construction machinery. Young visitors can even drive a real 4 x 4 car and no trip is complete without a turn on Spindizzy - a truly exhilerating experience for all!

Cottages in Northumberland guests - can enjoy discounted entry when they book. Please ask for more details.

What's On in Newcastle

Kynren - An Epic Tale of England
01/07/2017 - 16/09/2017 http://elevenarches.org/kynren/the-show

Kynren is an open air show whih tells the epic tale of England. Due to its popularity last year, it is back for 2017 and promises to be bigger, better and brighter. Take a trip back through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. With a cast of over 1,500 this 90 minute show begins at sunset and ends at star light. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in County Durham. Book your tickets in advance as this show will be popular with tickets going fast.

BBC Studio Tour, Newcastle
03/02/2017 - 03/02/2018 www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tours/newcastle

Experience a tour of the BBC Television and Radio broadcasting station. See how the shows are made, meet the staff, even try your hand in the presenting chair. Tours are available all year round with advance booking.

John Bishop - Winging it!
08/11/2017 - 09/11/2017 www.newcastlegateshead.com/johnbishop

After a three year break, comedy superstar John Bishop returns to the scene with his new show 'Winging it!' in the heart of Newcastle. A huge event for anyone who appreciates a good joke.

Emeli Sandé - Metro Radio Arena
16/10/2017 www.metroradioarena.co.uk/events/emeli-sandé

Record breaking artist Emeli Sandé comes to the Metro Radio Arena this October to perform her new album 'Long Live The Angels'. A night of energetic and gut punching music is guaranteed and definitely not one to miss.

British Masters 2017
28/09/2017 - 01/10/2017 closehouse.com/british-masters/

 Close House has been chosen as the official host of the British Masters 2017. The event will be hosted by Lee Westwood, former World Number 1 golfer. To not miss this rare event, register your interest now and make sure to book up!

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art at Seven Stories
21/07/2017 - 02/09/2017 www.sevenstories.org.uk/exhibitions/comics

Love The Beano? Can’t get enough of superheroes? Read The Phoenix? Always wanted to have a go at making your own comic? You must visit the brand new Comics exhibition at Seven Stories.

Dino Jaws exhibition
27/05/2017 - 07/01/2018 www.life.org.uk/events/dino-jaws

Don’t miss Dino Jaws, an amazing exhibition from the Natural History Museum, featuring life-size animatronic dinosaur heads – including the terrifying T. rex!

Suitable for all ages.