We’re home from holiday! Hooray!
This is the second year in a row we’ve been on a staycation and it’s been fabulous. There’s always a huge risk with our lovely county and the weather – but thankfully we’ve been lucky both this year and last. I am a definite fan of our beautiful country – there is so much of it to see and it definitely has a lot to offer.
This year we decided to adventure to Northumberland. I have such fond memories of going there as a child. It completely lived up to all of our expectations. Here are 10 places we visited that we would highly recommend.
One of my good friends at work recommended Alnwick Gardens. It hadn’t actually been on our list of things to see but I am SO glad we went. The gardens are enormous, so big in fact we didn’t get to see it all in one day. Mostly because we were distracted by the Treehouse Restaurant, but that’s next…
Ah, the aforementioned Tree House Restaurant. It’s purely magical. The idea of having dinner in a treehouse, walking over shaky rope bridges and arriving at a twinkly, fairy lit dinner – amazing! Plus the food was pretty magical too!
3. Northumbrian Coast & Bamburgh Castle
Of course – while visiting the seaside you have to see the coast. Bamburgh beach is fabulous – and right underneath Bamburgh castle. If you had to choose between the castle and the beach, do the beach. The castle is huge and really interesting, but if you’re towing mini humans – see the beach!
This was the one place I really wanted to show Holly. I have vivid memories of being a child and paddling on the road as it flooded. It was just as brilliant as I remember – Holly found it fascinating and we enjoyed exploring the island. On the island is Lindisfarne castle – which is currently undergoing huge renovations. There’s a lovely walk out to the castle along a lovely rocky beach.
Around May and June the farne Islands are covered with puffins, we arrived too late in the season to see them but it’s still well worth doing a boat trip around the islands. There are plenty of seals, sea-birds and lighthouses to see.
Seahouses also has an amusements. When you have small people with money burning a hole in their pockets, the amusements is your friend. Although even the 2p’s don’t seem to last very long!
7. Crazy Golf
Holly has never played crazy golf until this week – what a fail as a parent! Now we’ve played it twice. Once in Seahouses, which was good – but then we found the one at Alnwick gardens – it. is. amazing!
Holly was a pro by the end, she got better and better and the different designs were fabulous – especially the angry water squirting spider.
Never one to stay cooped in one place for long. We went for a nice long trek to the national park so we could do a long hike. We ended up near Kielder Damn. It’s lovely. One thing we couldn’t get over all week was how quiet everything is. We barely saw another person on our five mile trek – it’s s peaceful.
Whilst in Kielder I booked us tickets for ‘Space Kids’ at the Observatory. Holly has recently taken a huge interest in space and the planets so it seemed perfect! The event was really interesting, we saw the two huge telescopes and learned a lot about the planets and the moons. We also built and launched our own rockets which was such fun!
10. Alnwick Castle
Save the best until last. This was the best castle and the most family friendly place we visited this week. The castle is huge! Also, the broomstick scene from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was filmed here. It really appealed to my Harry Potter fandom.
You can sign up for different events throughout the day. There are broomstick lessons, Dragons Quest and a cellar tour. There are craft activities and medieval games as well as the state rooms to see. It was well worth the money and I full enjoyed it!
We didn’t just enjoy Alnwick Castle – we enjoyed the whole week. We would highly recommend it if you’re on the scout for a staycation.