5 Reasons You Just Have to Visit Northumberland This Summer
Published: Monday 8th Apr 2019
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
If you are weighing up where to holiday this summer, look no further than Northumberland. Easily accessible from most of the UK, there is so much to do here. Whether you are into walking, relaxing, adventure, or family fun, this county has it all.
#1 - Beautiful beaches
There are so many lovely, unspoilt beaches in Northumberland. You are spoilt for choice! Alnmouth Beach is a particular favourite, with one reviewer on Tripadvisor saying, “Returning to Alnmouth beach is always an uplifting experience - vast beaches with acres of sand largely undisturbed by visitors at this time of year. With great views to Boulmer to the north and Coquet Island to the south there is plenty of opportunity for photos and working up an appetite for the fine culinary offerings in the village.”
Whether you plan to walk, run, take a dog or simply relax and make some sandcastles, the beautiful sandy beaches are a great place to head this season.
#2 - Cheviot Hills
These hills were formed millions of years ago from the cooling of lava, and are a real striking feature of the county’s landscape. You can walk or bike through the area, visiting the waterfall at Linhope Spout or the ponds at Wooler Common on the way.
#3 – Festivals
Lindisfarne Festival, which runs from the 29th August, is one of the area’s most popular attractions. It was founded in 2015 and provides four days of live music and comedy. Meanwhile, other towns and villages in the area, such as Rothbury and Alnmouth put on their own events. You can get a great vibe from these events, which are jam packed full of fun, so make sure you book up early.
#4 - Holy Island of Lindisfarne
This island is a popular destination for people to visit in the summer. It is blocked off twice a day from the mainland by the North Sea. It is quite a spectacular place to explore. There is a castle there, Lindisfarne Castle, and in 2019 the Castle is holding two exhibitions covering stories about the past, present and future of the building. It is definitely worth a visit and is perfect in sunnier weather for taking photographs!
#5 - Alnwick Castle
If you love Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle doubled up as the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry in the popular Harry Potter series. Actually, Alnwick Castle has made many appearances in film and television, featuring in Downton Abbey, Blackadder and Robin Hood.
As well as special events and performances, there are many exciting things to do at Alnwick Castle every single day, including taking a guided tour to learn about the history of the Castle. You can even have a go at archery! You can check out what is one when you plan to visit, by checking out their website.
While planning your stay in the area, why not book into a luxurious cottage? Grace Darling offers a wide range of beautifully decorated and well-equipped cottages, suitable for a couple on a romantic break, up to a larger group or family needing more than just a few bedrooms!