Fancy a Gin? – Gin tasting in Northumberland this Spring
Published: Thursday 28th Feb 2019
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Spring is nearly upon us and if you are away this season with a loved one or with family, then you might want to book in some unique experiences to help complete your holiday.
One idea is gin tasting – a real treat for those gin lovers and something which has really grown in popularity the last few years. You can get all manners of gins with various classic as well as unusual combinations available.
This year on the 2nd March, The Haydon Bridge Community Centre are having a gin tasting event at £15 a ticket. You can come and have an entertaining evening with Gin & Tonia (!!) as they take you on a tasty journey with three different gin options available. You can also enjoy a buffet as you go. Then to finish off the evening you can enjoy the beautiful voice of Emma Smith. You need to book tickets in advance, and the price includes the gin tasting, two course buffet and singer. This should prove a really popular event and one that can be enjoyed along with other stops on your break.
The destination is: Haydon Bridge Community Centre, Ratcliffe Road, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6ET and telephone 01434 622398 if you want more information.
While in the area, if you love history, why not partake in many of the interesting guided talks on offer. One such example is on the dramatic escarpment of Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, named Housesteads Roman Fort, which can take you back to the Roman Empire. Here, you can walk around the barrack blocks and the hospital. The views are amazing – so make sure you bring your camera! You will also find the interactive museum, which showcases objects once belonging to Roman soldiers. You don’t need to book in advance for this visit, and if travelling in a group, English Heritage offers a 15% discount at all of their properties for groups of 11 people or more paying together.
If you want to check out some of the free things you can do in Northumberland while visiting here, then consider any of the walking, cycling or hiking routes where you can experience some fantastic scenery across moorlands, countryside and the coast. There are many opportunities to take photos. One area you might put on your checklist is The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet Estuary. This is a very dramatic coast with amazing views- sandy beaches, dunes, high rocky cliffs and small islands in the distance.
Grace Darling Holidays offer a full range of unique luxury cottages if you wanted to extend your stay in this area. There really is so much to see and do, especially at this time of year when the weather starts to pick up – from gin tasting to walking, museums, food markets and much more. Check back on this blog to see any upcoming events, which we think you might enjoy!