February Half Term Ideas in Northumberland
Published: Wednesday 10th Feb 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
February has the first school holidays of the year. Why not treat the kids with a trip to Northumberland and reward them for getting back into routine following the festive season!
Grace Darling Holidays have a varied range of cosy self-catering holiday cottages that are ideal getaway destinations for this time of year. Many have late availability so it is worth having a look to see what is available. Many of these cottages are 4* and 5* graded accommodation and have open log fires, luxury furnishings and all the mod cons you need to provide you with a relaxing family break that feels like a home-from-home.
There are plenty of fun and exciting places and things to do in Northumberland during half term and some of these are listed below.
The popular National Trust properties of Cragside House, Gardens and Estate and Wallington Hall are both very popular attractions. They both open there doors to start the new season in time for February half term.
Cragside has many family adventures for quality time together with 50 things, the Labyrinth, exploring the woodland, building a den and an Adventure play area.
Wallington Hall is inviting visitors to come along in the holidays and take part in ‘Snowdrop Planting Week’. The site aims to hit the target of planting 100,000 snowdrop bulbs in Wallington Hall’s back garden. This will be a bit of fun for green-fingered families and gets children involved in the environmen
Northumberland’s Art Centres and Cinemas offer an excellent choice and have a range of theatre and films to suit all ages. If the weather is bad or just too cold to tackle, why not stay indoors and enjoy some culture or a film. There are venues located all over Northumberland, including; The Maltings in Berwick, Alnwick Playhouse, Queens Hall Art Centre in Hexham, The Forum Cinema in Hexham and the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth. Have a look around these places to see what is showing and the find the best place for you and your family.
There are also weekly markets and farmers markets that occur throughout the month. These markets provide you with an insight into the local areas and the people that live there. You can buy fresh produce at these markets that you can take back to your holiday cottage and use to cook up a treat with a taste of Northumberland. What better way is there to enjoy cooking than by purchasing produce from the locals and knowing your money is going back into the community?
There are many other attractions in Northumberland that will appeal to visitors of all ages. There are majestic castles and Stately homes and Abbeys to offer an insight into the regions history and provide plenty of sightseeing opportunities. There are also the more modern tourist attractions such as the museums, zoos and some of the most impressive beaches in the UK (although I wouldn’t recommend a swim in the sea this early in the year) where you can enjoy a brisk walk surrounded by spectacular scenery.