Fun Facts for Kids

Published: Thursday 9th Mar 2017

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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If you are considering visiting Northumberland this year for a family holiday, here are some fun and interesting facts about the North-East County that you can all discover before you travel.

There are several accommodation options located all around Northumberland that will suit all budgets and requirements. The self-catering holiday cottages offered by Grace Darling Holidays are luxurious places that provide a great base for exploring Northumberland and the surrounding areas.

Fun facts about Northumberland:

Its England’s northern-most county.

Kielder Water & Forest Park in Northumberland is home to the largest man-made lake and forest in northern Europe.

The Farne Islands and Coquet Island are off the coast of Northumberland in the North Sea. The islands are reserves for many bird species including puffins and the rare roseate tern.

Northumberland has its own national park filled with beautiful trees, rivers and hills.  People who like walking love to come and holiday in the park.

Two famous footballers from the 1960s come from Northumberland. They are brothers – Jack Charlton and Sir Bobby Charlton, born in Ashington. Jack and Bobby were part of the England World Cup winning team in 1966.

One of Britain’s most famous designers of gardens, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, was from Northumberland.

The population of Northumberland is over 316,000 people. Its population density is only 163 people per square mile, giving it one of the lowest population densities in England. That means plenty of space for everyone!

Northumberland is home to many artists who have come to live here because they are inspired by the fantastic landscape, beautiful coast and unusual light.

Amazing historical facts:

Northumberland has its own flag which dates from the 7th century.

Northumberland is called the Cradle of Christianity because St Aidan and St Cuthbert became leading figures on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the 7th century.

In the early 7th century the kingdoms of Dernia and Bernicia were united to form the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria.

Coal had been mined since the Roman occupation and from the 13th century had developed.

In the 16th century Northumberland struggled with a time of lawlessness during which the Boarder Reivers raided the lands. The Border Reivers were powerful bandit families who lived by raiding each other’s cattle.

This time of fighting and raiding lasted until 1603 when the English and Scottish crowns were united under James I (James VI in Scotland).

Places of Interest for families in Northumberland:

  • The Alnwick Garden

DenwickLane, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1YU

Ride around in the pedal powered tractors and try to catch the water in the bucket.

Crowden Hill Farm, Ulgham, Northumberland, NE61 3NH

See over 100 animals in care which are not able to return to the wild.


  • Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland Archives and Country Park

QEII Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9YF

Interact with displays around the museum and take a ride on the train around the QEII Country Park.


  • Northumberland Seabird Centre

The Quayside, Warkworth Harbour, Amble, Northumberland, NE65 0AP

Control the interactive CCTV camera based on Coquet island (1 mile offshore) to view the puffins, seals and rare seabirds.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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