Great things to do in Northumberland n the Spring
Published: Friday 6th May 2016
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
With spring firmly in the air, the great county of Northumberland has a huge number of things to do that will occupy the whole family.
Here are some recommendations for things to do at this wonderful time of the year.
- Cragside House
Cragside House has always been a family favourite and the best time of year to visit is the spring. This is when thousands of rhododendrons are in bloom lighting up the estate with their vibrant colours. Cragside House itself is also spectacular. There is always something to discover in the innovative home of Lord Armstrong.
- Visit a Castle
There are more Castles in Northumberland than in any other of England’s counties. These Castles open up for the season in the spring. The main and most popular Castles visited are Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh Castle. There are some lesser known Castles that are equally as exciting to discover. In the north of the county there is Chillingham Castle which is wonderfully haunted and Etal Castle can be reached via the Heatherslaw Light railway. Any of these places provide a great day of exploring for all the family.
- Go Stargazing
You are able to see the night sky like nowhere else in the UK in Northumberland as it is home to the largest Dark Sky Park in Europe. Late winter to early spring is a great time to stargaze, before the night’s become too short and light. You may even get the opportunity to see the magnificent beauty of the Milk Way!
- Taste Local Produce
Northumberland has an incredible source of natural produce and this is celebrated in spring. You can visit farmer’s markets for a taste of the best produce and supplies they have on offer. These markets can be found all over Northumberland in Alnwick, Morpeth, Hexham and Greenhead.
This year see’s the 8th Rothbury Food and craft Festival and it is on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May. This event attracts up to 20,000 visitors to Northumberland.
The ‘Riding of the Bounds’ marks the tradition that started in 1542 of the Town ‘bonds’ being walked to keep them known to the English and the Scots. It is an historic event that has been running in Berwick for over 600 years. These days it is done on horseback, rather than on foot, and over 100 riders take part. This ride is also supported by a whole host of celebrations across the town.
The 2016 ‘Ride the Bounds’ takes place on Sunday 1st may.
- Escape the ‘April Showers’
If you are looking to escape the April Showers this spring, Northumberland has more than its fair share of things to do indoors.
Indulge in some retail therapy in the quirky shops of the market town, each with their own character and style or browse the bookshelves of ‘Barter Books’, one of Britain’s largest second hand and antiquarian bookshops. You could also wander around Kirkhale Courtyard and discover the collection of individual shops and arts and craft workshops. There are stately homes and museums that are interesting to look around or you can make for a leisure centre where the kids can have a splash around in the pool.
Grace Darling Holidays have a range of cottages that are ideal for a holiday in spring. These cottages can be found all over Northumberland.