Things To Do This Spring 2018 In Northumberland
Published: Tuesday 3rd Apr 2018
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to Northumberland, an experience they will remember and cherish for many years. There are miles of pristine coastline with many amazing beaches. So if you are travelling alone, with kids, with a partner or with your mother – you will be sure to enjoy yourself! The entire area is renowned for its historical heritage and exceptional natural beauty.
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From enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea at any of the fine cafes, to witnessing the festivities of Riding of the Bounds, there is a lot to experience in the area. Some of the best activities in Northumberland are as follows:
Visit Cragside House: A great place to visit with the family is Cragside House. While it is a lovely place to visit at any part of the year, one of the best seasons to visit the place is in the months of spring. This is when its fabulous rhododendron gardens are in full bloom, which makes the estate look incredible in a vibrant hue of colours. The former home of Lord Armstrong, there always is something new and interesting to admire on the property. After a tour of the home, take a walk around the gardens to enjoy the stunning natural beauty.
Sample the best of local delicacies: You will find some fantastic local delicacies. Spring is when the Rothbury Food and Craft Festival is celebrated - on the bank holiday of 7th May 2018. It attracts a large number of visitors from all around the area to Church Street in Coquet Valley. There also is a famous Farmer’s Market offering a wide variety of local produce and cooked food sold all across locations in Northumberland.
Tour a castle: Interesting fact - The area of Northumberland is famous for its manycastles; in fact, it is home to more castles than any county in the country! Spring season is when the top attractions open for visitors to tour with Bamburgh Castle and Alnwick Castle, which are among the most popular historical sites in the area. Apart from these two famous castles, there are other less famous historical attractions like Chillingham Castle, which allegedly has a reputation of being haunted. Another great choice is to board the Heatherslaw Light Rail network and travel to Etal Castle. It is well worth a visit with the family!
Be a part of one of the oldest traditions of the area: One of the most historic events (more than six centuries old) in Northumberland is the Ride the Bounds event in Berwick. This is a border town of Northumberland and the event is organised on May 1, every year. The tradition of Riding of the Bounds began in 1542 and covered the agreed town boundaries of 1438. This was done to ensure that both the Scots and English were aware of their own respective land boundaries. The event is completed on horseback and features more than a 100 riders, along with a host of events and activities commemorating the event.