July 23, 2018
School’s nearly out – so it’s the perfect time to swot up on the best family activities Northumberland has to offer. If you are looking for plenty of action-filled activity to amuse (and tire out) your older children or teenagers, look no further; here is our top 4.
If your children need to burn off plenty of energy or learn a new skill, try Allout Adventures in Hexam. They offer a family Quad Biking experience (aged 6+) from £57. With training and support from a fully qualified instructor, you and your little adventurers will have a great time motoring through a thrilling trek covering woodland, fields and hills. You can even rent an Allout Adventure camera, attached to a quad to capture and hang on to the thrill of your ride forever! This is a great chance to do something active while on holiday.
The best way to explore the Northumberland’s beautiful and unique landscape is by bike. Cycling here is like nowhere else; this rural county is full of quiet tracks and natural gems that you can’t discover by car. If you’re likely to spend a lot of time on two wheels, then the Cycle Touring Map of Northumberland (available from www.cyclepad.org.uk, or local tourist information centre for £7.99) is a must. Otherwise, the Craster South Loop (download for free from www.cyclenorthumberland.org.uk) is a great leisurely loop suitable for beginners and takes your family though a mixture of sheltered coastal coves, and in-land picnic spots with stunning views, through local villages and historic sites.
Many Northumbrians would argue that you cannot visit this beautiful county without a dip in the North Sea – do more than that by taking to a surfboard! You can take lessons in a variety of sports from surfing, body boarding, water skiing, kiteboarding even stand up paddle boarding! The Northside Surf School has great reviews and offers group surf lessons at £30 for an adult and £25 for a child, or better still the unique experience of stand up paddle boarding, guiding you along coastal routes or up river around Warkworth castle.
Prudehole Waterworld offers a range of activities in once place, with waves, a waterslide, inflatables and even its own indoor beach for kids of all ages! The Bouldering Wall lets youngsters try rock climbing for the first time – no ropes or harnesses required, soft matting cushioning any slip ups! There is also a café for mum and dad to put their feet up and even a huge space themed Adventure soft play for up to 15s.
If you want to enjoy the heat this summer, and it really has been a pleasant summer so far, then why not book a Grace Darling holiday for all the family to enjoy. You can still get some last minute breaks on luxury cottages in some of the best spots around Northumberland.