August 24, 2018
More and more of us without ties to school term time are choosing to take our holiday or even a short break in September or October. The weather in April, May and even June has been very unreliable in recent years, whereas the summer seems to have extended later on into September, and even October has been warmer of late. Indeed, Northumberland’s coastal, moorland and rolling landscapes take on a different beauty during Autumn, when vegetation turns golden and migrating birdlife returns to the rugged cliffs and shoreline. There are still plenty of events, exhibitions and activities running throughout Northumberland so you really will be glad if you choose Northumberland this year for your Autumn holiday!
The first thing to do, of course, is to secure a comfortable place to stay, especially as the nights will be a little cooler so you’ll appreciate a warm, cosy cottage to return to at night. Wherever you choose to base your holiday and however large or small your party, find the perfect self-catering cottage with Grace Darling. Keep an eye on our Special Offers page too, especially if you are booking last minute.
There are some fabulous food festivals running in September and you can combine a visit to the tourist spot with delicious local produce, stalls and demonstrations. The Berwick Food and Beer festival runs 1st- 2nd September, in the historic 18th Century Barracks area. With over 80 stalls for you to sample the finest in Northumberland’s food and beer production, as well as wine, champagne and cocktails. Don’t miss visiting the town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed itself, the northernmost town in England and just three miles from the Scottish border. Famous for its idyllic sandy beaches, three bridges and Elizabethan Walls (built to keep out northern invaders) the town really is stunning.
Alnwick is another must-see for visitors to the area, and the Alnwick Food Festival runs on 23rd and 24th September at sites all around the town centre. Most famous for its castle, one of Britain’s most iconic, Alnwich has plenty to offer visitors whatever the time of year.
The scale and prestige of the castle itself is just as impressive in the bright sunshine as it is in the mist of an autumn morning, and the mile long Embleton Bay and surrounding walks are a must, though you may want to wrap up a little warmer and be sure to stop for a pub lunch once those cobwebs have been blown away! The Ship Inn at Newton-By-The-Sea has great reviews and open fires!