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Places to Book Ahead of the Summer Holidays in Northumberland.

With the summer holidays fast approaching, have you thought ahead to the days out you could be enjoying in Northumberland? 

Perhaps you have already booked a summer break in one of our self catering cottages, or maybe you are on the verge of booking. Either way, there are a few places across Northumberland where we recommend booking ahead of your visit. We have put them all in this handy blog post to help you plan your visit with us. 

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Summer holidays in Northumberland. 

If you are still on the fence about booking your summer holiday in Northumberland, here are a few reasons why we can’t wait to welcome you: 

  • Northumberland provides that real ‘escape to the country’, providing space to unwind and fully immerse yourself in nature and your surroundings. If you have been looking for that real “break away”, then Northumberland is definitely going to provide just that. 
  • Not only does Northumberland have over forty miles of coastline to explore, it also has the rolling Cheviot hills that border England and Scotland, as well as being home to over seventy castles. More than any other county in England! 
  • Businesses across Northumberland are excited to welcome holiday makers through their doors. Northumberland is a very friendly county and offers something for everyone whether you are visiting as a family, a foodie or for a weekend catch up with friends. 
  • Our holiday cottages provide the perfect base for exploring Northumberland. Located in the stunningly beautiful Breamish Valley, there are plenty of walks to enjoy right from our doorstep. Otherwise hop in the car to visit the market towns of Alnwick, Wooler and Morpeth, or head out to tick off as many castles as you can off your list.  

Places to book ahead of the summer holidays in Northumberland. 

  1. Alnwick Castle

One of the most popular choices for a day out in Northumberland is a visit to Alnwick Castle. Thanks to it being the backdrop for the first two Harry Potter films and Dungeons and Dragons, Alnwick Castle is now a “must” for those visiting Northumberland on holiday. 

From Broomstick Lessons to Dragon Quests, it is easy to spend a full day out here. 

Book your tickets online before you visit to save money and to guarantee entry at peak times. Please note this ticket does NOT admit you to the Alnwick Gardens. That is a separate venue and requires its own ticket.  

  1. Lilidorei 

Brand new for 2023, the hugely anticipated Lilidorei opens its doors this spring. Tickets have already gone on sale for the summer holidays so you will need to be quick to guarantee you get to visit on the day you want. 

Said to be the largest play structure in the world, this is definitely going to be one to visit when you are travelling to Northumberland on holiday. 

Purchase your tickets via the website

  1. Horse riding at Kimmerston Stables 

Voted one of the top riding stables in the north east, if you and your family are looking for something a bit different to do on holiday, why not book an experience here? 

Located just outside of Wooler, the Kimmerston Riding Centre is within easy reach of the Breamish Valley Cottages. 

Visit their website for a full breakdown of costs (this depends on experience and the length of the experience you wish to go for) and to book ahead of your summer holiday. 

  1. Whitehouse Farm 

Located near Morpeth, Whitehouse Farm is the perfect place for a family day out. Meet the animals, enjoy tractor rides, both indoor and outdoor play areas and magic shows. 

Whitehouse Farm can get busy over the school holidays, so we recommend booking your tickets in advance and arriving early in the day. Bookings are via the Whitehouse Farm website and you can save money on your booking by doing it in advance. 

  1. Northumberland Zoo

If you are looking to see a bigger variety of animals, then we recommend a visit to Northumberland Zoo. What started out as a small, family run farm park, has grown over the years and now is home to snow leopards, racoons, lynx, and wallabies as well as a host of other small animals. 

As it has grown in popularity over the years, it is another place that can quickly get busy, especially during the summer holidays. Tickets can be booked ahead of your visit and you choose a time slot, again we think going first thing is the best time to visit. 

  1. See a show at Alnwick Playhouse or Berwick

Alnwick Playhouse and The Maltings, Berwick, both have programmes packed with live shows and exhibitions. Plan ahead for your summer holiday by taking a look at what might be on at the same time as your stay, and book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. 

Parking is free in most places across Northumberland, but you must display a parking disc. These can be purchased from dispensers in the car parks or from local businesses for just £1. 

  1. Outdoor performances at Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden often hosts outdoor theatre over the summer holidays. Whilst there are usually plenty of tickets available, it is always a good idea to book ahead of the crowds just to be sure you will get a ticket. 

Visit the Alnwick Garden website but also keep an eye on the Alnwick Playhouse social media pages for the latest show information. 

It makes for a fun afternoon or evening out, just remember your picnic, something to sit on  and plenty of layers – just in case. 

We are sure you will agree that there are plenty of activities to do over the summer holidays for families visiting Northumberland. We have tried to include all the important information such as parking and busy times to help assist with your planning. 

If you have any further questions, we are always on hand to answer your questions about your Northumberland holiday. 

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