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Making the most of your family holidays in Northumberland

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Did you know that Northumberland has some of the darkest skies, where you can catch glimpses of the Milky Way? It would be fair to say that Northumberland wears its “most pristine dark skies” badge on its sleeve – and deservedly so. This is an exceptional experience that will make your spine tingle and leave you breathless for all its captivating beauty. Then, under the warm light of day, you will be surrounded by lush valleys and sun-dappled forests. If you intend to be towards the coast, you are bound to be mesmerised by the barely-trodden beaches which also happen to be some of the quietest.

Less than two hours from Edinburgh, an hour and a half from Durham, and an hour from Newcastle, Northumberland remains one of the best-kept secrets in the UK, but we are excited to be sharing with you our favourite spots and family-friendly things to do for a holiday that will be in a class by itself.

Dog-friendly tented cottages for the entire family? Don’t mind if we do!

For us, holidays are all about switching off. Here, we are disconnecting to connect. We can’t think of a better way to do this than being immersed in a farm with all the comforts (luxurious, feathery beds, running hot water, fully-equipped kitchens) in our tented cottages – the emblem of naturally luxurious living. It’s great for the kiddos as well, since they will be introduced to wildlife in all its splendour. Your lifelong affair with nature starts here, at Northumberland Farm.

Farne Islands – Puffins season incoming!

For the budding ecologists, the Farne Islands are absolutely worth seeing. Off the Northumberland Coast, these rugged islands provide a haven for 43,000 pairs of puffins, terns, guillemots and eider ducks. According to Visit Northumberland, Farne Islands also carries David Attenborough’s seal of approval as “his favourite place to see nature in the UK,” which really says it all (see what we did there? 🦭).

The National Trust has put together a gentle 30-minute circular walk for those who want to see the island’s many feathered residents first hand! For a more complete exploration of the islands, a boat tour is an obvious choice. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled, you might spot a cheeky dolphin!

Seahouses Harbour: a hotspot for adventuring and seafood aplenty

The Seahouses Harbour is not just easy on the eye, but it also serves some of the best fish and chips we’ve ever tried. What can we say, we really think with our stomachs! But we know, the kiddos crave adventure and this is another reason to visit this stunning harbour. Paddle boarding early in the morning or as the sun sets is a unique experience that really helps one connect with the natural habitat. The best bit? You can also take a dive and hang out with some adorable grey seals!

Bamburgh Castle: dragons and Vikings galore for your little daring explorers!

If your little ones love legendary myths and exploring ancient castles, then they will love Bamburgh Castle which dates back to the 12th century and is built on top of a volcanic outcrop of rock! With an all-year-round calendar of events, there is always something to do – from meeting Marley the Miniature Pony and interacting Viking warriors to roar-some stories and even some posy bouquet making.

🗺️ And if you have explored Northumberland to your heart’s content, then the Scottish Borders ought to be the adventure that you put on the map for your next family holiday!

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