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Things to Do in Northumbria During May Half Term

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May half term is the perfect time to grab your shades and treat your family to a trip away to Northumbria! There are so many things to do and places to see to keep you and your children entertained – from trips to the seaside and exploring ruins to climbing trees and baking, you’re sure to find something to do every single day of your stay.

Read below for information on upcoming events and activities.

Alnwick Garden – Flaming Monkey Tree Climbing ????

Date: 2nd June – 5th June

Scale the trees of the Woodland Walk in a climbing adventure suitable for all ages and abilities.

Alnwick Castle – Jesting with Zooted 

Date: 28th May & 1st June

Harking back to days of old when court jesters would entertain the lords and ladies of aristocratic and royal households,  Zooted come from a time when comedy was uncomplicated and the comedians were…simple! With a hilarious blend of comedy, fire-eating and sword-juggling, and trickery, Zooted never fail to entertain and amaze.

Heatherslaw Light Railway – Bank Holiday Bubble Train ????

Date: 30th May

Time: 11:00 – 15:00

Join Heatherslaw Light Railway for the Bank Holiday Bubble Trains – free bubbles to all children travelling on the train!

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland – May Half Term Zoo Club ????

Date: 30th May – 3rd June

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

A whole week of events to bring out your inner zoo keeper! Every day there will be different activities to join in with, including helping the keepers with their daily checks, feeding the lemurs, training the cockatoos and walking the Shetland ponies.

Amble Puffin Festival – Amble

Date: 28th May – 4th June

Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything Puffin! A week of fun and activities in the Friendliest Port takes place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island Puffins as they care for their newly hatched pufflings.

The festival will include: guided nature walks, bird watching, local history talks, photo exhibitions, arts and crafts, watersports and live music. There will be events to interest all age groups. Events will be held in a variety of locations throughout the town.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate – Victorian Baking ????

Date: Every Wednesday

Time: 13:00 – 15:00

Imagine walking into Cragside to be greeted by the delicious smell of home baking… Well, you can! Come along and see their volunteers cook in costume and experiment with authentic Victorian recipes as they whip up various traditional treats in the magnificent kitchen.

Self catering cottages available during May half term:

Rookery Nook, Warkworth

This pet-friendly cottage sleeps 5 and is surrounded by some of the most lovely river scenery in the county. It is also ideally located close to a superb stretch of beach.

The coastal town of Warworth is dominated by the magnificent Warkworth Castle, a fantastic place to explore with the kids. The historical town of Alnwick is nearby and offers plenty of fun for all the family. Click here for more information.

Endar cottage, East Ord (near Berwick upon Tweed)

This lovely bungalow sleeps 3 and is ideally situated near Berwick-upon-Tweed, a coastal town with sandy beaches and beautiful riverside walks. Berwick is perfect for a relaxing break and is a haven for walkers and cyclists. Click here for more information.

Croft Cottage, Wooler

This former stone barn has been skilfully converted to create a holiday home, retaining much charm and character. It is pet friendly and sleeps up to 6 people.  It is peacefully situated on a working farm, 4 miles from the historic town of Wooler, within the Northumberland National Park. There are splendid views all around, the cottage itself overlooks Yeavering Bell with its iron age fort. Click here for information.

Curlew Cottage, Whitley Chapel, Steel (Near Hexham)

This converted farm building sleeps 4 enjoys a tranquil and peaceful setting with stunning uninterrupted rural views. The market town of Hexham is well worth a trip with the Abbey, dating back to the 7th century, dominating the centre of the town. Click here for more information.

Brambles, Morpeth

This luxurious static holiday home is nestled in the heart of Felmoor Park, just a short drive to the coast and north to the Historic market town of Alnwick famous for the Castle and Gardens.

It sleeps 4, is pet friendly and features a fabulous hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring! There are some lovely walks around the park, a café/bar and a leisure club which has a gym, sauna, steam room and swim spa. Click here for more information.

Swallows Flight, Lucker (near Bamburgh)

This 3 bedroom pet-friendly cottage offers great value accommodation for up to 5 people. It has an enclosed garden, the perfect place for chilling out on a summers evening, having a barbecue and enjoying the picturesque open views across fields towards the coast. Click here for more information.

Mount Hooley Lodge, Alston

This stunning Canadian-style log cabin sleeps 8 and offers a tranquil 5* place to relax and unwind. It features an open plan living/kitchen space, log burning stove, 4 double bedrooms and a deck and hot tub from which you can enjoy amazing panoramic views looking across the South Tyne Valley. Click here for more information.

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