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Things To Do In Northumbria This Autumn

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Autumn is a wonderful time of year to visit Northumbria. The landscape turns from green to a sea of fiery reds and oranges, red squirrels are easily spotted as they forage for food for the winter and blustery days and crisp mornings make snuggling up in front of the fire with a cup of tea even more satisfying!

Besides the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, there’s also many great events happening across the county in late September and October to keep you entertained! We’ve detailed our favourites below along with some of our cottages with autumn availability. If you would like to see the full list of cottages available, please enter your criteria into the ‘Find Your Holiday Cottage’ box on our homepage, or call us on: 01697 746777.

Walking and History Events

2nd October – Whisky, Waterfalls, Drovers & Dark Deeds at Wedder Leap National Park. A circular guided walk with much to see including the site of an illicit whiskey still and a brutal murder! Lots of history, stories, features and viewpoints, lace up your boots and enjoy a great day outside.

12th October – A Tour of the Forts at Bardon Mill village. A guided walk which begins with a steady climb from the village through Thorngrafton. A moderate walk of 7.5 miles, lasting 5 hours.

23rd October – From Romans to Roadstones Guided Walk at Cawfields National Park. Follows Hadrian’s Wall eastwards. A moderate walk of 6 miles, lasting 4.5 hours.

Music, Film and Art Events

21-25 September – Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. An international celebration of the art of film, with ambitious programming including film premieres, moving image installations and live performance, the annual Festival spans 12 locations across its walled, border-town home of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

7th October – ABBA Forever at Alnwick Playhouse. ABBA Forever is one of the UK’s leading International tribute shows, theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world‘s greatest pop band.

30th October – Shining a new light on Capability Brown. A display of original Brown drawings at Wallington House, Cambo. Discover a new display marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of local boy Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, exploring his connection to the Wallington estate, featuring five of Brown’s original drawings from the collection alongside maps and plans showing the changing landscape of the estate.

Food Events

3rd – 4th Sept – Berwick Food and Beer Festival. A must for anyone interested in great tasting food and beer, there are 40 stalls of the finest local produce and local beers as well as a selection of wine, champagne and cocktails too. There are cookery demonstrations, information stands , an animal farm, foodie films, and live music.

1st October – Morpeth Food and Drink Festival. Over 100 stalls, food demonstrations and a music area!

Events for children

28th Sept – 2nd Oct – Red Squirrel Week at Wallington House, Cambo. Join our Red Squirrel Ranger for squirrel spotting walks and squirrel themed activities in the West Wood as we celebrate Red Squirrel Week.

22nd-23rd October – Goblin Queen & Dragon at Alnwick Castle. Be prepared for a very unusual encounter as you meet the eccentric Goblin Queen and her dragon!

23rd October – Family bushcrafts at Kielder Castle. Build a shelter, light a fire, cook a meal, make something to take away. Eat before you arrive and bring your own food to BBQ over your fire.

30th October – Spooky Tiles Painting at Bamburgh Castle. Design and decorate your own tile to take away. Suitable for adults and children.

Places to stay this Autumn

Peregrine Cottage in Seahouses: A traditional, three bedroom stone cottage sleeps 5 and is situated in the older part of Seahouses, close to the harbour and all the amenities of this busy little fishing port. It features an original stone fireplace, quarry floor and a rear yard with table and chairs, perfect for alfresco dining in the autumn sunshine. Activities including: sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving are available at nearby Beadnell Bay.

**Special Offer: Any full week in October only £300.00**

Perfect for: Families

Mundles in Whittingham: This compact 18th century end-terraced cottage sleeps up to 4 people and is dog friendly. It oozes charm and character from the exposed beams to the original stone inglenook fireplace, the focal point of the living room. The courtyard offers a safe haven for children or pets and a peaceful suntrap in which to relax.

The village of Whittingham sits on the banks of the River Aln at the foot of the Cheviot Hills. This is the perfect location for exploring the Northumberland National Park or taking a trip across to the Heritage coastline. Walkers and cyclists will love the diverse selection of paths and trails starting from the front door.

Perfect for: Couples, Dog lovers, Families

The Byre in Milton, Near Brampton: This skillfully converted farm building sleeps 4 and is dog friendly. It is situated on a working farm in the village of Milton close to the Northumbrian and Cumbrian border, nestling in the foothills of the North Pennines and provides a superb base from which to explore this region, know for its peaceful walks, wild fells and stunning views.

Hadrian’s Wall is nearby with the forts of Birdoswald, Housesteads and Vindolanda all within a short drive. The market town of Brampton is just 2 miles with a good range of shops and amenities, whilst the Border City of Carlisle is just 10 miles. There are many footpaths and bridleways nearby including Gelt Woods and Talkin Tarn Country Park just 3 miles where you can enjoy sailing, rowing, fishing or relax with a picnic.

Perfect for: Couples, Dog lovers, Families

Woodbine Cottage in Harbottle, near Rothbury: This most attractive, double-fronted 19th century stone built cottage sleeps up to 6 people and benefits from splendid landscaped gardens with patio areas. The living accommodation is of the highest order, being particularly spacious and most tastefully furnished and equipped.

This is an excellent base for a walking holiday with a wealth of little used footpaths. At night the wonder of the cosmic panorama is easily visible with the naked eye. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is one of the best places to stargaze in Europe. In the garden there are a variety of places to position telescopes and the Kielder Observatory is easily accessible. Hadrian’s Wall, the coast, many castles, Kielder Water and Cragside are all within easy reach. Shops and golf course in Rothbury, 8 miles.

Perfect for: Families

Blackett’s Aprtment in Bamburgh: This first floor apartment close to the centre of Bamburgh sleeps up to 4 people. Situated above a small bistro, it has recently been refurnished and equipped to an excellent standard, with distant views of Holy Island, and provides a comfortable holiday base in this highly sought after location.

Bamburgh has a splendid castle situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the village and the sea. Bamburgh was also the home of the Victorian heroine Grace Darling and there is a museum nearby dedicated to her memory. Seahouses is 3 miles, from here there are daily boat trips to the Farne Islands to view the sea birds and grey seal colonies. Holy Island is a short drive and the nature reserve of Budle Bay is approximately 1 mile. There is a magnificent sandy beach within walking distance and also an excellent golf course.

Perfect for: Families

Panhaven in Amble: This dog friendly, mid-terraced property sleeps up to 6 and comprises of first and second floor accommodation with open views across a village green towards the sea and Coquet Island beyond. The local amenities in Amble and a sandy beach are all within walking distance.

The town sits on the estuary of the River Coquet, well located at the southern end of the 30 mile stretch of Heritage coastline noted for its varied wildlife, spectacular scenery and miles of clean, sandy beaches. Local recreational facilities include canoeing, sea and fresh water angling, sailing and golf. Amble has shops, pubs and a popular quayside market and for those not wishing to travel by car, there is a bus service in Amble and an excellent train service on the main east coast line, the nearest station being at Alnmouth, 5 miles.

Perfect for: Families Dog lovers

Bridge End in Warenford near Bamburgh: This spacious double fronted, stone built cottage sleeps up to 8 people. It is situated in the peaceful village of Warenford, 4 miles from Bamburgh. It provides a most comfortable holiday home for larger groups and a very central base from which to explore not only the striking coastline dotted with magnificent castles, rocky coves and undulating sand dunes but also the rest of this wonderful area.

The busy fishing port of Seahouses is 6 miles and from here boat trips are available to the Farne Islands, to observe a wide variety of migratory seabirds and a grey seal colony. The Cheviot Hills to the west are easily reached and offer splendid, secluded and unspoilt countryside. Nearby Twizell woods provide sheltered walks. Excellent golf, horse riding and fishing available locally.

Perfect for: Families

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