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Things to do with Kids

Heres a list of our Top 10 Fun Filled Activities in Northumberland..

 If you're getting ready, thinking about or already on a Stay-cation in Northumberland and are in need of some inspiration of exciting days out to partake in with children, than look no futher! 

Northumberland is home to a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy. 

Take your pick from Wildlife Spotting, Broomstick Training, Artistic Creating, Castle Hunting (and building!).

We've put together a list of our Top 10 Adventures for you and your mini side-kicks to go on while visiting Northumberland. 

 

Step Back in Time to as far back as the Romans.. 

Northumberland is home to Hadrians Wall, which stretches about 73 miles with a purpose to keep the Scots out of England. There are many points along the wall that you can expore, including Vindolanda which was once a place thriving with Roman homes, shops and bath houses. Archeologists are still discovering artefacts today including jewellery, shoes, pottery and coins. These are all on display within the Vindolanda Museum - along with slithers of wood called "writing tablets" which were over 2000 years ago - making them the oldest surviving hand written documents in Britain! 

 

Discover your inner Artist at Pot-a-doodle-doo.. 

Get your creative head and apron on ready to create a masterpeice at Pot-a-doodle-doo! Situated just South of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, there is something for the whole family!

Whether you want to decorate a plate, a bowl or a money box - the perfect handmade souvenir of your Northumbrian Holiday. There is even a Cafe on site, so once you have worked up an apetite you can enjoy a light lunch or a homemade sweet treat! 

 

Get lost in a new read at Barter Books..  

With a whole room dedicated to picture books, teen reads and enough toys to keep little ones occupied - Barter Books is perfect for a rainy day out in Alnwick. You could lose hours in here, searching through all of the second hand books just waiting to be adored once again. Once you have explored the many genres, head to The Station Cafe for a breakfast, lunch or simply a scone and a coffee!

Ps, make sure you listen out for the train that circles the whole building! 

 

Aim for a "Hole in One" at the Crazy Golf.. 

Situated at the top of Seahouses Harbour, see how many holes in one you can pot at the Crazy Golf! Each of the 18 holes are based on a different Northumberland attraction with turns and obsitcles to avoid (Bamburgh Castle is the hardest one for me!).  

 

Become the next David Attenburgh.. How many new Wildlife Species can you find?

Northumberland is home to a variety of Wildlife, so if your child is an Animal Lover here are a list of our favourite Wildlife Attractions!

Farne Islands, Seahouses - Take a boat from Seahouses Harbour across to the Farne Islands where you will find over 150 different species of birds as well as playful Seals, and if you're lucky the wild pods of Bottlenosed Dolphins will put on a show! 

Kirkley Hall Zoo - From Monkeys and Skunks, to Amphibians and Lorikeets, discover over 200 species of animals at Kirkley Hall. You can even "monkey around" at the activity centre with a zip wire, climbing frame and archery! 

Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth - offering a very hands-on farming experience where guests have the oppurtunity to feed goats, cows, llamas and lambs in the spring! Beware of the Peacock that likes to show off its spectacular feathers while you're walking around the farm! 

Northumberland Country Zoo - Open all year round, there is plenty to keep young ones entertained here. A family-run zoo which is home to over 50 different species, from small mammals, reptiles and birds. A daily programme is available of animal talks and feeding times. 

Or why not head to the beach and go rock pooling! All you need is a net, a bucket and an inqusitive mind. You will find all sorts of little sealife creatures lurking under rocks or within the seaweed - just make sure you put what ever you find back into a pool so it can find its way home when the tide comes in! 

 

Hide within the fountains at Alnwick Gardens, but beware the Poison Gardens.. 

Make sure you take a swimming costume and towel if you're heading to Alnwick Gardens as there is a fantastic water play area where children (and adults!) can enjoy playing in the water fountains - you'll find it hard to drag the children away! As well as the fountains there is a Bamboo Labyrinth, Fairy Tail Trail and Tree Top Walkways. 

Whilst there, go for a walk through the most dangerous garden in the world.. Home to over 100 of the most lethal plants, you will be facinated by their beauty but also by their hidden danger. You are shown around by knowledgeable tour guides who will engage your children with the gruesome facts about these deadly plants.

 

All Aboard the Locomotive! 

Take a trip on either Bunty or Lady Augusta, the resident steam trains at Heatherslaw Railway for a four mile adventure through the Northumberland Countryside. Running along the River Till, you can enjoy some stunning views as well as do a spot of wildlife hunting that live along the river bank. Once you arrive at Etal, why not stop for a homemade sweet treat at the local café before catching the train back along to Heatherslaw. 

 

Be the next Quidditch player by learning how to Ride a Broomstick..

Home to the famous Harry Potter scene where the young wizards first learn how to ride a broomstick, Alnwick Castle gives visitors the opportunity to recreate the pictures! With daily lessons available, get your camera ready to capture a magical day out!

 

 

Conqure a Castle.. 

Northumberland was once home to over 70 castles - more than any other English County! This was due to the not so friendly relations between the English and the Scots, which has also resulted in not many of the castles being left today. Head to our Castles page for more information on what castles to visit while in Northumberland. 

 

.. or build your own! 

Feel like a King and construct your very own Northumbrian Castle - just head to one of the many sandy beaches along the Northumberland Coast. See if you can recreate any of the castles you have seen or visited - before the tide rolls in! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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