Spending quality time with loved ones is just one of the reasons why so many people choose to go on holiday with the whole family. Today, multigenerational holidays are on the rise, and it’s easy to see why. Offering up a nostalgic experience for grandparents and parents, it’s the perfect chance to reflect on days gone by whilst creating new memories for you and the children.
We’ve teamed up with Parkdean Resorts, who recently identified Northumberland as one of the UK’s favourite destinations for a multigenerational break, to unearth some of the top reasons why this region is perfect for all the family.
From beautiful grounds and amazing interiors, to archery lessons and broomstick training, Alnwick Castle is a magical day out no matter how old you are. Delve into the fascinating history of the castle, which has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family for more than 700 years, and uncover its many stories. Explore the castle’s amazing state rooms and learn more about its role throughout the years, then head outside for a family adventure.
With regular activities and exciting events on offer, there’s so much to entertain adults and children alike. Kids will love the thrilling Knight’s Quest and broomstick training sessions, led by the castle’s very own wizards, whilst grown-ups will love soaking up the castle’s fascinating history and learning more about its appearances on the big screen. Stand in the spot where Downton Abbey was filmed, see where Harry Potter first learnt to fly his broomstick and hear behind-the-scenes stories from costumed guides who’ll take you on a tour of all the filming locations within the castle’s walls.
With one of Britain’s most iconic castles on one side and the nature-rich Farne Islands on the other, Bamburgh beach is an ideal family destination. With beautiful sweeping sands framed by picturesque sand dunes, this is one of the gems of the Northumberland coast. Enjoy traditional seaside fun and soak up the sea air, whilst you make lasting memories with the whole family.
Whether you fancy exploring the history of the castle or a game of cricket on the beach, a day at Bamburgh has something for everyone. Take a stroll along the shore whilst the kids paddle in the shallow waters and look for marine wildlife in the rockpools. It’s dog-friendly too, so even your four-legged friend can join in with the family fun!
With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay Hall is a great value family day out. From the grand ruins of a Medieval castle to the tropical Quarry Garden, there’s lots to discover on a visit. This beautiful attraction is set on fairly-level terrain that’s simple to navigate, so it’s a great way for families to explore nature and history in one place.
Inspired by the temples of ancient Greece, Belsay Hall is an architectural masterpiece. Surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful gardens, it’s one of Northumberland’s top visitor attractions. Kids will love exploring the exotic gardens and huge grounds, perfect for a game of hide and seek, whilst you soak up the history of the ancient castle and enjoy the amazing views from the very top of the tower. There’s also a tempting Victorian tearoom – the perfect place to relax while the children play.
Hadrian’s Wall is one of Britain’s greatest landmarks and it’s sure to amaze every generation. This spectacular World Heritage Site stretches for over 70 miles, with something different to discover every step of the way. Take a journey through history and admire breathtaking views at every turn, as you soak up some of the best of Northumberland’s scenery.
From dramatic countryside to charming towns, you’ll see it all along the wall. Enjoy the journey by foot, bike, car, bus or even train, learning all about the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire on the way. Explore museums, ruined forts and Roman towns and see history come to life. Kids and adults alike will love the interactive Roman Army Museum, where you’ll uncover the world of the Roman soldier.
Discover the former home to generations of the nature-loving Trevelyan family, which is still an amazing place for families to explore today. Get close to the great outdoors and explore Wallington’s extensive grounds on a variety of different trails. Whether you like cycling, a gentle stroll through the woodland or a hike through beautiful farmland, you’ll find it all at Wallington.
Explore the amazing interior of the beautiful house, packed full of quirky curiosities and treasured collections, and discover more about the families who once called Wallington home. Outdoors, there’s so much to see too. Kids will love exploring the secret garden, looking for red squirrels in the woodland, building dens and searching for the exciting play fort and train. It’s also one of Northumberland’s top picnic spots, with beautiful lawns and peaceful areas of woodland where you can relax for a bite to eat.
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With 73 award-winning holiday parks across the UK, a break with Parkdean Resorts gives you the chance to create amazing memories - whether you’re looking to spend some time by the sea, searching for a countryside retreat or planning a cross-country adventure.
Alnwick Castle is the one of the largest inhabited castles in England; it has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.
Combining magnificent medieval architecture with spectacular Italianate State Rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations. In recent years, it has taken starring roles in a number of film and television productions, most famously featuring as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films and as Brancaster Castle in ITV’s Downton Abbey.
Lose yourself at Belsay with its unique combination of Grecian architecture, medieval ruins, formal terraces and lush jungle-esque Quarry Garden.
Discover Wallington, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Treveylan family and a magnificent estate where politics and play came together in the heart of Northumberland.