Whether you’re looking for a peaceful seaside stroll or a fun-filled day of activities, there’s so much to see and do in Northumberland. From beautiful beaches to historic attractions, the region is one of the best places to visit in the UK for a family coastal adventure.
To celebrate the beauty of Northumberland’s picturesque coastline, Parkdean Resorts has teamed up with Samantha from North East Family Fun, a top family travel blogger. With her husband and three kids in tow, Samantha packed the car and headed to the coast for the day. Here are some of the amazing places they explored!
Located on the southern edge of Druridge Bay is the beautiful Cresswell beach. With golden sands stretching as far as the eye can see, the sandy beach is a hidden gem. Kids and adults alike will love exploring the rockpools, where you’ll find starfish, crabs and other exciting sea life. If you’re visiting the beach in the evening, try your hand at stargazing! The area offers clear horizons towards the north, making it a popular area for spotting light displays such as the Aurora Borealis, especially in the upcoming winter months.
The magnificent ruins of Warkworth Castle are just a short walk from the beach. The castle is one of the largest and most spectacular fortresses in North East England, offering visitors wonderful views across Amble Harbour and beyond. Visitors can explore the walls, floors and rooms in this superb cross-shaped castle, learning all about its fascinating past along the way.
Druridge Bay Country Park
Druridge Bay Country Park is like two days out in one. There's a nature reserve and a beautiful lake on one side of the car park, and one of the most picturesque beaches in Northumberland on the other side.
On arrival, head to the Visitor Centre, where you’ll find lots of information about the local wildlife. The 1.5-mile walk around Ladyburn Lake is perfect for families, as the route is flat and easy. Roughly halfway around the lake are some stepping stones, which the kids will love hopping about on! Afterwards, follow the path to the stunning Druridge Bay beach, where you’ll find 7-miles of golden sands, backed by grassy dunes. Popular with birdwatchers, keep your eyes peeled for golden plover and purple sandpipers.
Blyth South Beach
Blyth South is a long, wide, golden sandy beach, perfect for a family day out. A haven for wildlife, look out for dolphins, seals and porpoises that are often spotted playing in the water. If you’re a fan of water sports, then you’re in luck, as Blyth South is home to some of the best waves in the UK! The area is a popular destination for surfing enthusiasts, and there’s even a surf school located right on the beach if you fancy a day on the water.
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