What is there not to love about Easter? The time of year means that the winter frost finally thaws, the evenings are lighter, and dewy, sunny days become more and more common. The Northumbrian landscape gains a new lease of life as the daffodils begin to bloom, the rolling hills are alive with the buzz of spring and the kids are awarded with their long-awaited Easter holidays in order to celebrate. Where better to do so than in Northumberland.
For your little ones, there are always Easter Egg hunts going on around Northumberland that can often be booked in advance, so you can relax while the children navigate their way towards some chocolatey treasure. Easter is also a great time to visit one of Northumberland’s farms, such as Kirkley Hall Farm or Whitehouse Farm Centre, during their lambing season. You may even get a chance to feed the lambs! Plus, it’s not only lambs that are just opening their eyes in the early months of spring in Northumberland, but gatherings of adorable, newly-hatched pufflings can be admired on the Farne Islands.
As Northumberland’s landscape becomes rich with vibrant fauna in spring, Easter weekend walks are a must. Bright flowers and bleating lambs are scattered across the land surrounding Hadrian’s Wall, and Kielder Water & Forest Park’s peaceful reservoir and spring wildlife make for brilliant walking opportunities. If you prefer a gentle walk, The Alnwick Garden’s Cherry Orchard is adorned with cherry blossom and looks like something from a fairy tale, making it a delightful spot for a stroll. An abundance of daffodils drift in the breeze around many historical sites such as Warkworth Castle and Howick Gardens and Arboretum, acting as the perfect accompaniment as you wander around their grounds.
For those seeking a spiritual Easter weekend, many of Northumberland’s historical churches hold celebratory services. Visiting one of the many churches by the coast, such as Alnmouth’s St John the Baptist church, Amble’s Sacred Heart and St Cuthbert RC and Craster’s St Peter the Fisherman CE, would mean that you could follow your celebrations with a walk across one of Northumberland’s many wonderful beaches.
Holy Island is also a must for visitors in search of spirituality over the Easter period. Visitors can enter attend a service at The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, or alternatively can head towards the 12th century priory and experience the tranquillity of the incredible Anglo-Saxon ruins here. There are, of course, other churches to choose from across Northumberland, and if a church service isn’t on your agenda they are still well-worth visiting for their heritage and beauty.
So, it’s time to dust off the sleepy winter mornings and frosty nights and start planning your Easter holiday. Just scroll down to see our eggs-tensive ideas for your Easter break!