Out of the twelve months of the year, May has to be one of the best. There are probably lots of insightful reasons as to why May is so wonderful, but our main reason for loving it is because it has TWO bank holidays. That means TWICE as much free time to get out and about in Northumberland!
Shining and shimmering in the sunshine, emerald is the birthstone of the month of May; gorgeous and green just like our gardens in Northumberland! Alnwick Garden bursts into life as the rows of blossom trees awaken from their slumber. Wander through Howick Hall Gardens and marvel at the magnolias, camellias, rhodendrons, erythroniums and primroses. It would be rude not to stop off at the tea room for a cup of Earl Grey after your floral adventure. Lace up your hiking boots and venture into our parks, woods and forests where you’ll find a carpet of bluebells. If you’re after a true rhododendron riot then head to Cragside House Gardens and Estate towards the end of the month; weave your way around the woodland drive and catch a glimpse of those bloomin’ rhodeys.
Northumberland, a paradise for your pooches! We love our four legged friends and what better way to celebrate them than during National Pet Month, this May. There’s no need to leave your floppy eared fluffballs at home, bring them on your day out and explore the numerous pet friendly attractions that we have on offer in the county. If you fancy a stroll in the spring sunshine then pack your sunglasses (and woofglasses) and head to the coast to enjoy our gorgeous beaches. Just don’t forget to clean up, we like our award winning beaches in tip top condition!
Wildlife awakens in the month of May with butterflies fluttering, baby red squirrels bouncing, swallows & swifts swooping. Get Wild at Kielder with a range of family friendly events including the Gruffalo trail, forest wildlife safari and woodland den building. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for the famous feathery friend that resides at Kielder, the osprey. Head to one of the local nature reserves in Northumberland and you might even catch sight of a pair of brown hairs boxing… put em up!
May, the month of buy one get one free on bank holiday Mondays, what’s not to love?