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Plan your Northumberland adventure this February half-term

February Half Term
If you’re wondering how to keep the kids occupied this February half term, Northumberland has all you need for a fun-filled trip.

If you’re wondering how to keep the kids occupied this February half term, or you're already looking ahead to the Easter holidays, Northumberland has all you need for a fun-filled trip. With family days out and activities for all budgets and weather conditions, this beautiful area won’t disappoint. Whether you want to explore historical castles and Roman forts, go for a refreshing coastal walk, or enjoy a swim, read on for the best things to do in Northumberland over the spring half term. 

When is the February half-term? 

Exact half-term dates vary from school to school and depending on your region. It also changes each year. So if you’re planning on heading to a different part of the UK for the week, it can be helpful to know the half-term dates of the area you’re visiting — in Northumberland, it’s Friday 16th to Monday 26th February 2024.

Remember, half term can be a busy time in Northumberland, so we recommend booking any accommodation in plenty of time!

The best indoor family activities in Northumberland


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February may not be known for warm and dry weather — but don’t worry, Northumberland has got you covered with an array of rainy-day activities for all ages. 

Start your half-term adventure with a visit to Bamburgh Castle? Along with spectacular outdoor views, you can also explore the inside of the castle. Multiple museums, staterooms, and the impressive King’s Hall all offer plenty to see. There are even immersive displays and a cafe for refreshments. 

Ad Gefrin is another great day out for all age groups. Younger family members will find the museum’s Anglo Saxon artefacts fascinating, while the grown-ups are sure to appreciate a tour of the whisky distillery. Ad Gefrin’s bistro also offers delicious meals including Sunday lunch and afternoon tea options. 

If you want an indoor activity that helps the kids burn off a bit of extra energy, why not visit one of Northumberland’s leisure centres for a swimming session? There are pools, slides, saunas, and soft play areas across the region.

And don’t forget the array of National Trust and English Heritage properties across Northumberland. Admire pre-Raphaelite paintings at Wallington House, Garden & Estate, discover old cooking ranges and fireplaces at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, and marvel at Cragside’s pioneering Victorian innovations.

Free things to do in Northumberland


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A great day out doesn’t have to break the bank — and there are lots of free things to do in Northumberland, all year round.

Walks and hikes

With its incredible views and varied landscapes, Northumberland is the perfect place for a refreshing family walk. From tranquil beaches like Budle Bay to the ethereal Holystone Wood, there are walks and hikes for every experience level. Whether it’s a sunny day or grey and cloudy, Northumberland’s beautiful landscape is sure to brighten your half-term. 

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey is filled with magnificent stained glass windows and over 1300 years of history — all brought to life through interactive exhibitions and an engaging visitor’s centre. You can also wander the grounds and then round your visit off with a warming cuppa in the welcoming cafe.

Fresh air activities


Blow away the cobwebs with some fascinating outdoor activities — but where to start? No matter which part of Northumberland you’re visiting this half-term, you’ll find fascinating historical sites, areas of natural beauty, and plenty of space for the kids to run around. 

Roman forts

Northumberland’s wealth of Roman forts showcases the region’s historical importance. From Chesters Roman Fort — a bathhouse that would have been a favourite stop for Roman soldiers and is now a popular tourist attraction — to the panoramic views of Housesteads Roman Fort, step back in time along Hadrian’s Wall

Unleash your inner archaeologist with tasks and trails at the different sites, and pack a picnic to enjoy as you look out across the rolling hills of the Northumberland countryside.

Alnwick Garden 

Surprise and magic await explorers of the Alnwick Garden. Not only can you marvel at over 4000 plant varieties, but there are also spell-binding water sculptures, an incredible tree house, and the mysterious Bamboo Labyrinth to follow. 

But that’s not all — Lilidorei is a new addition to the space. This impressive play village is sure to keep the children occupied as they run, climb, play, and enjoy captivating tales from their Story Keepers.

The Alnwick Garden is the perfect place to let your imagination come alive.

Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Wonderment in Northumberland doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Recognised as one of the best international dark sky parks, Northumberland is the perfect place to stargaze. Whether you’re an avid astronomer or a keen beginner, Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory offers stargazing sessions, astrophotography courses, and activities for all. Handle real-life meteorites and see the night sky in a whole new light.

It can get chilly outside at night, so wrap up — but don’t worry, there’s also a warm room where you can get cosy with a hot drink.

Stay active with sports and adventure days


While exploring Northumberland on foot is great, those who prefer to get around on two wheels can enjoy the rush of cycling over hills and dale with bike hire from Pedal Power. Rent a road or mountain bike or opt for a more leisurely cycle on a tandem bicycle. With adult and children’s bikes available, all the family can experience the Northumberland countryside in a new way this February half term. 

You could take your bike over to Kielder Water & Forest Park and try out one of the many scenic cycle trails

Alternatively, take to the water itself with an array of water sports— you’ll find over 2000 acres of water, perfect for water-skiing, paddle boarding, fishing, and sailing. So whether you’re after an exhilarating adventure or a peaceful stroll, you can enjoy it all at Kielder.

Explore Northumberland this February half-term

Whether it’s a weekend break or a whole week’s holiday, Northumberland is the perfect destination for your half-term break. Whatever the weather, there are activities for all the family — so start planning your spring adventure with Visit Northumberland today.

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