Family trip out in Northumberland

What to do on a weekend in Northumberland

Weekends in Northumberland
Northumberland is a fantastic area, filled with an array of attractions and activities to explore.

Northumberland is a fantastic area, filled with an array of attractions and activities to explore. Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you occupied from dawn to dusk. And if you’re visiting for a weekend, it can be helpful to plan ahead to make the most of your short but sweet trip.

From sporting pursuits to historical sites, here are some activity ideas and top tips to help you make the most of your weekend escape in Northumberland.

Embrace the fresh Northumberland air

The beauty of Northumberland lies in its stunning landscape. There’s so much to explore no matter where you stay or how long you’re here for. If you’re wondering what to do in Northumberland, we’d recommend getting out and about to discover the region’s varied terrain. 

Enjoy a hike 


With its plethora of walking trails, Northumberland is the perfect place for a weekend hike. You might want to make this the focus of your weekend in Northumberland and trek some of Hadrian’s Wall. The world-famous Roman wall spans 73 miles, offering incredible views across the Northumberland countryside

Alternatively, there are plenty of short walks, perfect for bringing some fresh air to your weekend in Northumberland. From coastal paths in the sunshine to wellie walks leading to a cosy pub lunch on a rainy afternoon, there are routes to suit all seasons, abilities, and time constraints. 

Hikes and walks are also a great idea if you want an active and memorable weekend in Northumberland without a large price tag. For more ideas on budget-friendly activities, take a look at our guide to free things to do in Northumberland.

Discover Northumberland wildlife


If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, check who might be around when you’re in Northumberland. Depending on the time of year, you might be lucky enough to spot rare seabirds, wild cattle and goats, and maybe even a seal or two.

Keen birders can make the most of a weekend in Northumberland with a trip to the Farne Islands, where you can see colourful puffins, elegant terns, and sleek razorbills.

What to do in Northumberland in the rain

Of course, the British weather can be very changeable, and there’s no guarantee of pure sunshine in Northumberland. But don’t worry, there are lots of rainy-day and indoor activities to keep you busy on your weekend away too.  

Relax with a spa weekend


For the ultimate relaxation, why not book a luxurious spa weekend in Northumberland? Perfect for a romantic couple’s getaway, hen weekend, or catching up with friends, a spa trip is an excellent way to recharge your batteries and enjoy a bit of self-care. 

If you’re heading to Alnwick, take a look at Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa. Tie an afternoon massage into your Northumberland trip or make a full weekend of it with a spa break — stay in one of the hotel’s grand rooms and enjoy the sauna, jacuzzi, heated swimming pool, and more. 

Alternatively, go for a self-catered option with Cheviot Holiday Cottages. As well as staying in a beautifully renovated stable block, The Retreat grants you access to your very own pool, while The Gate Lodge includes a hydrotherapy hot tub and infrared sauna.

Indoor activities for all the family


For those looking to keep the little ones occupied on a rainy day, you’ll find a host of options. Take them swimming at one of Northumberland’s local leisure centres, take a trip to the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, or meet the adorable residents of Whitehouse Farm Centre.

For more details on family activities in Northumberland, take a look at our travelling tips for family fun.

No weekend in Northumberland is complete without some delicious food. So why not explore family-friendly restaurants, too? Grab a snack at a cosy cafe, try some of the region’s iconic seafood, and enjoy a visit to a traditional pub.

Discover Northumberland’s past with historical sites

There are also plenty of indoor spaces at many of Northumberland’s historic sites. From castles to manor houses, there are National Trust and English Heritage sites that offer intrigue both inside and out.

  • Chillingham Castle — touted as Britain’s most haunted historic castle, Chillingham Castle is a must-see for those with an interest in medieval architecture and history’s spooky side.

  • Bamburgh Castle — If you fancy visiting a coastal fortress, head over to Bamburgh Castle. With its treasure-filled staterooms, archaeology museum, and striking sea views, there’s plenty to see. 

  • Wallington House, Gardens, and Estate — Boasting 13,500 acres, Wallington House, Gardens, and Estate has a little something for everyone. From extended woodlands and a walled garden to a display of pre-Raphaelite paintings, this historical home makes a great day trip for your weekend in Northumberland. You can even stop for a hot meal at Wallington’s Clocktower Cafe.

  • Cragside — Are you interested in smart technology? Cragside is a remarkable 19th-century home powered by hydroelectricity and packed with Victorian gadgets. Explore the beautiful woodland, let the kids run around in the play area, and enjoy a bite to eat at Cragside’s tea room.

  • Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens - With it’s very own vast quarry garden, a mediterranean inspired manor hall and a tower castle to enjoy views over the Northumberland countryside, English Heritage’s Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens really has it all. Including events across the school holidays, explore their event programme and find out what your family can enjoy over bank holiday weekends, February half term and more. 

Find out what’s on in Northumberland this weekend


There’s always something to see or do in Northumberland. Alongside year-round attractions, the area is home to plenty of exciting events, too. From food festivals to art trails and music festivals, there are events for everyone. 

If you visit around Christmas, look out for festive markets, while the Easter holidays are often filled with Easter egg hunts and spring fairs.

Curious to see what’s on in Northumberland this weekend? Head to our events page for details on upcoming activities across the county. 

Plan your weekend in Northumberland

A weekend in Northumberland is sure to be fun-filled. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or a jam-packed itinerary, you can tailor your Northumberland break to your needs. 

Stay up to date with the latest events, find the perfect accommodation for your stay, and get ready for a lovely weekend in Northumberland.

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Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
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Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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