The National Trust has come up with seven great days out to ensure you avoid spending all of your Christmas time off indoors. From stargazing to family days out and great winter walks, here are some top suggestions for things to do over the holidays…

Twximas at Seaton Delaval Hall

Don your festive jumpers and bobble hats and bring the whole family, including the dog, and explore Seaton Delaval Hall over the twixmas period. They’ll be open from 11am to 3pm from 27th - 31st December 2023, welcoming visitors who want to walk off their Christmas dinner, try out their new bike or scooter and meander around the gardens. For more information visit

Festive Christmas Decoration Making

Enjoy making a Christmas decoration at Cragside. Families can make their own unique decoration made from wood, taking a piece of Cragside home with you and a memory you can treasure always. To find out more visit 

Visit a castle

Lindisfarne Castle opens every year on certain days between Christmas and New Year so that you can escape to the tranquillity of Holy Island and enjoy a relaxing post-Christmas day out. After a bracing walk along the coast, warm up inside the castle and discover a holiday home by the sea like no other. For more information and opening times visit

Enjoy a Christmas Craft

This year enjoy making something for a loved one or for yourself at one of Wallington’s Christmas craft workshops, from book folding to wreath making, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information and to book one of their workshop events visit 

Go for a walk

Heading out for a Boxing Day or New Year's Day walk is a tradition for many families. If you fancy trying a new route this year, you can take inspiration from National Trust rangers who work in the countryside all year round. They’ve suggested their favourite winter walks at places like Hadrian’s Wall, the Northumberland Coast, Wallington and Cragside. You can find the list and download a route at

You can find out more about attractions and activities you and your loved ones can enjoy this winter by exploring our blog, including the best winter walks, the most delicious winter food, including Sunday lunches, Christmas markets to visit in the region, as well as the best things to do on the lead up to the big day.

Mountain biking in purple heather
Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
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Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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