A good family day out

A good family day out


Family friendly attractions, family friendly refreshment stops and great value accommodation make Northumberland a perfect all-round family day out or holiday. Our young visitors are warmly welcomed and richly entertained. And what’s good for the kids, is often good for the grown ups too!

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first Harry Potter books and what better way to celebrate than a trip to Alnwick Castle which fans will recofnise as Hogwarts School of Witchraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.

Ford & Etal is a fabulous place for familys to explore. From canoeing to horse riding, 19th century artworks to mystical standing stones and watching the milling process at the 19th century cornmill to a ride on the steam train there really is something for everyone.

Whitehouse Farm Centre is Northumberland's largest farm attraction offering a great day out for all the family. Not just a farm you can meet snakes, skunks, meerkats and the many creatures in Critter Cavern. Take a walk round the paddocks and see llamas, alpacas and more. Interactive animal activities, talks and shows will keep you entertained.

A visit to The Dinosaur Golf Encounter at Heighley Gate Garden Centre has to be on the 'to do list'. Great fun for all the family followed by coffee and cake in the restaurant will make for a fun afternoon. Throughout the year there are a number of events such as car shows, dog shows and craft fairs.

Coastal Retreats offers a handpicked collection of stylish holiday properties, from period cottages and rustic farm buildings to romantic retreats for two and large get-together pads. All offer individually-styled luxury in the prime Northumberland locations of Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Craster, Alnmouth and Amble. Some have exceptional views of Northumberland’s stunning coastline while others have the vantage of panoramic sky views, equally dramatic in the day and at night.

Places and distances

Bamburgh Six

Our hand-picked portfolio of design-led and individual holiday cottages takes you on a journey throughout Northumberland from the rivers and hills of the border country, down through Northumberland's rolling countryside to the rocks, fishing villages and vast sandy stretches of its heritage coastline.

Approx 27.83 mile(s) between Coastal Retreats and Heighley Gate Garden Centre, a Wyevale Garden Centre
Heighley Gate Garden Centre
NE61 3DA

Set in the spectacular Northumberland countryside Heighley Gate Garden Centre is the North East's largest garden centre with its own nursery-grown plants. There is a wide variety of shopping and entertainment on offer, an indoor soft play area, dinosaur themed crazy golf course, a large restaurant, Costa Coffee, lots to see and do come rain or shine!

Approx 15.01 mile(s) between Heighley Gate Garden Centre, a Wyevale Garden Centre and Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle
NE66 1NQ

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the UK; home to the Percy family for over 700 years and film location for Downton Abbey and Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

Approx 22.72 mile(s) between Alnwick Castle and Ford & Etal Estates with Heatherslaw Light Railway
Stunning Views
TD12 4TJ

Enjoy a fabulous day out on this country estate with its picturesque villages and range of attractions: Heatherslaw Steam Railway; Heatherslaw Cornmill; Lady Waterford Hall; Etal Castle; Flodden Battlefield; Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre; outdoor activities including canoeing, rock-climbing, cycling, walking and horse-riding; traditional tearooms; quirky shops and places to stay.  

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