Christmas with a Difference
Daffodils in bloom | Alnwick Castle

Christmas with a Difference

Christmas with a Difference

Christmas with a Difference


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Everywhere ‘does’ Christmas, so if you are looking for something different and very special, look no further than Northumberland. Spice up your festive trips with local mead tasting in a Great Hall, a night immersed in the stars or visit a Christmas market with a difference.

1.    Winter is the best time for stargazing, when the skies are at their darkest. Battlesteads Hotel offers a package deal with a stargazing session in the Battlesteads Observatory with an expert, combined with dinner in their restaurant which proudly showcases local produce, some of which is grown in their kitchen garden.

2.    The village of Corbridge is a real delight at Christmas. Their array of independent shops offer a unique shopping experience, with late night shopping events and their famous Christmas Tree Festival in the church.


3.     Amble Harbour Village is the idea place for a spot of shopping, a cup of tea and a cake. This vibrant fishing village hosts 15 independently run retail pods by the harbour which are full to the brim with fantastic Christmas gifts during the festive season.

4.    The Alnwick Garden is magical at Christmas. The Grand Cascade’s light show is a spectacular way to finish a day of exploring the Garden and visiting their Christmas Market which is on every weekend in December.

5.    Bamburgh Castle is a well recognised jewel in Northumberland’s crown. The Castle is open on weekends throughout the year, and hosts special events at Christmas-time. They also offer private mead tasting sessions with carols in the impressive Great Hall. Definitely the way to get into the Christmas spirit!

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Hopefully this itinerary has given you some ideas for planning your group visit to Northumberland. If you need any further help, please don’t hesitate to contact Natalie at Northumberland Tourism – your group travel liaison.       01670 794900

Places in this itinerary

Battlesteads exterior
NE48 3LS

One of the UK’s top sustainable tourism destinations, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials.

Night sky
NE48 3LS

Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant in Wark, Northumberland is not only an official Dark Sky Discovery Site but is the only hotel in the UK with its own on-site observatory.

The Bridge at Corbridge
NE45 5AA

The picturesque village of Corbridge dates back to Roman times and has Corbridge Roman Town English Heritage site on its outskirts. The compact centre boasts a wide range of cafes & pubs for refreshments, many award winning independent shops, the tourist information centre and public toilets. A great day out in a beautiful location.

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Set in a delightful location on the Harbour in the traditional town of Amble, the Harbour Village offers shopping by the sea with a difference. Our 15 Individually run Retail Pods offer a range of Art, crafts, gifts, accessories, food & drink; The Northumberland Seafood Centre sells fresh, seasonal local fish 7 days per week; and the newly opened Lobster Hatchery, helps to sustain to local lobster population whilst educating visitors on the lifecycle of a lobster.

With various events planned throughout the year, Amble Harbour Village is the perfect place to eat, relax and shop!

Alnwick Garden
NE66 1YU

One of the world's most extraordinary contemporary gardens.

Bambugh Castle
NE69 7DF

Spanning nine acres of land on its rocky plateau high above the Northumberland coastline, Bamburgh is one of the largest inhabited castles in the entire country. Explore 14 public areas and learn more about the castle and its inhabitants from over 3,000 items on display, including arms, armour, glass, china, furniture and artwork. Experience the sights, stories and atmosphere of over 2,000 years of exhilarating history.


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