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Things to do with kids in Northumberland

Family adventures
Northumberland has something for the whole family as the school holidays approach us. From historical sites and starry skies, to idyllic scenery and gorgeous beaches. Plan your perfect family trip with our recommendations and local knowledge.

Fun for the whole family

You are guaranteed to find activities to suit both adults and children in our gorgeous county. From medieval castle walls steeped in history and picnics in our nature parks, to making a splash and building sandcastles at one of Northumberland’s beautiful beaches - family fun awaits you on the Northumberland coast.

Northumberland is home to one of the most spacious national parks in England, and when coupled with Kielder Water & Forest Park, forms one of the largest Dark Sky Parks in Europe. This is a perfect opportunity to stargaze with your family, and to learn about the galaxy.

Visit The Alnwick Garden where you're in for a treat with their beautiful displays and regular events! Find a National Trust property such as Cragside House and Gardens and learn about our past or escape to Holy Island and discover the iconic Lindisfarne Castle.

Get down and dirty at Vindolanda with their archaeological excavations, or roam like a Roman as you explore one of the many sites along Hadrian’s Wall, following in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian and his Roman Empire.

If you’re all about creepy crawlies & canny critters, then head down to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens and go bananas with the huge array of species! There's also cute bundles of fluff and exotic animals for you to pet and learn about at Whitehouse Farm Centre or Northumberland Country Zoo.
 
Pack up a picnic and head to a country park for some outdoor fun. Wander beside the bluebells, play games or simply rest and relax enjoying the lush green open spaces. A haven for wildlife, Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre gives you the opportunity to explore the outdoors whilst keeping an eye out for red squirrels, a local celebrity in Northumberland! Entry is FREE and donations are welcomed.

Head to Seahouses on your family holidays and experience an Aladdin's Cave of shops and family entertainment. If wildlife is more your thing then wander down to the bustling harbour where you can set sail on a Farne Island boat trip and meet our puffins and colony of grey or Atlantic seals.

Looking for a sprinkling of inspiration? Then check out our family friendly events where you'll find a range of activities to suit every member of the gang!

Whatever your family fancy, you’ll be making memories in no time.

Something for everyone


From families that can't keep their trainers off and love nothing more than a challenge, to those that prefer to take the adrenaline down a notch and absorb some history, we've got sites and attractions a-plenty to fill your family holiday with.
 
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Family walk in Northumberland
Couple enjoying a boat trip
Hadrian's Wall
Surf Northumberland
Outdoor adventures in Northumberland

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