Northumberland in Spring
Colourful gardens of Northumberland

Northumberland in Spring

Too much of a good spring

While hedgehogs awaken from their winter nap, Queen Bumblebees sleepily come out of hibernation and little lambs open their eyes for the first time, Northumberland also comes to life at the opening of spring! Many attractions dust off their cobwebs after closing for winter and the county (literally) blossoms as its wildlife is second to none. Take advantage of the longer days, the crisp mornings and the clear blue skies in Northumberland this year.

Wondering where to see daffodils? Visit Warkworth Castle, where a host of golden daffodils surrounds the fortification which sits above the cobbled village of Warkworth and the romantic River Coquet. Howick Hall Garden & Arboretum is a gardener's paradise, with the grounds packed full of daffodils from March. Alnwick Castle also floods with bright and beautiful daffodils that flutter in the breeze and add a burst of colour to the grounds. Spring at The Alnwick Garden sees the spectacular sight of Japanese Taihaku Cherry Blossoms in its Cherry Orchard where you can 'Hanami' beneath the trees between the end of April  early May.

Explore the extensive grounds at Cragside, whose Rhododendron display is legendary. Marvel at the microclimate of The Quarry Garden at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, home to a vast array of exotic plans and trees usually found across the globe. Wallington, home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family who loved being outdoors and close to nature, is surrounded by an informal landscape of lawns, lakes, parkland and woodland waiting to be explored. The gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall, created by John Vanbrugh are now the most complete Vanbrugh landscape in existence, pre-dating Capability Brown. Winner of Countryfile Magazine’s Garden of the Year 2019, The Gertrude Jekyll Garden at Lindisfarne Castle on Holy Island occupies the site of a vegetable patch that once provided the soldiers in the castle with food. This small yet distinctive National Trust garden has something to offer all year round from hardy annuals to colourful perennials. 

Prepare to get back to nature with England’s most tranquil National Park, the largest reservoir in Northern Europe, two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and many Nature Reserves just waiting to be explored. You'll see the Ospreys returning to Kielder Water & Forest Park, discover rare Black Grouse in the heather moorland of the North Pennines AONB, and find freshly-hatched Pufflings on Coquet Island and the Farne Islands on the Northumberland coast.

Spring also brings Bank Holidays galore, with Mother’s Day and Easter to top off the celebrations. Take advantage with a long weekend getaway and book a B&B by the sea, a cottage in the countryside or a luxury seaside spa break.

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