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Message posted by sarahsop on 22/7/2014 at 11:06am
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Off to Northumberland for our main holiday this year! Looking forward to a longer break than we've had for a good while. Fingers crossed this lovely weather lasts out!

Anyone any must visits for us?

So far we've penciled in a trip to the Observatory, Beamish and some cycling around Kielder water.



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Message posted by moorlander999 on 22/7/2014 at 11:47am
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Lindisfarne....

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Seahouses for a trip round or onto the Farne Islands

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Warkworth castle is fantastic especially if they have an event on - make sure you do the short boat trip to the Hermitage too.

Alnwich gardens are wonderful - can be combined with a visit to the castle however even though I am the worlds biggest castle fan, I enjoyed the gardens much more than the castle! Have lunch in the tree-house.

The cattle at Chillingham are absolutely fascinating and were easily the highlight of my holiday in Northumberland even though (as previously mentioned) I am officially the worlds biggest castle fan I actually found the cattle more interesting than Northumberland's world famous castles!

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If you are camping at Bellingham you are quite a distance from Lindisfarne, Seahouses, Warkworth and Alnwick.

Hexham and the various visitor centres on Hadrian's Wall are close, and if you need any decent outdoor clothing then Otterburn Mill is definitely worth a visit.

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Northumberland is a huge, wild county and you need more than one holiday to appreciate what we have to offer. Is it country, coast, castles, gardens, stately homes or just plain, beautiful countryside? We have it all, just don't tell anyone. From the window of my new to me static I can see red squirrels, deer, birds of prey, kingfishers fishing in the burn that runs past the van - heaven.

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I'm working on it Marilyn Thanks for your advice guys x

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Marilyn - your tourist information centres are damn good at keeping everything a secret.  I love Northumberland, it is beautiful and the castles are great but when I walked out of the tourist information centre in Wooller I was scratching my head trying to come up with things to fill a 10 day holiday!  I know there are absolutely loads of things to do up there but Northumberland are missing out on a shed load of tourism money if they don't shout it from the rooftops.

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A must is Bamborough Castle on the fabulous beach. Craster for the kippers,( or the village and castle)
and you just have to cross the causeway onto Holy Island.

Youll enjoy Beamish, probably an hour away, in Co Durham, but well worth the trip

Bellingham less than an hour from Holy Island and coast.

Just enjoy this beautiful county, and the trip up too

Forgot, Try Durham Cathedral on way up. fabulous and one of the best in the country

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A walk on the walls around Berwick-upon-Tweed, absolutely fascinating and if you have little one's call into Spittal next to Berwick for the water splash and nice littlebplay park on the promenade.
Beaches are lovely up in Northumberland, we sat and had a picnic on the beach on Lindisfarne, listening to the piper playing his bagpipes and my 5 year old Granddaughter went collecting winkles that we cooked back at the campsite.
Priceless memories! Can't wait to go back.
Enjoy your holiday

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Quote: Originally posted by CW52 on 25/7/2014
A must is Bamborough Castle on the fabulous beach. Craster for the kippers,( or the village and castle)
and you just have to cross the causeway onto Holy Island.

Youll enjoy Beamish, probably an hour away, in Co Durham, but well worth the trip

Bellingham less than an hour from Holy Island and coast.

Just enjoy this beautiful county, and the trip up too

Forgot, Try Durham Cathedral on way up. fabulous and one of the best in the country




I do fancy the Holy island I must admit and lots have said Bambourgh castle is a must! I enjoy photography and it looks idylic!




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Quote: Originally posted by millie-06 on 28/7/2014
A walk on the walls around Berwick-upon-Tweed, absolutely fascinating and if you have little one's call into Spittal next to Berwick for the water splash and nice littlebplay park on the promenade.
Beaches are lovely up in Northumberland, we sat and had a picnic on the beach on Lindisfarne, listening to the piper playing his bagpipes and my 5 year old Granddaughter went collecting winkles that we cooked back at the campsite.
Priceless memories! Can't wait to go back.
Enjoy your holiday



Funnily enough my sister-in-law was talking about picking winkles as a child the pther day! I'm a town mouse and have never tried them, maybe that should be our mission whilst away this time!

I'm sure we'll have a lovely time! I'll come back and tell you all about it!


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One thing about the magnificent Holy Island, please, please please keep an eye out and OBEY the crossing times as many people are caught out and get stuck half way across thinking they know better and can beat the tides, requiring lifeboat assistance. This is not clever, just stupid.

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My son delivers to Holy Island and it is unbelievable how many idiots think that they can beat the tide and end up with a written off car,

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Crag Side at Rothbury a NT property the first house to have electricity and has its own hydro electric source plus set in lovely grounds. Well worth a visit. Beamish is also very interesting and a full day out. If you are a caravan club memeber you can get 30% off the price of a ticket too.

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Ah yes OH is an Engineer and both boys look to be following in his and Grandads footsteps so Cragside is a must! Plus it's a free day as we're NT members!!

As for Beamish, typical we're Camping and Caravan club members! I did think about looking at Tesco Vouchers to see if we could use those against Beamish? Family have been and said that you get to go back again so I really don't mind if I pay full price if we get to go back again at a late date!

Re- the tide.... Really people are that stupid???    Both OH and myself belong to the sensible club! I write risk assesments for a living



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