Wednesday 24 May 2017

Planning some days out in Northumberland.

There are so many places to visit here in Northumberland....We are pretty lazy when it comes to days out though we seem to visit the same places over and over. Neither Stu or I drive so we rely on public transport so there is plenty of places which we can't visit due to the distance or lack of bus stops...

Now the weather is getting nicer and the six week summer holidays are just around the corned we have been thinking about days out....This year we are going to make an effort and get out and about.....

Woodhorn Museum.

We live about a 15 minute walk away from Woodhorn Museum but we have never visited as a family....The kids both have and Ellie is off there tomorrow on another school trip. 

The Woodhorn Museum is recognised as one of the best surviving examples of late 19th century/early 20th century colliery life in the North East.

The museum contains original colliery buildings, mining artefacts, and some great social history exhibitions, while the Northumberland Archives cover over 800 years of the county's history, and provide an amazing record of the past....

Carlisle Park, Morpeth

When I blogged about our trip to Ridley park in Blyth Lindsay who blogs at Newcastle Family Life mentioned Carlisle Park in Morpeth and I had a look and it looks amazing....It is about a half an hour bus ride from us and it's somewhere we have never visited before.....

Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, it has formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park and much more.

A Puffin Cruise in Amble.

We have visted Amble a lot of times over the years and have had some lovely days out....One thing we have never done is go on the Puffin cruise...

The boat trip lasts for one hour sailing out around Coquet Island and there is the chance to see Puffins, rare Rosetate Tern, Arctic Tern, common Tern, kittiwakes And the Grey Seal colony alongside much more magnificent sea life.

An adult ticket costs £10 and a child's £5. 

Alnwick Castle.

Since we visited Alnwick Garden a few years ago we have wanted to go back and visit the castle....It's a long journey. Two hours on the bus but if the castle is anything like the gardens it will be well worth it.....

Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country; home to the Duke of Northumberland's family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Entertainment includes fire-eating jesters, courageous knights, master falconers, and medieval artisans which takes place throughout the castle's open season.... 

I really fancy having a go at the broomstick training and battling dragons in the Dragon quest. 

Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth.

I know it's technically not in Northumberland but it's up here near us and I thought it might be a good day out now...

We visited Blue Reef Aquarium years ago....Ellie was only about 2 years old and when we arrived the queue was huge. She saw the fish in the tanks at the entrance and that was it....She saw one fish and that was enough for her. She had no interest in the rest of them even if they all looked different. lol It was a waste of money at the time....

Now both the girls are older I think they would appreciate it more now.....Since we last visited they have added seals, monkeys and reptiles too....


  1. So glad you are going to Morpeth, the girls will love the park. They have a outdoor paddling pool on during the summer which mine love, as well as the rowing boats. I go just for the Chinese van at the entrance to the park as it is so cheap and tastes amazing! I had no idea you could go puffin on watching in amble, my grandma used to have a caravan there. We got the bus to seahouses one summer and that took two hours but was lovely day out. If you visit blue reef they have a fab park close by with inflatables and a pirate mini golf.Can't wait to read about your adventures in Northumberland. Xx

    1. I can't wait especially if the weather like we've had continues. I will look out for the Chinese van. Thanks for the tip about the part at Blue reef x

  2. Looks like some great days out planned Kim. I would love to visit the castle :)

    1. Thank you. I can't wait for the summer holidays x