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Kids of all ages love our cottages, not just because they have great days out from them - at the beach, exploring great castles like Alnwick Castle (used in the filming of "Hogwarts' School of Wizardry"), hiring bikes to go exploring, trips to all our great visitor attractions, but because after they get "home", there's still so much to do!

Here's a few of the things we provide for the kids in our properties:

  • TV's with Freeview - most properties have more than one TV so the kids can have their own space.
  • DVD's all properties have lots of DVD's to appeal to all ages.
  • CD players - with a good choice of music.
  • PlayStation 2 games consoles with 8 games to suit all ages (upon request, free of charge).
  • Books, toys and games - to suit all ages from 2 to 102.
  • Enclosed gardens or patio areas to play in at many cottages with a small selection of garden toys.
  • A range of baby equipment to ease your packing! Such as baby bottle sterilisers, baby listening monitors, a pushchair, stairgates, cots, cot bedding, highchairs, baby back carriers, toys, etc.
  • Babysitting by CRB checked babysitters
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The Welcome Folder in each cottage is packed with up-to-date details of local activities for kids such as:

Willowburn Sports Centre

swimming pool northumberlandJust a few miles north in Alnwick, a brand new swimming pool and sports complex with a Health Spa and Fitness Centre. The swimming pool is excellent and they have inflatable fun-time sessions for kids (call them to check times). Open Mon-Fri 7am-10pm and Sat-Sun 8am-8pm. For more information visit www.leisurealnwick.org.uk.

The Granary Leisure Complex

Just over a mile south of Warkworth at Amble, this brand new leisure complex offers a luxury swimming pool and a state of the art gym. In 2008 there will be a sauna and steam room available too. Call on 01665 710727 for more information. Tel: 01665 711210 E-mail: howie.morwick@btopenworld.com Web: www.royaldouble.com

Whitehouse Farm Centre

A 40 acre farm centre that has been entertaining and educating people of all ages since 1997. Particularly suitable for families it is located just a mile off the A1, south west of Morpeth town. There is something there for everyone and 75% of the farm is undercover so come rain or shine its a great day out. As well as the usual range of farm animals to see, pet and feed, they are introducing some new animals in early 2007, including Rheas, Fallow Deer, raccoons, meerkats and more. They were accredited last year by CEVAS (Countryside and Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) cementing their reputation as an excellent location to visit in relation to health and safety, staffing, and facilities. They offer full disabled access facilities.

In addition to the obvious attractions of all the animals, they also have several play areas for children, including Go-karts, pedal tractors, a bouncy castle during the summer, an adventure playground, a toboggan slide (small add. charge), a "Farmers Den" soft play area, and a sand pit. They also have a large cafe, gift shop, picnic barn and picnic benches. Tractor and trailer rides operate daily (small additional charge) and they have an animal petter in the petting barn so visitors can hold and stroke the animals. You can purchase bags of animal feed at the entrance to feed the larger animals.

There is also an Animal Sanctuary and Zoo in nearby Ulgham.

Warkworth Castle

Warkworth village is dominated by a magnificent castle which you can see from almost every point of the village and there are clear views of it from the windows of many of our cottages. Although no longer habitable, it is far from being just a pile of rubble. It sits heroically atop a hill, its walls, ramparts and keep largely intact and has one of the most strategic and commanding views of that part of the coast as you're likely to find. It's original scale and splendour remain mightily impressive. The castle makes a fantastic playground for children, it's the perfect setting for fantasy games of knights in shining armour, slaying dragons and all sorts of childhood heroics. Running down the steep sides of the moat, climbing the Grey Mares Tail Tower or the vast green of the outer bailey, all make a perfect setting for a child with an unbridled imagination. Many of our cottages have dressing up boxes with toy swords and the like, but for those that don't the village store conveniently sells a few very reasonably priced toys for games in the castle.

Castle Mania

This is a castle-themed indoor adventure play area for children under 12 and has over 40 play and interactive features, making the three storey play frame the largest in the North. There's also a soft play area for toddlers and facilities include a mini football court, kids climbing wall and a cafe. Open 10:00-19:00 every day. Tel: 01665 714888 for more info. (Situated just off the main road south out of Amble, less than 2 miles from Warkworth, on the industrial park).

Alnwick Castle and Gardens

Just 8 miles north of Warkworth is one of the region's largest attractions: the famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland who are well known figures in the county. The Duke owns a great deal of land in the area and the Duchess is famed for her development of the now-famous gardens and treehouse. The Castle, as well as being of general interest, was the setting for many scenes in the Harry Potter films, notably as Hogwarts' School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, so fans of JK Rowling's books will enjoy spotting familiar settings.

The gardens are a delight and of particular interest are the cascading fountains. Children love the way they unexpectedly shower them every now and again! There are sit on tractors for toddlers to run around in at the base of the fountain to dodge (or not!) the showers and catch water in the little scoops. The gardens themselves are interesting and beautiful, sectioned into themed areas, such as the 'Poison Garden' where all the plants are dangerous in one way or another. The treehouse is not to be missed. It is the largest treehouse in Europe and one of the largest in the world. You can walk amongst the branches of the great oaks, have lunch or just a cup of tea in the really interesting restaurant there and shop for souvenirs in the little store there. On certain days of the week there is live jazz to entertain you while you eat. They also have a vast programme of events on during the year, with something for every age and interest. Click here for more information about the castle and gardens.

Morwick Farm, Acklington, NE65 9DG

ice creamSituated just outside of Warkworth, on the road to Felton is an award-winning dairy which makes THE MOST delicious ice cream in a constantly evolving range of natural flavours. They make a range of 70 different "Royal Double" flavours, offering a smaller, constantly evolving range for sale at any one time. Their ice-creams are quite simply the most delicious you are ever likely to taste! My personal favourite is Raspberry Crush - it tastes quite simply - and divinely - like fresh crushed rasperries mixed with ice! My son's favourite is the double chocolate. Yum! They also have a small coffee shop and a great, albeit small, kids adventure play area and you can often watch the ice-cream being made. Our favourite pastime though is to sit enjoying an ice cream while watching the lovely pedigree Ayrshire and Holstein dairy cows sauntering into the milking shed - to produce the milk for the next batch of ice-cream.

Billy Shiel's Farne Island Boat Trips - www.farne-islands.com

4 Southfield Avenue, Seahouses, Northumberland, NE68 7YT

boat trips in NorthumberlandBoat trips to Farne Islands from Seahouses. Visit the grey seal colonies whilst listening to the commentary. All-day bird-watching trips during the breeding season. Licensed by the National Trust to land on the Bird Sanctuaries.

Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary: This tour lasts approximately 2½ hours including one hour spent on Inner Farne. The tour includes a cruise around all the Farne Islands, viewing the sea birds on the cliff faces, visiting the Grey Seal colonies and also follows the route Grace Darling and her father took during their heroic rescue in 1838. A full commentary is given en-route. Tel: 01665 720308 or email: enquiries@farne-islands.com

Cycle Hire

Why not hire bikes for the day? One of the best ways to see and experience the best of Northumberland is on a bike. The breathtaking coast, the magnificent castles, stopping for a picnic on a beach or by a river.....

1 mile south of Warkworth, in Amble is where you can hire bikes for the day or longer, for adults and kids. They also have tandems, child seats and tag-alongs, so whatever your ability level or age, there's a cycle to suit you. They also provide helmets, cycle repair kits, locks and maps. They can even deliver the bikes to your holiday property and collect them if you want. Many of our properties have secure places to store bikes. Please contact us for more information if this is required.

If you mention to Pedal-Power you are holidaying in one of our properties, they will be pleased to offer you a discount.

Tourist Information Brochures

Of course there is so much to do as a family in and around Warkworth and further afield. There are lots of brochures and leaflets in each of our properties for you to choose where to go and what to do during your holiday. We also have maps and books on suggested walks in the area. See our Places To Visit page for more ideas.

We also provide a copy of our local newspaper in all of our properties for you to get a feel for the local area and find out what's on during your holiday. The Northumberland Gazette is published on Thursdays. The latest copy will be provided. Here is a link to the Northumberland Gazette website for on-line information.

kite flyingYou may not be wearing a swimsuit on the beach in winter, but you can have just as much fun! We have bright sunny days from Autumn through to Spring and there's still plenty to do and see in Warkworth and further afield. Our long weekends are increasingly popular out of season, especially if you can avoid using any more of your holiday allowance from work AND avoid the kids missing any school days during termtime. We have quite a few regular guests who, every year, have a long weekend in their favourite cottage in Warkworth. Everyone, Mums, Dads and kids look forward to it every year. The Warkworth Christmas Shopping Event, held on the third Friday in November every year is extremely popular, when all accommodation in the area gets fully booked for the weekend. Every gallery, giftshop, cafe, pub and restuarant is open from 6pm until late and complimentary drinks and mince pies are offered in many shops to help you get into the Christmas spirit! The Christmas lights are ceremoniously switched on at 6pm and carols are sung by the village choir in the square all evening. Many of our guests have declared that they did ALL of their Christmas shopping in the one evening - which must certainly help to reduce stress in the run up to Christmas!!

Returning for another holiday?

We are very happy to offer a discount of 10% against the accommodation cost to all guests returning for another holiday with us. Please note that this cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduction.