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Family Holidays

Kids love Family Holidays in Northumberland!

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 Witchcraft and Wizardry’), hiring bikes to go exploring, trips to all our great visitor attractions, but because after they get ‘home’ to their holiday cottage, there’s still so much to do!

Here’s a few extra things we provide in some of our cottages, perfect for family holidays in Northumberland (please check individual cottage details for what’s available at that cottage):

  • TV’s with Freeview – most properties have more than one TV so the kids can have their own space.
  • DVD’s – most properties have DVD’s to appeal to all ages.
  • Bluetooth speakers or docking station music systems in most cottages,
  • Games Consoles with games to suit all ages in most cottages.
  • Books, toys and games – to suit all ages from 2 to 102.
  • Dressing up trunks in some cottages.
  • 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. (not all cottages, please enquire).

Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick

Just 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). They also have a climbing wall for kids who are more daring! Open Mon-Fri 7am-10pm and Sat-Sun 8am-8pm.

The Amble 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, as well as a sauna and steam room available too.  They have a play park outside for the summer and have recently opened a lovely bar and bistro called The Old Storehouse. On a fine evening, it’s lovely to walk there from Warkworth or Amble.  Visit the website here.

Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth

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, there are rheas, fallow deer, raccoons, meerkats and more.  They are accredited 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, 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 and they have a 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.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage

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 Warkworth 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 and most school children in the north east of England have at one time or another, visited there as part of their history tuition!

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 little shop at the castle and the village store conveniently sell a few very reasonably priced toys for games in the castle.

Castle Mania, Amble

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 including a mini football court, kids climbing wall and a cafe.  Open 10:00-19:00 every day.  Tel: 01665 714888 for more info.  Castle Mania is situated just off the main road south out of Amble, less than 2 miles from Warkworth.

Alnwick Castle and Alnwick Garden

Just 8 miles north of Warkworth is one of the region’s largest attractions: the famous Alnwick Castle and Garden.  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 garden 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 J.K. Rowling’s books will enjoy spotting familiar settings.  The Castle often has Harry Potter-themed activities for children, but do browse the Alnwick Castle website for a full list of activities.

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 (guided tours only!).  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 garden.

Situated 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 an ever-changing selection 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 raspberries mixed with ice!   Children adore the double chocolate.   They also have a small coffee shop and a great, albeit small, kids adventure play area right in front of the parlour, and you can often watch the ice-cream being made.  Children enjoy eating their 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, Seahouses

A visit to Northumberland is not complete without a boat trips to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.  Visit the grey seal colonies whilst listening to the commentary.  All-day bird-watching trips are available during the breeding season.

Licensed by the National Trust to land on the Bird Sanctuaries.  The Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary 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 and find our more at www.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…..

In Amble you can hire bikes for the day – or longer – for both adults and kids from Pedal Power. 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.

If you mention to Pedal-Power you are holidaying in one of our properties, they’ll be pleased to offer you a discount. Click here for details of other cycle hire firms across Northumberland: Cycling in Northumberland.

Can’t fit everything in? Why not book a short break out of season?

You 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 throughout the whole of Northumberland.  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 term-time. We also offer a 2 night ‘Winter Weekend’ from Friday to Sunday, which ensures everyone will be back home ready for work and school for Monday morning.

We have quite a few regular guests who, every year, have a long weekend in their favourite cottage.  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.  Most of the shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs 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 lots 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’re very happy to offer a discount of 10% against the accommodation cost to all guests returning for another holiday with us. Please note however, that this cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduction.

Family-friendly Cottages

Craster

Crabcake Cottage at Craster

Sleeps: 6+2 No Pets

Short breaks from £485

Seahouses Area

Sandpiper near Seahouses

Sleeps: 8 2 Dogs

Short breaks from £763

Bamburgh Area

Shepherd's Cottage near Bamburgh

Sleeps: 8+2 2 Dogs

Short breaks from £840

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