Quayside is our first Retreat in the coastal village of Amble. Here’s what to do in this part of the Northumberland coast.
Where to visit
On the seafront at Amble you’ll find the new Harbour Village – a lovely shopping experience of 15 wooden retail pods selling cards and prints, bespoke gifts and food and drink. Adjacent is the Northumberland Seafood Centre where you can buy fresh fish caught off the Northumberland coast.
See nesting seabirds up close, particularly puffins, with a boat trip around the RSPB reserve of Coquet Island from Amble harbour. This seabird sanctuary is a mile off the coast and each year the village hosts a Puffin festival including live music, bird watching, crafts and food and drink.
Amble’s town square is also home to the largest sundial in Europe.
If it is beach fun you are after then the nearest and best beaches are Warkworth and Druridge Bay, just a short drive away.
What to enjoy
Head down to Amble Marina to take part in a variety of watersports. With Coquet Shorebase Trust you can experience sailing, kayaking, power boating and rafting.
Walk part of the Northumberland coastal path from Amble to Warkworth where you will get fantastic views of Warkworth Castle. At Warkworth there are plenty of places to eat and drink or you can visit the castle or hire a rowing boat on the Coquet river.
Where to eat
Spurreli’s Boutique Ice Cream has a smorgasbord of flavours on offer, all locally produced and served in the luxury of their icecream parlour or to go.
The Old Boathouse restaurant has great views of Coquet Island and is the place to go if you like fish and seafood.
Sea and Soil is a bistro serving brunch, lunch and dinner. Think rustic chic with the latest trends in food.