An Easter weekend in Northumberland

Coastal Retreats Blog 29 February 2016

Bamburgh Castle from Bluegrass communal garden

Where to stay and what to do on an Easter weekend in Northumberland.

Why go at Easter?

All the major attractions reopen in time for the Easter holiday with many offering Easter egg trails or special one-off events for the four-day weekend.

Northumberland was also recently described as ‘England’s most tranquil location’ by Countryfile, winning three of 11 titles in its awards including Landmark of the Year for Bamburgh Castle, National Park of the Year and Heritage Site of the Year for Hadrian’s Wall.

The mornings and evenings are getting lighter so more time can be spent walking on the beaches or in the Northumberland National Park.

Where to stay?

Coastal apartment

Bluegrass balcony with sea view

Overlooking Seahouses harbour and The Farne Islands beyond, Bluegrass is a chic seafront apartment in a fantastic location, just minutes from restaurants, The Ocean Leisure club spa and pool (free unlimited access comes complimentary with the booking), the beach and just five minutes drive from Bamburgh.

£650 for three nights. Book now.

Family getaway

Watching TV in Driftwood

Driftwood is a coastal-inspired cottage, sleeping six, located in the small hamlet of Swinhoe, just five minutes drive from Beadnell beach. With excellent facilities – a games room, private and communal gardens and toys and games for the children – it is ideal for parents looking to relax while their children are entertained.

£735 for three nights. Book now.

Couple’s cottage

The Forge

Located in Tughall Steads – a former coastal farm between Beadnell and Newton, The Forge is a sweet studio cottage with a log burner and private garden. Dogs are welcome too.

£499 for three nights. Book now.

Where to go?

Start the weekend at St Aidan’s Bistro in Seahouses and watch the sunset over the Northumberland coast as you wind down over a plate of seafood. Or for a fun, unique experience, head over to The Treehouse restaurant at The Alnwick Garden and dine in and amongst the branches of this eatery in the sky. Booking ahead is advisable as The Treehouse can be very busy during holidays and weekends.

Get a real sense of the vast sandy white beaches and the iconic castles of Northumberland on any section of the coastal path. Between Craster and Newton you’ll see Dunstanburgh Castle or at the end of the Seahouses to Bamburgh stretch you’ll be rewarded with views of the majestic Bamburgh Castle.

For those who like shopping, the quaint village of Alnmouth is worth a visit with its colourful houses, beach, delis, shops and art galleries. We particularly like The Old School Gallery café and art gallery.

Easter weekend would not be complete without an Easter Egg trail. The Alnwick Garden will have you looking for the Lindt Gold Bunny in its trail among the spring blooms or head over to Bamburgh Castle for a beastly egg hunt.


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