Last minute family holidays for May half term

Coastal Retreats Blog 11 May 2018

If the sunny weekend has left you longing for a coastal break when the next bank holiday arrives in two weeks’ time, then look no further than these experiences within walking distance of our Retreats.

David Attenborough’s favourite

bird life on the Farne Islands

Sir David has said The Farne Islands is his favourite spot in the UK to see nature at its best. Choose one of the many boat trips out to The Farnes from Seahouses harbour and you’ll be met by stunning scenery, see the lighthouse where Grace Darling lived – the famous Victorian heroine who rescued those shipwrecked from the Forfarshire – and see a whole host of sea life from grey seals basking in the sun to nesting puffins. If you’re lucky, you may be greeted by a pod of dolphins, increasingly seen in these waters, and if you are really lucky, you may even see orcas, which were spotted here recently.

Stay at:

Bluegrass (May 25, 3 nights, £780)

The Beach Pad (May 25/28, 7 nights £1060, 3/4 nights £750)

Seafarer’s (May 25, 3 nights, £870)


The Milky Way: Northumberland’s view

Dark Sky Northumberland

Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park, nestled within the Northumberland National Park, is a rare find in the UK where you can see the Milky Way in all its glory, free from light pollution. In mid-summer because the nights don’t get properly dark, you will be blessed with beautiful skies and are more likely to see planets, although you will still get glimpses of stars.

Stay at:

Rosebud (May 28, 3 nights £925)


Digital detox

House in the North sea view across the fields

The great thing about Northumberland is the fact that even in the height of summer its beaches are not crowded, and you can experience that feeling of getting away from it all that you might not find in other parts of the UK. While our Retreats do have WiFi, Northumberland is the perfect excuse for a digital detox as its remoteness means high-speed connectivity is not always possible. With no distractions you can spend your time rock pooling, walking, chilling on the beach and nature watching.

Stay at:

The Forge (May 25/28, 7 nights £699, 3/4 nights £645)

The Old Paper Mill (May 25/28, 7 nights £675, 3/4 nights £515)

The Lodge (May 25/28, 7 nights £1280, 3/4 nights £870)

Coral Cottage (May 28, 7 nights £1280, 3/4 nights £870) See our offers page for a special offer on Coral Cottage for these dates.


Stand-up paddle boarding in Beadnell

One of the fastest growing watersports, and one of the easiest of outdoor activities to learn, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, lets you explore the coast while taking in the views and working your muscles at the same time. KA Kitesurfing offers lessons on the Beadnell coastal stretch or along Northumberland’s rivers. Similarly, Northside Surf School has individual and group sessions, and a new giant stand up paddle board for the summer season for up to 10 children or eight adults. Coastal Retreats guests receive 10% off any of Northside’s services.

Stay at:

Seasalt (May 25, 3 nights £925)

The Lantern House (May 28, 4 nights, £1075)

The Smithy (May 25, 3 nights, £750)

The Studio (May 28, 7 nights £890, 3/4 nights £670)


Village of the Year finalist: Bamburgh

Aerial view of Mizen Court Bamburgh

Bamburgh reached the finals of Channel 4’s Village of the Year competition earlier this year, and without a doubt, it has more to offer the traveler than a picturesque village centre. Bamburgh has everything you could wish for in a break. History enthusiasts will love Bamburgh Castle, known as the king of castles, the Grace Darling Museum and the Anglo-Saxon skeletons unearthed by archaeologists in the sand dunes by the castle and now interred at St Aidan’s Church. There are numerous places to eat from seafood restaurants to gastro pubs and cafes. And of course, there’s the beach – a wide, dune-backed, beast of a beach from which we’d defy anyone to find a better sandy spot in the UK.

Stay at:

The Mast House (May 25, 3 nights, £1165)

The New Dairy (May 25, 3 nights, £895)

Waterfront (May 25, 3 nights, £870)

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