Where to visit and stay on the Northumberland coast
Beach break for young children
Beadnell and the nearby hamlet of Tughall Steads is a good choice for families with young children. The wide, sandy bay at Beadnell, and its shallow waters, are ideal for paddling and making sandcastles. The beach also has its own car park and on-site toilet facilities – a necessity when out and about with small children. The addition of the new Saltwater Café in Beadnell village is perfect for a refuel and to warm up.
If you prefer not to have to use the car, The Bolthole in Beadnell village sleeps four and is in walking distance of the beach. Available for a weekend break from October 21 for £555. Alternatively, The Hemmel – just a short drive away at Tughall Steads – has a large garden with play equipment for when you are not at the beach and a fun bunk-bedded room to keep the little ones happy. The Hemmel sleeps six and is priced at £785 for a weekend break at October half term.
Northumberland Sightseeing break for the whole family
Position yourself in either Craster or Bamburgh and you’ll be ideally placed for visiting some of Northumberland’s iconic castles. From Craster you are a short drive to the home of Harry Potter – Alnwick Castle – where the kids can have a go at Broomstick training. There are also the ruins of the atmospheric Dunstanburgh Castle on the headland at Craster which can be accessed via Craster’s rocky shoreline – great for rockpooling – or from the sandy beach of Embleton Bay. Further up the coast there are The Farne Islands, Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island, which are all must-see locations and are close to the upmarket village of Bamburgh with all its restaurants and shops.
One of the best places in Bamburgh to stay has to be Bamburgh Six with its views of the castle and its proximity to the village and beach. Up to six people can stay at this apartment, which costs £930 for a three-night stay at half term. For larger groups, Seascape in Craster sleeps 10 and has direct sea views, a large garden with play equipment and a games room. A four night stay here from October 24 costs £1520.
Active break for older children
For adventurous families who are not put off by the cooler sea temperatures, there is a whole range of watersports at Beadnell Bay including paddle boarding, surfing, kitesurfing and kayaking; or diving and boat trips from Seahouses harbour. Add in some lengthy coastal walks, a spot of cycling or horseriding, and you will have even the most energetic child suitably entertained and happy by the end of the holiday.
Bluegrass apartment on the seafront at Seahouses, sleeps four, and is close to the all action. The Ocean Leisure Club is directly across the road and there is a small amusement arcade and crazy golf to keep teenagers entertained. It also benefits from being close to restaurants, shops and the beach. A weekend break here, from October 21, costs £650. To be close to the main hub of watersports, stay at Beach38. A contemporary house, in walking distance of the beach, Beach38 sleeps 11 and has a huge garden and living spaces to unwind in at the end of the day. Stay here for a four-night break from October 24 for £1225.