July is one of the best times of the year to head to Northumberland. You can enjoy its unique coastline and scenery when the weather is warmer and much more pleasant than being in the city. With the coastal breeze on your back, you’ll definitely be glad to escape the sticky hot city streets for fresher climes. Here’s our recommendations of what to do to make the most out of your stay in Northumberland.
Embrace Wimbledon fever
A much-looked-forward-to event in the summer calendar, Wimbledon often inspires people to pick up their rackets and head to the courts. Luckily, at both The Lantern House and The Deck House – at the new Beadnell Point development in Beadnell Bay – the site has two new tennis courts which are for the use of guests and within steps of these Retreats. Over in Bamburgh you can enjoy a game or two on the local court with a spectacular view of Bamburgh Castle as your backdrop – definitely worth dusting off your racket for!
Do something touristy
Trip Advisor rates Alnwick Castle as its top Northumberland attraction and it is definitely one not to miss, especially if you have Harry Potter fans in your party. Made famous as the magical setting for Hogwarts in some of the Harry Potter films, dressing up in Potter garb is encouraged. In July the Castle is hosting a Wizarding Week from the 20-24th which includes theatrical and comical Potter-inspired performances, a wizard trail, Alnwick on location tour and the ever-popular broomstick training. If hitting the tourist trail is your thing, other main attractions include The Farne Islands, The Alnwick Garden and Bamburgh Castle.
Discover a new beach
With more than 30 miles of beaches along the Northumberland coast it would be particularly impressive to fit them all into one holiday. Bamburgh, Embleton and Beadnell are all top choices for visitors and we certainly wouldn’t suggest missing them out, but instead challenge you to pick one beach that is less well known or hidden away. Ross Sands (near Budle Bay) and Football Cove (between Beadnell and Newton) are two of our favourites for being off the beaten track.
Enjoy an open air performance
Get lost in the words of Shakespeare with the impressive backdrop of either Hulne Abbey or Alnwick Castle. Performed by the Three Inch Fools, Much Ado About Nothing will be dramatised on July 7 at Hulne Abbey while Macbeth will be shown at Alnwick Castle on July 9. While both these performances are suitable for families, your children may also appreciate the comedy of David Walliam’s Gangsta Granny on the lawn at The Alnwick Garden on July 28.
Best places to eat outdoors
Summertime is all about al fresco dining and although the majority of our Retreats have outdoor spaces where you can kick back and enjoy a sundown supper, here are a few of recommendations of places we love to eat ‘out’ at in Northumberland:
For wood-fired pizza with views of the Northumberland coast from a unique converted shipping container, Box.Restaurant is a quirky dining space in the small hamlet of Swinhoe just outside Beadnell where you can eat indoors or out. Ideally placed for our Nook End, Seasalt and Driftwood cottages.
Browsing antiques and collectables at this concept store can build the appetite and The Old Dairy’s cafe doesn’t disappoint with Edinburgh’s Artisan Roast coffees and home cooked bakes, quiches and pastries straight out of the Aga. Sit outside on one of the viewing seats overlooking the Cheviot Hills and get lost in the drama of the Northumberland National Park.
Positioned to enjoy one of the best views in Northumberland, The Jolly Fisherman’s beer garden literally drinks in the coastal landscape of Craster with the iconic Dunstanburgh Castle at its headland. The food is pretty tasty too. Particularly the crab soup.
Having recently undergone an 18-month refurbishment, Beadnell Towers is looking hot right now. Check out its on-trend design and dine out on the terrace.
No, not a restaurant, but the beach itself! Pick any beach on the coast and take a picnic or have your own makeshift barbecue. At Seahouses you can always enjoy your fish and chips from one of the many restaurants and takeaways straight out of the paper down on the sand too.
Where to stay – our July availability
Bamburgh Five (sleeps 4) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Bamburgh Six (sleeps 6) – Mon July 29 (4 nights)
Rosebud (sleeps 4), near Belford – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Seagrass (sleeps 6) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Smuggler’s Hide (sleeps 5) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Bluegrass (sleeps 4) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Salt Air (sleeps 4) – Mon July 22 (4 nights)
Seafarer’s (sleeps 7) – Fri July 19 (3 nights) and Mon July 29 (4 nights)
The Beach Pad (sleeps 4) – July 19-25 (7, 4 or 3 nights)
The Plaice (sleeps 6) – July 19-25 (7, 4 or 3 nights)
Craster Rocks (sleeps 6) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
Craster Waves (sleeps 4) – Fri July 19-21 (3 nights)
The Arch (sleeps 4) – Fri July 26 (3 nights)
The Old Ale House (sleeps 5) – Fri July 19 (3 nights)
The Old Gardener’s (sleeps 6) – Fri July 26 (3 nights)
Tughall Steads, between Beadnell and Newton
Garden Cottage (sleeps 6) – Mon July 29 (4 nights)
High Mill (sleeps 10) – July 19-26 (7, 4 or 3 nights)
The Forge (sleeps 2) – Fri July 26 (3 nights)
The Smithy (sleeps 5) – Mon July 22 (4 nights)
The Studio (sleeps 4/6) – July 19-25 (7, 4 or 3 nights)
Quayside (sleeps 4) – July 26-31 (7, 4 or 3 nights)
The Alnmouth Boathouse (sleeps 2) – available Fri July 26 (7 or 3 nights) and Mon July 29 (4 nights)