What to enjoy: Summer 2016

Coastal Retreats Blog 4 July 2016

From outdoor theatre to music festivals and bonfires in August, there’s something for everyone in the North East this summer. So dig out your wellies, picnic basket and sunscreen and prepare for a good-old fashioned holiday in the UK outdoors.

Outdoor Theatre in the grounds of The Alnwick Garden

July 24

This one’s for the kids but the adults will love it too. David Walliam’s darkly comic Ratburger, which won children’s book of the year in 2012, has been brought to the outdoor stage in the stunning grounds of The Alnwick Garden.

Outdoor theatre at The Alnwick Garden

Where to stay nearby

The Smithy, Driftwood, Seascape, High Mill and The Wood Store are all family-friendly and are close to Alnwick.

For more information visit www.alnwickgarden.com

Volcano Night at Alnmouth Beach

August 6

A spectacular charity competition where young and old, in teams of up to 10, can compete to build a bonfire on top of a sandcastle on Alnmouth Beach before the incoming tide. The last one burning is the winner. Even if you don’t want to take part this is a fun event to watch.

Where to stay nearby

Garden Cottage, Seasalt, Smuggler’s Hide, The Forge and The Bolthole are the closest cottages of what we have still available.

For more information visit www.visitnorthumberland.com/outdoor-event/volcano-night

B Festival at Bamburgh Castle

August 13

A multitude of musical genres from classical to folk and rock with Bamburgh Castle as the backdrop.

The Castle from Bamburgh Five

Where to stay nearby

Coral Cottage, Rosebud and The Mast House

For more information visit www.bfest.org.uk

Lindisfarne Festival, Beal

September 1-4

Must cheaper than Glastonbury, but with the same party atmosphere, in the grounds of Beal Farm with the Northumberland coast and the beautiful, mystical isle of Holy Island as its backdrop.

Where to stay nearby

Mr & Mrs Smith’s, The Beach Pad, Salt Air and Rosebud are all great laid back places where you can crash after the party.

For more information visit www.lindisfarnefestival.com

Animal Inside Out at the Centre for Life, Newcastle

From now until January

See what lies beneath nature’s skin in this exhibition which features goats to giraffes, elephants to eels and ostriches to octopuses. By the same man, Dr Gunther von Hagens, who brought the Bodyworlds exhibition to Life last year. You’ll see the nervous, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems of these animals.

Where to stay nearby

Country retreat, The Old Paper Mill, is just 15 minutes outside of the city.

For more information visit www.life.org.uk/whats-on/animal-inside-out

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