This half term we’ll be preparing 58 cottages, making 169 beds and hoping for one big dose of autumn sunshine for our guests. But it won’t just be all work and no fun, we’ll be out and about enjoying what Northumberland and Newcastle have to offer.
Here’s our top five picks for October half term week:
1. An autumnal walk in Hulne Park, Alnwick
The former hunting grounds of the Percy family, Hulne Park has a rich array of trees, and some popular walking routes, where you can see autumn colours in all their glory. Visit the Northumberland Estates website to download walking routes.
2. Visit The Dark Garden Halloween Experience at The Alnwick Garden (Oct 25-31)
Scary dramatic performers, drifting smoke, evil smells, scary sounds and projected visual imagery are all part of the Halloween immersive experience at The Alnwick Garden. For adults and children. Tickets can be purchased online.
3. The Great North Snow Dog Trail, Newcastle and surround
An interactive trail of 61 large scale Snowdog sculptures decorated by artists inspired by the film The Snowman and The Snowdog. The dogs are to be auctioned off afterwards to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.
4. Enjoy a beach walk from Dunstanburgh to Newton
Start at the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, walk along the sparkling sands of Embleton Bay and around the headland onto Low Newton beach. Here you’ll find The Ship Inn serving crab sandwiches, kippers, stotties and real ales.
5. Seeing the new-born seal pups at The Farne Islands
Home to the second largest colony of grey seals in England, The Farne Islands sees over 1000 seal pups born here each autumn. Take a boat trip with any of the companies operating from Seahouses harbour and you’ll get to see these beautiful creatures close up.