May Bank Holiday Escape in the North of England
Home to gorgeous coastlines and battle-scarred castles, wonderful wildlife and huge dark skies, Northumberland is an adventurer's dream and the perfect spot for a bank holiday camping break. Our delightful Club Sites at Dunstan Hill and Beadnell Bay occupy cracking locations near the Heritage Coast, offering lovely beachside walks and fantastic days out.
To help whet your appetite, we've prepared a four-day itinerary spanning the May Bank Holiday weekend. Ranging from self-guided heritage walks and island tours to informative talks and wildlife cruises, you'll soon see why Northumberland is a firm favourite with our members.
Best of all, these activities are all within a short drive of our two coastal Club Sites - which means less time travelling, and more time soaking up the sights and sounds of this captivating and rewarding region. Whether you're a frequent visitor or a Northumberland newcomer, we look forward to welcoming you to this picturesque part of North East England.
Day 1 - Friday
Get to know the region and its famous residents by following the Lowry Trail at Berwick-upon-Tweed, an attractive coastal town based just 3 miles from the Scottish Border. It was here that artist Laurence Stephen Lowry, best known for his 'matchstick men' paintings, drew inspiration and produced more than twenty pieces of art. The Lowry Trail lasts around 3 hours in total and takes in many of the town's highlights, including the Elizabethan Walls.
Explore more of your local surroundings with a self-guided walk around this glorious corner of Northumberland. The Craster to Low Newton coastal trail passes the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and follows Embleton Sands before reaching Low Newton by the Sea, a pretty village with a good pub and more walking trails offering plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities.
Day 2 - Saturday
Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on Saturday morning, a tidal island located a few miles off Northumberland's coast, and explore its magnificent ancient history. The crumbling archways and ruins of the Lindisfarne Priory, founded by St Aidan in AD 635, are open on weekends. Spot seabirds on the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve and visit Lindisfarne Castle's Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop - but note that the castle interior is currently closed for restoration (re-opening April 2018). Be very aware of tidal times when crossing the causeway to and from the Holy Island to avoid becoming stranded!
Head to the superb Seaton Delaval Hall between 12.30 - 1.00pm on Saturday for a talk in the Central Courtyard. Learn the story of the flamboyant Delaval family, said to be keen party-goers and pranksters, and discover the history behind this lovely country house and sprawling gardens.
Day 3 - Sunday
Take the short drive to Seahouses, a bustling harbour town, and join a boat tour to discover the Farne Islands. This wild and rocky archipelago lies a short distance from the mainland, providing a home to puffins, grey seals and many species of seabird. The islands have been inhabited in the past; today the remains of a medieval pele tower and Victorian lighthouse can be seen.
Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday
Get a taste of Northumberland at Rothbury Food & Craft Festival on Bank Holiday Monday, which takes place between 10am - 4pm. Stalls range from locally made jams, chutneys and waffles to chocolate, fudge, whisky, Northumbrian sausages and cheese. It's the perfect opportunity to stock up your cupboards and pick up a few tasty souvenirs for family and friends.
Wind up your weekend with a scenic drive, taking in Northumberland's attractive and soul-stirring landscapes. Start at Alnwick, a short drive of 10 - 20 minutes away, and make your way to Kielder Water - pausing at viewpoints to enjoy the vista along the way. This particular route takes several hours and on a clear day provides stirring views of the Northumberland coastline, the Farne Islands, the Cheviot Hills and more.
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