May half term is here so we thought it might be nice to offer some ideas for the whole family.  Obviously you could just spend a week relaxing and enjoying our beautiful parks and lodges, but if you’d like to see what we have to offer around and about here are some quick ideas………….

Learn To Be Roman Soldier

Why not visit Chesters Roman Fort and learn how to Rock Roman Britain. With the chance to learn about what  life in Roman Britain was really like. You can try on costumes and look at Roman Weaponry, you’ll be entertained all day long.

Afterwards you can take a stroll along Hadrian’s Wall reliving what it was like in the Roman days.

Chesters Roman Fort

Chollerford, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4EU

Northumberland County Show – 25th May 9am – 6pm

Horses and other  animals, vegetable produce, wrestling and food!  There’s a huge variety on offer at this action packed county show.  You can also see Britains Got Talent finalists – Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motor Cross Stunt Team.  There are over 350 stands, live music all day and the best bit is you can take your dogs too.   A fab day out for all the family

Northumberland County Show

Tickets can be bought on the gate and are:   Adults: £12, OAP £10,  Children: £3 (4 to 16 years), Family Ticket(2 Adults, 3 Children): £30

Bywell Hall, Near Stocksfield, NE43 7AB – Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2015

Alnwick Castle- Rosa Mundi Encampment

Rosa Mundi are a re-enactment group and will be at Alnwick Castle 22nd – 25th May.  Take a Step back in time to a different world and watch the medieval world being brought to life with the sights, sounds and atmosphere of the period.  You will see replica artefacts and equipment and have the chance to join in the encampment for the day.

Admission is free when you pay to visit the castle and it’s grounds.

Afterwards make sure you stop off at the famous Treehouse, talk a walk across the rope bridge and have a bite to eat before you head back to your lodge.

Rosa Mundi Encampment

Carlisle Park Paddling Pool – Morpeth

Carlisle Park is in Morpeth and is a lovely park for the whole family.  If it’s a nice day take a picnic.  The children can paddle in the pool, play in the activity area or kick a ball around the vast grounds.  It’s opening for the season on the 23rd May.

Morpeth also has some lovely shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants, or if you are feeling adventurous you can take a rowing boat out on the river, so there really will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

Morpeth River and Carlisle Park by John Philips

Morpeth River and Carlisle Park by John Philips


A landform sculpture of a reclining lady, made from tonnes of rock clay and soil, our Lady of the North sits 100ft high and 1/4 mile long. This stunning piece of art has been created whilst still allowing the coal mine beneath to function and provide coal for UK Energy Generation. (We’ll tell you more about Northumberlandia in the coming weeks).

Our beautiful lady can be found near Cramlington.  There is a large carpark, a visitor centre and cafe, but first you should take a wander around this wonderful creation and immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and beautiful landscape.

It’s another outing you can take your dog too as well.

There is also a lovely local close by, called the Snowy Owl,  if you fancy more than a light bite from the cafe.


We hope you enjoy these suggestions and if you have any ideas or events you’d like to share with us email me – and don’t forget to enter our competition to win a midweek break.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.

Wendy x