A long weekend in Northumberland

A long weekend in Northumberland

When you’re looking forward to that long weekend away, you want to relax and unwind as soon as you arrive, so here’s an idea of how to spend your weekend.

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Tern Cottage, Seahouses

Friday Afternoon

Arrive and access your cottage late afternoon where tea coffee and biscuits will be waiting for you along with a welcome pack of logs to get your cosy log burner going.

Friday Evening

Try one of the many dining options in Seahouses or close by, from wholesome pubs, to pizza. But for a more altogether delicious affair, try The Potted Lobster a short 5 minute drive away in nearby Bamburgh with fresh ingredients and a relaxed and rustic environment, booking is advisable.


Drive to the picturesque village of Craster, meander through the pretty harbour and buy some of the famous Craster Kipper Pate to take home. Enjoy a coffee and the Jolly Fisherman before walking some of the coastal path.

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Set off from Craster towards the jagged outline of Dunstanburgh Castle for a walk to Newton by the Sea. (Around 1 and a half hours walk one way).

Take in the magnificent views, the bracing fresh air and sights of Dunstanburgh Castle.

Drop down onto Embleton Beach and walk round the bay, ogling at the generations old beach huts in the sand dunes before arriving at The Ship Inn at Newton by the Sea.

The Ship Inn is a honey pot which is why it makes our top pick. A rustic but cosy pub serving beer from its onsite microbrewery. Dogs are welcome inside and out and after a walk you’ll be ready to dive into crab cakes or blue cheese and pear toasties.

Be prepared to queue and wait for a table, or to sit outside until a table becomes available.

After a leisurely lunch head back to the car at Craster and your cottage, where your cosy fire awaits.

Snuggle up by the fire for the evening with films, board games and a glass of wine.

Sunday Morning

Take a short drive along the coastal road to Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum (open February – November).

Howick Hall Gardens Northumberland

Enjoy relaxing walks in hundreds of acres of woodland and formal gardens, known for its bulb displays, carpets of snowdrops and rhododendrons, Howick Hall Gardens is a delight for the senses.

Enjoy lunch at the Earl Grey Tearoom, with homemade cakes and savoury delights, you’ll eat every crumb!

(Dogs are not allowed in the gardens)

Sunday Afternoon

Head to Alnwick, the home of the infamous Alnwick Castle, but we’re heading for an altogether cosier afternoon at Barter Books (Dogs welcome). A restored railway station packed with second hand books, open fires, coffee shop, model railway and comfy chairs to get lost in.

Alnwick Castle Northumberland

While away the afternoon flicking through ancient history, fiction, travel or historic comics, even if you’re not a book enthusiast the buildings architecture, murals and restoration is worth a visit in itself.

Monday Morning

Before your departure, take a bracing Monday morning walk from your cottage towards the direction of Bamburgh. Head across the dune path, before dropping down onto Saint Aiden’s beach where you can look out to sea at the Farne Islands, home to thousands of bird and marine life, but we’ll leave that for your next trip!

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