Easter in Northumberland

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Easter in Northumberland

Spring is finally here! The nights are lighter, the days are longer and there is lots to see and do in Northumberland

Easter seems to be the mile post in the world of UK tourism, however we find that our cottages are busy all year round!

Never the less Easter is often the time we hope the weather is better, more attractions are open for the season and the schools are on holiday. Easter definitely brings with it a buzz of egg-citement!

You can more or less guarantee that all the large attractions in Northumberland will be well prepared for Easter with lots going on.

Here’s our 2023 round up!


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The Alnwick Garden

The Alnwick Garden is often a main stay of visiting Northumberland and gets a lot of press, but that is often because they have an abundance of activities packed into their diary. Experiences for the whole family await!

This Easter The Alnwick Garden aren’t hunting for eggs, but hunting for treasure with their pirate themed treasure hunt!

The annual duck race also takes place in the garden cascade on Saturday 8th April, a fun packed event, purchase your duck via The Alnwick Round Table and see if your rubber duck have what it takes to win some great prizes!

Don’t forget to also keep a close eye on their Blossom Watch camera. This is their live camera on their website showing the stage of the blossom coming into bloom. A great tool if you want to plan your trip and try and hit the right time to see the Taihaku cherry blossom in all it’s glory!

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Howick Gardens and Alnwick Gardens

Ad Gefrin

The all new and much anticipated Ad Gefrin has opened in Wooler! This brand new Anglo Saxon and Whisky Distillery is now open and well worth adding to the visit list. Northumbrian Whisky making has been re-awakened after 200 years, what’s more it’s only a stones thrown from our very own Swallows Rest 


Wallington Hall

For a more traditional event, book in an Easter visit to the National Trust’s Wallington Hall and once there, the family can take on the nature trail Easter Egg hunt. Gallop through the woodland completing the trail for your chocolatey surprise!

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle have a range of activities on over the Easter break. Hope, the resident dragon has an Easter trail for the family to take part in. Follow the clues, solve the puzzle to claim your prize or take in some Easter craft projects during your visit.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

Open from 1st April 2023. Ride the most northernly steam railway in Northumberland at Heatherslaw Light Railway. A fantastic day out that can take in the sights of Ford and Etal Estates. Enjoy a pub lunch at The Black Bull. Tea and Scones at The Lavender Tea Rooms rummage through the antiques at Old Forge Antiques. A day for the whole family!

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Ford and Etal and Heatherslaw Light Railway

It can sometimes seem like holidays and attractions can be expensive at times but they don’t have to be. You can steer clear of the main stay visitor attractions and head for lower cost or free things to do.

Art Gallery Tour.

Why not take yourself on a local art gallery tour? Meander these local galleries for inspiration.

The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth.

The Mick Oxley Gallery, Craster

Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth

The Old Bath House, Amble

Impressions of Holy Island, Lindisfarne Island

Hauxley Nature Reserve

Have a wild day out and really immerse yourself in nature. This wildlife rich landscape offers one of the best wildlife watching spots in the north east and is right next to the beach.

It is wheel chair friendly too! Grab your binoculars and maybe a pencil and paper and see what you can spot. Alternatively just go to enjoy the scenery and peace and quiet.

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Dunstanburgh Castle, Amble and Spurelli Ice Cream

Walk the Coast Path

Walk sections of the coast, we recently took on the challenge of the whole 62 mile path, but you can enjoy short sections of the path with pub and cafe stops along the way!

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Howick Bathing House and Druridge Bay

Our coastal treasure map and trail designed especially for Little Hideaways and our guests

Why not head out for a walk and take on the Little Hideaways coastal treasure hunt. Designed for us by the fantastic Blinkinimp.

Take a copy of your coastal trail with you and spot the items on the map. Maybe reward yourself with a piece of cake or an ice cream when you’ve completed it!

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