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What to Do

Well, how long can you stay?
Holy_Island_2_BonV_CustomThere is so much to see and do in North Northumberland and the Borders, so whatever your mood or fancy, you will find something to match it.

Simply click the links to the left, or at the bottom of this page, to find some great Activities for an action-packed day out, details of local Arts & Crafts-people to meet, find out how to explore  some of our great Visitor Attractions, and discover some distinctive local Shopping experiences.

North Northumberland provides many opportunities to experience something new, and the space to enjoy those activities that you normally can't fit into a busy lifestyle.


cheviot_winter_1Breathtaking scenery and a host of well-established walking routes make this a paradise for walkers at all levels. From hill walking in The Cheviots, coastal paths and village trails to the long distance routes of St Cuthbert's Way, St Oswald's Way and The Pennine Way.Coastal paths, stretching from the north at St Abb's Head to the south at Cresswell, are rugged and breathtakingly beautiful, passing mystical castles, rolling dunes and unbelievable wildlife sites. Take the opportunity to explore this stunning landscape at your own pace and in your own time.Luggage transfer services are available so that your bags are waiting for you at each overnight stop along the way. Guide books and more information are available from all Tourist Information Centres and local bookshops.

With more than 20 golf courses to choose from, North Northumberland is an ideal spot to face the challenges of a links course such as Goswick or Eyemouth, or a manicured championship course at Roxburgh. The spectacular scenery at Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh courses is not to be missed, or you may even decide to opt for the tranquillity of the course at The Hirsel in Coldstream. Berwick Tourist Information Centre runs the 'Parsport Scheme' offering special 3 or 5 day passes.

cycling_in_cheviotsFrom dedicated touring cyclists to families who like to get out and about, the extensive cycling routes of North Northumberland are waiting for you to explore. The Coast and Castles Cycle Route links the Forth and Tyne estuaries, taking in some of the best natural and built heritage. This route runs from Edinburgh to Newcastle via pleasant country roads and off-road trails, through typical North Northumberland villages. There is always somewhere to stop off for that welcome cup of tea. At Berwick-upon-Tweed the route moves inland along the Tweed Valley and the quiet lanes of The Borders.  The Pennine Cycle Way is breathtakingly beautiful. The final stretch from Wooler to Berwick passes through the charming Ford and Etal Estate and the sleepy little village of Norham. The Berwick area is packed full of short routes taking you to delightful places like Chillingham, Bamburgh, Belford and St. Abbs.

Jack_CharltonWith the North Sea and the internationally famous rivers of The Tweed, The Till and The Teviot, this area is a fisherman's paradise. The clean, clear waters of North Northumberland and The Borders' rivers offer superb fishing for trout, sea trout and salmon. Sea fishing for mackerel, cod and other species can be enjoyed from Seahouses, Amble, Berwick-upon-Tweed and St Abbs. Hire a boat for the day and as you experience the thrills with the tranquillity of amazing scenery, you may not even care if that 'big one' really does get away!

artictern1The North of Northumberland boasts some of the most beautiful and exciting bird-watching sites in the UK along miles of picturesque coastline, internationally important nature reserves, wooded upland valleys and high isolated moorland. The National Nature Reserve at Lindisfarne holds year-round interest for birdwatchers with rare coasting migrants in spring and autumn and huge numbers of over-wintering wildfowl, waders and geese. In spring and summer take an excursion out to The Farne Islands from Seahouses and see the cliffs crammed full of nesting Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittiwakes and everyone's favourite, the Puffin. Enjoy the Grey Seals basking in the sunshine or swimming alongside your boat. Boat trips to the RSPB Reserve of Coquet Island leave from Amble. See the beautiful Eider Duck, known locally as 'Cuddy Duck' from its association with St Cuthbert of Holy Island and the less common Roseate Tern. The River Tweed Estuary at Berwick plays host to a large number of Mute Swans, wintering Goldeneye, Grey Seals and the occasional, elusive Otter. The bays at Budle and Beadnell are excellent sites for wintering flocks of Twite, Snow Bunting as well as Common, Arctic and little Terns in summer. In the Harthope and Breamish Valleys, within The National Park, you can lose yourself for hours searching for Ring Ouzel, Wood Warbler, Green Woodpecker, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Redstart not to mention Buzzard, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon.

Galloping out along wide open beaches, cantering up into the hills or just walking the quiet country lanes can be an invigorating experience. North Northumberland offers miles of bridle-ways for all levels of rider, while The Cheviot Challenge Routes are more suitable for the more experienced rider. Just contact any of our excellent riding centres for more information.

The North Northumberland area offers plenty for those who like to be on the water. We have more Islands here off our nationally recognised coast than the whole of rest of the English East coast! The Farne Islands is a divers paradise with hundreds of registered wrecks.The great beaches of Beadnell bay and Bamburgh offer the more energetic an opportunity to go board surfing, stand up paddling and kite surfing, whilst those looking for a more sedate form of transport can sea kayak the coast.The Great border River Tweed is the perfect canoe-touring river and some of its tributaries can provide a bit of a challenge for the more experienced paddlers.As the majority of the coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the river is designated as a Special Site of Scientific Interest we are keen that any recreational users participate responsibly and one of the best ways of doing this is to employ a local guide. There is also a ‘code of conduct’ section on the AONB site to help those finding their own way.

What To Do

 
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Sunnyhills Farm Shop

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Farm Shop, Cafe, Gift Shop, Deli & Ice Cream Parlour! Passionate about local produce. Sunnyhills Farm Shop is family owned & run by Tori & Toby Sumpton....
 
 
Time to Explore Guided Walks
Friendly, entertaining and informative guided walks of Berwick town and Walls. For groups large or small, in addition to our easy-paced Berwick town walks, we offer walks on the...
 
 
The Lady Waterford Hall
Lady Waterford Hall was commissioned in 1860 by Louisa Anne, Marchioness of Waterford, and owner of Ford Estate. The building served as a school until 1957 and in its...
 
 
Decorum
Decorum - Contemporary home decor & gift shop in Berwick upon Tweed
 
 
Biteabout Arts
Anna Turnbull is a fibre artist, making high quality, hand crafted items inspired by the organic forms, rich colours and textures of nature. Unique felt vessels and wearable items created...
 
 
Lindisfarne Scriptorium
Lindisfarne Scriptorium showcases the work of artist Mary Fleeson. Combining the ancient traditions of calligraphy and celtic influenced illumination in a modern way, we bring you original inspirational artwork....
 
 

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Beautiful gardens, woodland walks, a Prime Minister....... and a famous cup of tea! Earl Grey of course since Howick was his home. OPEN: February to November Early...
 
 
Bamburgh Castle

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Bamburgh Castle is probably the finest castle in England. It is perched on a basalt outcrop on the very edge of the North Sea at Bamburgh. It commands stunning...
 
 
WORKING HEAVY HORSE CENTRE
 
 
Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery

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Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery - Ten Thousand years of history in one visit along with a rolling exhibition programme.
 
 
Collectables

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Beautiful glass and china stores in Alnwick, Metro Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland, Stockton and  Harrogate. Specialising in collectables such as Pendelfin, Moorcroft, Enchantica and much more.
 
 

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Our new look Plant Centre is bursting full fresh garden Plants many grown on site, accompanied by a select range from leading local nurseries, including the much sought after Chelsea...
 
 
Footsteps – walking the beauty of Northumberland

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At Footsteps, we offer guided walks with a professional and expert guide on the Northumberland Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the Northumberland National Park and in the...
 
 

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The RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the stroy of Grace and William Darling's rescue of nine survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in 1838.
 
 
Northumbrian Earth

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Have you ever wondered what has shaped the landscape here ? Northumberland and the Borders have a treasure chest of rocks telling so many different stories in a landscape of...
 
 
Gunsgreen House

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Built in the early 1750s by John Nisbet, an Eyemouth man who made his money from smuggling, this outstanding House was designed by Scotland’s leading architect of the day, John...
 
 
Border Events

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A ‘What’s on Guide’ to everything happening in and around the Borders of Scotland and England.
 
 
North East Guides

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Visiting the North of England and looking for adventure? We deliver outdoor activity packages in various locations around the area, all designed to make the most of your stay, and...
 
 
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

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Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Ltd is a Northumberland based eco-tourism business that aims to enhance the experience of visitors while maintaining ethical principles with regard to the ecology of...
 
 
Heatherslaw Light Railway
15" Gauge steam railway travelling two miles along the banks of the river Till from Heatherslaw Station to Etal Castle.
 
 
Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum
The Battle of Flodden was a national tragedy that led to the death of many Scottish and English soldiers, 100 noblemen and the Scottish King, James IV. It was...
 
 
Billy Shiels' Boat Trips

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The 'Shiel' family (Billy Shiel's father and grandfather) started taking boat trips to the Farne Islands in 1918 - just after the First World War. In those days, after...
 
 
Jones and Jones of Berwick-upon-Tweed
Jones and Jones of Berwick-upon-Tweed is a boutique specialising in unique gifts and luxury hampers. We are located on Bridge Street in Berwick-upon-Tweed where you will find a great...
 
 
Lindisfarne Heritage Centre, Holy Island
The Island community from those with established family connections to those new families and scholars has developed the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre with more recent connections drawn by Lindisfarne's cultural...
 
 
Belford Craft Gallery

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Quality crafts, paintings and prints by Northumbrian artists and makers.
 
 

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Scotland's largest inhabited Castle
 
 
Northumberland National Park

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England’s most tranquil place, with dramatic hills and sheltered valleys stretching from Hadrian's Wall through the rolling valleys of the Tyne and Rede to the impressive hills of the...
 
 
Preston Tower
The Tower, built in 1392, is one of the last few remaining Pele Towers in the country. The rooms are as they were when the tower was built and...
 
 
Paxton House
Situated on the banks of the river Tweed, Paxton House is a hidden gem. Built by the Adam brothers in 1758 for the young Patrick Home it is perhaps...
 
 
Aln Valley Railway

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The Aln Valley Railway is Northumberland’s only Standard Gauge Heritage Railway. Our Station at Lionheart is taking shape, and will be open to welcome visitors most weekends between Saturday 26th...
 
 
Berwick Garden Centre
Berwick Garden Centre has many varied departments including gifts, pets, aquatics, outdoor clothing and covered area for viewing plants and garden sundries....
 
 
Navigate Northumberland
At Navigate Northumberland we strive to offer the best we can for our customers, below is a list of what we have to offer, our list is constantly growing...
 
 
Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Visit the Chain Bridge Honey Farm near Berwick upon Tweed, close to the banks of the River Tweed to learn more about bees, beekeeping and how our beeswax products are...
 
 
Active 4 Seasons
Active 4 Seasons - Developing Desire for Adventure We run both scheduled trips and bespoke adventures for individuals, families and small groups. Your host – Ollie Jay...
 
 
The Kelso Pottery

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Domestic stoneware, pottery and pit-fired 'Time-tablets'. Ian's range of domestic ware includes mugs, jugs, bowls, plates, vases and baking dishes. These pots are intended for everyday use....
 
 
Berrydin Books
Karen and Kirsten offer a friendly welcome and encourage the people of Berwick and beyond to visit their tastefully renovated shop. Half a mile of fragrant pine shelves house...
 
 
Pot-a-Doodle-Do
Fun and adventure in the great outdoors. Interactive Art Studio with ceramic painting, mosaics and glassware.Fishing & Country and coastal walking. Cafe Bistro on site.Suitable for all ages. ...
 
 
Heatherslaw Corn Mill
With lovingly-restored machinery installed in the 19th Century this working water mill on the banks of the River Till still produces high quality stoneground wholemeal flour from locally...
 
 
Bob Smith Fly Fishing

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Bob coaches all ages and abilities on how to enjoy fly fishing. From youngsters and adults with no experience, to those who wish to improve their skills, Bob can...
 
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