Summer on the Northumberland coast
There are lots of ways to have fun and make memories on the Northumberland coast this summer. From rock pooling with the rangers and beach activity days to boat trips and spotting seabirds and dolphins, an outdoor adventure is guaranteed.
The stretch of coast between Embleton and Low Newton is a gorgeous spot to spend a warm summer’s day – clean, golden sands, views to the magnificent ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle (National Trust members can visit for free) and the pretty fisherman’s square at Low Newton make for a picture perfect summer day out where the kids can build sandcastles, hunt for rock pool creatures and fly kites all day long.
A short, exhilarating boat ride from Seahouses, the Farne Islands are, without doubt, one of the best places in the country to get outdoors and closer to nature. The islands are home to thousands of breeding seabirds May to July, including the charismatic puffin and the colony is a cacophony of noise, smells and awe inspiring sights. But be quick if you want to see them, the birds will begin their migration away from the islands by the end of July.
After the birds have left, the islands take on a different, more tranquil atmosphere. We open up the small but beautiful St Cuthbert’s cove to visitors – a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a picnic and watch the boats sail past the islands. On Inner Farne, St Cuthbert's Chapel, built in the 14th century and heavily modified in the 19th, is open to the public. The other buildings, which are not open to the public but can be seen, include a medieval pele tower (which is home to the rangers) and a Georgian lighthouse.
The Farnes are also home to a large breeding colony of Grey seals – kids and adults alike will be amazed by the close up views of the seals from the boat, and dolphins are frequently spotted around the islands too.
A castle that's not a castle, on an island, that's not an island.... With a surprise around every corner, 'Now you see me' is a family-friendly exhibition showing at the castle until 3 November. A collection of truths, mistruths, hearsay, rumours and anecdotes brought to life in a variety of ways.
Outside, explore the very well preserved Lime Kilns, take a walk on the castle headland, listen to the ghostly calls of seals drifting over the island and visit the 'Countryfile Garden of the Year' Gertrude Jekyll garden. The garden was designed to be at its best during the summer months, to coincide with when Edward Hudson was at his “holiday home” and is a riot of beautiful colours and fragrance until September.
Be sure to pick up a souvenir from one of our shops on Holy Island and at Seahouses, or maybe even stay a bit longer with us in one of the 5 holiday cottages on Holy Island and at Low Newton.