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Stay Local – Short Breaks in Northumberland

WHY would you want to leave Northumberland for a holiday when our beautiful county has so much to offer for all the family come rain or shine?

From spectacular beaches to magnificent countryside, historic castles to fascinating museums, we really do have it all.

Whether your family is thrill-seeking, animal loving, sports mad or ready for a rest, there are attractions dotted throughout the county to cater for all your needs.

With a fabulous array of shops in our market towns, as well as top-notch cafes, pubs and restaurants, why would you want to go anywhere else?

And choosing a so-called ‘staycation’ doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday away from home – after all a change is as good as a rest. Northumberland has a multitude of unique and delightful accommodation offerings for you to choose from to suit all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a cosy B&B to lay your head after a day stomping along Hadrian’s Wall, or a family-friendly campsite by the coast where children can run round with new friends to their heart’s content, there’s something for everyone.

For a real home from home, or if you want to cater for a larger group, a fully-equipped self-catering cottage in the middle of nowhere could be the perfect option. And if you want to camp with a touch of luxury, then there are various ‘glamping’ sites where you can enjoy the great Northumberland outdoors. So whatever you do this year don’t overlook Northumberland as a five star holiday destination.

Use High House Barn as your super comfortable base to discover Northumberland’s dark skies, wonderful wildlife and impossibly pretty market towns as well as the ancient Hadrian’s Wall on which High House Farm sits, especially to join in the year long celebrations of its 1,900th anniversary. Book one of their beautiful fully furnished Bell tents, sleeping up to 5 guests with electricity and heating. With bar and restaurant on site and luxury bathrooms, as well as plenty to do and see for the family.

Sycamore Cottage & Glamping Pods

There is two luxury glamping pods to choose from on a traditionally run tranquil livestock hill farm with the most awesome vistas. ​Willow sleeps 4, Cedar sleeps 6 – and both are as fresh and new as the landscaped garden that surrounds them with smart and tidy picnic areas. Step inside either of the two and you’ll find both sparkling clean and comfortably modern. A cosy two bedroomed stone cottage centrally located in the quiet village of Barrasford is also available, ideally located for exploring all of Northumberland and perfect if you don’t want to drive with the quiet village pub virtually next door serving good food and ales. The cottage sleeps up to 3 plus a travel cot, with its rear enclosed garden the cottage is perfect for bringing you four legged friends along too.

Rushey Law Farm , Birtley , Hexham, Northumberland, NE48 3JA. Tel: 07793868277

Northside Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful countryside of Northumberland. The Wigwam Orchard is made up of 10 wigwam’s and offer a comfortable way to experience a camping holiday for all the family, so if you love your home comforts why not try and alternative camping experience of ‘Glamping’. Each wigwam has been specially designed to be wheelchair accessible and features:

Lighting, Heating and Electric point

Fridge, kettle and microwave

Beds sleeping up to 5 (bedding and towels are not provided so don’t forget to bring your own)

Decking area Fire/BBQ pit Outside water tap Designated parking space

Use of the Stable  – The stable has laundry facilities, a washing up area and 4 family sized bathrooms one is more accessible for guests who use wheelchairs.

All bathrooms are heated and include: Shower, sink and toilet, baby changing facilities. Baby baths are also available.

Northside Farm Wigwam Orchard, Northside Farm, Horsley, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 0LZ  T: 07904119327 E:

Tarset Tor Bunkhouse and Bothies are located in a secluded spot on the edge of Kielder Forest in the heart of the Northumberland National Park. Offering versatile, eco-friendly self-catering accommodation, their cleverly constructed holiday homes are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.  The stylish Bunkhouse is a superb social space, offering comfortable, contemporary sleeping quarters for 16/20 guests in 4 separate rooms. Or if you a looking for a more private setting there are 3 self-contained Bothies. Each Bothy features an open-plan living space with efficient biomass pellet stoves, along with a kitchen, dining area that seats 10 plus flexible accommodation for 8 people in two bedrooms with ensuite showers on the mezzanine level

Planning a family party or weekend with friends?  Book the whole site (sleeps 44)

Tarset Tor, Greystones, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, NE48 1NT

T: 01434 240980 E:

South View House is located in the picturesque village of Alnmouth on the Nortumberland coast. I was luckily enough to stay in the middle floor apartment with some friends, we all needed some R & R and this place was just perfect for us. READ MY REVIEW HERE.

The 3 luxury self-catering holiday apartments over look the stunning Alnmouth coast. Each apartment sleeps up to 6 guests and is dog-friendly. The spacious apartments are finished to a very high specification and have a luxury feeling throughout.  To book, call 0191 231 6075 or email

Herding Hill Farm are a high-quality, 5 star (Visit Britain) accredited, family owned and run Touring Caravan, Campsite & Wigwam Site. Lotus Belle Tents will also be available this year offering a spacious and comfortable alternative to traditional camping.

At Herding Hill Farm, you’ll find unusual luxury and amenities there is also a children’s playground & petting farm. It’s the perfect family holiday venue. Herding Hill Farm, Shield Hill, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9NW. T: 01434 320175


Disclaimer – I have worked with some of the businesses listed above before but I have not been asked or paid to publish and share these ideas. I just thought it would be helpful so if you do visit any of these businesses please mention that you saw it in Raring2go! 

If you have a business and would like to be added to this feature, please get in touch by email, or call me for a chat, Amy, 07843622028.

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