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Holidays in Northumberland

Northumberland has everything for the perfect holiday- lovely countryside, lakes, hills, beaches, castles and stately homes, a National Park, two areas of outstanding natural beauty - and Hadrian's Wall.

Northumberland has been described as the "hidden Kingdom" a great description of this beautiful location. It is a truly magical county. Whether you are a walker, naturalist, history buff or shopper, you will find the diversity of activities and attractions astonishing. From heritage coast to countryside with sandy beaches, and rugged cliffs, historic castles, Cheviot Hills and the National Park, creating stunning views for you to appreciate.

Northumberland is the least densely populated County in England. It has its own National Park, its own flag, its own tartan and its own dialect with more castles open to the public than any other county - a relic of the long and bloody conflicts fought against the Scots.

There are also a wide range of things to do from Golf, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching and fishing are all available locally. Northumberland Countryside

Once part of the Roman Empire, its location on the borders with Scotland the region has seen many historical battles. Being the border county it has a history of war, revolt, and rebellion. A number of historic castles can be found throughout the area such as the 'royal' castle of Bamburgh, from before the unification under one monarch. Alnwick, Warkworth and Dunstanburgh are others with historic significance.

Northumberland Has activities for every for all weathers

Here are just some

Rothbury swimming pool.
Many galleries & museums - see the Attractions and Rural shopping Sections.
Wet n Wild (North Shields) - a tropical swimming paradise!
Sea Life Centre (Tynemouth) - on the Northumberland Coast 45 min. drive.
Newcastle City with it's superb Shopping Facilities (45 minutes drive). Here there is also the Discovery Museum (home now to the famous speedboat "Turbinia"), the new Gateshead Millennium Bridge, the Centre For Life, Hancock Museum, Theatre, Multiplex Cinema's....
Gateshead Metro Centre - one of the largest indoor shopping Centres in Europe! Facilities include, crèche, fun-fair, Multiplex Cinema, numerous eateries, and of course first class shopping.
Barter Books - Alnwick, one of the biggest antiquarian bookstore's in the UK.

Rothbury, "capital" of the area, a picturesque village with the amenities of a town, surrounded by lovely hills and with a fine retail centre.

Hadrian's Wall

During the 2nd century AD Emperor Hadrian oversaw the building of the great wall along the Tyne valley (73 miles coast to coast), close to Rothbury. Remains of a Roman Fort can still be seen at Chew Green in the Coquet Valley, 16 miles west of Rothbury. The fort was a staging post on a route known as Dere Street which in Roman times was the main road from York to Scotland.

Events And Whats On

Here are a small selection of some of the events in the area.

MG Northumbria -
Easter Shakedown Run - Rothbury

Clennell hall Folk festival
May 8th - 10th 2009
Find Out about the Folk festival

Rothbury Street Fair
Local fair with stalls of mainly local crafts and home produce, children's entertainment, fancy dress and entertainment by local musicians & dancers.
Telephone: 01669 621173.

Folk Night
At Thropton Village Hall.
Fiddler Catriona MacDonald in concert, along with FLASH COMPANY, comprising members of Newcastle University Folk Degree course.
Tickets £6, from The Coquetdale Centre, Church House, Rothbury (01669 620887).

Coquet Creek Country weekend
Linbrig Farm, Alwinton, Near Rothbury, Northumberland
Featuring 9 musical attractions. Free camping and caravan facilities with weekend ticket.
For more information and a booking form ring 01669 650253.

Music in Alwinton Church Proceeds to church funds and Christian Aid.
Tickets available from Alnwick Playhouse -Tel: 01665 510785 or pay on arrival.
You are welcome to picnic in the vicarage garden before the events (bring own chairs).
For further information telephone 01669 650203.

Rothbury C.A.M.P.S Raleigh
(Coquetdale Agricultural Machinery Preservation Society) Annual gathering of Vintage Vehicles and side-shows, right on the river bank in Rothbury.
Tel: 01669 620825 Mob: 07974 022450.

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