Days Out |
Warkworth is an ideal base for a holiday in Northumberland. It is situated near the southern end of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which stretches 39 miles from Berwick upon Tweed in the north down to the Coquet estuary at Amble and was designated as an AONB in 1958.
Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the whole of the UK. The area is famous for its stunning sandy beaches, imposing sand dunes, rocky cliffs and islands such as Lindisfarne, the Farne Islands and Coquet Island.
Warkworth and the surrounding area is also steeped in history with castles, cathedrals, museums and other many other places of interest within easy travelling distance.
This section aims to showcase some of the best Days Out’ on offer in the Warkworth area.
Beach Surf and Stand Up Paddle Lessons
A family-run Surfschool based in Amble Northumberland, situated on the stunning northeast coast and offers beach surf lessons to young and old. The business is operated by Jon Nolan who has worldwide surfing experience and is a BSA Surfing Coach and a RLSS Beach Lifeguard.
Northside can arrange lessons on several beaches along the Northumberland coast:
North Druridge Bay, Warkworth Bay, Longhoughton Bay, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh.
They even have exclusive access to their own private beach road!
Northside Surfschool operates 7 days a week, 12 months of the year and caters for all needs.
NEW for 2014 – Silver Surfers!! Kids bodyboarding lessons and parties, Kids paddleboarding , Gift Vouchers and SURF CLUB!
See www.northside-surf-school.co.uk or phone 01665 713146 Or 07944 398115 for details of latest offers and booking information.
The Original and Best Surfschool in Northumberland!
These can be booked through Tony and Norma Urwin at Amble Angling Centre
Fully licensed for 10 persons
Charter Skipper: Martin Smith
Mackerel trips are run by Martin on AL SHAREQ the during Mackerel season, usually June to September.
A popular short trip is run in the evenings for those people wanting a fresh mackerel supper, beginners, and anglers wanting to catch bait for the winter season.
Times of sailing may vary with tides
Please ask Norma when booking Tel: 01665 711200)
NATALIE KRISTEN II
Wreck and ground fishing in a 10m catamaran – a fast and comfortable fishing boat
Friendly/helpful skipper. Caters for all levels of experience, MCA licensed for 12 anglers. 20 mile range
Please call Tony and Norma Urwin on 01665 711200 to book.
Click here for information on our Self-catering cottages
Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
Located near Low Hauxley at the Northern end of Druridge Bay, we can personally vouch that the newly re-opened Discovery Centre is ideal for a family day out -
Insect spotting birdwatching butterflies geological interest getting away from it all
historical interest spring migrant birds stunning views wildflowers
Visit www.nwt.org.uk/reserves/hauxley for more information
DAVE GRAY'S PUFFIN CRUISES
A long-established family business – this one hour boat trip sails out around Coquet Island viewing historic island , the bird reserve and the rich sea life aboard one of two passenger vessels, the G Fisher and a restored lifeboat the ex Eastbourne 41ft Watson Class RNLI Lifeboat the 'RNLB Beryl Tollemache'.
Puffin Cruises trip around Coquet Island was voted the 10th best venue to visit when on holiday in the British Isles by the Sunday Telegraph
Booking is recommended
For sailing times and to reserve your place on this unique cruise or for more information please call 07752 861914 or 01665 711975
Woodhorn Museum, Archives and Country Park
Woodhorn is a vibrant, exciting place to visit all year round with a great programme of activities and exhibitions for the whole family.
Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, hands-on exhibitions and displays. You can take an emotional journey through Coal Town and discover a proud mining community; explore the colliery buildings and imagine what it would have been like to work underground; hum along to the brass band at the Miners’ Picnic, see the colourful banners and even design your own. Marvel at the original paintings of the Ashington Group – miners from the 1930s whose story has inspired remarkable play, Pitman Painters, by Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall. Woodhorn is home to Northumberland’s public archive too.
Open: Wednesday – Sunday (+ Mon & Tues in school holidays)
April – September 10am – 5pm, October – March 10am – 4pm
Archives Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm all year
Museum & Northumberland Archives
QEII Country Park
Tel: 01670 624455
Just off the A189 All day parking £3
Duridge Bay Country Park
Druridge Bay is a stunning seven mile stretch of sand from Amble to Cresswell and is a popular place to ride, cycle walk, paddle and surf. It has all the amenities you need to enjoy a day at the coast with toilets, cafe and children's play area.
Today it is very peaceful with just the sound of the surf and seabirds, but the beach has a fascinating and varied past. In the 19th century coal was mined nearby. During World War II Druridge Bay was thought of as a possible landing place for a German invasion and the anti-tank blocks and pill boxes that were constructed to defend our shores can still be seen.
The park is centred on a lake with surrounding meadows and woods which has been restored from an old opencast coal mine and is maturing into a very pleasant landscape for walks and picnics. In addition there are 3 miles of high-quality beach and sand-dunes which offer ample space to get away from it all.
Facilities include a visitor centre with information, toilets, a cafe and gift shop (open most weekends and school holidays), activities, water sports, bird-watching, walks, orienteering and cycling. There are also a series of smaller nature reserves - home to everything from a resident herd of swans to rare birds like the Golden Eye Snipe.
For further details contact the park staff at
Druridge Bay Country Park
Tel 01670 760968
Please click here to visit the website for Druridge Bay
Please note that normal car parking charges apply throughout the year.
The Armstrong's Household and Farming Museum
North Charlton Farm House, North Charlton, Chathill, Northumberland NE67 5HP Phone:01665 579443
This collection has been lovingly built up by the Armstrong Family and is a reminder of a bygone age. Young and old will delight in the Northumberland Quilts.
large nursery - kitchenalia - hand tools - farming memorabilia - land army - home guard
and many more in a delightful courtyard setting
Open every Friday 10am - 4pm
April to October
ALL PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY
ALN VALLEY RAILWAY
Lionheart Railway Station
Lionheart Enterprise Park
The Aln Valley Railway project is an ambitious plan to reopen the branch line from Alnmouth to Alnwick.