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Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

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Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

We are an active family with kids of 11 and 9 visiting the area for a week over Easter. Hopefully we will have great weather to do the outdoor things we have planned such as boat trip to Farne islands, coastal walks around Craster and Bamburgh, visits to Cragside, Lindesfarne and Howick gardens.

However, on a previous Easter trip to Dumfriesshire we had pouring rain for 5 days out of 7 and I want to have a few contingency ideas up my sleeve!

I have found the swimming pool and bouldering wall at Alnwick leisure centre, and plan to visit the second hand book shop there too which should fill one day, but any other great ideas? I presume Bamburgh castle is mostly indoors ? We are not much interested in shopping centres, but where would the nearest cinema be? (We are staying near Wooler). All suggestions welcome.

Morpeth, United...
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1. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Woodhorn museum just outside Ashington has an exhibition on called Video Game Nation - which features old and new uk video games - so appealing to people who remember the first prototypes and also the young ones with the latest games:

www.experiencewoodhorn.com/videogame-nation.

Cragside is also great even in the rain - the house is great to tour and then there are interactive exhibitions in the stables explaining how Armstrong developed all the technology used in the house.

Fingers crossed you do get good weather though!

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2. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Thanks very much for the suggestion.

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3. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Our kids enjoyed the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran (on the wall). It is all indoors and there is plenty to explore. We combined it (on a very wet day) with a trip to Housesteads Roman Fort and the Museum was a good place to dry off in the warm.

www.vindolanda.com/planning_a_visit.html

About an hour away from Wooler there is the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth - maybe one to bear in mind if you're facing a 3rd straight day of rain!

www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/tynemouth.htm

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4. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

PS our kids also loved Alnwick castle and particularly the Gardens, where there is a poison garden you can visit on a guided tour, where you learn about the poisonous properties of certain plants and the gruesome murders committed with some of them - this particularly appeals to boys! There is also a great treehouse restaurant in the gardens.

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5. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Thanks Poollounger- will add these to our list! We have previously visited Alnwick castle and the gardens so will probably not make it there again with so many other places to see.

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6. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

There is a 'bunch' of stuff to do in Newcastle, if you really get 'stuck' with the weather:

http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/

http://www.visitnewcastle.org.uk/

Scunthorpe, United...
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7. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Trouble is Northumberland really is a fair weather place...and from Wooler there is quite a lot of driving to 'wet weather' sites'.

Is Chillingham Castle on the list?

Bamburgh Castle is all inside and is very different to any other castle as it was restored by Lord Armstrong of Cragside fame. It is interesting to visit this and Cragside.

There is also the Grace Darling Museum. Do the kids know the story?

rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/…grace-darling-museum

If you do get to the Roman Army museum (quite a long drive) don't forget to visit Vindolanda as well. Most of the site is outside but the museum is quite interesting.

I assume you have already thought about places back across the border like Thirlestane Castle, Bowhill, Smailholme Tower, Traquair House, Manderstton, Mellerstein....

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8. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

spend a couple of hours in BARTER BOOKS, its the biggest 2nd hand bookshop in the country with a great kids section and coffee shop, its in the old railway station in Alnwick. the nearest cinema is also in Alnwick, its called the playhouse, also puts on live theatre and music xx

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9. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

Thanks everyone for the great ideas. We are heading off tomorrow and weather is looking dry at least for the first few days! Hope to get out to the Farne Islands on Sunday or Monday whilst weather is clear.

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10. Re: Wet weather ideas for Easter holidays in Northumberland

"but where would the nearest cinema be?"

Silverlink near Wallsend - probably as quick though to drive back to Edinburgh