The area around Riverside

Close to the historic village of Warkworth, as well as being a place to sit back and relax in, there’s plenty to see and do here too. The picturesque village is dominated by its castle.

A short walk from the castle across the river is the Warkworth Hermitage. Carved out of rock, this tiny 14th Century chapel contains the remains of the hermit’s house, chapel, confessional and dormitory.

Coquet Island is an important seabird colony off the coast of the fishing village of Amble, just five minutes drive away. During the breeding season enjoy live images of nesting seabirds at Amble’s Northumberland Seabird Centre.

Puffin Cruises run from Amble harbour to the island and RSPB reserve.

A visit to the world-famous Farne Islands in the seaside resort of Seahouses is definitely worth a trip. See seals and a huge variety of sea birds.

In nearby Morpeth town centre is Carlisle Park and Castle Wood. Enjoy riverside walks, an aviary, tennis courts and bowling. There’s also a children’s play area and boating on the River Wansbeck. Open daily, all year round.

The kids and grown-ups will love Whitehouse Farm Centre. Meet farm animals in all shapes and sizes at this family-run park.

Gardening enthusiasts should head for Howick Hall and Gardens as well as the famous Alnwick Garden.

Head inland and visit Cragside House and Gardens, Rothbury.

Find out more about the local area and its unique heritage at the Woodhorn Museum and QEII Country Park.

Head to nearby Morpeth and the all new Sanderson Arcade for some retail therapy.

Cresswell

South Shields

Warkworth

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