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Some of the best things to do with your kids in Northumberland

Fun, excitement and history await you and your family in Northumberland, with plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Whether your child is a budding historian, has a love for wandering through nature or enjoys the simple thrills of adventure play parks or building sandcastles on the miles of sandy beaches - there‘s something for everyone …

Northumberland Country Zoo

Where: Eshottheugh Farm, Felton, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9QH


Otters, lynx cats, wallabies, lemurs, owls and tortoises are just waiting to be marveled at in this fun zoo.


Families can wander through the enclosures, spotting a range of animals, they can even get involved with talks, shows and feedings with some of the adorable members of the animal kingdom.

As well as critters, adorable zoo and farm animals the attraction also has a range of activities.


Children can expend some energy in the outdoor play area, try their hands at a game of mini-golf or take a drive in the mini tractors or put their best foot forward on the pedal tractors.


Admission into the zoo varies depending on age, with a range of family packages also available to purchase.


Kielder Water and Forest Park


Where: Kielder, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 1ER


This location is full of adventure, with woodlands to explore and a fun range of activities. As well as being nestled in a park full of beautiful scenery, Kielder Water and Forest also keeps children entertained through organised events and activities.

Family friendly activities include segways, zip wires, high ropes, archery, crossbows, sea scooters, snorkelling, zorbing and crazy carts among others.

You'll be able to have a blast on land and water!


Admission to the park is free, however each activity has it's own set price, you will find more information on the website.


Chillingham Castle


Where: Chillingham Castle, Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 5NJ


Explore this 13th century stronghold that was once famous for seeing action and battles. Families can explore expansive gardens, lakes, fountains and the castle itself, with plenty to discover.

It's a walk through history, with wild cattle roaming the grounds! When the weather isn't on your side, you can explore the state rooms and inside the castle, including a Torture Chamber - in one of the most haunted castles in England.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets also available. Guided tours are bookable for an extra free.



The Alnwick Garden

Where: Denwick Lane, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1YU


Meander through 12 acres of outdoor space, gardens and be amazed by Alnwick Castle.

Alnwick has a woodland park, and plenty of gardens including the 'Serpent,' 'Rose,' and the 'Grand Cascade.'

Can you make it through the Labyrinth or win a game of adventure golf, or explore the Treehouse - the choice is yours.

Families hoping to spend the day can buy off peak or peak tickets, and buy additional entry to the castle if they wish.


Treasure Island Morpeth

Where: Coopie's Lane, South Way, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 6JT


Let your children go wild at this fun indoor play centre with plenty of places to climb, swing, slide on and obstacles to avoid.

Your child's imagination can run wild in the pirate themed centre, or enjoy one of the many events they host throughout the year.

Children can create works of art, meet exotic pets or be charmed by the resident dinosaur.


Prices range depending on whether it is off peak or peak, with adults and babies under the age of one, allowed in free. Some events/experiences come at an extra cost.


Bailiffgate Museum Alnwick

Where: Bailiffgate, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1LX


Immerse yourself in 10,000 years of history in one visit to this museum in Alnwick.Families will be able to discover the heritage at the heart of the community, you won't know how much you don't know until you visit!

Two floors are taken over by a permanent collection of artifacts, documents, photographs and audio visual content as well as an ever changing gallery on the third floor.


The museums tries to create the perfect environment for families, with a range of activities and interactivity that children can get involved in.


Admission into the museum is based on age, with donations also welcome.

Woodhorn Museum Ashington

Where: Country Park, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 9YF


Visit this old mining site and learn all about the ex minors who worked long hours digging for coal.

The museum has a gallery that focuses on the workers and the social history behind mining, with children invited to get interactive and invent ideas during events hosted throughout the year.

Admission is free for anyone under the age of 16, with adults paying entry. The tickets allow unlimited returns within 12 months.



Bamburgh Castle Bamburgh

Where: Bamburgh, Northumberland NE69 7DF


Bamburgh Castle is a place for thrills, enthralls and captivation for families - as well as dramatic scenes this location offers plenty of history.

Discover evidence that shows people where living at the castle as early as 10,000 BC.

There are 14 public areas to be explored, with guided tours full of stories of mystery, betrayal and intrigue awaiting you.

Admission is based on age, with family tickets available to purchase.



Wicked Wizard of Alnwick Treasure Trail


Where: Market Place, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1HS


Spot and solve sneaky clues dotted around Alnwick and see if you have what it takes to uncover a murder mystery.

Do you have the detective skills needed to even find the clues as you explore Baliffgate, St Michael's Church and Pottergate.


Suitable for anyone over the age of six, no mystery can be left unsolved with text clues given to those stuck on the way.

Families taking part must buy a booklet which can be shared between four and five people.


Have you recently visited Northumberland or are you living there with your children?

Tell us if there's somewhere that you love to visit that we've missed off our list…




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