As the weather brightens, the clocks move forward, and Spring finally gets going, it’s time to consider packing up and heading back to your holiday home for weekends and breaks away. The North East of England is a beautiful place in springtime and there’s lots to do – so when you have a day to fill during your holiday, we recommend visiting the following typical British attractions:
Mount Grace Priory – 25-min drive from Newbus Grange
A stunning 14th century Carthusian priory, this picturesque English Heritage property is surrounded by woodland, a reservoir, moorland and a small village. The most accessible charterhouse in the whole country, Mount Grace Priory can be entered through a 13th century manor house, full of exhibitions and arts and crafts facilities. A new café is opening on-site this spring, so you can grab a cup of tea while you’re exploring the grounds!
Northumberland Country Zoo – 10-min drive from Forget Me Not
A family-run business, Northumberland Country Zoo is a small-but-perfectly-formed park set over 17 acres of land. There’s 50 species of animals to see and lots of sustainability and environmentally-friendly initiatives within to browse and learn more about. This intimate animal care facility is friendly and open year-round for visitors.
Bamburgh Castle Golf Club – 10-min drive from The Kaims
Bamburgh Castle is the most scenic golf course in the UK – worth a visit even by those who aren’t fans or players of the sport. With beautiful views over the island of Lindisfarne and out to sea as well as a friendly and welcoming community of golfers and members, a short drive south after a quick game will see you to Seahouses, a traditional fishing village on the coast with boat trips available out to the Farne Islands. You can make a whole day of it!
Church Houses – 40-min drive from Swainby
Bang in the middle of the North York Moors National Park, Church Houses is a rural village that looks fresh off of an English countryside postcard. The village pub, the Feversham Arms, is a beautiful valley inn, and the Daffy Caffy is the village’s sole restaurant with a small menu and friendly, personalised service from the proprietor, George. You won’t find a warmer welcome in all the North East.
Waldridge Fell Country Park – 10-min drive from Low Carrs
Waldridge Fell is a site of specific scientific interest located south west of Chester-Le-Street. It’s the largest area of lowland heath in County Durham and is home to a variety of rare insects and wildlife that are scarcely found elsewhere in the UK. A must-see for anyone with an interest in the great outdoors, Waldridge is the perfect place for idling away a few hours exploring and walking around.
If you have a favourite local attraction near to your Maguire’s Country Park, let us know… unless you want it to stay a well-kept secret, of course!
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