1. Spend the evening stargazing at Battlesteads
Situated in the countryside village location of Wark, this Dark Sky Observatory is a Milky Way Class Dark Sky on the edge of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a well-versed astronomer, Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory offers regular talks, activities, stargazing and courses so you can marvel at the majestic skies with guidance from their observatory team. Plan your visit to the observatory here.
Image: Martin Kitching
2. Share your favourite novels at Barter Books
Set within a restored station in Alnwick, Barter Books is no ordinary book shop. It boasts many original features that have been restored with love, such as fireplaces just waiting to be sat around and a beautiful canopy outside which has been re-exposed to frame the front of the building. Take time to discover the room containing the vast collection of antiquarian books that are concealed in over forty glass cases lining the walls within. Find out more here.
3. Drink a renowned aphrodisiac on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne
Since eras bygone, mead has been thought to be an aphrodisiac – the word honeymoon in fact derives from the ancient Norwegian tradition of mead being consumed for a whole moon/month by newly-weds to increase fertility, therefore promoting a long and happy marriage. St Aidan’s Winery has been producing its famous Lindisfarne Mead on Holy Island since the 1960s and is now recognised as the connoisseur’s choice. If you do pop in to the winery showroom for a sample of this unique alcoholic fortified wine, be sure to plan your visit in advance and check the tide times as this pretty island is cut off twice daily by fast incoming tides. Learn more about Lindisfarne Mead here.
4. Relax and indulge at Beau Monde Spa
Located in the charming village of Lucker, Beau Monde provides the ultimate space to unwind together in the oasis of calm. Relax in the sauna, steam room, hot tub and pool and perhaps even book yourselves in for a soothing massage.
Plus, Stablewood Coastal Cottages receive a complimentary one-hour pass for either the swimming pool or fitness suite AND Beau Monde also offer guests 5% off services and treatments! Find out more about Beau Monde’s facilities and services here.
5. Enjoy a serene sunset cruise
On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings from May until September, Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours offer tranquil trips around the islands as the sun sets.
Don’t forget your camera – you might be fortunate enough to capture a stunning sunset over Bamburgh Castle or the wildlife basking in the ‘golden hour’. See further details on Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours here.
6. Walk with waterfalls at Hareshaw Linn
This easy-going 3 mile walk through woodlands ofoak, hazel, elm and ash provides the ultimate romantic journey to the waterfall and back. Put the kissing gate to use and pause for a picnic at ‘Cupid’s Bower’ seat which overlooks the waterfall. See Northumberland National Park’s guide to the trail route here.
7. Dine in a cosy Fish Shack
Tuck in to fresh seafood with your catch (of the day) at the rustic Fish Shack in Amble harbour. From North Shield’s Dressed Crab to good old Cod and Twice Cooked Chips and wonderful views to complement, this atmospheric harbourside hideaway is a real treat for both the eyes and taste buds. Check out their tempting menu here.
8. Discover the history of Bamburgh Castle
This magnificent castle is bursting with historic collections which tell the fascinating tales of its walls and its owners through the ages. Take in the magnificent views of the Northumberland coastline from various vantage points around the site and explore the treasure trove of artefacts inside. From time to time their Grand Piano in the King’s Hall plays host to a pianist, and you can even get married in Kings Hall, so you can say your vows in the most majestic of settings. Find out what’s coming up at Bamburgh Castle here.
Image: Stan Seaton Photography
9. Play Robin Hood and Maid Marion at the Sycamore Gap
Once voted England’s Tree of the Year in the contest run by The Woodland Trust and famed for its role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the Sycamore Gap is probably one of the most photographed spots in Northumberland. Forged by vast meltwater carving its way below the ice sheets that covered the ground thousands of years ago, the gap provides a delightfully romantic pit-stop on an equally wonderful walk along the world heritage site that is Hadrian’s Wall. Check out this National Trust guide for the best route.
10. Snuggle up by the fire at The Apple Inn
A visit to this award-winning gastropub is just what the love doctor ordered after a refreshing walk in the Northumberland countryside. Cosy up by the fire with a hot chocolate or their homemade soup of the day, or call in on a Sunday for their famous roast dinner. Want to book a table now? Click here.