Whether you’re staying in the Wigwam Village at Pot-a-Doodle Do, or in the surrounding area, you’ll be delighted to discover and explore the true beauty and glorious history of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Of course with so much to do at Pot-a Doodle Do you’re already spoilt for choice with lots of activities for all the family, including; creating unique personalised ceramic, decopatch and mosaics in the Interactive Art Studio; trout fishing in the 2 acre lake; having fun outside in the safe enclosed children’s play area; browsing for goodies, essentials and souvenirs in the shop; or just relaxing with good food and good company in the licensed Café Bistro.
Start your day of exploration and discovery in the Pot-a-Doodle Do Café Bistro with a cooked breakfast and delicious coffee as you plan your itinerary for the day. There really is so much to see and do locally that you’ll need several days to fit it all in! For history and architecture buffs Northumberland is a true gem, dotted with ancient castles and Georgian houses of great standing and grandeur.
Closest to Pot-a-Doodle Do is the beautiful and historic Borders market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Known especially for its perfectly preserved and unique Elizabethan fortifications, Berwick is a small town within stone walls, which are still evident to this day. Walk along the ramparts and you’ll see through the haar to the holy island of Lindisfarne, Known locally simply as Holy Island, this magical place is accessed by a tidal causeway, so take care to make a note of the crossing times, or you’ll have to spend the night!
Lindisfarne is the cradle of Christianity in England, where you can visit the ruined abbey and the castle, once owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens, throughout the year. Now owned by the National Trust, the castle stands atop a high volcanic bluff and has an iconic profile which is visible from many miles around. To the south, Bamburgh Castle can be seen rising across the bay from Lindisfarne.
Alnwick Castle, famous for it’s presence in many films including Harry Potter as Hogwarts, is the seat of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland. Lady Jane Percy has created a stunning garden noted as having the largest tree house in Europe, a grand cascade, and a very special poison garden. Alnwick is also the home of Hardy’s fishing tackle, which has both a museum and a shop in the town; and Batter Books, famous for the discovery of the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster from World War II.
Beside Berwick is Manderston, a magnificent country house and estate which featured in An Edwardian Country House. Follow the A1 to the north and you will find St Abbs, a picture perfect coastal village nestled against the rugged Berwickshire cliffs.
From here you can dive within the crystal clear cold waters, and be greeted by swarms of beautiful and ethereal jellyfish in the summer. Nearby is the home of Lord Armstrong at Cragside. This magnificent home was the first in the world to be powered by electricity generated by hydroelectric power from the waterfall bellow it.
For lovers of the great outdoors and all things sporting, Northumberland is the perfect holiday destination for you! There are many brilliant local golf courses, notably at Berwick, Bamburgh, and Alnwick, where the scenery is breathtaking. The region is crossed by many well-marked walks including The Cuthbert Way, and is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all levels of fitness. You can even take a ride on horseback across the sands to Holy Island when the tide is out; for the more adventurous there is quad biking as well.
If you want to spend your precious holiday time relaxing try fishing in our fabulous two acre fishing lake, trout and salmon fishing in the world famous Tweed river, bird and wildlife watching, or just chilling out with a picnic on one of the many golden sandy beaches.
Another great place to enjoy during your visit is Paxton House, a family friendly fun adventure full of treasures. Everyone is welcome to paxton house even the family pet. There is something for all ages. Enjoy exploring the beautiful grounds and gardens or indulge in some delicious lunch at the stables cafe. Paxton house host a range of events and activities throughout the year so check the website regularly for updates.