10 Activities to do Glamping in Northumberland

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Pot a Doodle Do is an amazing place to stay in our glamping pods when you want to explore Berwick upon Tweed and the rest of North Northumberland. We are a great destination for groups of friends or families to get together for a holiday in the great outdoors. We have put together this blog of 10 things to do when staying with us and we hope that you have enough time during your holiday to fit them all in.

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Pot-a-doodle do painting studio

1. Get creative at Pot a Doodle Do

We know that some days you just want to leave the car at your wigwam and stay put. You can have a day of relaxation at our site, read your book or just chill! For those of you who want to there are lots of activities to choose from. We have a pottery painting studio where you can paint plates cups bowls or figurines, also decopatch, foam clay and mosaic. We also have a children’s play area on site for the kids to enjoy themselves and for older kids we have pedal karts too. Our trout fishing lake means that you could catch some fish for tea and then put it on the BBQ –delicious!

 

2. Boat trips on the River Tweed and Estuary.

Sailing out of the mouth of the River Tweed you will be amazed at the stunning views as you head out into the North Sea. Look back at the historic town and admire the historic views and then look forward to hopefully see some wildlife in the form of sea birds and hopefully seals and dolphins. There are also other Berwick boat trips available heading out under the three bridges and away up the River Tweed to Chain Bridge.

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Berwick upon tweed town centre

3. Berwick Town and Elizabethan Walls

Beautiful picturesque walks along the historic Elizabethan walls which surround the town will be truly appreciated for their views along the River Tweed and estuary and the famous three bridges crossing the river. There are plenty great restaurants in the town centre for coffees and cakes or lunches and evening suppers. Throughout the summer there are various festivals in Berwick upon Tweed and the surrounding villages and there is always something for everyone. All these festivals are open to everyone and all are great fun for all the family. In September every year at the Maltings Theatre in Berwick they host the largest film festival in North East England and Scottish Borders and if you love your food there is the Berwick Food and Drink Festival at the end of the summer.

 

4. Heatherslaw Light Railway

Travel on the 15 inch gauge railway pulled by locomotives Bunty Lady Augusta or Blinky and head to Etal Castle on a return journey of four miles. The Railway runs along the banks of the River Till giving you stunning views of the Northumberland countryside. Try to spot some wildlife along the way! Break the journey at Etal and visit the Castle or have refreshments at the tea rooms before catching the train back. Etal village is famous for its thatched roofs on all the houses in the village and the village pub.

 

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Harry Potter broomstick training at Alnwick Castle!

5. Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is the home of Harry Potter and Downton Abbey! This impressive castle is open to the public but is still occupied by the Percy family. There are tours available through the castle, Harry Potter broomstick training and there is a museum with exhibitions that portray the history of the castle. You can also tour the famous Alnwick Gardens (complete with the Poison Garden and tree house) and its fair to say that this will be a full day out for all the family.

 

6. Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

This can be combined with the trip to the Heatherslaw Railway as its just a mile or so along the road from there. It is run on a not for profit basis and all activities are carried out to raise funds which are ploughed back into the centre. Visitors will see Clydesdale Heavy Horses but also other animals such as British Lop Eared Pigs, Sebastopol Geese and Oxford and Lincolnshire Longwool Sheep.

 

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Holy Island

7. Visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Approximately ten miles from our site this is a must to visit whilst staying with us. You need to check the tide times to ensure that you are able to get over there on the day of your choice. You will enjoy following the Pilgrims Path to visit this beautiful Holy Island. The Island is steeped in history and you can learn about how the Vikings nearly destroyed it. You will also get an opportunity to visit the Lindsfarne Castle and also to taste the delicious Pilgrims Coffee and Lindisfarne Mead.

 

8. Bamburgh Castle

A beautiful castle on the North East Coast. This was the Royal Seat of the Kings of Northumbria. Thousands of visitors from across the globe visit this castle with its incredible history and dramatic views of the breathtaking Bamburgh Beach. There is a treasure trove collection of unique pieces which tell the story of Bamburghs many reincarnations over the centuries. This is one of the finest castles in Britain and well worth a visit.

 

9. Foxlake Adventures is a great day out for all the family

It is Scotland’s first cable wake-boarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. This centre is about 30 minutes from our glamping site and is nestled in a beautiful woodland on the edge of the John Muir Way. There is great excitement as you zip from tree to tree above the Forest Trail or you can try your hand at the Foxfall Rope Course. Explore the woodlands with Off Road Segways or just chill and relax with a coffee at the Boardside Café on the lakeside.

 

10. Chillingham Castle and Wild Cattle

This is an outstanding day out for all the family. Your first scary experience is a visit to the truly wild cattle. These unique beats fight for the chance to mate. The guided tours take you close, but not too close, to these extraordinary animals. Then visit England’s most haunted castle for lunch or coffee. Brace yourself for a tour of a real castle with fearsome torture chamber, eerie dungeon and magnificent state rooms. If you are really brave you can enjoy a nerve jingling night time ghost tour.

Glamping Pods Adventures in North East England

When you are surrounded by nature and close to a beautiful coastline a wigwam glamping pods holiday can be one of the best holidays you will ever have. You can take time to slow down, relax and enjoy spending quality time with your kids, your family and friends. It is the perfect way to distract yourself from the hussle and bussle of the busy daily lives we lead.

We have put together some of the adventures of wigwam pods glamping and hope that it will prepare you for a truly exciting experience.

  • Create some Memories – the more wigwam pods glamping you do the more special memories you will make. Doing activities together whether it be pottery painting, fishing, walking and playing on the beach, playing games or watching the stars at night as you toast your marshmallows on the camp fire- the list is endless!
  • Put your phones and gadgets away for the weekend and look at your kids instead of your screens! Yes focus on your time as a family rather than time on your phone!  With a bit of luck you may have a poor phone signal so your kids will get 100% of your attention!
  • Bond with your family and friends -You have the whole wigwam glamping time to relax and spend in conversation with each other! Reminisce about things in the past, crack some jokes, tell some funny stories and enjoy each others company while relaxing in a beautiful environment!
  • Rules do not need to be applicable on holiday so forget about set bed time routines- its about having fun. You will go to bed when you are ready and get up when the sun shines through your wigwam window.
  • Hire a BBQ Hut and have great fun with all the family. Let the kids help with the preparation of the food.  Cook on the BBQ then chill in the hut for the rest of the evening and enjoy a beer or glass of wine and hear all the stories and tales that start to unfold.
  • Everybody needs fresh air and Wigwam glamping is the perfect way to get your share of it. Everyone has stressful lives but get out there and breathe in the fresh air as you walk along the beach and use the time to connect with your kids and family and enjoy the fun time together.
  • If you think you might like our glamping pods then give it a try. You and your family should experience it together and realise how much fun you can have.  Memories and fun await you.  You never know- you might find that it becomes a family favourite tradition for everyone!

If you require any further information regarding our glamping accommodation please contact us or call 01289 307107

Thanks,

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10 Reasons to go Glamping in Northumberland

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We are the area of coasts and castles with more castles in Northumberland than any other county and miles of unspoilt coastline.  The perfect place to sit around a campfire beneath the stars.

  1. We are an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our glamping site is situated on a farm of which a huge area is designated an AONB.  This stretches over a vast area and includes all the islands off the coast too.
  2. We have about thirty miles of beaches on a beautiful coastline. From Cocklawburn near Berwick upon Tweed right down past Druridge Bay and Bamburgh the views are stunning and the beaches are ready for you to bring your buckets and spades. Windswept beaches where you can walk for miles either through the dunes or on the sand- look for the dolphins- they were seen nearly every day last year in our area.
  3. Birds and butterflies are always aplenty on our coastline. Birdwatchers regularly come to this area to walk through the dunes and find lots of different species of birds and butterflies.  Take a trip to the Farne Islands and you will see a great number of guillemots, razorbills and puffins. The Farne Islands are protected by National Trust and there are boats going out there daily.
  4. Castles – which one to visit first- there are so many in Northumberland. Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle and Dunstanburgh Castle are just three of many to visit in the County.  Alnwick Castle owned by the Duke of Northumberland was Hogwarts for the famous Harry Potters films and is open to visitors daily during the summer season. Bamburgh Castle has the real wow factor as you drive into the village of Bamburgh and it has tremendous views of unspoilt beaches.
  5. The Island of Lindisfarne is one of the most popular places for tourists in Northumberland. A must visit place when staying in the area. The Lindisfarne Gospels were produced on the island and there is also a Priory and Castle on the island.  The Holy Island of Lindisfarne also known as Holy Island is a tidal island surrounded by water and can only be accessed by the causeway when the tide is out.
  6. You can walk or cycle in Northumberland for miles. The area has so much natural beauty that there is no surprise that so many people want to put on their walking boots and take a stroll along the beautiful coastline. The Northumberland Coastal Path is a well-marked long distance walk for anyone wanting a bit more of a challenge. For cyclists, we are part of the Sustrans Coasts and Castles route and you can cycle along the coast and take in the breathtaking scenery.
  7. Berwick upon Tweed- Northumberland’s most northerly town sits at the mouth of the River Tweed close to the England Scotland Border. Worth a look are the Elizabethan Ramparts, the remains of the castle and the barracks.  You get fantastic views of the river Tweed as you stroll around the walls. There is also the Lowry Trail in Berwick which you can follow over the Old Bridge into Tweedmouth and along the Docks towards Spittal.
  8. A wee bit further away but still worth a visit is Kielder Reservoir. It is an outdoor park and is great fun for families. There is a bird of prey centre, an observatory and a visitor centre and also nature trails and water sports.
  9. Star Gazing in Northumberland. If you love star gazing then come to Northumberland.  If you are staying at a glamping site there is no better way to see the stars than outside around a toasty campfire and look up to the skies. The skies here are so dark that the stars do seem to really shine brighter!
  10. Chillingham offers an outstanding day out in one of the most beautiful parts of Northumberland.  You will see one of the truly unique wild breed of cattle in the world. Then head to the haunted Chillingham Castle for a bite of lunch or coffee.  If you are really brave join the night Ghost Tour.