Northumberland in Winter

Northumberland in winter

As the days grow shorter and a chill fills the air, Northumberland transforms into a winter wonderland. Nestled in the northeastern corner of England, this county boasts a unique charm that comes alive during the winter season.

From coastal walks to stargazing under Northumberland’s dark skies, winter offers an array of activities and experiences that are bound to make your visit unforgettable. Stuck for ideas on what to do? Here’s just a few tips to make the most out of your stay.

Coastal winter escapades

If you’re a fan of crisp, invigorating walks along the coastline, Northumberland has got you covered. There’s a brilliant circular walk from Beadnell along the well-marked coastal path that offers breathtaking views of the North Sea and Farne Islands.

Farne Islands view


Along the way, you can spot seals, seabirds, and even dolphins. You can also enjoy a pleasant 2.5-mile stroll from Beadnell Bay to Seahouses, known for its golden sands, and delectable fish and chips at Lewis’s Fish Restaurant.

Seal animal on Farne Islands

The path is easily customisable, so you can choose your preferred distance depending on how much you want to tackle. We highly recommend exploring the surrounding areas, as the rugged beauty of this region shines even brighter when cloaked in winter’s frosty embrace. Don’t miss the chance to visit neighbouring Embleton, and Low and High Newton too.

Northumberland is an astronomer’s paradise

Winter in Northumberland also means clear, dark skies that are perfect for stargazing. Northumberland National Park is renowned for its Dark Sky status, making it one of the best places in the UK for observing celestial wonders. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or simply fascinated by the night sky, Northumberland’s winter nights will leave you awestruck.


Kielder Observatory offers a wealth of late night activities so that you can witness the heavens above in all their glory. From their Aurora Nights, where you can catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, to their Late Night Dark Skies events, where you can spot the constellations above whilst the world sleeps.

Kielder Observatory

An unforgettable stargazing experience with our Dark Sky Hampers

To enhance your stargazing adventure whilst you stay with us, we offer our Dark Sky Hampers. These hampers are designed to make your night under the stars even more magical.

Our Stargazer Hampers include:

  • 10×50 Binoculars: These binoculars offer 10x magnification so you can bring the stars to you.
  • Red Torch: Preserve your night vision with a red torch, ensuring you can navigate the darkness without disturbing the celestial show.
  • Astronomy Apps: We’ve curated a list of our favourite astronomy apps for both Android and iOS, helping you identify constellations and celestial objects.
  • Blankets: Stay warm and cosy while stargazing with our plush blankets.
  • Camping Chairs: Comfortably recline as you gaze up at the starry expanse.
  • Thermos Flask: Enjoy hot beverages to keep you warm during your nocturnal adventures.

With our Stargazer Hampers, you won’t need to bring anything with you to fully enjoy the Northumberland night sky. Just step outside and let the universe unfold above you.

Christmas markets and festivals

Embrace the festive spirit by visiting Northumberland’s charming Christmas markets and festivals. Browse through local crafts, enjoy seasonal treats, and soak up the merry atmosphere at events like the Alnwick Garden’s Christmas Market and the Hexham Christmas Market.

Hexham christmas market in abbey

Historic sites and castles

Northumberland boasts an array of historic sites and castles that take on a different, enchanting allure in winter. Explore Alnwick Castle, often referred to as the “Windsor of the North,” with its beautifully decorated State Rooms during the holiday season or explore the rest of our recommendations for exploring Northumberland’s heritage sites in winter.

Wildlife encounters

Winter is a great time for wildlife enthusiasts to visit Northumberland. Arctic wildfowl come to the coastline in their thousands, wild goat roam the Cheviots and Atlantic grey seals line the AONB shores. The Farne Islands still run boat trips too, and the winter months magnify the stark beauty of the archipelago. For more, discover our wildlife weekend itinerary, with options for all seasons.

Arctic wild bird on Farne Islands

Cosy pubs and restaurants

After a day of adventure, warm up in one of Northumberland’s cosy restaurants or hygge-filled pubs. Savour a hearty dish at The Craster Arms, all made with locally sourced ingredients, or enjoy a pizza on the beach from The Bae. There’s plenty of pubs and restaurants in Beadnell too, all an easy walking distance from our holiday apartments.

The hidden gem of Beadnell

The charming coastal village of Beadnell is an excellent starting point for your winter adventure in Northumberland. Located just a short drive from other popular destinations like Seahouses, Embleton, and Newton-by-the-Sea, Beadnell offers a tranquil base for your winter adventures.

Beadnell coastal village view

Book your stay with us

Winter in Northumberland is a season of pure enchantment. From breathtaking coastal walks to stargazing under dark skies and a myriad of unique winter experiences, this county has it all. So, bundle up, grab your Stargazer Hamper, and embark on an unforgettable winter journey in Northumberland with a stay at one of our cosy holiday cottages for two in Beadnell.

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