5 Places to visit in the north east for Bridgerton vibes
Who else binge watched Bridgerton last year and now can’t wait for the second series release today? We’re huge fans of Bridgerton, not just the storyline, or the outfits but we LOVE the locations. We’ve put together 5 places to visit in the north east to truly get your Bridgerton on, and guess what, they’re all close to our parks! So get out for the day, frolick around the gardens with your loved ones and explore these places for ultimate Bridgerton vibes.
- Alnwick Garden
One of the show’s hallmarks are the perfectly pristine gardens on every episode. You’re guaranteed to feel like royalty walking around Alnwick Gardens. Just an hour away from Riverside Leisure Park, you can explore the grounds of Alnwick Garden, stippled in beautiful flowers.
- Chillingham Castle
Just over a 10-minute drive from Riverside Leisure Park, you can explore Chillingham Castle. From the outside it truly feels like you’re stepping onto the Bridgerton filming set, but from the inside its home to some terrifying ghosts and history. There’s a reason this place is named Britain’s most haunted castle!
- Blanchland Village
Step back in time to Blanchland Village – with not a modern store in sight, you can walk around this stunning quaint village and truly feel like part of the Bridgerton era. Located just a short 10 minute drive from Heather View Leisure Park. Blanchland has earned its title as one of the prettiest villages in England and is referred to as ‘the fairy tale in the fells’ could it sound more perfect?
- South Causey Inn
A Bridgerton pastime is definitely Afternoon Tea, so indulge in a favourite British tradition with afternoon tea at South Causey Inn. With delicious food and an even better atmosphere, enjoy an afternoon of leisure in stunning surroundings. Located 40 minutes drive from Heather View Leisure Park, South Causey Inn is well worth a visit to feel like a real Bridgerton.
- Spend a leisurely afternoon playing Croquet!
A Bridgerton classic is a game of croquet, get yourself down to Durham Croquet Club and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in true Bridgerton style and play a game or two. Take it one step further and dress for the occasion! Located just 40 minutes drive from Heather View, if you’re a Bridgerton fan, playing a game of Croquet is a must!
Easter Holidays in the UK
Are you and your family on the hunt for a well needed Easter break this year? Look no further than our selection of the best destinations for Easter holidays in the UK. Make unforgettable memories in some of the most beautiful locations.
Devon Family Holidays this Easter
Are you wanting an Easter family holiday in the UK, that feels like you’re abroad? Take a trip to North Devon, voted one of the best destinations for family holidays in the UK. Golden Coast Leisure Park, in Woolacombe is your go to holiday park. You can choose from so many different accommodation types, from caravans to villas to apartments.
Golden Coast Leisure Park is 5 minutes from the beach, with spectacular views across the North Devon Coastline, and stunning hidden coves like Barricane Beach, you will definitely feel like you’re abroad here.
Not only is the local area beautiful, but the park has so many fantastic facilities and attractions to keep the whole family occupied, including indoor and outdoor pools, pool inflatables, a wave surfer, and a variety of bars and restaurants. There’s also a dedicated hands-on entertainment team, ready to create fantastic memories with you and your family all day and night. From just £173 2 guests can stay for 3 nights in a Shoreline Apartment, arriving on 22nd April. Does that sound amazing? Book here.
Northern England Family Holidays
If you’re looking for a family holiday in the North of England, you should look at Riverside Leisure Park. Located in Northumberland, in the lovely town of Wooler. You and your family will be surrounded by glorious greenery for woodland walks. Not only is it located in an area with so many amazing things to see and do, but Riverside has also got a dedicated entertainment team, ready to provide hours of entertainment for the family. Check out what’s on at Riverside here.
The park is bursting with entertainment and fantastic facilities. Including play areas, indoor pools, bar and restaurant, games rooms and so much more. Being just a short drive to the coast, you’re getting the best of both countryside and coastal, on a family holiday at Riverside this easter. What’s more, you can book a family holiday from just £165 arriving on 25th April for 4 nights.
Scotland Family Holidays
Travel just that little further north, and you can have a wonderful Easter break in Scotland. Thurston Manor Leisure Park in Dunbar is an action-packed holiday park with plenty of activities and adventures to have by all the family.
Nestled in the countryside, but also just a short drive to the coast. In just under 10 minutes, you can be at our sister park Pease Bay Leisure Park, situated right on the beach, it’s truly a hidden gem.
Thurston Manor Leisure Park has an array of fantastic facilities for all the family, and an even better entertainment team ready and raring to provide you and your family with tonnes of Easter memories.
This Easter, all our action-packed parks have a jam-packed entertainment plan for all the family with plenty of easter activities. Including, Easter egg hunts, Easter crafts, competitions and egg drops. What are you waiting for? Book your action-packed family holiday this April here.
Top 10 scenic walks in Northern England
Our Heather View and Kingfisher parks are situated in beautiful County Durham. You’ll find some of the best walking routes in the UK here, taking in the stunning countryside and coastline. Be prepared to wrap up warm and wear a sturdy pair of walking boots because the terrain can be rugged and exposed to the northeasterly elements.
Durham Heritage Coast Walk
If you are looking for breath-taking clifftop views, this is the walk for you. The walk starts in Seaham’s North Dock and follows a southbound route for 11-miles to Crimdon. Superb grassland is supported by Magnesian Limestone topped by boulder clay forming the perfect habitat for flora and fauna including the very special Durham Argus butterfly.
Low and High Force
You can’t beat a stunning waterfall and this walk will take you to England’s biggest. This gorgeous five-mile circular walk in Upper Teasdale, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will leave you awe-inspired when the waterfall comes into view and is guaranteed to lift the spirits.
Pennine Way – Baldersdale to Langdon Beck
The Durham stretch of the Pennine Way covers approximately 15 miles and encompasses some of the natural wonders of the UK. As well as the waterfalls High Force and Low Force, the highlights include Cow Green Reservoir, the cascading Cauldron Snout, reckoned to be the longest waterfall in England, and High Cup Nick, a superb u-shaped glaciated valley.
Cow Green Geological Trail
If you are interested in geology this trail will introduce you to many of the rocks which make the Teesdale landscape so special and a haven for rare and interesting plants. Approximately four kilometers each way from Harwood, Barnard Castle, allow a full day for the complete walk, and be prepared with your waterproofs even in summer! In places, the route passes old mine workings so keep to the footpaths.
Taking a break from nature here are two trails with a difference, perfect for experiencing the cultural and historical scenery of the county.
Durham Camra Beer Trail
A pub crawl with a difference, taking in the picturesque city of Durham once described as “a perfect little city” by best-selling author Bill Bryson. The trail starts at the Bridge Hotel in North Road and takes in ten of the best real ale pubs in Durham City.
Blue Plaque Trail – Barnard Castle
An easy family-friendly walk around the traditional market town, known as the gateway to Teesdale. Follow the blue plaques for 1.5 miles as the trail ambles around places where Dickens stayed and Wesley preached as well as finding out more about the people and places that made an impact on what’s known locally as “Barney”.
Our Riverside park is in the stunning county of Northumberland. The county has miles of stunning coastline, an awe-inspiring National Park, and a wealth of fascinating history to discover, well worth a spot on the top 10 walks in Northern England.
Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle
This easy walk along the coast offers fantastic sea views and an incredible view of Dunstanburgh Castle for the whole of the route. The castle can only be reached on foot and is just a flat, 1.3-mile walk from the village of Craster, making it a great choice for families or if you just fancy a gentle stroll. For those wanting to extend their walk, you can continue past the castle, where you’ll discover Embleton Bay, a quiet, pristine beach that is largely unknown by tourists.
Seahouses To Bamburgh Castle
This beach walk is roughly 3 miles long and begins at Seahouses. Take in the beautiful coastline and the iconic Bamburgh Castle that perches on a rocky plateau. The approach to the castle is breathtaking with its dramatic presence and sweeping beach. When you arrive at the castle, dogs are welcome on the grounds, and from here you can admire the fortresses and some impressive views of the surrounding coastline.
Walltown Crags Walk
Pick your route once you arrive at Walltown as there are a number of picturesque, circular routes in the area. Walk along Hadrian’s Wall (spectacularly preserved at this site) to see one of its most dramatic viewpoints. Walltown Crags is best known for its dramatic views and is one of the most stunning places to see Hadrian’s Wall, as it dives through the sweeping, volcanic rock edge landscape. The site sits between Birdoswald Fort and Housesteads Roman Fort, making it perfect for extending into a day out.
Kielder Lakeside Way
Head to Kielder Water & Forest Park to explore this stunning, waterside route that fuses art and nature. The total walk is 26 miles, but you can pick a smaller section to explore that suits you best. The walk along the shoreline around Kielder reservoir takes you past open-air art pieces and nature hides where ospreys, red squirrels, and other wildlife are spotted regularly. Kielder Dam and Kielder Castle are also en route.
Verdant Leisure hope this guide of the top 10 walks in Northern England was helpful!
The freedom to escape at a moment’s notice.
This year more than ever, Britons are choosing to holiday at home and rediscover everything that is great about the UK. Imagine if you could enjoy holidays with family and friends, whenever you choose, in your favourite spot of Scotland or North East England. That’s the beauty of holiday home ownership with Verdant Leisure! This year, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people joining Verdant Leisure as holiday home owners. What’s more, a number of these customers have had no experience of holiday parks in the past. So, let’s explore swapping overseas breaks for a UK holiday home from home.
Travel less, relax more
First up is the time spent travelling, which most of our customers say is very important to them. Typically, our customers live within a 90-minute driving distance of our parks. This means they can escape to their holiday home after work on a Friday, with no airport lounges, flights, or transfers to worry about. Our parks are ideally located within 90 minutes of major cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle making it easy to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. If you don’t have work commitments, you can choose to holiday at a moment’s notice when you own your own holiday home, and our customers love that flexibility.
Location, location, location
For us, this is a key factor when choosing the location for your holiday home. It’s important that you find a location that you and your family will love for years to come. That’s why we believe that anyone thinking of holiday home ownership at our parks would benefit from joining us on for a park tour. It can be difficult to choose the perfect holiday location without seeing your options first hand, so a park tour allows you to explore the park, spend time in the local area, enjoy the facilities, speak to existing holiday home owners, and meet our team. When you choose your perfect location, you have peace of mind that it will meet your expectations every time you visit.
So much beauty to explore
We have lost count of the times when our customers have said “It’s like a beach in the Caribbean” when talking about Pease Bay. The “We have the best of both worlds” is another common phrase amongst our existing holiday home owners and that’s exactly what our parks offer in terms of coast and countryside. Riverside is in the heart of Northumberland, on the edge of the national park – it truly is a walker’s paradise. Yet, just a short drive away is the stunning North East coastline with white sandy beaches such as Bamburgh. There is so much to see and do in the areas surrounding our parks, each time you visit can feel like a new holiday experience.
Your dream home from home*
When you own a caravan or lodge, you can make it into the perfect retreat so there are no unexpected surprises when you plan your holidays. Long gone are the days of cramped spaces with limited facilities. Today’s caravans and lodges offer modern spaces with home from home features such as double glazing, energy efficient heating systems, modern kitchens, and mod cons such as USB charging points as standard. Higher specification models provide walk in wardrobes, utility rooms, full size baths and washing machines. The UK’s leading manufacturers provide a range of models to suit every taste and budget. It’s then down to you to add your personal homely touches to create a place you’ll love to escape to.
A place for the whole family
Choosing a location that caters for the whole family can be a real challenge when planning your holidays. Grandparents may be seeking peace and relaxation, younger children want lots of action, and don’t forget the dog! When you own a holiday home, you can plan around the whole family, meaning more time to focus on creating memories together. Grandparents can relax on the decking area whilst children splash in the pool, couples can enjoy leisurely walks whilst teens make new friends – we’ve got you covered with park wide Wi-Fi too! Many of our existing customers are dog owners so your pooch is guaranteed a warm welcome when it visits our parks.
Our parks’ season length ranges from 46 weeks to 52 weeks. You cannot use your holiday home as your main residence, but you do have freedom to enjoy endless holidays throughout the season. Weekends, main school holidays, mid-week working breaks, the choice is yours. 80% of our existing customers visit their holiday home every month** to get the most value from their purchase. We work with specialist finance providers that may be able to offer you a payment plan tailored to your needs; you can spread the cost of holiday home ownership.^ With annual site fees from just £2,650†, a holiday home that you, your family and your friends can enjoy throughout the year is a great alternative to overseas holidays.
*Holiday home can not be used as permanent residence
**80% of our owners enjoy a holiday every month. Based on 1072 responses across all parks in our 2020 Owners Survey. Results subject to seasonal restrictions, season varies by park
^Finance is subject to status, terms and conditions apply
Best Castles to visit in North East England
The UK is home to some of the most spectacular castles in the world, with over 70 castles in North East England. We’ve put together a list of the best castles to visit when on holiday in Northern England.
Take a trip to Alnwick castle, with over 700 years of history to immerse yourself in. The castle has also been home to some of Britain’s most classic films, such as Harry Potter, Elizabeth, Downton Abbey and Robin Hood. Visit the grounds where Harry and pals had their first broomstick lesson, and where Harry was first introduced to quidditch! An iconic and historic castle well worth a visit when staying at Riverside Leisure Park. This is definitely one of the best castles to visit in North East England.
The UK’s most HAUNTED castle, and only 15 minutes away from Riverside Leisure Park. Chillingham Castle is a fantastic place to visit in the evening and join a ghost tour if you’re not easily spooked! Explore the haunted dungeons with wall markings from sad prisoners and see the painting of the witch who curses anybody who steals from the castle. Being the most haunted castle in the UK, Chillingham Castle is not one for the faint hearted, so is definitely one of the best castles in North East England.
Just like Alnwick Castle, Warkworth belongs to the Percy family and was their preferred residence for many years. The great tower is a masterpiece of medieval English architecture, with its three dimensional design. It is one of the largest and most spectacular castles in Northern England and well worth a visit when staying at Riverside, just to see its fantastic architecture.
Another castle taken over by the famous Percy family along with Alnwick castle and Warkworth. Prudhoe Castle is a ruined medieval castle, with beautiful history and remains, another castle well worth a visit on your holiday to Northumberland.
Take a beautiful walk with spectacular views of the castle’s ruins along the Northumberland coast. Reach the castle along a 1.2 mile coastal walk from the village of Craster. This castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland and is built to a magnificent scale. It is just a 40 minute drive away from Riverside Leisure Park.
For a full day out visit Auckland Castle, situated just over 30 minutes from Heather View Leisure Park and Kingfisher Leisure Park. With over 1000 years of history to discover, the castle is home to a Spanish Gallery, Walled Gardens, the famous Deer Park, Auckland Tower and the Faith Museum. There’s plenty here to keep all of the family entertained for a fun day out here at Auckland Castle.
Best places in Northern England to visit
Northern England is full of beautiful and fun filled places to visit. Our north east parks offer a fantastic mix of countryside to explore and coastal towns to discover nearby.
Not only do we think Bamburgh is one of the best places in Northern England to visit, but it was also voted the best seaside destination in the UK in 2021. Perfect for a day out when holidaying at our Riverside Leisure Park. Just under half an hour’s drive from the park, you can explore the famous castle, beach and walking trails along the coastline.
Alnwick is another town within easy reach of Riverside that’s well worth a visit. Alnwick castle is famed for being a filming location for some of the Harry Potter films, and a tour of the beautiful grounds makes for a great day out for film and history fans alike.
Whilst in the area, Alnwick Garden is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. There are beautiful gardens to explore, including a Fairy Tale Garden which kids will love. Enjoy a meal in the Treehouse Restaurant, a magical setting for a bite to eat, nestled in the treetops.
Beamish Museum is another fantastic day out in the north east within driving distance of Heather View. Step back in time and explore this world famous open air museum which tells the story of life in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.
Durham is just over half an hour’s drive from Heather View, and is a great day out for shopping, exploring Durham Cathedral and grabbing a bite to eat. It’s right on the river so it’s a really scenic and picturesque city to take in.
For something a bit different on your holiday at Riverside, why not take a boat trip from the cute market town of Seahouses where you can spot an array of seabirds and seals. Seahouses itself offers gift shops and some fantastic seafood to sample!
The Bowes Museum is not far from Heather View and the town of Barnard Castle. There’s plenty of renowned art to admire, as well as a café and play area so the whole family can enjoy a day out. If you’ve time, pop to Barnard Castle after your visit and take in the castle around which the town grew.
When staying at our Riverside Leisure Park you are just a stone’s throw away from the tranquil village of Wooler. Situated in the beautiful Northumberland countryside, here are our top things to do, including restaurants and pubs to visit and fun attractions nearby.
Pubs and Restaurants to visit
If you fancy a bite to eat and a drink during your stay at Riverside Leisure Park, here are a list of our top places to visit:
Milan, Wooler – A lovely restaurant serving fine Italian food and rated 4.5* on TripAdvisor. Boasting a relaxing atmosphere and completely Covid Secure.
No. 1 Hotel and Wine Lounge, Wooler – A fantastic Tapas Bar and Restaurant with 4.5* rating on TripAdvisor. With a relaxing, cosy atmosphere, enjoy the wine lounge. No.1 Hotel and Wine Lounge is also home to the best Sunday Lunch in Wooler.
The Black Bull Inn, Wooler – The perfect place for a traditional pub meal in Wooler. The Black Bull Inn is the place to go with the feel of a small-town pub. Cosy up in the winter months in front of a conventional coal fire and spend a leisurely afternoon after a long walk in Northumberland.
Attractions in Wooler
Situated in the Northumberland countryside, Wooler has an abundance of places and attractions to visit. To make the most out of your stay at Riverside Leisure Park, here are our top things to do.
Walk the Cheviot Hills – Wooler is situated on the edge of Northumberland National Park, near the Cheviot Hills. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Cheviots’. So, if you’re a walker or cyclist, explore the stunning views the Cheviot Hills has to offer.
Visit Heatherslaw Corn Mill – The only place in Northumberland where you can experience a traditional mill is Heatherslaw Corn Mill. With over 700 years of history in one building, watch the milling process and have a cup of tea in Heatherslaw Tea Room and even take some delicious flour or cereal home with you.
Play golf at Wooler Golf Club – Looking out to the Cheviot Hills over the Glendale Valley, play 9 or 18 holes and take in the stunning scenery at Wooler Golf Club. Providing some of the most picturesque views to be seen in the Northumberland district.
Horse Riding – Visit Kimmerston Riding Centre and explore the beautiful scenery that Northumberland has to offer. Whether you are an experienced rider or a beginner, hack all around the lovely countryside.
If you’re an owner or visitor to Heather View Leisure Park or Kingfisher Leisure Park, Durham offers a fantastic day out! Take a look at some of our suggestions of things to do when on a day trip to Durham.
Durham Cathedral, a must see
Dating back to 1093, the stunning Durham Cathedral is well worth a visit. Whether you take in its stunning architecture and stained glass windows, or enjoy a bite to eat in The Undercroft Restaurant, the whole family will be in awe on a day trip to Durham Cathedral.
A trip back in time, with Durham Castle
Awarded a World Heritage Site in 1986 along with Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle offers views over the medieval City of Durham and its enchanting narrow streets. Offering a range of family activities and events throughout the year, Durham Castle is a must see on day trips to Durham.
Day trips to Durham Market
Established in 1851, Durham’s independent department store, Durham Market is definitely more than a market! With over 40 traders, all of which are knowledgeable and passionate about their wares, Durham Market is well worth a visit.
Shopping at Durham’s biggest shopping centre
If you fancy a spot of shopping on one of your day trips to Durham, a visit to Prince Bishops shopping centre is a must! With an array of high street brands, as well as places to eat and drink and its own parking, the whole family will enjoy a look around on a day out in Durham.
Riverside Leisure Park in Wooler is the perfect base to explore everything that Northumberland has to offer. Just under half an hour’s drive from the park, you’ll find Alnwick, a bustling medieval market town. We’ve created a list of things to do and places to see in Alnwick to keep all of the family entertained.
Discover a world of pre-owned books at Barter Books
There are plenty of things to do in Alnwick, Northumberland. We suggest a visit to Barter Books, one of the UK’s largest second-hand bookshops. You will find Barter Books in the town’s old railway station. With open fires in winter and tasty food options from The Station Buffet and Paradise Ice Cream Parlour. Take the whole family and let the kids enjoy the children’s room with plenty of toys to keep them entertained and the grown ups can peruse the endless books on offer.
Check out the beautiful Alnwick Gardens
Set over 12 acres, Alnwick Gardens is home to a Grand Cascade with over 120 water jets, the world’s largest Tai Haku Cherry Orchard and the world’s largest Treehouse Restaurant! Alnwick Gardens is the perfect place to visit whatever mood. If you want to chill out and stroll through the roses, or relax on one of their 50 swinging benches. Or if want to you want to get active with the kids and get involved with the daily summer street theatre programme. Alnwick Gardens offers it all. There is also a range of dining options available, including their Treehouse Restaurant, Potting Shed and The Pavilion Café. No matter what you fancy, there’s a tasty option waiting for you!
Wander around the world famous Alnwick Castle
Whether you’re a history buff or a film fan, Alnwick Castle is the perfect place if you’re looking for things to do in Alnwick. Home to one of the original filming locations of Harry Potter as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fans can even partake in Broomstick Training! Within the castle you can take a State Room tour and see their richly carved, painted and gilded ceilings. Admire the stunning art collection located in the castle, and view the spectacular silk wall coverings.
With Riverside, Heather View and Kingfisher Leisure Parks all within easy reach of this renowned northern City, there are so many things to enjoy when you take day trips to Newcastle during your holidays or from a holiday home of your own.
With its iconic bridges and the Angel of the North dominating the skyline, Newcastle is often viewed as the image of the north east of England. As England’s most northern city, it provides a fantastic variety of things to do for all ages from museums to arts centres, entertainment venues and shopping centres.
Newcastle Arts Centre
For the culture vultures out there why not visit the beautiful Newcastle Arts Centre. One of the countries most visited arts centres, Newcastle Arts Centre is located within 9 buildings across the city centre. These buildings were previously abandoned but now host a variety of exhibitions, music and theatre shows. There’s a gallery, performance venue, bar and shops for arts related items. With regularly changing exhibitions its worth visiting time and time again throughout the year.
Experience history at Newcastle Museums
The city has a whole host of amazing museums to suit many different guests. If history is your thing you will love the Discovery Museum which focuses on the area’s maritime, scientific and technological importance. Or head to the Great North Museum: Hancock where you can discover the detailed history of Hadrian’s Wall, finding our about the forts, milecastles and museums that can be visited along the wall today. You can also visit Newcastle Castle which shows the gruesome history of the city and allows visitors to take in stunning views from its rooftop. The Life Science Centre also offers a great interactive experience for science lovers.
Heading out of the city a little way you can also experience life from the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s at Beamish. This interactive museum close to Newcastle is a firm favourite with families as you can get up close to the way of living in the past.
Enjoy a shopping trip
Newcastle is well known for its variety of high street stores and you will not be disappointed with Newcastle’s shopping centres. Eldon Square and the Metro Centre are both available for a great shopping and leisure experience. With Eldon Squares location in the heart of the city and the Metro Centre offering great leisure facilities including cinema and climbing walls, there is lots to keep everyone entertained during the day. Both shopping centres offer regular events throughout the year, including activities for the kids to get involved in during the school holidays.
You can enjoy all these day trips to Newcastle and more from your very own holiday home at Riverside, Heather View or Kingfisher Leisure Parks. Why not take the first step towards holiday home ownership by arranging a park tour today.