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5 ways to holiday in Northern England


Our parks in Northern England are gateways to historic countryside landscapes in County Durham and Northumberland.

Whether you’re looking for chilled-out relaxation, action-packed fun, or something a little different, Northern England could be home to your perfect UK holiday destination. Across Heather View and Riverside there is something to suit all needs, party sizes, and budgets, discover 5 different ways you can holiday in Northern England.




1. Fun-filled family time

Riverside Leisure park is the place to be if you're looking for entertainment perfect for the whole family from tots to grannies. To view our exciting 2024 entertainment schedule at Riverside including talented vocalists and hilarious comedy shows, click here!

Our resident foxes, Vinnie and Violet, are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face! Join them during the day and early evening for pop parties and explore nature during Top Fox Adventures!

Older kids and teens will love getting involved in our Activ8 activity sessions! Whether you're walking on water, learning Bushcraft survival skills, or rolling around in a giant inflatable Zorb, the very best of Verdant Vibes are guaranteed!

Tots Breaks are specialised holidays for toddlers under 4. Let your little one play and grow through our activities designed especially for them. New activities for 2024 include Crazy Carts, Excited Explorers, and Puppet Playtime with our new friend, Sonny Day. He’s bright, warm, and kind, and he can’t wait to meet you. Plus, with our heated indoor pool, it’s the perfect opportunity to teach your tot to swim.

Don’t worry grown-ups, we haven’t forgotten about you. Our dazzling evening entertainment includes talented vocalists, hilarious comedy shows and cash prize bingo (18+)!

Riverside Leisure park entertainment

2. Romantic couples retreat

We couldn't think of anything better than spending some quality time with your loved one on a special couples getaway, but which park is right for you? Both of our parks in Northern England are great options but lets explore which is right for you and your partner. 

Heather View is the perfect option for couples who want a relaxing rural escape. Located on the edge of Stanhope village, this park has access to an abundance of market towns offering relaxing days out. The breath-taking countryside location is perfect for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying  quality time with your loved one. 

Riverside is the perfect option for couples who love exploring! Sitting on the southern edge of Wooler, on the border of the Northumberland National Park there's so many great places to explore right on your doorstep. The charming market town of Wooler is just a stone's throw away whilst Northumberland National Park and the delightful beaches along the coast offer miles of outstanding walking and cycling routes.

Both of our parks in Northern England allow for a super luxurious stay, our exclusive hot tub villas are the perfect accommodation for couples. They have all the modern comforts you need to enjoy your stay including a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor seating area, and of course, your own private hot tub.

3. A break with your four-legged friend

Why leave them behind, when you can bring them along to enjoy a fantastic holiday? Both of our parks in Northern England have a range of pet-friendly accommodation to cater to you and your pet, from budget-friendly caravans to luxurious lodges. Plus, all of our holiday parks offer dog-friendly dining, meaning the whole family can enjoy a delicious meal and drinks together.

Looking for great dog walking routes for your stay? Heather View is located by some of the best walking routes in the UK! If you are looking for breath-taking clifftop views, check out Durham Heritage Coast Walk. Alternatively you could walk the blue plaque trail to visit Barnard Castle. Click here to read our blog about the best walks in County Durham.

Dog walking in grass

4. Local days out

Riverside is the perfect place to go if you're looking for exciting days out, and we even offer a 10% discount on many of these for our holiday guests! 

Looking for some adventurous fun? Check out Active4Seasons where an experienced guide can take you out on a variety of exciting outdoor activities including river and sea kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking and mountain scrambling! Our holiday guests can take advantage of a 10% discount off weekday activities during April, May and October by showing their key card.

Looking to explore somewhere magical? Alnwick Garden is a perfect family day out with with its wobbly rope bridge, wooden walkways, twinkling lights, roaring fires, and the fairy tale garden. This enchanting location is sure to ignite the imagination!

Want to explore more days out in Northumberland and discover the discounts we offer? Click here.

5. Save it for a rainy day

We can’t always predict the weather in Britain. Whilst you don’t have to let the rain stop you from getting out and exploring, there might be some days where you look out the window and think: not today.


Riverside Leisure Park is perfectly suited for indoor fun, we have a whole host of indoor facilities to keep you entertained:

  • Splash, swim, and play in our heated indoor swimming pool
  • Enjoy a tasty meal in the Riverside Bar and Restaurant
  • Have a blast in our games room and arcade 

So now you know more about our parks, which is your perfect getaway? 

Remember, you can also mix and match your holiday activities. Maybe on one day, you’d like to get out there and explore, and the next, you fancy a lazy day relaxing in your hot tub. Our parks provide a variety of accommodation, facilities, and activities to suit whatever holiday mood you're in.

Ready to visit us? Click here to book your break, or call our friendly Holidays Team on 03300 535 524.

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