Days out and attractions
Special family memories are what holidays are all about. The Northumberland countryside offers the perfect place to stay to make memories that will last a lifetime. Riverside is located close to a number of fantastic attractions for all the family to enjoy.
Kimmerston Riding Centre
Take to horseback in the Northumberland countryside
Enjoy supervised horse rides from the Northumberland country to the coast with Kimmerston Riding Centre. This centre offers great sessions for all experienced horse riders and you can choose where you want to visit. One option could see you travelling to the famous Holy Island to gallop along the white sands, what better way to experience this magical place? For complete beginners there are horse riding lessons which take place at the centre itself. There’s also the option to enjoy a leisurely ride around Kimmerston and through the fields in the area for novice riders.
Guests and owners at Riverside can take advantage of a 10% discount off standard prices by showing their key card (guests) or rewards card (owners).
Breathe in the magic
With links to Harry Potter, Alnwick Castle has a range of fantastic activities offering magical fun for all the family. The Medieval Castle, with a dramatic and intriguing history, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and also offers tours, exhibitions and State Rooms for you to enjoy. A huge programme of events runs throughout the Castle’s seven month season with outdoor cinema experiences, wizarding weekends and music concerts.
Explore treetops and fairy houses
Just ten years ago the Alnwick Garden was derelict and forgotten. Today though it is a magnificent and inspiring landscape with beautiful gardens, unique features and amazing architecture, all brought to life with water. A number of impressive features offer the perfect place for children to explore, including the Treehouse, with its wobbly rope bridge, wooden walkways, twinkling lights and roaring fires, and the Fairy Tale Garden, where you can try and spy dragons and other magical fairy tale characters. You can also enjoy guided tours of the Poison Garden, created by the Duchess of Northumberland herself and featuring plants such as belladonna, hemlock and cannabis, to drive the awareness of the dangers of harmful plants and illicit drugs.
Grace Darling Museum
Learn about a national heroine
Grace Darling became a national heroine when she and her father took to the seas in a storm to save the lives of the 9 survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire in 1838. Guide yourself through Grace Darling’s upbringing and life in the Longstone Lighthouse and the events that propelled her into the limelight. With personal items, family portraits, and the famous coble boat used in the rescue there is plenty to see. You can also be awed by the stunning model of the Longstone lighthouse. Events are carried out throughout the year.
A spectacular example of medieval masonry
This tower is a prime example of the needs of the grim and bloody past associated with Northumberland with it’s guardroom and prison. There are few buildings that allow you to get such a vivid impression of the reality of that past and you can view fascinating displays and information about the life of the Border raiders and the Battle of Flodden. The tower is surrounded by peaceful gardens, with three short walks around the grounds and nearby woodland. There are plenty of interesting plants to see, a spring on the Woodland walk, and if you are lucky, you may even see red squirrels!