Seahouses Journals

Kid Friendly Holiday in Northumberland

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A September 2011 trip to Seahouses by RLB2

Billy Shiels Farne Islands Boat Trips Photo, Northumberland, England More Photos
Quote: A long weekend away with friends and children in beautiful Northumberland

Life Science Centre

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Attraction | "A brilliant hands on science museum!"

Life Science Centre Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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On a wet and windy day in Newcastle what are you supposed to do with 3 whining children? Well this gem in Newcastle's crown will always be a good option. Visit in the middle of winter around Christmas time and you could also have a go on their outdoor ice skating rink. Alas our visit this time was just in rainy September so we had to amuse ourselves indoors. As we paid to get in we were just in time to watch one of the Science Theatre shows so that was our first stop. The show was called Crazy Chemicals and had a really excellent presenter who was engaging with the children and showing them a range of colourful and almost explosive chemical reactions. The children, who were aged 8, 5 and 3...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2011

Life Science Centre
Times Square
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 4EP
+44 0191 243 8210

Dene's Deli Sandwich Specialists

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Restaurant | "Superior Sarnies from the Sandwich Specialists!"

Dene's Deli Sandwich Specialists Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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I wouldn't really describing this as a restuarant, it is more of a nip in a pick up a sandwich deli, but it isn't an attraction either, so I've gone with restaurant so you know this place is about food. We had a day in Newcastle as aprt of our holiday and decided to let the kids run around in Jesmond Dene. That day we hadn't packed a lunch as we had heard about this wonderful deli and decided to give it a go.We arrived at 11am and there were a few people in front of us but the staff were moving quickly and preparing each sandwich fast, so the queue disappeared in no time at all. Mind you the menu is so extensive we needed to wait time to work out what we wanted to eat. A rough count gave 1...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2011

Dene's Deli Sandwich Specialists
244 Jesmond Road
Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 1LD
+44 191 281 8200

Seahouses Beach

Attraction | "A brilliant family friendly sandy beach!"

Seahouses Beach Photo, Seahouses, Northumberland
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Our main reason for choosing Seahouses as a holiday destination was for this wonderful beach. It was a couple of minutes walk from our holiday home just over some sand dunes. The beach stretches all the way from Seahouses to Bamburgh and Bamburgh Castle overlooks the beach. In the summer the beach is very popular with families mainly because it is flat and sandy and the sea is relatively safe.In September even on a Saturday afternoon it was relatively quiet, and cold. However, if you wrap up warm you can still enjoy a day running around on the beach, seeing only the occassional dog walker. We thought it was a lovely place to spend some time away from home, we flew kites, built sand castles...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Seahouses Beach
North of Seahouses
Seahouses, Northumberland

The Alnwick Garden

Attraction | "Beautiful Gardens in a historic setting!"

The Alnwick Garden Photo, Alnwick, England
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What a lovely place to spend a Sunday!Alnwick Castle was made famous in the Harry Potter film as it was used as a filming location, but next to the Castle are the Gardens. We arrived and parked in the official car park, which is a short walk away from the Gardens. During the walk you will see the famous treehouse and it's walkways, which are a must to experience. The day we arrived the hedgehog trust were on site helping kids make hedgehog houses, which we had a go at. The staff were wonderfully helpful and great at explaining things to the kids.We paid to enter the gardens, which I thought wasn't too bad to say that it is a charity (£11 for an adult). We knew that the kids wer...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

The Alnwick Garden
Denwick Lane
Alnwick, Northumberland
+44 (0)1665 511350

Boards and Bikes

Attraction | "A fabulous service in Northumberland!"

Boards and Bikes Photo, Chathill, Northumberland
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Boards and Bikes is a service offered ont he coast of Northumberland that allows you to hire out surf boards, body boards, wet suits and yep you've guessed it bikes. I sent an e-mail via the website and was told that in September we didn't have to book anything and just to give them a ring the day before we wanted something. I dutifully did this and was told that they would deliver the suits and body boards to our holiday home or could meet us on the beach. Well I thought this was brilliant so had 4 wetsuits and boards delivered to our holiday home.The van turned up bang on time and we soon were well kitted out for the very reasonable sum of £40 for the half day. We arranged for collection...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Boards and Bikes
The Smithy, Swinhoe
Chathill, Northumberland
07563 040 195

Blue Reef Aquarium

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Attraction | "Would probably be better when it's busy!"

Blue Reef Aquarium Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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We visited this aquarium on a wet and windy Friday afternoon with an 8 year old and two 3 year olds. It is very easy to find, being just on the Grand Parade in Tynemouth overlooking the long sandy beach. It was very quiet inside with only a few other visitors. We dutifully paid (a bit of advice, search online for discount vouchers, we got one that gave us 20% off) and went into the first section, which had pirhanas and other freshwater fish. We were then straight into a section with British fish species, rays, sharks, lobsters and crayfish, which we good to look at from my point of view, but the kids ran straight past most of it. Around another corner the giant king crab had disappeared (o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Blue Reef Aquarium
Grand Parade
Newcastle upon Tyne, England 30 4
0191 2581031

Billy Shiel's Farne Islands Boat Trips

Attraction | "A visit to the Farne Islands"

Billy Shiel's Farne Islands Boat Trips Photo, Northumberland, England
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We were in Northumberland in September just as the grey seal breeding season was beginning. We were eager to go and have a look at the colony, which has an estimated three to four thousand seals. A quick internet search brought up this company, which was a family run business that first began taking boats to the islands in 1918, but the business that runs today didn't get going properly until the 1930s.We didn't book anything beforehand, but just turned up in the town of Seahouses and found the little office. There were lots of options in terms of times and we chose a 2 hour trip that didn't land on the islands and cost £11 for adults and £8 for children over 5, the younger children were f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 22, 2011

Billy Shiel's Farne Islands Boat Trips
4 Southfield Avenue
Seahouses, Northumberland
01665 720 308

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RLB2

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Scarborough, United Kingdom