Nothing says fun for all the family like a visit to the beach, and although everyone wants something different from their coastal trip, Northumberland has enough choice to suit a wide range of needs.
There are no less than thirty miles of beaches to be enjoyed in the county and much of it remains unspoilt and undisturbed by mass tourism. So magnificent is this part of the world that it’s been designated a Heritage Coast as well as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
While the beaches are stunning, they are also flanked by historical castles and characterful villages, offering added interest to keep everyone busy throughout the day. So, what are you waiting for? Here are some of the locations you should think about visiting on a holiday to the dazzling Northumbrian coastline.
Bamburgh Castle beach
The view of Bamburgh Beach, complete with the castle behind is one of the most iconic sights in Northumberland and if you have never visited before, this is likely to be the area you have seen in publicity photos. The beach itself is a long expanse, with plenty of room for everyone to find a space of their own. It’s backed by large sand dunes and the sand is of the finest quality. Dogs are also welcome here, so this is the perfect place for a day trip the whole family can enjoy.
The imposing fortification provides a stunning backdrop and is open to the public to visit throughout the season, but viewing its impressive walls and crenulations from the beach is just as interesting. Standing on the sand and looking out to sea, the Farne Islands - home to puffins and seals - can be viewed, as can Holy Island, where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were written.
Visiting Holy Island is an absolute must at any time of year, but make sure you pick the right time, as the narrow causeway that connects it to the mainland is cut off twice daily by the tide. So, be sure to consult the crossing times before planning your trip!
Video courtesy of Graeme Hare
For those who love exploring on two feet, it’s possible to walk between Bamburgh and Seahouses along the beach, stopping at the latter for some delicious fish and chips when you arrive. Seahouses Beach tends to be quiet, but still has many features that make it a stunning destination.
In terms of the view, the beach is backed by impressive sand dunes, which constitute a local nature reserve. The rock pools here are great for younger kids and parents alike - and nets, buckets and spades can be purchased in the village to aid in the task of finding crabs, winkles and small fish.
Seahouses is also a great staging post for a more passive type of nature appreciation, with boat trips readily available across the water to the Farne Islands, where you can indulge in a spot of seabird spotting - whether you’re an experience birdwatcher or just starting out. If you’re lucky, you might even see some bottlenose dolphins in the waters surrounding the island - so keep your eyes peeled!
Video courtesy of Graeme Hare
For those families that simply cannot sit still on their holidays, Beadnell Bay is the ultimate location, as it’s a haven for water sports fanatics. Just south of Seahouses and Bamburgh, it’s easily accessible and slightly less built up than the other two resorts. Whether surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing or scuba diving is your thing, you’ll find the opportunity and the space to indulge in some adrenaline-fuelled activities on this long arcing beach.
Whatever the weather, the village of Beadnell and its west facing harbour are also lovely places to spend some time. Get up early enough to see the catch being brought in or visit the 18th century lime kilns to get a sense of the history of this part of Northumberland, or maybe even stop off for a drink at the Craster Arms - which has been a public house for two hundred years!
A particular hit with wildlife enthusiasts, the seven-mile area of sand that makes up Druridge Bay is backed by several nature reserves where graylag, pink-footed geese, and grasshopper warblers can all be spotted. Across the sand dunes you’ll find lots of space to relax and a few rock pools to explore.
During World War Two, Druridge Bay was thought of as a possible site of a German invasion, and the anti-tank paraphernalia and pill boxes constructed to repel the invasion are still visible today.
As the beach lies between Amble in the north and Cresswell in the south, there’s lots to see when it comes to exploring the area. Head to Amble to experience its harbour and shops, which always seem to be a hive of activity, or take on the Northumberland Coast Path, which starts in Creswell.
Cresswell Towers Holiday Park is conveniently located nearby, so a stay there will ensure that you’re never far from one of Northumberland’s best beaches.
Video courtesy of Alan Brice
Cheswick Sands and Cocklawburn Beach
This area of sand is one of the largest beaches in Northumberland and is a bit of a two-in-one situation, as Cheswick eventually merges with Cocklawburn Beach in the north. Just north of Holy Island and south of the River Tweed, it’s one of the last beaches in England, which only adds to its peaceful, end-of-the-earth feel. This is a great option for anyone looking to escape the everyday - be it for a romantic stroll, cobweb clearing walk or trek out with the family - as it’s fantastically quiet and peaceful. It’s a must-visit if you’re staying at nearby Eyemouth Holiday Park, just across the border.
Rare marsh orchids and helleborines do especially well here in the summer, so keep an eye out for their distinctive shapes. Anyone visiting in the winter months may also catch a glimpse of the pale-bellied Brent geese that choose to stay here during the colder parts of the year.
With 5 fantastic holiday parks to choose from in the North East, and one more straddling the border with Scotland, you’re never far from the region’s most spectacular beaches on a Parkdean Resorts break. Explore our parks and book your next beach holiday today.