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A marvellous May half term
Doesn't it feel like spring has finally sprung with Britain bursting into bloom and the 'Beast from the East' firmly behind us! The fast-approaching May half term offers the opportunity for families to escape together for some pre-summer adventures.
It must be said that May is looking mighty fine in this corner of the country with lots of super events on the half term horizon.
Amble Puffin Festival
Saturday 26th May – Monday 28th May
The Amble Puffin Festival celebrates everything puffin! Have you heard what baby puffins are called? Prepare for cuteness overload....... pufflings! Head to Amble for a weekend of fun and activities during the best time of the year to see the Coquet Island puffins as they care for their newly hatched pufflings. You’ll find many events on offer including guided nature walks, bird watching, arts and crafts, water sports and live music.
Fairy Training with the Fairy Godmother
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May
We've heard the Fairy Godmother is looking for some help with her spells at Bowhill House. "She’ll bring magic, hope and sparkle and her Willow Fairy Den as well!" If your children fancy magical fun filled with wishes, spells and potions (which they get to take home!) then booking is essential. Find more details on Bowhill's website.
The Alnwick Joust
Saturday 26th - Tuesday 29th May
Head to historic Alnwick Castle this half term to witness "one of medieval Alnwick's most thrilling spectacles as armoured knights engage in full combat on horseback". Masterful knights from across the land are sure to keep young and old enthralled as they do battle in a 15th Century Jousting Tournament.
Canteen Street Food Festival
Saturday 26th May (and the last Saturday of every month from March - September)
Experience the family-friendly carnival atmosphere at this street food festival within the Archerfield Walled Garden. Featuring some of the UK's most acclaimed street food traders, "there’s more than just the finger-licking food on offer with open-air cocktail bar, resident DJs setting the soundtrack, acres of landscaped grounds and gardens to explore, The Fairy Trail and play area for kids as well as the Gift Shop and Food Market supporting local producers. We always have a few surprises thrown in from live music to breakdance battles, microbrewery tours and kids' art areas".
Where to stay this half term...
The Potting Shed
Earlston, Scottish Borders
Officially sleeping two but with a small second bedroom with travel cot or deluxe single bed available, this cute and quirky option is perfect for small families who fancy a taste of the good life. You’ll find the owner’s free-range chickens pecking in the surrounding gardens and a wonderful selection of delis, walks and activities nearby.
This enchanting cottage comes complete with white picket fence, beautifully in-bloom garden and charming summer house which offers the perfect spot to relax – whether with the dawn chorus or whilst enjoying an evening aperitif. Perfect for two along with babes-in-arms or young children making use of a travel cot.
Melrose, Scottish Borders
A two-bedroom barn conversion which is stylishly presented and set high on the hillside above the picturesque villages of Gattonside and Melrose, named this year by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Scotland. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the surrounding countryside and the local amenities just a short walk or cycle away. The on-trend yellow pendant lights are a favourite of ours!
Milne Graden Estate, Scottish Borders
Tweedside is everything a cottage should be: petite and perfectly formed; furnished in a fresh country style with a cosy open fire; nestled on the banks of the River Tweed which marks the border of Scotland and Northumberland; positioned close to quaint market towns and delightful coastal villages. Enjoy180 degree views of the river from the garden and look out for the odd deer, otter, kingfisher and the occasional leaping salmon!
Sitting in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the glorious sands of Embleton Bay just five minute walk stroll down a pretty country lane, this is a place to escape the crowds and recapture those nostalgic holiday moments - the allure of empty sandy beaches, breath-taking views and easy, relaxed living in the company of family and friends.
Milne Graden Estate, Scottish Borders
This former Head Gardener's residence is situated in the most idyllic position on the banks of the River Tweed with only the twitter of bird song to interrupt your day. Perfect for families with dogs, take a walk around the estate and if you can tear yourself away from the view in the garden, the local area has plenty of other delights in store for all ages.