Northumberland is full of fun for the whole family
Bringing the family? Slaley Hall extends a warm welcome to all families and children – click here to read about our family-friendly features! Northumberland is a great place for the kids, with no end to the fun adventures you can have with your family. From kicking around on the beach to discovering rare breeds of animals and fish, plan a fun-filled day out that they’ll never forget.
This world-famous site is your chance to walk through history – literally. Beamish is an open-air museum, and a living piece of history. This unique historical site tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s, with authentic homes, technology, fashions and more!
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of idyllic Durham countryside. With actors, workers, and conservationists in full costume, you can explore an authentic town, pit village, farm, schoolroom and more.
Children will relish the change to buy penny sweets at the old sweet shop, meet adorable pit ponies, and try traditional coal-fired fish and chips. With an old-fashioned funfair and rides finishing off the day, you’ll be sad to go back to the present!
Beamish is just 40 minutes drive from Slaley Hall
One of the most extraordinary gardens in England, this incredible attraction features dancing water fountains, a spooky poison garden and a hidden treehouse, complete with restaurant and treetop walkways. Expect to spend a day wandering the garden’s beautiful walking trails, making your way through a field of cherry blossom trees or walking beneath giant oak trees.
For kids, it couldn’t be better – little ones are encouraged to play with the interactive water features and explore, and in the peak seasons there’s a huge schedule of events to keep them occupied all summer long!
Alnwick Gardens are just an hour’s drive from Slaley Hall
Blue Reef Aquarium
For an ideal day out – especially on a wet and rainy day! – bring the family to Blue Reef Aquarium. Enjoy an entire safari of sealife – from sharks to stingrays and seals. With special sights like otters, monkeys, and daily shows, the kids can get involved – go on a search to Find Nemo, feed the otters, and get hands-on with rockpool creatures.
Tynemouth is under an hour’s drive from Slaley Hall
Literally moments from the front door of Slaley Hall, for a non-stop day of adrenaline and adventure, head to Allout Adventures. Open 7 days per week and 352 days a year, you can try quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing, off-road driving and more – that’s enough to keep even the most energetic family occupied for a day!
Allout Adventures is beside Slaley Hall – just a minute’s walk away
Take a boat ride from Seahouses
A traditional seaside resort town, Seahouses is still a working fishing port. With arcades, shops, and cafes, there’s something for everyone in this bustling town – but for the most memorable way to spend a day, head down to the harbour and book passage on one of the boat trips going out to the Farne Islands.
Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of seabirds like guillemots and kittwakes, and you’re sure to see plenty of friendly puffins flapping across the ocean. You can choose to land on the islands during non-nesting seasons, and see hundreds of seabirds as you pick across the rocky island.
Seahouses is around an hour and a half away from Slaley Hall
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens
This lovely 17th century country mansion houses beautiful grounds and walled gardens – but is also home to a zoo, with over three hundred species of animals including lemurs, meerkats, wallabies and more! Stroll around the gardens or explore the forest trails before you pop in to see the animals – there really is something for all of the family.
There’s a full programme of kids’ activities, and you can meet the keepers and learn about the creatures, their habits and habitats. With picnic areas and a tea room and gift shop, it’s a great day out for all the family.
Kirkley Hall is just 40 minutes away from Slaley Hall
FAMILY BREAKS AND STAYS AT SLALEY HALL
Begin your fun-filled Northumberland adventure and bring the whole family – Slaley Hall is child-friendly and would love to welcome you and the little ones.