Northumberland fun for all the family’s within easy reach of South Meadows

Spring has most certainly sprung here on the north Northumberland coast, and we’re making the most of the brighter days and longer nights at South Meadows.

a view of Alnwick Castle where Quidditch was played in the film

Anyone for Quidditch?

The kids may be back at school after the Easter holidays, but there are plenty of things to do and see for families and couples if you’re making the trip to South Meadows during the rest of April and for the May Bank Holidays.

April at Alnwick Castle, just 15 miles down the A1 from Belford, is packed with things to do, especially if your little ones are Harry Potter fans.

Famous as the location for Hogwarts in the first couple of movies based on the books, the castle is hosting a Potter inspired characters event on April 30, at the start of the first May Bank Holiday weekend.

The event returns on May 21, so there’s a double opportunity to get your fill of the magical characters.

a bird of prey on a falconer's glove

Falconry at Alnwick


The Castle’s medieval past is also brought to life in April and May, when the Trouvere Minstrels pay a visit in April 16, and you can see Raphael Falconry put their birds of prey through their paces over the Bank Holiday weekend from April 30 to May 2.

The hugely popular Knights School and a Longbow Demonstration will also be part of the castle’s Bank Holiday fun on April 30 to May 2, and kids can find out how to become a motley fool at the Jesting with Zooted event on May 15.


a dog weaving through poles at speed

Dog agility display

A little further down the road is Kirkley Hall, which has a superb zoological garden plus lots going on for visitors in April and May.

Your little princesses will love the Ice Queen and Princess party on May 8, and there’s a big family event the next weekend (May 15 and 16) with the Kirkley Countryside Festival.

It promises to be a great day out with a fun dog show, stalls packed with food, arts and crafts and displays in horse riding, tree climbing and dog agility. Foodies will love Kirkley’s Farmers Market on May 29, coinciding the the month’s second Bank Holiday weekend.

image of loaves of bread at a farmers market

Fresh bread at the market

It promises to be a busy spring period here in Northumberland, so if you’re heading to South Meadows, you won’t be short on options for days out. That’s if you can tear yourself away from the beach, the great walking trails, or just the opportunity to kick back and relax at our family-friendly holiday park.