Today we have a guest post from Helen who writes for Witty Hoots. Helen is sharing her Top 3 Places to visit for FREE fun in Northumberland. Over to Helen........
Hi I’m Helen, a former primary school teacher and art historian. I write for Wittyhoots.com which is a family, home and lifestyle focused blog and I have a passion for sharing top tips and frugal ideas! We love visiting different places, from country parks to National museums!
Top 3 Places for Free Fun in Northumberland
School holidays can be a draining especially when you are trying to keep youngsters occupied whilst keeping an eye on your budget too. I decided to check out some places we could go to in our local area during the next school break and this is my Top 3 which I want to share with you today! Why not take some snacks or a picnic and make a day of it too!
"Northumberlandia is a unique piece of public art set in a 46-acre community park with free public access and 4 miles of footpaths on and around the landform." Northumberlandia Website
The park is set just off the A1 heading north past Newcastle towards Morpeth in North East England. The main part of this large park is a stunning human landform sculpture, Northumberlandia. She is a reclining figure that is 100 feet high and a quarter mile long.
You can walk around Northumberlandia on a flat path that winds its way around the edge of the reclining figure. At various places, there is the opportunity to scale various parts of Northumberlandia including a place on the top of her head, 100 foot above the surrounding countryside. From here, on a good day, you can see the North Sea as well as the Cheviot hills out towards the Scottish borders! Plus you can get a rather cool view of the Banks Shotton Surface Mine.
This is definitely worth a trip out for the day, with lots of views and fresh air. Parking* is available and there are a visitor centre and coffee shop located near the carpark.
Dogs are welcome and although there is no designated picnic area, there are benches where you can sit, grab a snack and enjoy the view. Read more from Witty Hoots' visit to Northumberlandia here.
*There is a small charge for parking
Bolam Lake Country Park lies about nine miles west of Morpeth and is signposted off the A696 from Belsay. The lake is situated in the beautiful Northumberland and has various walks with dramatic views and landscapes. It is very accessible for pushchairs and bicycles and dogs are welcome too. Three car parks are located around the lake and these are free. There is also a visitor centre, toilets and a coffee shop too.
This is definitely one of our favourites if we want to get some fresh air and feel a little closer to nature.
The Temple of Mithras, Brocolitia Fort near Hadrian's Wall
There are various places to visit along Hadrian's Wall which stretches from Wallsend at the mouth of the Tyne on the East Coast of the UK right through to Carlise on the West Coast. It is a World Heritage Site and was built during the Roman occupation of England nearly 2000 years ago.
One of the free places to visit is The Temple of Mithras which is next to Brocolitia Fort (also known as Carrawburgh Fort). The Temple of Mithras, a third-century construction built to worship a Roman god.
Located along the A69, there is a charge for the carpark, but this then allows you to park in a variety of car parks along the Hadrian's Wall route.
We do hope that you have the chance to visit one of these great sites if you are in the area over the holidays. If you live further afield then why not check out free places of interest and parks in your area too! You may also be interested in reading about a FREE day out at Woodhorn Museum.
Thanks Helen and Witty Hoots - I definitely need to visit The Temple of Mithras soon!