Stargazing in Northumberland

I love to get away for a cosy weekend break in the winter time and last weekend, on the most beautiful spring like day we have seen so far this year, we rented a Coastal Retreats property  staying 3 nights in Bamburgh, Northumberland, read on if you want to see what we got up to…..

En route stop at Roots Farm Shop and Cafe, Northallerton

I highly recommend you stop here if you are ever in the area.  We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and coffees and we then browsed the Farm Shop that was stocked with lots of delicious local fayre before continuing our journey North,


A red telephone box – such a rare sight nowadays!

Bamburgh is a very pretty coastal town in Northumberland and is well known for it’s famous castle as well as it’s beautiful and dramatic coastline and many walking trails.

Walking out of the village, approaching Bamburgh Castle
A breathtaking sight!

On our walk to the castle, we passed The Lord Crewe pub and Wynding restaurant where there was a congregation of men dressed in British Imperial military costumes and being a Friday afternoon  I thought it was the start of a stag do!! As we walked past, we could hear many american accents and we noted how they had really gone to town on their costumes and make up.

The Lord Crewe – a gorgeous pub we spent many late afternoons that rolled in to evenings in
We ate the most delicious “Dirty Fries” here

When we had finished walking around the castle we went on to the beach.  To our surprise the “stag do” were also down here and they looked to be acting about so we stopped to observe and take some photos.

Bamburgh Beach
The “Stag Do” ????
They are really in to this, they are acting out parts!

We noticed some guys stood nearby in high visibility jackets so we asked them what was going on.  We were told, I can’t tell you, you musn’t take any photographs and if you have do not share them on social media, how disappointing!!!

Looking back to the castle from the beach
A dramatic location in the dunes

Anyway, that evening back in the pub all was revealed as a resident who had been staying there for the week filled us in on all the gossip. It turns out they were filming a TV series and the pub was being used by the cast of Netflix’s ‘Frontier’ to get changed/pre film drinks/ food etc.  We were excited to see Jason Momoa, (Game of Thrones and one of Hollywoods biggest stars)  and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars) Wow! Not a stag do after all!!  They had taken some props down to the dunes to film a night scene with flaming torches and we decided we were going to go sit on a bench upon the hill to watch, however, a very thick fog rolled in and that coupled with a few drinks meant we couldn’t even find the bench!!! Luckily we had enough battery life left on our phones to light up the country road to “walk” back home and called it a night.

The next day, we had a Sunday lunch booked in Alnwick for late afternoon so we stopped off at the very lovely Bari tea rooms to enjoy a fantastic range of teas and a hot chocolate.  The staff were lovely and friendly and explained all about the teas we had chosen, we were quite cosy sat here for the afternoon.


Lovely cosy interior
Quirky counter!

Afterwards we walked around Alnwick and then on to the gardens where our Sunday lunch was booked in the Alnwick tree house. Booking is absolutely essential  (I made our reservation 3 months in advance!)

The Gardeners Cottage in Alnwick Gardens Grounds
The Alnwick Treehouse

The restaurant offers a magical dining experience. We walked around the wooden walkways,  over the wobbly rope bridges and were delighted by the twinkling lights adorning the inside and the cosy roaring log fire.

The Entrance
The interior

We enjoyed a beautiful 2 course Sunday lunch and we would definitely visit again.

Leaving the Treehouse

We finished our evening enjoying a couple of drinks back in the Lord Crewe in Bamburgh.

The castle looked beautiful lit up for the night
The view from The Clock House, The Coastal Retreats property where we stayed.  We just walked down the lane to reach the village where you can see the castle in the distance

The next day was hometime so after packing up, we decided to make a short visit to Warkworth on our journey home.

Crossing the river Coquet
Warkworth beach in the rain

We ended the weekend enjoying a very welcome cooked breakfast in Bertram’s cafe which was superb!  Then it was back in the car for the journey home where we discussed where to go for our next years winter break.  Any recommendations?

Love Jane

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