Other Things To Do
So you’ve had your fill of surfing – what else does the area have to offer?
Bamburgh has no shortage of great family pubs to warm up in the winter, or outdoor activities to occupy those long summer days.
Bamburgh has 3 main pubs in the village, Lord Crewe, The Castle Inn and The Victoria Hotel, all offering food, drink and a cosy spot to warm up. The Castle Inn (known affectionately by locals as “the middle” due to it’s geographic location in the Bamburgh
pubosphere) is often our post surf choice, with a traditional vibe and roaring fires, as well as a big garden for those warm summer days. The Lord Crewe has an indoor dog friendly area which is great for those of you with four legged friends.
A stand out ‘must try’ in the village for fabulous food is Creel and Reel. From afar you’d be forgiven for mistaking this trailer for a coffee or burger joint, but this food trailer serves the freshest and most delicious locally caught seafood. Creel and Reel is the creation of friend of NE Surf, Robin (his sons have been surfing with us for the last 3 years!), and his menu changes to reflect the local catch. You can expect to see lobster, monkfish, squid and prawn dishes making regular appearances on the menu. Creel and Reel is located in the car park to the south of the castle.
Another handy pit stop for that post surf fuel is ‘The Hut’, located in the carpark just below us, where you can get Bamburgh banger (delicious sausages from the local Bamburgh butcher) butties and delicious Pilgrims coffee (roasted just a stones throw away on Holy Island).
Things to do
It goes without saying that Bamburgh is a stunning location for a walk along the beach or through the dunes. If you’ve got a car or fancy a longer walk head North to Ross Sands, a mile walk from the nearest carpark and a fabled nudist beach with views of Lindisfarne, Castle (Holy Island) to the north and Bamburgh Castle to the south.
Bamburgh Castle stands proud above the village and surrounding areas, but did you know this castle is actually inhabited and you can even stay within the castle grounds or have it as a wedding venue? If you ever wanted to feel like King or Queen of the castle now is your chance. For most of us staying at the castle is not a feasible option (currently the on site apartments are fully booked til 2023!), but a tour of the castle is a must do.
The next village North of Bamburgh is Seahouses (about an hour walk or 10 minute drive), where you can hop on a boat trip out to the Farne Islands to see the seals and puffins. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins too. The trips are magnificent and can be even better at sunset, where you will see Bamburgh Castle glowing back on shore. Seahouses has has mini golf and an arcade which, along with the ice cream and fish and chips, is a great way to entertain the kids (and grown up kids).
This is an incomplete list of what you can do just in our little pocket of Northumberland, but if you have a car there’s even more to explore! Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming blog post with recommendations for wider Northumberland.
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