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Lucker Hall

Northumberland, England
Lucker Hall Things To Do

The Lake District is the largest of the English National Parks and is famous for its breathtaking landscape and unrivalled views. Its natural beauty has been a key inspiration for a number of artists and writers such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin.

The pretty market town of Keswick, just ten minutes from Ivy House, has bike hire on offer as well as tennis courts. Nearby are several good golf courses and riding stables too. One of the town's most popular attractions is the Theatre by the Lake, whose core programme includes a six-month summer season, a Christmas production and at least one other play each spring.

Local history and National Trust properties

The closest National Trust attraction is Wordsworth House, a short 15-minute drive away. The famous poet was born here and the house has been well restored, with costumed guides bringing the history vividly to life. Another former home, Dove Cottage, is a great Wordsworth Trust attraction just outside Grasmere. It displays a range of artefacts that give an insight into Wordsworth's life.

National Trust properties in the area, most within 25 miles, include Sizergh Castle, Stagshaw Garden, Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill, the Beatrix Potter Gallery and the steam yacht Gondola on Coniston Water. Don't forget there are plenty of historic sites too, such as Castlerigg Stone Circle and the Ambleside Roman Fort. So lots to see!

For Kids

Travel 30 miles south to the Lakes Aquarium at Lakeside, set next to the Windermere Lake Cruises terminal. Visitors can explore freshwater marine life found in lakes across the world, 'from otters in Asia to piranhas in the Americas'. Children will be kept busy with the aquarium's quiz trail.

Ducky's Park Farm is about 20 mins south of that and children can learn about farming methods in a friendly, safe environment. They can get up close and personal with a wide range of animals, as well as meeting Dilly the Duck.

For the more adventurous, Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft is easy to get to and makes a great day out. Good for families, groups, individuals and complete beginners, you'll be taught basic canoeing, as well as practical bushcraft skills. This is great for any age to get hands-on whilst under the supervision of one of the experienced instructors. Plant identification, wood collection, building shelters and fire lighting are some of the activities you can expect.

Experience the incredible geography

Honister Slate Mine is only eight miles south of Braithwaite. Take a tour of the mine, located at Honister Pass, to learn about its decline and subsequent regeneration. Deep underground, you'll see the amazing formations and get to learn about how tricky the mining life was. Alternatively, experience a little adventure on the Via Ferrata, for overground views instead!

The lake district is teaming with magnificent walking routes for all abilities. Take a gentle amble around one of the lakes, hike a peak to get your heart pumping, or scramble rock faces to reach some of the most stunning views. Whatever time of year, and whichever route you take, you're bound to stumble upon a fantastic photo opportunity.

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle occupies one of the most beautiful spots on the Northumberland coastline, with acres of long sandy beaches and dunes as far as the eye can see. Bamburgh has been the Royal Seat of the Kings of Northumberland since 1894 and is now owned by the Armstrong family. Steeped in history, the castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in Britain, with evidence of occupancy on this spot since as early as 10,000BC. With a very good café and shop, the castle is well worth a visit and can be followed by a lovely walk along the beach.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

On the extreme north-east corner of Northumberland, near Berwick-upon-Tweed, lies the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Lindisfarne is a small tidal island of just 160 people, but is visited by over 650,000 people across the year. Famous for its paved causeway that is completely covered by a rapidly rising tide twice a day, the island becomes completely cut-off at high tide, so time your visits well or you could be staying longer than you anticipated! Lindisfarne was named as such following a bloodthirsty Viking attack in 793AD when the Durham monks named it “baptised in the blood of so many good men – truly a Holy Island”. There is so much to see, from Lindisfarne Priory with the famous rainbow bridge spiralling skyward, to the famous castle, a picturesque village and an incredible array of wildlife including internationally important wildfowl.

Alnwick Castle and Gardens

After Bamburgh, the second largest inhabited castle in the UK and home to the Percy family, Alnwick has seen film crews from Harry Potter, Robin Hood and Blackadder create their magic within its walls. Alnwick has plenty of attractions for Harry Potter fans such as broomstick training, alongside special events year-round such as music concerts, Burns Night suppers and festivals. The state rooms are lavishly decorated in Italian Renaissance style, with richly carved, painted and gilded ceilings, silk wall coverings and spectacular artwork.

Grace Darling Museum

This fascinating museum is a fitting tribute to the lady who famously spotted and saved the survivors of a shipwreck during a storm with her father. She was 22 at the time and living in the lighthouse when she saw the ship. Realising it was too dangerous for the coastguard to approach the wreck, she rowed out to the survivors with her father in an open boat for over a mile, saving the 9-remaining crew of the original 62 from the SS Forfarshire. She received an RNLI Silver Medal for Gallantry in her lifetime and the museum celebrates her bravery whilst offering a sober reflection of the perils of the sea.

Kielder Water and Forest Park

Home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and a 250-square mile forest, the largest working forest in England, at the heart of Northumberland is Kielder. Kielder Castle used to be a hunting lodge for the Dukes of Northumberland and is now an exhibition centre where you can also enjoy miles of mountain bike trails, either on your own bike or by hire. The forest hosts red squirrels and visitors can explore the life cycle of salmon at the Salmon Centre. The Forest Drive is the longest in the UK!

Seahouses

Seahouses is a pretty little fishing village where you can take boat trips out to the Farne Islands to see the 150,000 seabirds that cluster here in the breeding season. The brightly coloured houses are very picturesque, and the promenade offers a variety of shops to browse through. Visit one of the oldest smokehouses in Britain – The Fisherman’s Kitchen, try your hand at crazy golf or horse-riding on the sands or simply potter in the rock pools with a bucket and spade.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall used to be the Northern Frontier of Roman Britain. Stretching nearly 80 miles cost-to-coast and built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, it stood for around three centuries, testament to its ambitious vision and engineering. Walking any stretch of the wall is a spectacular experience, with beautiful, far-reaching views. There are ramparts, forts, barracks and milecastle dotted along the wall, with bath houses, turret and shrines to visit too. Awe-inspiring for all the family.

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