Northumberland market towns offer taste of adventure
PUBLISHED: 11:25 21 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:03 20 February 2013
From surfing lessons to guided photographic walks, cooking, painting and gliding, Northumberland has a packed selection of activities to excite the senses and the spirit in the months ahead
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Northumberland Tourism is inviting those looking to try something a bit different to see whats on offer in and around the countys beautiful market towns. A wide range of activities allow the adventurous to spend a few hours learning something new or to treat themselves by turning their visit into a short break.
If you want to sample more of the great outdoors and get the adrenaline pumping with a new and exhilarating hobby, Northside Surf School based in the seaside market town of Amble offers surfing lessons in a stunning setting.
Led by experienced surfer Jon Nolan and starting from 20 per person for one hour, lessons cater for all levels from beginner to advanced and are held on many of the beaches along the Northumberland coastline, including North Druridge Bay, Embleton Bay, Beadnell Bay, Seahouses and Bamburgh.
Nestled right in the heart of beautiful Bamburgh is the Sticks and Stones Studio, from which Rachel Clinton runs Beach Craft workshops. During workshops, participants can create bespoke artwork made from a selection of raw materials - a great activity open to all but especially enjoyed by children during the school holidays.
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours offer exclusive, birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours, holidays and tuition, throughout Northumberland, the North Pennines and the Scottish Borders.
Experienced tour guide Martin Kitching leads tours to show visitors Northumberlands spectacular wildlife including: black grouse, peregrine, goshawk, osprey, grey seal, otter, red squirrel, wild goat, roe deer, minke whale and white-beaked dolphin.
The tours are intertwined with some of Northumberlands most iconic sites, including Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne Castle and Hadrians Wall. For more information, ring 01670 827465.
For those with a keen interest in geology, the historical market town of Berwick is home to Northumbrian House - a very special B&B which runs using green principles and offers holidays which minimise environmental impact. Guests of the B&B are invited to take part in guided walks along Berwicks stunning coastline and explore its geology and wildlife and wide-open landscape. For more information ring 01289 309503.
Locally renowned chef Karen Brown runs the popular B&B, West Coates - a beautiful Georgian House set in two acres of mature gardens, situated on the outskirts of Berwick. Karen offers cookery classes for all levels from beginners to experienced cooks and the fish and shellfish class is particularly popular, teaching how to prepare crab, fillet a round fish such as seabass and fillet and prepare a flat fish such as plaice.
Afterwards, guests can then enjoy the dishes they have prepared with a glass of wine and fresh bread. Prices start from 70 per person and a normal class runs 11.45am - 3.15pm. For more information, ring 01289 309666.
Where better to try your hand at painting than in the picturesque market town of Hexham. Held at the renowned Haslams of Hallgate in the fully equipped art studio, experienced and friendly tutors lead a regular programme of painting and drawing workshops. For more information, ring 01434 603884.
Also perfect for those wanting to unleash their inner creative side are the photography workshops held by award-winning landscape and travel photographer David Taylor.
Davids inspiring workshops range from one-day small-group sessions to photography holidays lasting several days. Ring 01434 607637 for more information.
Budding photographers might also enjoy Walking Photos - guided photographic walks taking place at some of Northumberlands most iconic locations including Bamburgh and its stunning castle and coastline, where photography highlights include Bamburgh Castle, Stag Rocks and lighthouse, Harkess Rocks with views to Lindisfarne and Budle Point.
For more information, ring Steve Clements on 07531 265318.
Those wanting to take a giant leap out of their comfort zone should try gliding with the Borders Gliding Club, just outside the picturesque town of Wooler. Offering a birds-eye view of the stunning Cheviots, visitors can experience gliding with a qualified instructor in a modern glider. Learn to handle the controls or just sit back and enjoy the view - this activity offers an experience never to be forgotten. For more information, ring 01668 216284.
For more inspiration on getting the most out of the wide range of activities Northumberland has to offer, ring Northumberland Tourism Ltd on 01670 794520. n
The website links for all the locations mentioned in this feature can be found at northeast.greatbritishlife.co.uk/community/links