Christmas Experiences in Northumberland
The festive season is certainly looking a little different this year, however, there are still some fantastic Christmas experiences in Northumberland, right on our doorstep, to enjoy and I wanted to take a moment to share them with you. Not only to spread the Christmas cheer but to support local too!
Winter Wonderland Experience
Sadly, most of the Santa gatherings that are part of our yearly calendar have been cancelled this year, however, Falconry Days have a wonderful winter wonderland experience in store.
An afternoon around a campfire as children pen letters to Santa. Watch as the letters are flown to Santa by Owls… sounds pretty magical, doesn’t it?
Here’s what you will experience:
“Wrap up warm and enjoy some festive magic as our Owls fly off to Lapland with your letters for Santa Claus.”
2pm Start (duration 2 hours)
- Sit around the fire writing your letter for Santa Claus then watch in amazement as our specially trained Owls fly off to Lapland through our magic tunnel.
- Reply letter from Santa.
- Making an Owl mask with real Owl feathers.
- Hot chocolate & roasted marshmallows.
- Mulled wine for the adults.
- Warming log fires.
- Winter warming broth.*
- Hot dogs.*
- Meet over 85 birds of prey and watch them fly over your head and land on your hand.
- Items marked with * carry a small charge on the day.
- Very limited number of people on each session.
- £30.00 per person (under two years are free of charge).
- adults and children pay the same price.
- No spectators.
Zoom Party Bags – The Corbridge Larder
It’s certainly been tough to not see friends and loved ones this year. Missing out on festive celebrations will be tricky! Enter The Corbridge Larder. The folks over there have thought of everything to get the socially distanced party started over Zoom so you and your loved ones can still have some fun!
“Our Zoom Party Bags are the perfect way to get your socially-distanced party started! Order one party bag per person and share your enjoyment of your beer, gin, rum, wine or prosecco with each other at a distance. The perfect option for socially-distanced office parties, family parties or a catch-up with friends, our Zoom Party Bags are available with Beer, Gin, Rum, Prosecco or Wine and Cheese.”
Prices range from £18-28, depending on party bag.
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trial
Wrap up warm for an outdoor Christmas experience!
“See the Garden come to life like you have never seen it before with fantastic sound and light at this after dark spectacular! Fun for all the family and filling your hearts with festive spirit.” – Alnwick Garden
There will be a gigantic selfie frame which will be live streamed via The Alnwick Garden website. The Alnwick Garden is encouraging visitors to bring written messages to show to loved ones around the world and spread their message of hope and reunion this Chrismas.
Professional photographers will also be on-site throughout the event, allowing families to capture their memories.
The Alnwick Garden Christmas Light Trail runs from 4th – 31st December. Tickets are priced at £11 per person and can be booked via:
Elf Experience With Elfin Around
Let Elfin Around bring the Christmas magic to you! Creating theatrical Christmas experiences, Elfin Around bring the magic of the festive season.
“Elfin’ Around creates theatre and magical experiences for children and families.” -Elfin Around
Pre-recorded messages, Personalised Elf messages and special Elf deliveries!
A Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure at Wallington
A wonderful family adventure at Wallington!
“We’re inviting you to embark on a Peter Rabbit™ winter adventure activity trail at Wallington. Spot all kinds of nature and help Peter’s friends as you make your way around the West Wood – who will you come across on the walk” – Wallington Hall
Price: £2 for the trial pack which includes an activity sheet, Play pack, Pencil with an eraser, Badge and Certificate. Booking isn’t required (but you must book for Wallington itself).
Paxton House Father Christmas Meet & Greet
Paxton House appear to still be going ahead with their Father Christmas Meet & Greet! I’d check ahead considering the tier 3 announcements, however, but here are the details!
“Meet and Greet Father Christmas and his Elf at Paxton House during December in our magical Picture Gallery decked out as an enchanting Christmas scene with a glittering 12 foot Christmas tree!
Home Made Platters – Marshall’s Cafe
Looking for platters to fill? Then look no further than Marshall’s Cafe in Berwick!
They’ve been preparing these incredible platters and are now offering Christmas themed nibbles with hopes of New Year’s Eve platters too!
“We’re now ready to get fully into the festive spirit!!!!! We’re talking, 12 days of Christmas, festive hot chocolates, Yorkshire pudding wraps, the bariest gravy dipping box with roasties, pigs n blankets, Christmassy ciabattas & bagels and every cake you can think of will 100% have baileys in it we can’t waitttt!! ” – Marshall’s Cafe
Gift Someone Else
If you’re looking to spread the Christmas cheer and gift another than look no further than:
“Project Parent’s main aim is to provide gift boxes to the parents of children who are in hospital over Christmas.”
You can sponsor a box here
and find out lots more about this amazing charity below!
“Feeding Families is a registered charity in the north east of England who support families in food poverty. We operate in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Co Durham and Cleveland.”
Give the gift of a food hamper below:
Why not support local with your Christmas shopping this year? Here’s my guide to Shopping Local North East Independent Businesses!