Bamburgh and around – March 2020

Bamburgh

Arriving in Bamburgh we headed straight for the beach via the castle.

Daddy tried to climb into the castle, whilst Evie biked the perimeter trying to find a way in!

Giving up on that, we decided instead to do some adverting in the sand dunes.

Running around enjoying the beach, on this cold but gorgeous late winter afternoon.

Big smiles all round before its time to leave and go find our accommodation.

Insistent on a visit to the park before we go. But I’m not sure there are many parks with such fine views that exist.

Berwick-upon-Tweed

A good hearty breakfast to set us up for the days activities!

After a swim in the fun session at the pool in Berwick-upon-Tweed (apparently the best pool around), Evie is in her element driving her very own ice-cream van! We struggle to get her to leave it behind….

Whilst Evie sleeps, we go on a very windy riverside walk, passing the many impressive bridges.

Even get to see the structure of the inside of one

The old viaduct with a new train

And the view from the inside of an old ruin on the river bank.

Having had enough of walking into a wind so strong at times it stopped you in your steps, we headed inland and back through the quiet town to the car.

A windy coastal walk

Walking across Bamburgh golf course the wind continued to blow hard and Evie wasn’t so sure. She was very happy when we came across this old (I think) war bunker, which housed an astounding view.

Still for just one moment for a picture with daddy

Daddy heads back to get the car as Evie was happier in the shelter of the coastline.We ended up pottering down onto the beach to enjoy the views of Bamburgh again.

And we do of course finish at the park – to whoosh down the slide and play on Evie’s favourite- the swings. Time for some food after all our coastal fresh air!

Mummy’s early morning

Not officially Evie, but beautiful enough to share from a photographic early morning run!

Lindisfarne – Holy Island

We head off to cross the tidal causeway whilst the signs of a high tide were still there

Once parked up we get ready in our warm kit and Evie sets off with a purposeful stride

There in the distance is our castle destination…..

But it looks a long way so we decide on a coffee at Pilgrims coffee shop (where they roast their own beans) and Evie is excited to get a Babychino, to fuel us for our walk.

It’s a nice walk down to the castle. Not far for adults but a long way for a bean. So she jumps reluctantly into the pack so we make it!

Out of the pack and getting to escape! Climbing up and up into the castle.

So many exciting passageways to run around. Evie – where are you??

Mummy I’m here!!

Oh look – something to climb on – best climb it then!

The fires not on so instead coming in out of the cold!

Once we finished at the castle we headed to the large old lime kilns just below the castle – impressive in its own way. Evie tried to disappear into a kiln.After some lunch in one of the pubs we finish our trip to Lindisfarne to the old priory. It was shut so you couldn’t go in. But you can still get a good idea of how majestic it would have been once.

Back down the beach

After Evie has a much needed kip, we head back down to the beach, via the park, of course. The ice-cream shop was sadly shut, but we have a ball and a bike to keep us amused.

Beach biking soon gives way to beach running. Hard work sand-biking….

The day is nearly out, and I think it can be said that we got the most out of it.

Biking Bamburgh to Seahouses

There is now a nice track on the side of the toad that connects these two towns, making it nice a safe to walk / bike between the two.

After whizzing there, we go and visit the RNLI station, see the boats, and then get to watch the crew play with their brand new (one day old) toy, that they have got to go with their soon to be arriving new boat. For Evie it was very exciting to see this tractor, although she did worry that it may come and run over her toes!

Diving into her enormous ice-cream that she had patiently waited days for!

Then back on the bike to head back to Bamburgh.

Dunstanburgh Castle

Our final port of call for this trip is a visit to Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster.

A foreboding entrance.

We wake Evie up, she looks around, realises there is lots of fun and climbing to be had and she is off!

Ensuring that she is learning about the castle on our visit.

Family pic!

A view from a high window.

And looking at the layers of old, from when it was a lived in building from centuries ago.

Evie enjoys the puddles – of course. And then gets upset at the fact that she gets a wet foot!!

Looking back on this stunning landmark. Definitely worth the visit out to see it and lots of fun had.

Time to head for home after another fun packed day.

Camping with friends at Beadnell July 2019

After a day at work and a two hour drive with no sleeps, despite leaving to try and achieve sleep, what I thought it would be an easy car to pre-erected tent (thanks friends) transfer turned into another late night for Evie.

Luckily for me a late night meant a relatively late start and we were lucky with the weather as we started our day with breakfast

Louis was patient with Evie’s version of ‘ball’

And we stopped by for a drink in Sam and Lucy’s porch!

Beadnell Beach

Lunches packed, we walked to the nearby Beadnell Beach, a lovely beach of golden sand, for plenty of fun despite the increasing cloud cover. A good kip needed to prepare for playing!

Then some food to get the energy reserves up ready for some serious beach time. Time to don the wetsuits.

Along with all the other kids, Evie’s buddy Oliver was there to, so they had great fun running around and playing with the others.

They then ‘helped ‘ Jessie, Louis and Josie to make a swimming pool- Evie and Oliver mainly helped by filling it in!

After the tide finally won and the swimming pool was gone, it was time for a snack and to think about heading back for dinner.

A little time for digging first, just incase there was any good to be found.

Dinner came in courses, and she ate a little before getting too excited….

And took herself to the park….

Where she decided to take herself up the slide, before she realised I was there!

All the sea air and running around and for once it was an early night!

Alnwick Castle

After packing up the tent we all headed to Alnwick Castle.

First stop – the dungeons!

A very impressive building from outside. The state rooms inside also very impressive. And still lived in. hanging out in the courtyard! waving at the horse on his knight!

Then playing (or stealing) the ten pin bowls

Who is this? Princess Lucy and Princess Evie!

Then time to make her magic wand. First to choose the magic string

To tie it around the stick and the feather

And en to sprinkle it in pixie dust

On to broomstick riding lessons at broomstick school.

The broomstick tutor has a one to one with Evie!

But Evie got bored of those so wandered off to see the rest of the castle whilst everyone else learned to fly.

Finally it was time to leave and go home. One last glance of this fine castle, Evie was already fast asleep!

A great fun couple of days.