Our New Year Break To Northumberland


The week between Christmas and New Year is called the ‘crimbo limbo’ for a reason; a time where you forget what day it is and any shred of a body clock goes to pot. This year we took a family holiday to Seahouses, Northumberland during this period. Here’s what we got up to! Most importantly, New Year’s Day was also my 24th birthday!

Seahouses is about two hours drive from Middlesbrough and an hour from Newcastle. A coastal town in beautiful Northumberland; a stepping stone for plenty to do in the whole region.

Exploring Alnwick

Image Credit: http://www.matthewpemmott.co.uk/

On one of the days, we decided to explore the idyllic town of Alnwick. Having done the castle a couple of times years ago we decided to explore the town and have a look round the world famous Barter Books.

I have a book hoarding problem so was amazed at the massive and varied collection of books! It was so great to see so many people of many ages enjoying books in such an environment. The cafe in there is also lovely so we sat and enjoyed some food; a selection of sandwiches, paninis and soup.

When back in the town we were drawn to a bakery due to its recreation of the Alnwick skyline out of gingerbread – very festive! Having looked for its name it’s called ‘The Pantry’. They even did school sponge cake, you know that simple sponge, icing and sprinkles? Gorgeous!

The Pantry, Alnwick
Barter Books, Alnwick
Barter Books, Alnwick


Dinner at The Joiners Arms

For our New Year’s Eve dinner, we managed to bag a table at The Joiners Arms in High Newton-by-the-Sea. I’d call the decor quirky and eclectic with the food offering being pretty typical of a British countryside¬†gastropub.

As a family, we shared the Camembert & some festive potato skins as a starter. I don’t think you can go wrong with Camembert really?

For mains, we all tried something a bit different consisting of two large cod and chips, a burger, 12-hour slow roasted topside of beef (my choice) and Sea Bream. No complaints from anyone; all the food was fabulous! The service was also spot on. If you’re ever in Northumberland I’d give this place a try 100%!

The Joiners Arms, High Newton-by-the-Sea
The Joiners Arms, High Newton-by-the-Sea

New Year’s Day in Amble

New Year’s Day! My 24th birthday!

We checked out of our accommodation and decided to visit Amble on our journey home. Our first pit stop was the Fat Mermaid Deli Kitchen to cure our hangovers with a variety of breakfast sandwiches and good coffee.

We then walked around the harbour and got some much needed fresh air. We even got to see some of the local wildlife with seals and eider ducks frolicking around the harbour.

Ambe Harbour Image Credit: http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/
Fat Mermaid Deli Kitchen

Our final stop of the holiday was Spurreli.

They’re famous for their dairy ice cream flavours and it was so good! I chose a tub of Cookies and Cream with sprinkles; a perfect way to end a lovely family holiday!

Spurreli, Amble Image Credit: http://www.northumberlandcoastpath.org

I hope you enjoyed this little post on what we got up to as a family in Northumberland for our New Year holiday. We didn’t do as much as we originally wanted due to all of us having a cold or flu – perfect timing as always!

The holiday very nearly didn’t happen but that’s another story that Mum has touched upon in a post on her own blog, Best Before End Date.

Thanks for reading!


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