Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
DAY 1 (D) - Check-in at the Slaley Hall Country House Hotel in Hexham is after 3pm so depending on where you are travelling from today you have the opportunity to plan your route to take in some local sights or attractions en-route. After check-in at the hotel the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to relax and freshen up before your welcome dinner in the restaurant.
DAY 2 (BB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Hexham and the Kingdom of Northumbria
OR - Join your fellow driving enthusiasts on a scenic drive from Hexham to Alnwick via the Kielder National Park. This scenic route takes you via Corbridge and Bellingham to Kielder. The Kielder Observatory is one of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK, a public astronomical observatory which is second to none, under some of the darkest skies in the world where you'll find "infinite inspiration" and wonders you could never have imagined! From Kielder the route contiues via Otterburn and Rothbury to Alnwick where you'll have the opportunity to explore the quaint village, Castle & Gardens. - Mileage approx. 95 miles - Return to Hexham late afternoon and overnight at the Slaley Hall Country House Hotel with Dinner included.
DAY 3 (BB) - Breakfast followed by the day at Beamish Living Museum
Explore the 1900s Town and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War. See what’s cooking in the pit cottages, practise your handwriting in the school and visit the chapel. Don’t forget to say hello to the pit ponies in their stables. Discover how life was on the Home Front during the Second World War and look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard. No recreation of the history of North East England would be complete without a colliery and the people who worked and lived around it. Visit beautiful Pockerley Old Hall’s new and old houses and enjoy the magnificent gardens. Take a ride on Pockerley Waggonway and wander through the glorious Georgian landscape. All aboard, see Rowley Railway Station as it looked in Edwardian times with its signal box, waiting rooms and goods yard and spot a variety of wagons on display. Step “behind the scenes” into the Open Store at the Regional Resource Centre and see fascinating objects in our collections. Return to Hexham and overnight at the Slaley Hall Country House Hotel with Dinner included.
DAY 5 (BB) - Breakfast followed by a mid morning departure from Hexham and the hotel. Again dependant on where to live, you have the opportunity to plan your route home to take in some local sights or attractions en-route.
DAY 4 (BB) - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Hexham and the Kingdom of Northumbria
OR - Join your fellow driving enthusiasts on a scenic coastal drive via Bedlington, Alnmouth Embleton and Bamburgh to Holy Island. Gaily painted houses strung along the north bank of the River Aln estuary welcome you to picturesque Alnmouth, the Tobermory of Northumberland. Once an important grain port, a ferocious storm on Christmas Eve in 1806 altered the course of the river, stranding the harbour and changing village life forever. Bamburgh is a beautiful coastal town in the heart of Northumberland. Thousands of people visit Bamburgh every year for its famous castle, coastlines & walking trails. A trip to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a must when visiting Northumberland. This unique island a mile off the mainland in the North Sea is cut off twice daily by fast incoming tides. Linked by a causeway, it is vital to check safe crossing times before crossing to or from the island. - Mileage approx. 90 miles - Return to Hexham late afternoon and overnight at the Slaley Hall Country House Hotel with Dinner included.