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If you are living in the town of Killingworth in the English county of Northumberland or are planning a visit to the area then you may want to know more about things to do and places to go for a fun-filled family day out. The surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful with magnificent views of this somewhat isolated landscape but the town is also within easy reach of the nearby coastal areas too so during the warmer months many families enjoy escaping to one of the beaches close by.

There are a multitude of coastal towns and villages with miles of unspoilt beaches where you can opt to walk along the shore, relax on the sand, explore the rocky cliff side areas or even go swimming during the warmer months however the seas in this area can be are notoriously choppy and often have freezing cold temperatures. outingsThis can make bathing difficult for less than experienced swimmers so in that respect you may prefer to explore the surrounding sea waters by boat so fortunately, you will find a local company – Golden Gate Boat Trips – which specialises in excursions. Many of these take in the nearby Farne islands which are uninhabited by humans but awash with marine life that includes many species of birds and mammals too. These have an unspoilt scenic beauty that is rugged yet tranquil too and these are also home to vast colonies of grey seals and sea puffins. Back on the mainland, the Whitehouse Farm Centre is another favourite for families especially those with younger children as this is a huge area – over 40 acres – that is full of different indoor and outdoor activities for entertainment and educational purposes as well as its many breeds of differing animal species. There are loads of animals that the children can look at, handle and feed ranging from traditional farm breeds to more unusual and exotic species, while the exterior grounds offer great nature trails but these cover quite a large area which could take the full day to walk and explore in full. The centre has great amenities and facilities throughout including a Café offering a great selection of healthy drinks and snacks as well as more indulgent options, toilets and baby changing areas, free parking (for cars and coaches), picnic and play areas both outside and inside (with heating in the latter for colder days) as well as trampolines, pedal tractors, bouncy castles, a sand pit and much more. Most of the centre is undercover so it makes for an ideal family outing even on rainy days and is well worth the admission fee which is £9.50 for adults and £8.50 for children (under 2’s are admitted free) and OAP’s while a family ticket for 4 costs £32.50 or £40.50 for 5.

If you are your family are passionate about all things historical then you are also in the right location to explore the many castles that dot the landscape between Northumberland and the Scottish border which is close by. Younger children in particular will enjoy a trip to Alnwick Castle which was used as the set for Hogwarts in the Harry potter movie franchise.

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