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Enjoy a family holiday in Northumberland this Spring

  • By Matfen Hall
  • February 09, 2023
  • Northumberland
  • Outdoor Pursuits


As the days begin to get brighter and warmer for longer, it’s the perfect time to explore a land of adventure. Enjoying a Northumberland Family Holiday during the spring time introduces the perfect time to become acquainted with our magnificent country estate – the perfect destination for the whole family.

With the arrival of spring comes a variety of different activities for your family to enjoy, with historical sites and natural beauties adorning our surrounding areas. In nearby Alnwick, Lilidorei, the world’s largest play park is scheduled to open this spring, providing children with the chance to explore the wooden homes of magical creatures such as elves, goblins and pixies, while playing on zip wires, slides and climbing walls. Situated in the award-winning Alnwick Gardens, Lilidorei is the brainchild of the Duchess of Northumberland and will transport visitors to a unique land where their senses are awakened through the gigantic play structure. 

Northumberland is also home to Europe’s largest area of protected night sky and within it lies Kielder Observatory, the perfect location for your family to unwind under a blanket of stars or discover new ones with their incredible telescope. Whether you are an astronomy aficionado or a night sky novice, stargazing is a wonderful activity to do as a family and Northumberland International Dark Sky Park certainly can certainly inspire the next generation of astronomers.

Spring is the ideal time of year to perfect your swing on the golf course and at Matfen Hall Golf Academy, we have a number of packages that allow players of all abilities to enjoy a game in the most beautiful of surroundings. During your stay at our magnificent country estate, your family can challenge themselves to our championship-level course or enjoy our Par-3 course, which is ideal for beginners to develop their skills and love for the game in a more relaxed atmosphere. Additionally, our ten-bay driving range provides the perfect introduction to golf, as our one-to-one tuition is provided by our team of PGA professionals, offering insights and expert advice on how to perfect your swing.

When it comes to exploring historical sites, award-winning market towns and stunning natural beauty spots, Northumberland has an embarrassment of riches for you and your family to discover during your stay at Matfen Hall. The beautiful market town of Hexham lies just a short distance away from our historic estate. Home to staggering architecture, charming parks and cultural attractions, Hexham is the ideal family day out. Awash with art galleries and boutique shops, not to mention a centuries-old abbey, it’s no surprise that Hexham has consistently been voted the happiest place to live in the UK. Your Northumberland family holiday can experience that joy by following a heritage trail walk or kayaking down the River Tyne. 

If you would prefer to get away from cobbled paths and streets and venture into the great outdoors, Northumberland provides scenic walks and memorable views. Whether you and your loved ones are captivated by our coastlines or fall in love with our landscape, there are many different treks for you to choose from, making cherished memories in the process. 

Hadrian’s Wall, the internationally-renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located approximately 2 miles from our magnificent country estate, allowing you all to find out more about the North of England’s Roman heritage while absorbing picturesque views of the sweeping countryside. For a thorough unearthing of what life was like at the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain, Chesters Roman Fort and Museum is also just a short drive away and allows you to explore the ruins of its well-preserved baths and steam room, as well as the officers’ quarters.

After a day of activities and excursions, why not relax and envelop yourself in ultimate luxury? 

For the perfect way to unwind during your Northumberland family holiday, our 15-metre swimming pool invites younger guests to exercise and enjoy a few refreshing lengths, while parents can appreciate a harmonious spa treatment from our experienced therapists. Trained in providing Germaine de Capuccini and Natura Bissé-based rituals, our skilled team are adept at removing stresses and strains, while elevating your mind, body and spirit to a level of total relaxation. Find out more about our full range of facilities here.

With a range of family-friendly bedrooms available, Matfen Hall offers beautiful accommodation to guests of all ages. From our Luxury Suites encapsulating a warm and inviting atmosphere, to our Deluxe Rooms that invite you to experience unequalled elegance, your holiday will be one of sophisticated relaxation.

Make this spring a time your family looks back on as one to remember and book your stay here.

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