Winter in Northumberland: What to do and where to visit
- By Walwick Hall
- November 23, 2021
Whether you’re preparing for a winter retreat at our beautiful boutique hotel or luxury Stable Suites, or you’re looking for a festive escape this winter, Northumberland is home to endless experiences, guaranteed to ignite your festive spark.
When you’re not enjoying a fresh, locally sourced lunch courtesy of The Dining Room, the views of the surrounding Tyne Valley from our pavilion Spa pool and jacuzzi, or a glimpse of Hadrian’s Wall from your bedroom window, spend your day celebrating the holiday season with an array of festive events, in one of England’s most remarkable counties.
Explore idyllic market towns enriched with glistening fairy lights, navigate through some of the most distinctive landscapes our region has to offer and delight in charming Christmas events all from within reach of our 100-acre estate. To help you plan ahead, we’re outlining our favourite festive experiences, below.
Hexham’s Christmas Market and Candlelit Concert
Characterised by a beautiful Abbey, brimming with ancient Roman history, Hexham shines as one of the most picturesque villages in the whole of Northumberland. While revelling in a distinct charm all year round, Hexham radiates something truly magical in winter.
For guests joining us on Saturday the 11th of December, delight in Hexham’s Christmas Market and beautiful Candlelit Christmas Concert that will be filling the air with festive cheer, before returning to our luxury Bar – a welcome place to escape the cold, busy streets with a warming malt whisky or specially crafted cocktail.
Bamburgh Castle’s Saints and Angels Extravaganza
This winter, Bamburgh Castle is transforming its entrancing staterooms into a celestial extravaganza. With dazzling decor, encapsulating floral arrangements and bejewelling Christmas trees, Saints and Angels is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience this festive period.
Kielder Forest’s Winter Wonderland
This November and December, Kielder’s magical forest landscape is transforming into an enchanting Winter Wonderland full of surprises for the whole family. Our younger guests can delight in crafting their very own wooden keepsake under the watchful eye of Kielder’s master elf, while the grown-ups drift into the Christmas spirit amid the echoing chorus of carolers as they stroll Kielder’s parkland before joining us for a delicious hot chocolate by the fire in our inviting Drawing Room.
Meet Father Christmas at Matfen Hall
This December, Matfen Hall is transforming into a luxurious winter wonderland that’s filled with enchanting experiences the whole family can enjoy. Watch your child’s eyes widen in amazement and treasure seeing the delight on their face as they meet Father Christmas and receive a gift bag exclusively for them.
Later, indulge in a whimsical selection of treats with a festive-inspired Afternoon Tea, before stepping outside to toast marshmallows under the stunning backdrop of their estate.
Wander in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers once positioned along this historic wall. Once commissioned to guard the northwest roman empire nearly 2,000 years ago, Hadrian’s Wall is now a popular attraction for visitors across all corners of the globe and is named as one of National Geographic’s 35 must-see destinations for 2022. Venture off on the famous four-mile circular route – located just fifteen minutes from our estate – and pass some of Northumberland’s best-preserved Roman ruins, a glacial lake, and of course, the iconic Sycamore Gap, before returning to your luxury accommodation on the wall, back at Chesters Stables.
Due to its altitude, Hadrian’s Wall is usually seen cloaked in a blanket of crisp white snow throughout the winter months. Not only does this create a picture-perfect scene, but it also lends to hours of entertainment for younger guests.
Hidden in one of England’s most isolated corners lies Kielder Forest. Experiencing this enchanting forest in the depths of winter is truly like stepping into a fairy tale – the landscape is shrouded in a white blanket of snow and there is a beautiful silence about the place. So quiet, the only sounds are footsteps and snow gently falling from the trees above.
After stirring your appetite exploring Kielder’s impressive 250-square miles of stunning remote terrain, join us in The Dining Room where a delicious seasonal meal will be awaiting your return.
Launching on the 1st December, a delicious selection of Festive Afternoon Tea offerings will be available to enjoy in the enchanting surroundings of Walwick Hall. Toast the season with a glass of Champagne, or alcoholic Noveltea tea, as you indulge in a festive take on our famous traditional cream tea. Savour sweet flavours of Fig & Vanilla Macarons and a Spiced Orange Meringue Tart, as well as traditional Christmas savoury bites including Roast Turkey, Stuffing & Sage Mayonnaise Finger Sandwiches.