THIngs to do; where to eat 

Here are just a few ideas for days out, and places to eat here in Northumberland. With so much on our doorstep you certainly won't be short of things to do.

Things to do

  • Spend the day at the various sites along the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall
  • Explore Hexham and Corbridge. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants in Hexham. Visit Hexham Abbey - don't miss the Anglo Saxon crypt - and the Old Gaol - the first purpose built jail in the country, dating from 1330. Browse the Farmers Market (second and fourth Saturdays of each month) and the Auction Mart (Tuesdays). Spend the day at Hexham Races  Go shopping in Corbridge, full of fabulous independents.
  • Explore the wonderful countryside on our doorstep. You will find a folder in the cottage with details of local walks, both long and short. . There are hundreds of wonderful walks in Northumberland - visit for details of over 100 walks of varying distances and abilities - it's a great resource
  • Go to Newcastle and Gateshead. Visit the Baltic and the Laing art galleries and walk over the Millennium Bridge. Drive to the Angel of the North. Indulge yourself in the Eldon Square shopping centre.
  • Visit the North East's industrial heritage - Killhope Lead Mining Museum, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, and right on our doorstep, in the woods below us, Dukesfield Arches; the remains of what was once the largest lead smelting mill in Europe
  • Visit Alnwick Castle and Garden.
  • Take a trip to the Heritage Coast and visit Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. Cross the causeway to Lindisfarne, but watch for the tide times.
  • Spend time in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth; visit the iconic Spanish City, or have an ice cream in the Rendezvous Cafe, as seen in Vera 
  • Go to Kielder Water and Forest Park. Walk through the forest, visit the Birds of Prey Centre, spot the ospreys, and visit the Observatory. Spend the evening there and experience the dark skies
  • Spend time at Beamish Living Museum of the North, Experience the North East during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods
  • Visit the North Pennines National Landscape. Start in Allendale, have coffee at the Forge, follow Isaacs Tea Trail, or walk along Allen Banks and Staward Gorge.
  • Spend time at Cragside in Rothbury, the first house in Britain to have electric light. Stroll around the wonderful gardens, renowned for their rhododendrons. From there, go on to Wallington Hall, a magnificent estate in the heart of Northumberland.
  • Go to Durham World Heritage Site and see the Cathedral with the tomb of St Cuthbert, and the castle. There is a good Park and RIde system -just follow the signs.
  • And if all this sounds just too exhausting, just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Hexhamshire. 
Where to eat 

We’re fortunate to have a wide range of restaurants all within easy reach of Woodside. Here is just a small selection.

Michelin starred

Up to 3 miles

Up to 8 miles

  • Bouchon Bistrot, Hexham: Award-winning French cuisine. 
  • Zyka, Hexham; fine Indian dining in the centre of Hexham
  • Cilantro, Hexham: a fusion of Indian and Latin American tapas. Sounds weird but it really works!
  • Valley Restaurant, Corbridge: award-winning Indian cuisine and great for takeaways.
  • The Rat Inn, Anick: gastro pub consistently ranked in the top 50 gastro pubs.
  • The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland: a wonderfully picturesque hotel and village, steeped in history. Look out for the Priest's Hole, where a Jacobite general hid from the King's forces
  • Il Piccolo, Corbridge: a welcoming authentic Italian restaurant, wine bar and deli 

  •  Or simply relax in the Lodge and order delicious meals from Noisette       Catering.  Details will be sent together with your booking confirmation:   orders to be placed at least a week prior to arrival.