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Celebrate National Pet Month in the North East

April marks National Pet Month, which means it’s the perfect time to discover pet-friendly attractions across the North East

National Pet Month is the perfect opportunity to show some extra love and appreciation for our beloved furry friends who enrich our lives in countless ways. So, pop your walking shoes on, grab your best friend and spend some quality time together this April.

Barter Brooks, Alnwick

Barter Brooks is a charming bookshop with plenty to offer. Think never-ending selection of books, an ice cream parlour, a model railway, three 40-foot murals, generous seating, a children’s room, glass cases giving you a glimpse into interesting antiquarian books and The Station Buffet with tea, coffee and cookies.

With your furry friend by your side, explore the aisles lined with shelves full of literary treasures. As you get lost in the world of books, take a break and relax in the cosy reading corners.

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Hexham Old Gaol, Hexham

Hexam Old Goal is a Grade I listed, historical treasure waiting to be explored by you and your pet. It’s England’s oldest goal built in 1333 and offers a chance to roam around the museum learning about Medieval crime and punishment.

It certainly will be an educational experience for you and your four-legged friend. Whether you opt for a tour-and-talk experience or are interested in learning more about Border Reivers – local families known for causing trouble.

Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Museum & Art Gallery is another gem that welcomes you and your furry companion. With your pet by your side, get ready to explore the Ravensdowne Barracks, the first purpose-built army barracks in England, as well as The Berwick Burrell Collection of art.

With over 300 pieces including watercolours, oil paintings and drawings, there will be something to captivate every curious mind. Before you say goodbye to Berwick Museum & Art Gallery, be sure to check out the beautiful surroundings, soaking in the ambience of the past.

Tanfield Railway, Gateshead

Hop on a six-mile journey through time at the Tanfield Railway. It’s where a vintage steam train with unique Victorian carriages and locomotives will take you through the breathtaking countryside and wooded valley.

Settle into your seats with your furry friend by your side and take in the sights passing by. And if you start feeling peckish, try Directors Class Afternoon Tea. It takes place every Sunday with plenty of scones, sandwiches, cakes and tea to wash it down.

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Eshott Airfield, Morpeth

Prepare for a fascinating adventure at Eshott Airfield, just a short hop from Northumberland’s coast. With its rich aviation history and scenic surroundings, this airfield offers a unique opportunity for aviation enthusiasts and their furry companions to appreciate aircraft passing by.

Eshott Airfield also has a charming café where you and your pet can unwind and watch the world go by. A few hours spent there will prove to be a memorable experience for you both.

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, Durham

This open-air living museum is always welcoming of you and your pet. Stroll around different eras such as 1900s Town and Pit Village, 1940s Farm, and the charming 1950s Town with a beautiful park, allowing you to set up a picnic, provided the weather allows!

There will be plenty to see and discover. From a glimse into the family life leading up to the First World War, to 1900s schools and more. Beamish is where past and present intersect and where everyone is welcome.

Matfen Hall, Northumberland

If you’re looking for a weekend break this April, consider visiting Matfen Hall. Their country estate gives an opportunity to get away from everyday routine with your four-legged friend and spoil them with overnight stays in pet-friendly bedrooms.

Welcome packs will be present at your arrival, including treats, which will make your dog feel right at home. Matfen Hall’s expansive parkland will be the ideal place to enjoy spring weather. Plus, their stylish terrace offers delicious à la carte dishes. So, mark this April with a stay that allows your best friend to experience elegance with you in the heart of Northumberland.

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Serenity Boat Trips to The Farne Islands 

Set sail to the Farne Islands, a breathtaking archipelago teeming with wildlife just off the Northumberland coast. With its rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and abundant marine life, this enchanting destination offers the perfect opportunity for you and your pet to experience the wonders of nature together.

As the boat sets sail, you and your companion can watch in awe as the coastline recedes into the distance. Each passing mile drawing you closer to the Farne Islands, a sanctuary for seabirds, seals and puffins.

Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh 

With April giving us a glimpse into the warmer weather, now is the perfect time to go on a walk around the iconic Bamburgh Castle. Renowned for its breathtaking views, rich heritage, and pet-friendly atmosphere, Bamburgh Castle offers a perfect destination for pet owners seeking a memorable adventure with their furry companions.

Explore the castle’s magnificent interior, where history comes alive in every room and corridor. From the grandeur of the Great Hall to the intimate charm of the King’s Bedroom. Each chamber offers a fascinating glimpse into the castle’s storied past.

Northumberlandia, Cramlington

Northumberlandia is a charming escape and an exciting adventure for your four-legged best friend. Follow the winding trails that weave their way around the contours of the sculpture. Each twist and turn revealing a new adventure to be had.

Once you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery of the rolling hills and fresh air. In a way, reminding you of the simple pleasures of being outdoors with your furry companion.

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Wynyard Hall Gardens, Stockton-on-Tees

As the spring comes alive, Wynyard’s Botanical Garden wil prove to be the most perfect escape for you and your pet friend. With 120 acre of private grounds, there’s plenty of room to wander around and enjoy the beautiful nature.

From the beautiful Rose Garden to the alluring Wild Garden, there’s something to capture everyone’s attention.

Deer Park at Raby Castle, County Durham

The Deer Park at Raby Castle is a vast 200 acre land full of woodlands and wildlife. As you stroll around, pause to admire the breathtaking views of the castle and surrounding contryside, giving you both a moment of calm.

This will be a great opportunity to get some fresh spring air. Don’t forget to stop by the Yurt Cafe serving hot and cold drinks as well as light lunches and sweet treats.