If you are heading up to B and B in Northumberland this Christmas, either to escape the hustle and bustle or to see relatives, make sure you make the best of it by getting on board with some Northumberland traditions.
Take the Boxing Day plunge
People jumping into the sea on Boxing Day happens all over the UK, but if you want to do it in Northumberland, head to Redcar, Seaburn, South Shields and Whitley Bay. Don’t forget to get sponsorship for this to raise money for good causes, and of course, don’t forget your wetsuit.
Then head to one of Northumberland’s wonderful pubs for a well-earned pint and pub lunch to warm your cockles.
If you are from the South you may not have heard about the legend that is Fenwick’s window at Christmas. Forget Selfridges, this is where you want to go to see amazing window displays. Themes have included Alice in Wonderland, space scenes and more traditional nativity scenes.
Durham Christmas market
A brilliant place to peruse perfect gifts for all of your relatives, with a mulled wine in your hand. Check out the decorations for your homes too.
An incredibly long standing tradition, Ponteland’s New Year’s Morning wheelbarrow race starts at 12 noon at the Blackbird Inn in the centre of the village,
Residents and other participants cover the one mile course as quickly as possible with the record being under eight minutes.
See if you can have a go and beat the regulars.