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Insider tips of the best things to see and do near The Hog's Head Inn

Throughout the year

Make the most of every moment of your time at The Hog’s Head Inn with our insider tips of the best things to see and do…

On a sunny day
Head west to the heart of Northumberland and the breathtaking moorlands ablaze with purple heather. Look out for fascinating rock art at Lordenshaws.

On a rainy day 
Barter Books in Alnwick is Europe’s largest second hand book store and home to the famous Keep Calm slogan. Bookworms of all ages can wile away hours rifling through its shelves while a train circles the model railway overhead.

For beach lovers
The colourful seaside village of Alnmouth is a short drive away with its wide golden beach – perfect for sandcastle building, or just enjoying feeling the sand beneath your toes.

For a spot of history
Make for magnificent Cragside at nearby Rothbury. The home of Victorian industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong, Cragside was the first domestic home in the world to be lit by electricity. 

Get active with
A walk in the Capability Brown designed parklands of Hulne Park. Owned by the Duke of Northumberland, this beautiful park with its gothic tower and stunning views is reputedly a favourite of members of the Royal Family. Hog’s Head Inn guests enjoy free entry into Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre.

Chillax by
Taking a wander through the incredible displays of world famous Alnwick Garden. Take in the sights and fragrance of The Ornamental Garden – a horticultural delight filled with one of the country's largest collections of European plants laid out in striking geometric beds.

Don’t miss..
A trip to Alnwick Castle. Star of many a TV and film screen, Alnwick Castle doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films and more recently as Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey. Little ones can take part in broomstick training and learn to fly their very own broomstick!

The Great North Run

Sunday 10th September 2017

Use the Hog's Head Inn as your base before and after the world's greatest half marathan. 

Just 40 minutes from Newcastle upon Tyne, The Hog's Head Inn makes for the perfect base for those taking part in The Great North Run – and their support team. 

Alnwick International Music Festival

Saturday 29th July to Saturday 5th August 2017

A week-long celebration of music and dance from around the world.

Enjoy live performances from an eclectic range of performers in an unforgettable week of musical entertainment for every taste.

The hub of the musical entertainment takes place in Alnwick Market Square. Find out more about the next Alnwick International Music Festival here. 

Northumberland County Show

Monday 29th May 2017

Northumberland's county agricultural show is a red letter day in the community. 

From equestrian classes to livestock entries, country shopping, activities and entertainment, there is something for everyone at this premier event. 

Find out more about what's on at Northumberland County Show here. 

Northumberland Coast Photography Courses

Get snappy on the coast with a photography course from Northumberland Photo Training.

Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for a two hour mini "PhotoTrail" on the Northumberland Coast. Learn about atmosphere, light, how to see the potential in a location and how to get the 'wow factor' into your photographs. Andy's "PhotoTrail" suits all skill levels and interests – from the basics of digital photography through to advanced techniques.

Places are limited to six per session. Call 01665 576 012 to reserve your place. All abilities are welcome and all you need to bring is your camera!

Visit the Chillingham Wild Cattle

Throughout the year

For the first time in over 300 years the rare Chillingham wild cattle herd has reached over 100 in number. Be sure to pay a visit to see these wild creatures – they are the only wild cattle in the world, sole survivors of herds that once roamed the forests of Britain.

Then visit one of England’s most haunted castle for lunch or coffee. Brace yourself for a terrifying tour of a real castle, fearsome torture chamber, eerie dungeon and magnificent state rooms. For the brave of heart there's a nerve-jangling night time ghost tour.

Find out more here.

Alnwick Markets

As you would expect from a traditional market town, Alnwick has a thriving marketplace.

Taking place each Thursday and Saturday from 9am until 4pm in the heart of the town there is a wide range of stalls selling quirky gifts, plants, local produce and clothing. A Farmer's Market takes place on the last Friday of the month. Opening times are from 9am until 2pm.

Visit www.alnwickmarkets.co.uk for more information.

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours provides guided birdwatching, photography and wildlife tours across the county and into the Scottish Borders.

Northumberland is rich in wildlife from Black Grouse, Peregrine Falcons, Goshawks, Ospreys to Grey Seals, Otters, Red Squirrels, Roe Deer and Minke Whale and White-beaked Dolphins. 

Visit northernexperiencewildlifetours.co.uk for futher information.

Clay shooting at Bywell Shooting Grounds

The renowned Bywell Shooting Grounds are close to the Inn.

One of a handful of Clay Shooting Grounds to be awarded Premier Plus status by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, the sport's governing body, Bywell has played host to many major shooting competition such as The World DTL Championship, European Championship and British & English Championships.

Alongside the world renowned Shooting Range, Bywell has one of the largest selections of new and pre-owned shotguns in the country. A family run business, established in 1980, Bywell has generations of experience in the retailing of top quality shotguns.

So whether you are competing or a customer travelling to visit this acclaimed sporting attraction, The Hog's Head Inn is the perfect place to stay.

For details of forthcoming shooting events visit www.bywellshootingground.co.uk