For the last couple of years, we have taken our summer holiday at the end of June, but this year we waited until July and headed off for two weeks around different areas of the UK. Our first week was spent with friends on the east coast borders and was a thoroughly chilled out affair in this beautiful family (and dog) friendly AirBnb.
Coldingham had all the essentials (butcher, Spar, post office, pub!) as well as an indoor crazy golf course (!) and was really close to a small but beautiful beach, where we enjoyed jumping the (actually huge) crashing waves, searching for signs of rockpool life, picnicking, and of course building the obligatory sandcastle or five.
Weather- wise, it wasn’t the greatest of weeks, with only two really sunny days, but we did some trips out and about. In nearby Eyemouth you could feed the resident seals and walk along the Promenade.
A place we returned to was Rialto – a great café with a tasty menu, friendly chatty owners and a multitude of cakes to choose from! I’m told the coffee was top-notch too.
We took a couple of days to go further afield along the east coast of Northumberland. On one rainy Sunday it seemed like the whole world congregated at Barter Books – a second hand book shop housed in the old Alnwick railway station. We enjoyed a good lunch and a long wander perusing the shelves.
We also enjoyed a brief trip to Lindisfarne (due to the causeway tide times we had about 3 hours) but this was enough for a walk around the village and the priory, a picnic at a viewpoint tower and a look at an ongoing archaeology dig.
By the time that we had done those trips, played Dixit, introduced our friends to Master of None (in return their kids introduced us to Paw Patrol!) and cooked lots of delicious food, it was a week well spent on the east coast.