Summer in the UK: Northern highlights

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

From Hadrian's Wall to Scarborough's seafront, this region has top attractions and little-known delights, as Jackie Hunter discovers

It's almost 200 years since Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke at Seaham Hall (0191 516 1400; seaham-hall.co.uk), her parents' elegant cliff-top home by the wild North Sea coast.

The marriage was brief, but the poet's romantic legacy lingers because the house is now a luxurious boutique hotel. It's designed to be enjoyed à deux, with its sumptuous rooms and the sybaritic Serenity Spa, which was a finalist in the Good Spa Awards 2010. Enjoy a soothing Balinese massage for two, then reinvigorate yourselves in the ozone pool, steam room, sauna and – brrr! – ice fountain.

Jesmond is Newcastle's trendiest suburb, stuffed with coffee bars, boutiques and restaurants where well-heeled students and city commuters gather. Jesmond Dene House hotel (0191-212 3000; jesmonddenehouse .co.uk), a Georgian residence with an ornate Arts and Crafts extension, attracts visitors from further afield. There are 40 stylishly modern rooms, although the classical features of this Grade II-listed house are beautifully preserved. Its restaurant, bearing three AA rosettes, has undergone a redesign this summer; dine in the elegant former music room or the airy garden room.

Rural East Yorkshire now has it's first Michelin-starred restaurant, The Pipe & Glass Inn (01430 810246; pipe andglass.co.uk). Proprietors Kate and James Mackenzie (he's the chef) deliver top-quality cooking (pictured right) and hospitality, always aiming for local and seasonal: wild rabbit rissoles with cockle and caper vinaigrette, braised lamb with a mutton and kidney faggot, sage and onion risotto with walnut pesto, ginger burnt cream with stewed rhubarb compote. Children and vegetarians are well catered for. The wines come from small producers, the beers from Yorkshire breweries.

On 29 and 30 August, the magnificent 16th-century Burghley House (01780 752451; burghley.co.uk) at Stamford will turn its stable courtyard into a Fine Food Market. Whet your appetite with lunch in the Orangery restaurant, an 18th-century structure designed by Capability Brown, then shop for traditional treats from the region brought to market by 20 local producers: tangy Lincoln-shire Poacher cheese; peppery rare-breed pork sausages; and Lincolnshire plum bread.

This year sees the 40th birthday of the world-famous Beamish Museum (0191 370-4000; beamish.org.uk), 300 outdoor acres in County Durham where working life during and after the Industrial Revolution is recreated. Anniversary updates include the restored 19th-century Steam Gallopers carousel, due to open early next month. It's a nostalgia theme park, all brilliantly brought to life by costumed interpreters telling tales of the past.

Instantly recognisable as Hogwart's, the 14th-century Alnwick Castle (01665 510777; alnwickcastle.com) is a great place to visit even if you're not a Harry Potter fan. It's also home to the Duke of Northumberland, who opens his doors to some 200,000 visitors each year. Every day this month, children can take part in creative activities such as wizardry, sword fighting, dragon-making, and medieval crafts. Alnwick also has one of the world's finest contemporary gardens (accessed separately), which was rescued from dereliction a decade ago by the Duchess of Northumberland.

While Scarborough and Bridlington offer candy floss, crazy golf and amusement arcades to North Yorkshire day-trippers, between those two resorts is lovely Filey (filey.co.uk). The bay, with its five miles of golden sands, is a clean, peaceful beach spot and a haven for seabirds and wildlife. It's overlooked by an Edwardian promenade whose colourful beach huts are a famous feature, available to rent by the day or week.

Maryport Roman Festival runs throughout August at Senhouse Roman Museum (01900 816168; senhouse museum.co.uk), showing visitors to Hadrian's Wall Country how the beautiful Cumbrian coastline was defended by Roman legionaries in the hilltop fort here. Meet a soldier, handle 2,000-year-old artefacts, or eat some traditional Roman dishes recreated by local celebrity chef John Crouch. Hadrian's Wall Path (01434 322002; hadrians-wall.org) is 84 miles long but well served by public transport at different points, so you can easily walk a partial route between Cumbria and Tyneside.

For further information on all these destinations, go to: new castlegateshead.com; yorkshire.com; visitlincolnshire.com; visitnortheastengland .com; visitnorth umberland.com; nationaltrail.co.uk

Sport
Mario Balotelli (left) trudges off at half-time last night, to be substituted during the interval
football
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Life and Style
Could you tell the difference between this and an organic alternative?
food + drink

Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'

Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to US
Life and Style
tech

Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance

News
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday

Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidates on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
Arts and Entertainment
film

Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online

Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    SCRUM Master

    £30 - 50k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a SCRUM Master to joi...

    Franchise Support Assistant

    £13,520: Recruitment Genius: As this role can be customer facing at times, the...

    Financial Controller

    £50000 - £60000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: A successful entertainment, even...

    Direct Marketing Executive - Offline - SW London

    £25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A fantastic opportunity h...

    Day In a Page

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

    A crime that reveals London's dark heart

    How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
    Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

    Lost in translation: Western monikers

    Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
    Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

    Handy hacks that make life easier

    New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
    KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

    KidZania: It's a small world

    The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
    Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

    'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

    The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
    From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

    Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

    From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
    Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

    Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

    A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
    The 10 best smartphone accessories

    Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

    Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
    Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

    Liverpool v Real Madrid

    Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
    West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

    Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

    Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
    Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

    A new American serial killer?

    Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
    Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

    Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

    Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
    Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

    Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

    Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year

    Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
    Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

    Want to change the world? Just sign here

    The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?