Maguires Country Parks: Our Guide To The Perfect UK Winter Staycation

A winter holiday in the UK allows you to kick off 2022 with a bang and
enjoy the great outdoors without the summer crowds! There’s never
been a better time to fully wind down to enjoy the little things, and a
winter break is the perfect way to do just that.

Our Country Parks are open 365 days a year, so there’s no excuses when
it comes to having a last-minute trip at your holiday home. So pack
your bags and don’t forget your hats, gloves, and scarves! Here’s our list
of ‘must do’s’ to have the best winter staycation at your Park

What should you pack?


Don’t let the cold weather put a dampener on your trip! With a little
extra planning, you can prepare for the frosty days and keep toasty.

Any trip away in the UK requires a waterproof jacket! Keep it at
the top of your bag for quick access in case you get caught in the
rain whilst out and about.

If you’re staying at Forget Me Not and intend on taking an
afternoon stroll through the park’s forest, make sure you bring
your wellies!

Sunglasses are essential, we swear by them. The majority of days,
we experience all four seasons in one hour!

You can never go wrong with an extra pair of socks (or two). After
spending a day at the beach, avoid sandy toes and shoes with a
new fluffy pair of socks, or layer up for winter walks when it’s that
bit chillier outside.

Let’s explore!

Winter on the Northumberland coast offers stunning views; crisp and
refreshing walks, and the opportunity to spot seals, dolphins, and
seasonal birds. How great is that?!

If you have a holiday home at Ord House Country Park, why not visit the
mysterious tidal island off the coast of Northumberland? When it’s safe
to cross the causeway, you’ll discover delightful cafés, a historic priory,
and a castle perched on the cliffs. The perfect winter’s day spent
exploring.

To note – before visiting Holy Island, always verify the safe crossing
hours, as twice a day, it is isolated and becomes inaccessible.

Winter fuel

Can anything beat a pub lunch? (Absolutely not!) Picture this, after a
nice walk through the woodland, you’re heading into the warmth and
ordering a big pie with mash. We bet you can feel the crackle of the fire
now…

At Newbus Grange Country Park, we are lucky to be located just 10
minutes away from Darlington town centre. Here our are top 3
favourite pubs to visit:

The Pennyweight is a traditional Darlington pub with a wealth of
history laid beneath its floors. Their food is packed with British
tradition. Tried and tested for over a decade, their delish dishes
provide a one-of-a-kind experience. The best bit – it’s just a 12-
minute drive away!

Darlingtons favourite local pub, The Mowden , has grown
throughout the years into one of Darlington’s most popular places
for both food and casual drinks, with a varied selection of quality
beers, wines, and spirits. The menu has everything from cosy pub favourites to burgers, steaks, and fresh seafood. What are you
ordering first?

– Salt is just a 14-minute drive from Newbus Grange Country Park.
Their food is best described as comfort street food with a hefty
helping of enthusiasm and high-quality ingredients used
throughout. It’s what we call proper decent scran!


History right on your doorstep

Do you have a holiday home at The Kaims Country Park? If so, for your
winter getaway we recommend you and your family take a trip to
Bamburgh Castle . For almost 1,400 years, Bamburgh Castle has stood
patrol above the stunning Northumberland coastline. Did you know…
Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest residential castles in the country,
spreading nine acres of land on its rocky hilltop?!

Its enormous scale makes it a favourite for film crews. Most recently, it
actually featured as the setting for the Hollywood film BFG! If you want
to learn all about the wonderful castle, why not take a tour with your
very own personal tour guide?

Explore the raw coastline beauty of Holy Island in the footsteps of the
ancient monks who erected a monastery here 1,400 years ago. Or learn
about a gruesome Viking attack; the worship of St. Cuthbert, and the
Lindisfarne Gospels – a remarkable medieval manuscript.

Have we missed any of your favourite winter staycation activities? Let
us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and don’t forget to give us
a follow while you’re at it. More information on our parks may be found
here, and you can contact us with any inquiries via our contact page.

 

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