The Area

There's plenty of things to do and see in Bamburgh, Northumberland

Bamburgh, a large village on the coast of Northumberland, surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and goregous Northumbrian food, is the perfect unspoilt holiday destination in the North East of England.

It is notable for two reasons: the imposing Bamburgh Castle, overlooking the beach, seat of the former Kings of Northumbria, and at present owned by the Armstrong family (see William George Armstrong); and its association with the Victorian heroine, Grace Darling.

The Beach

Its extensive sandy beach was awarded the Blue Flag rural beach award in 2005. The Bamburgh Dunes an area of sand dunes which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest stand behind the award winning beach. Bamburgh is popular with holidaymakers and is within the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Castle

Bamburgh Castle, then called Din Guardi, may have been the capital of the Brythonic kingdom of Bryneich between about AD 420 and 547. In 547 the castle was taken by the invading Angles led by Ida son of Eoppa and was renamed Bebbanburgh by one of his successors, Æthelfrith, after Æthelfrith's wife Bebba, according to the Historia Brittonum. From then onwards the castle became the capital of the Anglian kingdom of Bernicia until it merged with its southern neighbour, Deira, in 634. After the two realms united as Northumbria the capital was moved to York.

Henry VI ruled all England (in name) from Bamburgh in 1464, during the Wars of the Roses. The castle was eventually reduced by artillery.

The Ocean Club, Seahouses

We have partnered with The Ocean Club to bring you the most relaxing stay possible.

Located on award-winning Seafield Caravan Park in Seahouses, Northumberland, The Ocean Club offers health, fitness and wellbeing for everyone.

Their health and fitness facilities will improve your overall sense of well-being, general fitness and state of mind with inclusive facilities, activities and first-class service all under one roof.

Their indoor swimming pool is 1.2 metres deep and sessions include family splash time, lane swimming & twilight swimming, Adults can also relax and enjoy the tropical temperatures of the sauna, steam room and spa pool. An air-conditioned gym, open daily from 8 a.m. Equipped with a wide range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment by Precor and Technogym including state-of-the-art treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and adaptive motion trainer (AMT) by Precor, concept 2 rowing machines, WATT bike, Keiser spin bike, FTS Glide functional training system, wall mounted riot rig plus much more and we also have free weights up to 40kg.

The Ocean Club Coffee Shop / Bistro is open daily from 9 a.m. Our menu includes a delicious selection of homemade food including soup, sandwiches & toasties, main dishes, salads, pizzas, kids' meals and daily specials. Breakfast is served daily from 9-11 a.m. Free WIFI is available. Please note we don’t take table bookings. Don’t forget we are pet-friendly so there’s no need for your four-legged friends to miss out!

The Ocean Club, Seahouses – Partnership Programme

  • The use of the facilities is a complimentary service – If the facilities are closed or unavailable there will be no reimbursement or refunds given. There will be no reimbursement or refunds given for any other circumstances.
  • Any extra facilities, classes or treatments will need to be paid for
  • You will need to provide The Ocean Club Reception confirmation of your booking for the dates you want to use the facilities as well as the key fob.
  • The Ocean Club can open and close as they see necessary and you will need to check opening times of the facilities you want to use are available during your stay.
  • You will need to abide by The Ocean Club’s rules and etiquette policy

Need some more information? Check out their website and get the latest, most up-to-date info including a current timetable for the use of the facilities.

Attractions in the Area