THE NORTH EAST
Northumberland and Durham are on Newcastle’s doorstep with Hadrian’s Wall, a battalion of castles and the mighty Durham Cathedral begging for your attention. Spend a day in Alnwick Garden or dive into Harry Potter’s world at Alnwick Castle. You can go walking in the Cheviots, fishing on the Tyne or mountain-biking through Kielder Forest. And then there’s the coast – breezier than the Caribbean, true, but with bigger, wilder and equally soft sandy beaches.