Doxford Cottages

Our Guide To: Winter in Northumberland

Are you visiting Northumberland this Winter? Northumberland transforms into a winter wonderland, with twinkling fairy lights adorning its market town streets and a shimmer of frost adding an enchanting touch to our picturesque landscapes. Find solace from the chill in a quaint cottage or immerse yourself in the warmth of traditional pubs with roaring open fires, while partaking in festive merriments throughout your stay.

Dress warmly and embrace the brisk atmosphere of Northumberland. Let our local breathtaking coastal vistas captivate you, refresh your spirit with invigorating beach walks, or explore the countryside to admire snow-kissed hills, glistening foliage, frosty trees in expansive forests, and icy streams.

As winter nights draw in, Northumberland boasts some of the year’s most pristine and starlit skies. For a celestial experience, visit our observatories and learn from the experts, or drive to a Dark Sky Discovery Site, equipped with a flask, snug attire, and binoculars for an intimate stargazing session.

Immerse yourself in festive cheer with Christmas market visits, selecting unique local gifts for friends and family. Meet Santa in his rustic cabins and grottos scattered across the county, and let the allure of Christmas markets and numerous winter festivities in Northumberland enchant you. Conclude the season with a visit to the real Santa at Robinsons Alnwick, just a short 16 minute drive away from Doxford Cottages.


Our area stand out as prime stargazing locations, particularly in the winter months. Their distinction can be attributed to Northumberland’s recognition as an area with dark sky status, making it one of the best places in the UK to witness the night’s celestial wonders.

Winter in Alnwick and Doxford offers longer nights, providing ample opportunity to marvel at the glittering expanse overhead. The colder air during this season also tends to be clearer, reducing atmospheric distortion and allowing stars, planets, and distant galaxies to shine through with greater intensity.

The Alnwick Garden Light Trail

Due to overwhelming interest, the renowned North East winter Light Trail at The Alnwick Garden will now run from November 2023 to January 2024. Additionally, visitors can anticipate an even more mesmerizing experience with the introduction of diverse light installations showcasing a spectrum of vivid colour.

Banburgh Castle Christmas Kingdom 2023

Bamburgh Castle welcomes back the Christmas Kingdom on Saturday, November 11th.

After the previous year’s enchanting rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, the Charlotte Lloyd Webber Event Design team is back, presenting what is set to be our most spectacular Christmas event to date.

Drawing inspiration from Northumberland’s rich tapestry of myths and legends, visitors can wander through the Castle’s staterooms, each brimming with tales and lore, and enter a realm infused with faerie enchantment. Imagine mythical creatures soaring through frost-kissed woods filled with faerie whimsy and the sound of joyful giggles, while mermaids and elusive selkies glide through lagoons adorned with shells. A treat for guests of all ages. Enhance your holiday joy with our bespoke Meet Father Christmas encounters, ensuring an unforgettable moment for the young ones.

Christmas Markets

Alnwick Christmas Markets are a festive highlight, drawing visitors from near and far to experience the yuletide charm of this historic town. Stroll among stalls offering artisanal crafts, unique gifts, and delightful seasonal treats, all while soaking in the jovial atmosphere. The scent of mulled wine and fresh pastries fills the air, ensuring a sensory treat. For 2023, these cherished markets are set to be even more special as they will be hosted in the iconic Northumberland Hall, adding an extra layer of grandeur and tradition to the festive shopping experience. Don’t miss this captivating seasonal event! Find them on the 11th and 25th of November and the 2nd, 16th and 23rd of December.

Spend your winter ensconced in the warmth and charm of Doxford Cottages. Open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, these cottages offer the quintessential escape for both families and couples. Nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, every window frames a picture-perfect view of the season. Venture out and you’ll find cosy pubs at every turn, beckoning with the promise of a roaring fire and festive cheer. The local area bustles with holiday festivities, ensuring there’s always a celebration to join or a seasonal event to enjoy. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or a festive frolic, Doxford Cottages is the ideal winter haven.

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