Today we in the Real North East went on a trip to Alnwick – a sort of Culture Day/End-of-term-jolly mash-up.
We (Hamish, JJ, JP, Matty, Emma, Andy, me, and a special guest appearance from Nancy and Annie Oliver) got a train to Alnmouth, followed by a bus to Alnwick.
We went to the castle (home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, and made famous by its appearance in the first Harry Potter film) with the intention of going for a visit, and then we saw the entrance prices (£12 to see the gardens, £14 to see the castle, £24 to see both) and reconsidered our plans.
We went to the delightful ‘Barter Books‘ – a wonderful second-hand bookshop that is housed in the old Alnwick train station, and run by the people responsible for the re-emergence of the old ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ posters.
We went for lunch at a pub, and most of enjoyed delicious roast beef stotties, chips and gravy, followed by milkshakes at the slightly random ‘Strawberry Lounge’, all accompanied by enjoyable and edifying chat.
Then we headed back to the station and the boys played with a tennis ball in the car park, whilst the girls watched and wondered why on earth that was ‘fun’; before we all got on the train and headed back down south, before final goodbyes.
In summary: fun times in Northumberland.