We are just back from an amazing holiday in Bamburgh, Northumberland. We enjoyed empty enormous sandy beaches, castles and islands. We flew kites, paddled in the sea, ran down dunes, made sand castles, played cricket. The list goes on! Bamburgh itself is a fab village - with a lovely butchers, deli and shop with home grown vegetables, plus lots of pubs and a nice tea room.
We rented this lovely cottage (http://www.coastalretreats.co.uk/index.php/booking/view/P8BHjM1d5Ui3Hm22) - it was beautiful and so handy for the beach. The girls loved the large climbing frame in the garden.
Tim and I also enjoyed a walk from Crasters back to Bamburgh on our own with my parents looking after the girls. We went to Lindsfarne and the Farne Islands, Alnwick castle and gardens.
I loved Northumberland - helped because the weather was great. No rain, windy and some days very warm (not hot but it is up north after all).