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Introducing Ellie

Hi! My name is Ellie, and I am the brand-new Wedding Co-ordinator at Brinkburn Northumberland. This blog will give you an insight into who I am, my hobbies, my favourite spots in Northumberland and my top wedding songs that EVERYONE should have at their wedding.

Let us start with a little bit about myself. I am a local Alnwick girl, born and raised in Northumberland. At the fine age of 22 years old, I love socialising with my girls and am hopeful that we can all resume that soon!

I completed a degree in Events Management at Leeds Beckett University in May 2020, and I am keeping my fingers crossed like every other student we can get a graduation soon.

I bet you would love to know what I do on my days off. Well, throughout the pandemic, I have loved going for walks along the beach and stopping for a small picnic with my family. In normal circumstances, I go to the gym, socialise with my friends, eat out (my favourite) and explore on small weekends away.

Onto my favourite spots in Northumberland that you do not want to miss when visiting. There is an endless list of picturesque spots, but for you guys, I will cut this down to my top 5 places to visit and my top 5 places to eat/drink.

Embleton Bay

This is one of my family’s favourite walks with beautiful views to either side of you. Dunstanburgh Castle on your left and Newton on the moor to the right. Whichever way you walk, the beautiful coastline will be with you for miles.

Howick

Just along the coastline from Dunstanburgh Castle, you have this beautiful walk from Howick to Craster… or Alnmouth… or even Warkworth depending how far you are willing to walk!

The views from the cliffs of the dolphins and seals is the reason I placed this at number 2 on my list (but also because we can stop for a crab sandwich and cold drink at the halfway point).

Bamburgh Castle

I think the picture speaks for itself when I say how beautiful Bamburgh Beach is. With cafes, pubs, and great restaurants such as the Potted Lobster, this is the perfect stop off along the coastline. Just along from here is the fishing village of Seahouses with AMAZING fish & chips and a crazy golf area if you have children or if you just love the game yourself.

Tynemouth

At the heart of the River Tyne’s mouth, Tynemouth is the place to go if you want to feel like you are still at the coast but not too far away from the city centre. With great local food business’s, cafes and restaurants this is a great spot for a perfect day out.

Sycamore Gap

Situated along the famous Hadrian’s Wall, Sycamore Gap is a well-known spot if you are aware of the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. If you are keen walkers, this is the ideal spot to go to. Described as one of the most photographed trees in the country, this is an ideal place if you want to explore Northumberland history.

Top 5 Restaurants in Northumberland.

  1. Lollo Rosso Italians situated in Morpeth
  2. Running Fox Café situated in Felton, Shilbottle & Longframlington.
  3. The Cook and Barker Inn situated in Newton on the Moor
  4. Café Terrino Italians situated in Alnwick
  5. The Jolly Fisherman situated in Craster.

Top 10 Wedding Songs

Finally, we go to my favourite wedding songs. Now, I know that everyone has their own taste in music and not everyone likes other people’s choices. However, you will always have the classics played at a wedding. If it were me and I was getting married, these are the top 10 songs I would like to be played:

  1. Speechless by Dan & Shay
  2. Save the last dance for me by Michael Bublé
  3. I will wait by Mumford & Sons.
  4. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  5. Can’t help falling in love with you by Hayley Reinhart
  6. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  7. You are the best thing by Ray LaMontagne
  8. All night long by Lionel Ritchie
  9. Days like this by Dermot Kennedy
  10. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5

Of course, there are loads more that I could list like Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce etc but these I would say are my favourite songs to either dance to as a group or for a first dance.

If you have been to Northumberland before you will have your own favourite spots, restaurants, and places to visit. Being a local girl and having lived in Northumberland for 22 years I can without a doubt say that Northumberland is one of the most beautiful places to live and to visit.