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Written by Shellwood Blake on 10th July 2018

**Skill-based staycations for all the family with Crabtree & Crabtree**

10th July 2017 – With the seemingly never-ending summer holidays on the horizon, parents face the daunting task of filling the upcoming weeks with ‘organised fun’ to keep the boredom at bay. Instead of just scheduling play dates, a great way to keep kids stimulated outside the classroom is by teaching them a new skill.

From horse riding along beautiful beaches to learning essential bushcrafts on the stunning Bowhill estate, beat boredom this summer on a Crabtree & Crabtree staycation designed to help your children discover new skills outdoors in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Get hooked on…

Learning to fish on the mighty River Tweed! What better place to learn how to fly fish than on one of the UK’s greatest salmon rivers? Stay at the former school on the magnificent Milne Graden Estate, lovingly renovated throughout to create a beautifully-presented holiday home, set high on the banks of the Tweed marking the border between England and Scotland. There are about 1.4 miles of left bank fishing with nine gentle pools perfect for budding young anglers to hone their casting skills. With a network of superb riverside walks on your doorstep, pack up a picnic and spend your day relaxing idly on theriverbank with all the family.
Stay at School House, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms, dog-friendly, costs from £600.00 per week.

Perfect your paddling 

The North East corner of England is a winding maze of tributaries perfect for all sorts of paddling, from open canoeing to river kayaking. Situated in the South East corner of Scotland Old Purves Hall, originally a 16th century peel tower, which has been sensitively restored into a charismatic holiday home for up to 12 guests, ideal for multi-generational family stays or parties of families and friends. C&C have paired up with local adventure company Active4Seasons and can deliver coaching or guided trips for all levels ranging from half-day, full day or multi day sessions on the Tweed, Till, Teviot and Whiteadder.

Beginner and intermediate sea kayaking courses are also available in some outstanding locations on the Northumberland heritage coast and are a super way to enjoy the scenery and spot some amazing wildlife along the way.

Stay at Old Purves Hall, sleeps 12 in 6 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms, dog-friendly, costs from £1,900.00 per week on a self-catering basis

Beat boredom with bushcraft

Children can channel their inner Bear Grylls this summer by learning the fundamentals of wilderness survival, whilst gaining valuable teamwork experience outside the classroom, at the Ranger Club on the stunning Bowhill country estate where for just £5 kids can take part in all manner of bushcraft activities, from shelter and raft building to campfire construction and wild cooking.

Stay nearby in the captivating surroundings of the Yarrow Valley at The Mill, an outstanding conversion of a 19th century threshing mill with charm and character in abundance. Put the kids’ bushcrafts skills to the test and build a campfire in the garden before enjoying a spot of stargazing under the amazing dark skies of this area.

Stay at The Mill, sleeps 8+2 in 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms, dog-friendly, costs from £1,003.00 per week

Tack up and tally-ho

Enjoy an equestrian escape with the family taking advantage of Northumberland’s beautiful coastline. With multiple riding schools catering for all abilities dotted across the coastal area guests will be spoilt for choice with opportunities to have lessons, guided or solo rides along Northumberland’s stunning beaches. Experienced riders can book a beach trail ride following in St. Cuthbert’s footsteps to the famous Holy Island and gallop along the white sands there.

Stay at East House, an impressive Grade II Listed Georgian house set within extensive private grounds, ideal for celebrations, multi-generational get-togethers and groups of families and friends. The setting is quintessentially country, yet the stunning natural playground of nearby Cheswick Sands offers exhilarating Northumberland beach wanderings all the way down to Holy Island.

Stay at East House, sleeps 9+2 in 5 bedrooms / 5 bathrooms, dog-friendly,

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