WE rounded up some of the best things to do in Northumberland over the Easter bank holiday.

From exploring nature to investigating castles, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you entertained.

1 Alnwick Castle and Gardens

The castle has reopened following its annual winter closure in time for Easter. It is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

The gardens are also worth a visit, combining peaceful serenity in the Cherry Orchard, fun of the Grand Cascade, the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth and one of the world's largest treehouses.

2 Matfen Hall

The Grade II listed hall reopened on Good Friday after a £15 million refurbishment.

The works saw the historic Great Hall restored, the creation of a new bar and terrace, and a new dining space and state-of-the-art kitchen.

3 Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

The Easter Adventure Quest is on at Belsay Hall until April 16. It involves exploring the gardens to hunt for clues and challenges and discovering the history of traditional Easter games.

Track down the Easter eggs and children will be rewarded with an adventurer's certificate and a tasty chocolate treat.

4 The Fountain Cottage Cafe and Bnb, Bellingham

The business has been voted as the top place to go for Sunday lunch, and is highly recommended for its quality of food, service and price.  

5 Bluebell Woods walk, Morpeth

Start from Cottingwood Lane, then take the path through the woods and cut into the open fields where you may spot some deer.

Follow the path around the outskirts of the hospital and you will arrive at Bluebell Woods, where you can admire the carpet of bright blue in the springtime, and the idyllic woodland surroundings for the rest of the year.