Courses & Activities

They say that a change is as good as a rest, so whilst you're at Southlands, why not try your hand at one of the activities or courses we run? Whether you would prefer to explore your creative side, or improve your fishing, we have something for you.

Call Charles or Dee for more information

01434 681 464 or 07876 455 620

Try Something New: Re-Try Something Old

To help you make the most of your stay at the cottages, we offer a range of courses that are perhaps a little different to what you might find normally. If something here takes your fancy, just let us know and we can book you in. If not, let us know what you do like and we'll see if we can arrange something for you.


We have four stables and various grazing paddocks, so you can bring your horse or pony and enjoy the fantasic hacking and bridleways, if you fancy a longer excursion, we can help to arange for your trailer or horsebox to be where you would like to be picked up from.

Artist Blacksmithing

Charles is a keen amateur artist blacksmith, as can be seen from the curtain and hanging rails in the cottages; he is very happy to show you how it’s done, so that you can have a go too. If you have something in mind that you would like to make and take home, let us know in advance and we will see what we can do.

Flower Arranging

Dee is the artist of the family and in addition to being an accomplished oil painter, is a keen flower arranger. If you'd like to be introduced to the craft, or if you're looking to brush up on your skills, let us know and we can tailor a course to suit you.


Roger Clegg and Andrew Whitaker are Northern Horizons Photography , Roger has taken many of the photos used to promote Hadrian’s Wall while Andrew specialises in the coast and Tyneside. Roger or Andrew are happy to spend time with guests to show them stunning scenery and new photographic techniques. (see our blog article) 


One or two people for a day: £150

One or two people for two days: £250

Three to four people for a day: £200

Three or four people for two days: £300

You can email Roger to discuss your requirements or ring Charles on 07900 271 455

Fly Fishing

Charles can occasionally arange some salmon fishing on Tuesdays, he also has access to a lake next to Hadrian's Wall. He is happy to take you time permitting. Other than that there is fishing available localy though you do need to arange it in advance.

The following is taken from the Fishtyne website:

"The Tyne is rightly regarded as the best Salmon River in England and Wales. Environment Agency catch returns and fish counts from the station at Riding Mill endorse this, with fish entering the river system every month of the year. Here are some highlights of what you can expect from the Tyne:

Fishing on the bank of the tyne

  • The legendary Tyne salmon with weights up to 35lbs 
  • Sea trout runs are excellent with good average weights 
  • Brown trout fishing is good for both wild and stocked fish 
  • Grayling fishing is improving nicely on the tributary River Derwent; already an established brown trout fishery 
  • Coarse fishing is improving with good mixed catches of dace, roach and chub.

The North Tyne and the South Tyne meet to form the River Tyne. All three strands of the Tyne river are splendid for game fishing and the North Tyne and River Tyne provide good coarse fishing. The whole Tyne system combines to give excellent fishing all year round.

The Tyne is a massively improved river with good visitor access along its length. There is no better way to experience the renowned Northumbrian hospitality than to visit its wealth of attractions for anglers and non anglers alike."

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay shooting at Longwitton

Alan Hawkins is a BASC Accredited Shotgun Coach and a member of the Guild of Shooting Instructors.

Alan was a farmer, now he has his dream job, he is a game keeper with his own shooting ground, he is available most evenings and some afternoons to coach or introduce people to clay pigeon shooting, visit his website:

His shooting ground is 25 miles east of here, there are three beautiful routes to get there, you can take the Sweethope road, through the new Green Rigg windfarm and take a view on mans wonders set in natures wonders. Or you can take the Plaschetts road and visit Thockrington Church which is one of our oldest parish churches (1100AD). Or for a more recent history go via Wallington Hall, much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. and Kirkharle Courtyard Birth place of Capability Brown on the way. So a day out for all the family.


Introductory lesson: £40.00

One hours' tuition, experienced shot: £60.00*

Simulated game shoot (all day with elevenses and lunch, 250 cartridges) £150.00* per person

Evening session £75.00* per person

(*Cartridges extra)


Dog TrainingCamp Colis

John runs Campcolis dog training centre ( He is acknowleged as one of the finest gun dog trainers in the area, as his testiment page bears out.

If you would like to bring your "almost perfect" hound, and have a few training sessions during your stay, visit his website and give him a call.



"Gosh; You have really got this right. A very relaxing stay in a well thought cottage. We were just settling in and the week was gone. I did see a red squirrel; and Hadrian’s Wall after 40 years. Thank you for your hospitality and the introduction to Northumberland. We aim to return soon."

John and Jane. Wiltshire

Our Green Credentials

At Southlands we endeavour to develop and manage the impact of our business on the environment in as sustainable way as possible.

We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have recently gained the Gold Award for our endeavours

Learn more about our green initiatives.

A Living History

Southlands is a small, 37-acre working farm with a story stretching back hundreds of years. We believe the farmhouse is one of a handful of mediaeval Northumbrian longhouses built during the reign of Henry VIII.

These days, the cottages are a little more insulated than they might have been then, and a lot more comfortable for our guests!

Read more About Southlands