Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the Free Press
Phil Hopkins
Group Travel Editor & Theatre Correspondent
12:20 AM 22nd September 2023

Don’t Kick The Bucket Just Yet!

Four-star Northumberland hotel, Langley Castle, has taken inspiration from a guest who put the castle on his bucket list, using his story to add a new sparkle to its marketing.

Although totally unaware of the intentions of the guest at the time of his stay, Langley Castle stumbled upon a local newspaper article, in which he said a stay at Langley Castle had ticked off one of his earliest bucket list wishes.

That made the Langley-on-Tyne-based castle hotel wonder how many other people might want to stay in a castle and have not done so, or sleep in a four-poster bed, or see their children play a ‘real’ prince or princess.

To discover more, Langley Castle commissioned a special survey through Censuswide and asked these and a variety of other questions.

Using what it discovered from its consumer research, it has produced a booklet encouraging others not to miss out on special experiences that create brilliant moments in time.

‘Don’t Regret The Things You Haven’t Done’ is now downloadable at the Langley Castle website. It highlights how the castle can help thousands of Brits achieve some of their wishes, be that stargazing or seeing Hadrian’s Wall.

In this way, it hopes to not just boost visits to Langley-on-Tyne but also to wider Northumberland, with some questions relating to the destination of Northumberland itself.

Langley Castle’s manager, Margaret Livingstone-Evans, said: “We often think of bucket lists involving overseas experiences, such as swimming with dolphins and seeing the Taj Mahal.

"All too often, we overlook the amazing things here on home soil. Having been inspired by the guest who put Langley Castle on his bucket list, we are trying to make sure that some of these very British experiences are not overlooked.”

Details of Langley Castle’s exceptional Jacobean authenticity, its history tours, wedding experiences and stays, whether standard or based around stargazing experiences, can be found at