Morpeth

The closest town to Tranwell Farm is the historic Morpeth. Morpeth is the main town in Northumberland and known for its two mediaeval castles and historic market. A walk-through shopping arcade boasts plenty of craft and artisan market stalls run by the local community. If you’re looking for a bite, there’s enough restaurants, cafés, and tearooms to satiate any appetite. 

Follow the river through town to Carlisle Park and visit the gardens and play some tennis, or stop to hire some row boats down the waterway. Pack a picnic and make your way up the hill to Morpeth Castle and take in some of the lovely views of the surrounding town. 

Whitehouse Farm

Whitehouse Farm has enough activities to keep the whole family involved in a massive day of fun. Whitehouse Farm is the largest family-run farm attraction and absolutely full of good times. Take the opportunity to bottle-feed lambs during the season, or go on a tractor ride around the grounds. There’s an outdoor playground, adventure park, and a soft-play centre for the younger ones. The more adventurous of your group may want to take the indoor race cars for a spin, and the more relaxed of you can enjoy the bakery. 

Woodhorn Museum

The Woodhorn Museum is the last remaining coal-mining built heritage site, and a fantastic opportunity to discover life in a coal mining community. Explore life above and below ground as you take in 1000 years of history and coal production. Featuring an art collection by the famous Ashington Group also known as the ‘Pitmen Painters’ and a display of mining banners, the museum has both history and artistry. A wonderful play area is set up for the kids and a café is available.

Northumbrian Coast

The Northumbrian Coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, and activities for all to enjoy. Nearest to Tranwell Farm is the lovely Blyth Beach: a long, wide, golden stretch of sand and sea that abuts against sand dunes. There’s even some great surfing! The area has been designated as an area of Special Nature Conservation, so there’s a haven of wildlife protected there. After some time in the sun, go to some of the many crafts shops and restaurants to end your day. What could be better than some fish and chips and ice cream at the beach? 

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is a listed World Heritage SIte, and one of the oldest sites in the UK. Built by the Romans in 122 AD, the stones of a massive wall have been excavated along with forts, bath houses, and temples. The path along the wall is walkable for the dedicated, but too long for a day-trip. Tackle a chunk of the trek on a sunny day, and enjoy the spectacular views and ancient history. 

Alnwick Castle and Gardens

One of Britain’s most famous castles with a history dating back to the Norman period, Alnwick Castle is a site not to be missed. Featuring in a number of beloved films, from Harry Potter to Downton Abbey, the castle and estate has become a bustling hub of history and merriment. Be sure to check out the legendary Dragon Quest, the medieval craft demonstrations, and try your hand at archery. There’s also the opportunity to ride a Harry Potter broomstick! There’s food and drink, shopping, and tons to see and do! 

Outside of the castle grounds, be sure to check out the absolutely lovely and cosy Barter Books. Other than the books, they have warm fires, a café, an ice cream parlour, and even a model train set going from room to room! Also not worth missing is the Alnwick Gardens. With a famous Poison Garden featuring rare and dangerous plants, adventure golf course, and the largest wooden treehouse in the world. A paradise for any adventurer!

Northumberland Zoo

Who can pass up the opportunity to see a bunch of cute fluffy animals? The Northumberland Zoo certainly has some of the cutest. Make a day-trip here to see arctic foxes, wallabies, otters, capybaras, and even a Chinese water dragon. Make sure not to miss some of the fascinating Keeper Talks scheduled throughout the day or the fabulous new soft play area. 

Belsay Castle

Inspired by Greek and Italian architecture, and completed in 1817 by Sir Charles Monck, Belsay Hall is considered a masterpiece of the Greek Revival Style. The castle itself was built as a fourteenth-century defence tower, and is surrounded by thirty magnificent acres of Grade I listed gardens and tons of exotic plant life. Belsay Castle also benefits from a charming secondhand bookshop situated in the former laundry rooms. 

Other Attractions

This is just the beginning as far as things to see and do around Wigwam Holidays Tranwell Farm. The area hosts a smattering of great towns and villages, all of them with their own fabulous restaurants, attractions, and markets. There is also an entire coastline of lovely beaches as well as more farms, museums, golf clubs, and scenic areas than one could see in a single holiday. Tranwell Farm will give you access to boatloads of great fun to be had on your next weekend get-away! Be sure to look out for:

  • Kirley Hall Zoological Gardens, Morpeth

  • The Aln valley railway

  • The Sun Inn, Morpeth

  • Holy Island

  • Chillingham Castle & Cattle

  • Northumberland cheese farm

  • Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh

  • Duridge Bay

  • Ford & Etal Castles

  • Blagdon Tea Room, Blagdon

  • St Mary's Inn, St Mary's

  • And so many more!