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A Lovely Little Place
Morpeth in general
Member Name: bluejules
Morpeth in general
Advantages: Shops, nightlife, walking along the river on a summer's day
Disadvantages: Pay to park
I live about 7 miles from Morpeth and have been there lots over the years. It has good night life and is a nice place to visit through the day, whether to go shopping or for a stroll along the river. It was traditionally a Market Town and although it does still have a market this is no longer the main attraction.
== Where is it? ==
Morpeth is located in Northumberland about 17 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The River Wansbeck flows East through the town. Since 1981, it has been the administrative centre of the County of Northumberland
== Getting There ==
Morpeth is located a mile off the A1 so is easily accessible by road. It also has good public transport links; a bus station with regular buses and a train station.
== What is there to see and do? ==
Carlisle Park - this is a fairly large park area which is next to the river Wansbeck. There are two play areas, one for younger children and the other for older children, as well as an area for playing basketball, lots of grassy area and trees. The children's play area still has a paddling pool and it sometimes has water in it in the summer. I have spent many summer days in Carlisle park, either as a child in the play areas, or strolling along the river. I've also been on the rowing boats that you can hire on the river.
Bagpipe Museum - I've only been in here once. It's quite small but it's interesting. I wouldn't recommend coming to Morpeth just to visit it but if you're here anyway it's probably worth a look.
Leisure Centre - I've never been in here but I often use the car park next to it, when I go out in Morpeth on a night time. I believe it has a swimming pool and a range of sports facilities and it usually looks likes there's people coming and going quite often :)
== Shopping ==
There's a good selection of shops and I like to go here sometimes as it's better than Ashington, where I live (but it is not as good as Newcastle). Morpeth has some of your usual high street stores such as Boots, WHSmith, and Dorothy Perkins but it also has some good unique shops such as Appleby's book shop and Smails, a hardware store on the main street. People often say if Smails haven't got it then it's not worth having!
They have recently re-opened Sanderson Arcade, which offers some new shops not previously located in Morpeth. It opened before Christmas and attracted lots of people. I've been a few times since it opened and it's really good. They have opened a New Look, larger M & S, The Body Shop, Lemon, a handmade chocolate shop (Oxley's of Morpeth) as well as a café in the centre of the arcade. It has some good shops, although they are probably mainly ones you would just go to if you needed something specific. The arcade also looks much nicer than it did before the renovation, as well as being much more visually pleasing. Supermarkets include Morrison's and Lidl.
== Night life ==
As Ashington doesn't have the greatest of nightlife, my friends and I often like to go out in Morpeth, as it's cheaper and closer than Newcastle. It does cost about £20 for a taxi home though, so if we do go out in Morpeth I often take my car, as I don't mind whether I have a drink or not. We usually venture to Morpeth about once a month or so over the summer months, though it's a good few months now since I was there on a night out.
There are a number of places to drink in Morpeth and the nightlife is suitable for a variety of ages. As there's not really much else nearby, adults of all ages can be found in the pubs there. Morpeth tends to be busier on Saturdays than Fridays. I know this mainly from word of mouth but I have been there once a Friday, and compared to a Saturday it was very quiet.
Morpeth has a great atmosphere on a Saturday night. We usually go to the same places every time we go but sometimes we do pop into a different pub for a change of scene. The pubs are all located along the main street and market area so there's not far to walk between pubs - this does feel longer on a cold, dark winter's night though! Parking is free after 7pm in Morpeth and there a couple of car parks which are within easy walking distance to the pubs.
The pubs always have a good atmosphere and the music is varied. Morpeth also has a nightclub (Suburban) which costs £5 to get in. It's a large club, but the drinks are more expensive than the pubs so we don't often go here, especially as you need to pay a fiver to get in. You don't pay to get into the other places in Morpeth. We nearly always have a good night out in Morpeth and as it's a fairly small place we often see people we know, which I always think makes for a better night.
== Other ==
There are lots of places to eat and one of my favourite restaurants is located here (an Italian restaurant called Gianni's) I don't often eat out in Morpeth but when I do we usually go to Gianni's. There are other specialty restaurants that I've heard are really nice and I think that I should probably try some of the other ones too.
Morpeth has some really nice (rather expensive) houses and it appears to be a really nice place to live. However, some of the houses are along by the river and these were damaged by flooding early in September 2008 when the river Wansbeck burst it's banks. This flooding was the worst Morpeth had seen since the 1960's and many people only just moved back into their homes last summer. There are a number of schools in Morpeth, from first schools through to a high school (which has a really good reputation).
Suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison, who famously threw herself under the Kind's horse in 1913, was from Morpeth and she is buried in the graveyard of St Mary's. Her gravestone bears the slogan of the Womens Social and Political Union and says "Deeds not words".
The weather in Morpeth is typically British. It tends to be warmer than Ashington as it's further inland so there's less wind, so I like going to Morpeth on a summer's day for a walk along the river :)
There are places to stay in Morpeth as well as places in the local area. Morpeth could be a good base to explore Northumberland or somewhere to visit if you are staying elsewhere in the region. All car parks are pay and display throughout the day, but they are free after 6pm.
I really like Morpeth and like I've said I go quite often. I would definitely recommend a visit to Morpeth if you are in the area, especially in the summer months!
Thanks for reading! x
Summary: A lovely town located in Northumberland