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      20.04.2010 21:16
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      Not worth a special visit

      Sedgefield is a tiny town in the North East of England. Its is perhaps best known for being the constituency of Tony Blair.

      I quite like Sedgefield, it's a quaint town with several old fashioned shops where it's nice to have a browse. The main reason I go into the town is for a small shop called Number Four Tea Room that sells the best pies, quiches and cakes ever! While they aren't the cheapest available, everything is homemade and totally delicious! There is also a small tea room so they can be eaten in or taken out. It's always busy and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Sometimes it takes me a while to make a decision on what kind of cake I want and I never feel hurried or pushed into making a decision. Other than that there are a few more shops in the High Street, including a Co-Op, estate agent and a pub.

      Parking can be a bit of a nightmare, there is some on street parking but this tends to be filled up fairly quickly and it's pot luck as to whether you will find a space or not. Alternatively there is a small car park next to the Co-Op, but again it's luck whether you get a space or not.

      The other thing Sedgefiled is known locally for is the racecourse. It's open for 10 months of the year and holds regular jump race meetings. The racecourse is also available for hire for conferences, weddings and other events. Currently they are hosting the Miss Durham 2010 competition.

      Twice a week the racecourse hold 2 car boot sales. These are on a Thursday and a Sunday and they open to buyers at 11.00am. I quite like rummaging through people's tat so I tend to visit once every few weeks. In good weather they are very large with lots and lots of people both selling and buying.

      If you're a meat eater, there is a large meat wholesaler on the skirts of the town called G Bolam. There is pretty much every kind of British meat and cut you could think of. They have there own abbatoir so everything is as fresh as it could be. Besides meat, they have a wide selection of fruit and veg, fish and cakes. Everything is reasonably priced and it's great for stocking up the freezer.

      Sedgefield is pretty easy to find, it's fairly close to Durham City and Bishop Auckland and is easy to find. Close to the A1 and just off the A689. It's well signposted and pretty much impossible to get lost! I wouldn't say it was worth a special visit, but if you're passing through it's a pretty place to call off at.


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