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A day on the farm
Whitehouse Farm Centre (Morpeth)
Member Name: anwar7
Whitehouse Farm Centre (Morpeth)
Advantages: All weather ,lots to see and do
Disadvantages: have to pay extra for slide!
Last year my son was invited to 2 birthday parties held at the Whitehouse farm centre near Morpeth. I was pleased to also be invites as I had heard positive things about the farm and wanted to take a look for myself!
Whitehouse farm is well signposted and is situated about 31/2 miles south west of Morpeth. It is about 1 miles off the A1, 14 miles from Newcastle. The post code for your SAT NAV is NE61 6AW. There is a train station in Morpeth and you would then need to take a taxi to the farm as it is not on a bus route.
Parking is plentiful and free. There are several disabled parking bays. The car park is just a short walk from the farm pay kiosk.
Opening times and charges.
The farm is open all year-although at present it is closed for essential repairs, until mid October.
September-December- Tuesday until Sunday from 10-5.
February-April as above.
May until August-Daily 10-5.
An adult ticket costs £7.99
Child tickets from age 2 -16- £6.99, Under 2's are free.
A family ticket costs 26.50 for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.
The farm accepts all major credit cards and there is a cash machine available.
White house farm covers approximately 40 acres and opened to the public in 1997. The farm houses both farm animals and exotic animals. The weather in this part of the world can be a bit on the chilly side, so it's worth noting that 75% of the farm is undercover!
There is a large petting barn that houses small animals and reptiles. We were treated to a talk by one of the keepers that included the opportunity to hold some very cute baby rabbits and guinea pigs as well as some not so cute snakes , rats and spiders! There are plenty of hay bales to sit on whilst you hold the animals. The barn also houses chipmunks, ducks, chickens and pigs amongst others. There are several breeds of snake including a corn snake and a python.
Outside there are large fields with sheep and cows grazing. There are some rare breed sheep to see as well as exotic animals such as Wallabys, Reindeer.Meerkats and skunks. There are also donkeys and horses.
Not only can you enjoy interacting with the animals, but there is enough play equipment to keep children occupied for hours! There are pedal tractors outside the café, with tables and chairs for the adults to sit and watch. The tractors are suitable for children up to the age of 6.
For older children there is an outside play area situated on a large field. The main attraction here is the toboggan slide. This is a high slide with tyres to sit as you toboggan down. The slide can be used by both adults and children and there is usually a queue for the slide. Unfortunately the slide isn't free and tickets have to be purchased from the shop. I really can't remember how much tickets cost but don't think it was too much. The toboggan slide is only open at weekends and during school holidays.
There is a bouncy castle and swings and a Go-Kart track. My son was very happy to have endless turns on the toboggan slide; luckily he was treated by the birthday boy! There is also a sand pit with buckets and spades provided. There are several picnic benches located on the play area field.
There is also an indoor soft play area with ballpool, slides and climbing area. There is seating for adults and it is a good place to retreat when the wind is blowing!
There is a large café with both inside and outside seating. The outdoor seating area is fairly small and in summer seems to attract the wasps! The café serves drinks and light refreshments. When I take my children out I usually take a picnic although did have a coffee in the café. The prices seem average for this type of attraction.
There are clean toilets situated inside the café area, including baby changing facilities and a toilet for disabled visitors.
If like me you prefer to bring a picnic, then there is an indoor heated picnic barn available in addition to the outside picnic tables.
To the left of the entrance is a well stocked shop. The shop sells the usual souvenirs as well as bags of animal feed. It is also possible to loan a mobility scooter or wheelchair for a small refundable deposit. The shop also has useful items such as suncream, hats and waterproof ponchos .If you want to use the toboggan slide I suggest you buy your tickets on arrival to save queuing time!
I have added this information as we had such a great time I think it is worth mentioning! The cost for each child is £12.95 and this includes free entry for 1 adult with each paying guest. The price includes a party meal (either hot or cold),time with a keeper in the petting barn, a tractor ride and unlimited access to all the other attractions. There is more information on the Whitehouse farm website.
The farm is suitable for both pushchairs and wheelchairs. The paths are mostly flat although the field can get muddy. When we visited there were plenty of members of staff available to answer questions and keep an eye on things! The farm has a small intimate feel that I really appreciated.
There are plenty of hand washing facilities located around the farm.
I would have liked the toboggan slide to be included in the entrance price. It is tedious having to queue up to buy tickets from the shop! It would be better if these were on sale when you buy your entrance ticket!
There is limited seating outside the café and on a sunny day it can be difficult to find a seat. Although the café doors are kept open onto the outside area, I would still like to see more seating.
Overall I would recommend a visit to Whitehouse farm. It certainly has enough on offer to keep a family entertained for the day whatever the weather!
Summary: Activity farm near Morpeth
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