Easter is always a period of fun and excitement, lots of treats and too much chocolate! So why should it be any different for a 34 year old travel blogger, who I might add is a big kid at heart. The North East of England, specifically Newcastle, is my home as I have mentioned previously. I am passionate about this area of England as I feel more and more people should come and visit, to experience the true Geordie hospitality.
I like to visit new places of interest in the North East when I am not away travelling, giving others hints and tips of where to go and what’s to see. Over the Easter holidays I went to explore Whitehouse Farm located at Stannington, just south of Morpeth. This farm is the largest family run farm in Northumberland with an massive 40 acres site. I was thrilled to go and visit as it was my first time here and I am a real animal lover too!
Whitehouse Farm opened its doors back in May 1997 and 21 years on it offers people of all ages the experience to become hands on with a range of animals, from the traditional to the exotic. Before becoming a visitor attraction it was a poultry farm, being one of the biggest egg producers in the region. Ten years ago they were granted a zoo licence and as they say the rest is history, Whitehouse Farm Centre was born, growing the collection of animals and today both the visitor attraction and the business run side by side.
My first thoughts on arrival were it was bigger than I had expected and was very user friendly with good signage and routes to follow. As I entered the farm the sun was shining and my attention was caught almost immediately by the Meerkats, I was enthralled by them and stood at their outdoor enclosure for a long while, as were many other people around me. Without realising it as a group they are so animated and take on differing roles that it felt like a live show, fascinating and I do believe today was the day the Meerkat became a real strong contender in my favoured list of animals. Next onto the Rabbits and then to the Guinea pigs indoors greeted by a large audience of children and adults alike they were lovingly petted whilst a member of staff gave lots of interesting facts and information about each animal.
As I wandered around the farm I was thrilled to see everyone having such a fun time, laughing and chatting about the animals together. Young children animatedly talking with parents and grandparents about what was happening in each area, I wasn’t sure who was enjoying it more! As I got inside the petting barn to the goats my excitement peaked, feeding them and watching the mannerisms alongside their own obvious excitement for an audience. This picture I captured below of my favourite goat shows a happy playfulness in the animals, comfortable in their environment obvious for all to see. Onto the newly hatched chicks, an early Easter arrival at Whitehouse Farm, nice and snug chirping in their warm incubator. I then wandered through ‘Critter Cavern’ taking in the reptiles large and small, definitely worth a look! Ending at the beautiful parrot. I then took in the pig pen, who were all enjoying some food and a well earned snooze. However the piece de resistance was the baby lambs who I had been waiting to see, one in particular zonked out and the others happily skipping about the pens with their siblings and enjoying being petted by the visitors. Petting the lambs made me melt, they were so cute and playful. This is a must experience for all ages…
I also went to visit the resident ostrich and farms owls too, whilst strolling the site, all providing me with lovely photos and mementos of the day. I was then in need of some sustenance and took a detour to the lovely onsite cafe where I had a delicious tuna sandwich with salad, a great sized portion and good value too. Alongside a coffee and a must have slice of lemon cake, it was so good I could have eaten the whole cake! Make sure to pop in and have a slice when you visit. After my late lunch, I could not leave just yet and took a walk back to see my pals the Meerkats, I chatted to others next to me about just what an attraction they were in themselves.
As well as the animals on the farm, there was a magic show on site at various times that day and planned activities such as a cool critter show, groom a goat and bottle feeding the lambs a popular activity I am sure! To name but a few of the things the farm has to offer. There is also an Ice Cream Parlour onsite and a gift shop for a take home treat. If you are local or even thinking about a day trip somewhere different, Whitehouse Farm Centre is a perfect choice. It is great for people of all ages and especially big kids like me! Now when can I go back…
For more information on Whitehouse Farm click here
After my farm visit, I went for dinner to Pizzastorm in Newcastle’s Intu Eldon Square. It is located in the newly developed Eldon Square food area upstairs and it’s colourful themed signage and restaurant lure you inside. With a good seating area, I found a table and a friendly member of staff kindly offered me a menu to look at. With a create your own pizza with unlimited toppings and 50 plus toppings available or favourite and signature pizzas to choose from, all priced at £6.55. You are spoilt for choice and even the pickiest of eaters will be happy here! A good selection of sides on offer, including potato wedges and salads plus Mac n Cheese. I went for a signature Smokey BBQ pizza and my partner had a create your own with spicy tomato, mozzarella, tuna, red onions, jalapeños and sweetcorn on. We shared a potato wedges and a house salad of tomato and mozzarella which was super yummy. There is a good choice of soft and alcoholic drinks, from the fridge or the machine which is refillable too. We opted for two Estrella beers £2.95, to accompany our food. Perfect.
You can take advantage of their meal deal on offer of any signature pizza, any side and a soft drink for £9.95 which is excellent value and is on all the time as a special!
Overall the food, staff, location and general ambience was fantastic and I will be returning very soon. My pizza and sides were so fresh, delicious and tasty, I would recommend it to all.
Pizzastorm information here
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*I would like to state that both Whitehouse Farm and Pizzastorm gifted me my visits, however these are my own opinions and honest views shared with you all.