Thursday, 13 April 2017

An Easter Visit To Whitehouse Farm Morpeth

Whenever I think of Easter I not only think of chocolate eggs and fish and chips but also of baby chicks and lambs, and what better way to see them than a visit to a farm? You just can't beat a spring time Easter trip to the farm, seeing all the newborn baby animals and getting outside in the countryside is fun for the whole family. Living just outside of Newcastle my favourite farm that we have been visiting for many years is Whitehouse farm, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! 



Last week I visited with my two pre-schoolers and we had a brilliant time, I actually visited the farm twice recently as my three-year-old Sophia visited with her school nursery and adored it so much we just had to return with her two-year-old brother Jacob. The farm is located just outside of Morpeth, just off the A1 and is about a 20 minutes drive north from Newcastle. There is plenty of free onsite parking available and you pay on the day upon arrival, entrance fees for a weekend or school holiday are £9.95 per adult, children aged 2-16 years are £8.95 or family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £34.50. If you visit during the week in term time prices are slightly cheaper.

meerkats at whitehouse farm Morpeth near Newcastle UK

As soon as we entered the farm we were greeted by the tweeting birds in the aviary before making our way to the petting barn. The meerkats were outside in their outdoor inclosure and my children were transfixed watching them running around and fighting. Inside the petting barn Coco, the talking parrot was a big hit, especially when it kept saying "hello", Sophia could not believe that a bird was actually taking to her.

Goat at Whitehouse Farm Morpeth Northumberland

We visited the creepy crawlies, snakes and lizards before cooing over the fluffy animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and not so fluffy skinny pigs. Sophia fell in love with a mouse on her last visit so she was keen to see them again, although she now has her heart set on a pet one for her birthday. Discovering an incubator full of fluffy yellow baby chicks was a highlight for Sophia who kept saying they were cute and we could not get her away from them.

Goat at petting barn Whitehouse farm Morpeth Northumberland

Goat at petting barn Whitehouse farm Morpeth Northumberland

We loved feeding the goats at the bottom of the petting barn area, they were very greedy which caused many laughs. We also saw many other goats and baby goats in the indoor barn area along with so many baby lambs which Sophia got to bottle feed on her last visit and which you can feed at certain times during the day.

sheep and two baby lambs at Whitehouse Farm Morpeth

Feeding a goat at Whitehouse Farm

We saw so many different kinds of animals on our visit lambs, goats, chicks, hens, pigs, cows, emu, wallabies, skunks and hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, spiders and bugs, rabbits, guinea pigs and skinny pigs, mice, rats and parrots. There were so many birds including a huge collection of owls, we saw tortoises, meerkats, marmaset monkeys, donkeys, ponies, deer, llamas and alpacas. The children were fascinated learning and discovering what each animal was called.

Deer Whitehouse Farm Morpeth Northumberland

There was staff on hand to answer questions and we found everywhere to be really clean and tidy for a farm, there were hand washing stations dotted around for visitors to wash their hands. As well as the animals there are lots of other things to do, we visited the indoor soft play barn and the amazing park which is every child's dream as it has climbing walls, slides, swings and playhouses. You can play on the ride on tractor rides which my two loved, you can also ride around a go-kart track and go on an actual tractor trailer ride or visit the willow maze. They have a coin-operated racing track, trampolines, bouncy castles and a doughnut dash ride. There really was so much to do that we did not experience everything on our visit.

Park Whitehouse Farm Morpeth Northumberland

There is a lot of seating and picnic benches dotted around the farm, along with a large indoor picnic barn and a cafe serving hot and cold meals and snacks. Despite being a farm it is also really accessible too and you could easily manage to take a buggy with you if needed. You could easily stay at the farm all day as there is just so much to do, we stayed for a few hours and my children did not want to leave and have been asking to revisit already. 

Feeding a Shetland Pony at Whitehouse Farm Morpeth

If you visit Whitehouse Farm during this Easter half-term there is so much going on not only can you bottle fed lambs but you can also take part in Easter games and activities, there are magic shows, face painting and crafts. There will also be the chance to attend talks and pet animals and critters throughout the day. If you visit over this bank holiday weekend - Good Friday, Saturday the 15th, Easter Sunday or bank holiday Monday the 17th and arrive between 9 and 10 am you will even see the Easter bunny hopping about handing out chocolate eggs. 

Bay Shetland pony Whitehouse Farm Morpeth

My children really had such a great time at Whitehouse farm, they never stopped laughing and smiling and they really enjoyed meeting all the animals. The park and soft-play and all of the extra activities will also be sure to delight children and keep them entertained. We will certainly be returning to Whitehouse farm in the future as we had such a wonderful time and they host some great events throughout the year that sound like lots of fun, keep an eye on their facebook page to keep up to date with what they have going on. 

Whitehouse Farm 
North Whitehouse Farm
Morpeth
Northumberland 
NE61 6AW

Whitehouse Farm is open daily from April - August 10 am - 5 pm last entrance an hour before closing. It is also open at reduced times during winter. 

Full details of what is on, facilities and prices can be found on the Whitehouse farm website.

We also made a video of our day at Whitehouse farm which you can watch below.


Disclosure we received a complimentary entry for the purpose of this review. 



Babyfoote



41 comments:

  1. It's a good place. Springtime is a good time of year to visit, as children can feed the spring lambs.

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  2. I've been meaning to visit here for ages. Arlo visited with school last week and had fun.

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    1. Sophia went with school recently too and loved it, you really should visit as it is a great day out x

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  3. Looks like a fab farm I don't know why but I do love visiting a farm at this time of year with my husband and son.

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    1. It is so lovely seeing all the newborn animals isn't it? x

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  4. Whitehouse farm is such a fab day out. It looks like you had a great time x

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    1. It really is, there is so much to see and do too isn't there? I had not been since my eldest was younger so it was nice to revisit x

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  5. This looks fab! Ideal for little ones. Shame we live so far away :( I love your goat photo :D x

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    1. It really is perfect for young children, my children adored the goats x

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  6. Oh I love a good farm! I took my 4 month old to one recently as an excuse for me to feed the animals. So much fun!

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    1. I love having children as an excuse to do and see fun things x

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  7. Aw I do love a good farm and this one sounds really good. I know people say farms don't have to be clean places but it's still nice to see a good level of cleanliness. Bonus on the little chicks.

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    1. It really was so clean for a farm, all the enclosures were really clean and all the public areas were well maintained with lots of hand wash facilities x

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  8. Great looking day out, the kids look like they had loads of fun

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    1. They really did have such a great time x

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  9. I love going to the farm. Erin isn't a fan yet though.

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    1. I am sure she will be when she is a little older, my two had such fun feeding the animals x

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  10. Looks and sounds like such a lovely place to visit, the kids look like they had the best of times. I will recommend to my brother and his family who live near to this farm

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    1. Thank you. It really was so lovely and such fun x

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  11. Wow looks like a great farm. Need to take my kids to a local farm.

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  12. Looks like they have a great mix of animals there, mine would be over the moon to see Meerkats

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    1. My daughter loved the meerkats, she kept trying to get in the enclosure with them x

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  13. It's such a lovely idea to go to a farm in springtime. This place looks enormous, you can't get bored!

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  14. Looks like a great place - love that they have deer! I never associate Easter with fish and chips though - do you have them on Good Friday?

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    1. Maybe it is northern thing? everyone here has fish and chips on good friday x

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  15. Sounds like they have a lot going on over the easter holidays. It looks a lovely place to visit x

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    1. It really is a great place for a family day out x

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  16. Super cute animals. Lovely how kids can get right up close to them isn't it. Elinor x

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    1. There was a great selection of animals x

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  17. What a great day out and how cute are those meerkcats

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  18. This looks like such a great day our for little ones... especially in Spring!

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    1. It really is such a great day out, really recommend it x

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  19. It looks like a great place to visit. We always enjoy trips to farms, so lovely seeing all of the animals and running about!

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    1. The farm is the perfect place for letting children run around in the fresh air isn't it. xx

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  20. What a lovely farm to visit - there are so many different animals to see. Sounds like you had a wonderful day out :-)

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    1. We really did have a lovely day, the children adored seeing all the different animals - even the snakes and bugs xx

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  21. What a fab day you had and you still didn't do everything at Whitehouse Farm. It is lovely there, and Easter is such a great time to visit.
    Sophia is getting so big!

    Thanks for joining #daysoutwithatoddler! xx

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