Our holiday this year was in Northumberland, and whilst we were away we did lots of things. One of the things we did on our first day was to visit the Chain Bridge Honey Farm. Where we stayed, in Berwick, we were super close to the border with Scotland (around four miles) and one of the ways to cross the border is via the Union Chain Bridge. Close by to the Union Chain Bridge is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm. This is well worth a visit.
We had spent the morning in Berwick, having a stroll around the town centre before heading to the Honey Farm. The farm has lots of parking and lots to do! We spent quite a while there having a look around the visitor centre which is really interesting. We have studied bees a few times and they’re always really interesting to the children, so they enjoyed having a look at this, seeing the hive in action and looking at the various good on sale. There’s a few rooms in the visitor centre, which is free to visit, and there’s such a lot of information about the bees as well as some about the bridge as well.
There’s also opportunity to get refreshments on board the cafe bus! The children loved this and enjoyed a flapjack (which was freshly cooked and still warm) and Damian and I had a honey sponge cake and carrot cake – which were delicious. It was well priced too and made for a lovely lunch stop. The children then had a quick play on the little playground before we headed around the farm to look at the various vehicles on site.
There is also a bee friendly garden to take a stroll through, but we didn’t do this as it was getting rather hot and the children were getting a little tired. We spent an hour or so there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – it would definitely be somewhere we would visit again if we were in the area. It is a wonderful place and very family friendly.
After we had been around the visitor centre we made the short walk to the Union Chain Bridge, and did the obligatory pictures on the English and Scottish sides. It’s very beautiful and there looked to be walks around the area and alongside the river if you so wished.
Other places of interest to visit in the North East are: