Monday, 13 July 2015

Exploring Northumberland // The Chain Bridge Honey Farm


A few weeks ago now our good family friends from Walsall, West Midlands came up to visit! While they were here I was lucky enough to be able to tag along (Baker too) on their little Northumbrian adventures and so here starts my 'Exploring Northumberland' series.
I already have many posts exploring my hometown of Berwick Upon Tweed and have obviously adventured all over the county in my life so far, which has given me the view that it is the best county in the whole of the UK (I'm not even biased!), but have yet to document many of the places I have been and recommend.
I hope that in the next year or two if I finally get a new car, I will make many a trip to take you with me.

Anyways, to stop harping on, this post is about the Chain Bridge Honey Farm which unsurprisingly is a beekeeping business and is located by the famous Union Chain Bridge. They have a shop, visitors centre, cafe bus, selection of vintage vehicles and more!






For those who like honey, are interested in bee keeping or just generally like to learn things, this is a nice little place to visit. With many fun displays of  little collections as well as information, I like the relaxed and somewhat 'old fashioned' layout of the place. It's rather chilled to wander around.
The only thing to mention is that it is a quite compact space, so if it is busy it will probably not be so fun to try and actually get a proper look around. I'd stick to week days and term time...but that could just be socially anxious me :P









Not only is there the building housing the store and visitors centre, but outside in the lovely open countryside which has stunning views for miles is the very popular Cafe, which is actually inside of a vintage double decker bus! (We had the dogs with us and were taking it in turns to go into the visitors centre so didn't get anything from the cafe except a bottle of water for the dogs).
They also have a collection of vintage vehicles too see though which are cool, but another thing even more awesome to me was something I wasn't aware of until this visit. The huge storage warehouse type of deal, home to a mini museum of many vintage wonders shown in the photos above, ala Beamish.

Overall it's definitely a place worth a visit if you're in the North Northumberland/Berwick area and have a car, but has to be coupled with a visit to the neighboring, afore mentioned, Union Chain Bridge (photos and more info to come in a separate post!). Oh did I mention all of this is FREE too? Yeah, it is!





12 comments:

  1. This sounds like the best blog series ever, can't wait to read about where else you've been! I've never heard of this place but it looks lovely, I went to a honey farm in Primary School many moons ago and it's stuck very firmly in my memory, it was so interesting!

    We were on staycation a week or so back and had a car for a week so did a bit of exploring too, got loads to share on the blog (when I get round to writing it all!). I really really want a car of my own so I can just blog about NE adventures, that's definitely the direction I want my blog to take, it's just hard without wheels! x

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    1. Haha Thanks. It's been planned for sooo long and I was gonna include the things in Berwick but then I thought I'd better make Berwick separate with having so much to write about it.

      I look very much forward to that!! It makes so much difference having a car. Its been over 2 years since my car died and sucks when youre used to having one! haha

      xo

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  2. Those views are something else! I'm determined to get up to the North East countryside & coastline, it just looks so dreamy!
    Bee xxx
    QueenBeady.com

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    1. You are never far from views like that up here! You need to see for yourself :)

      xo

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  3. Oooh! My heart missed a beat when I read the title because I just LOVE bees :) I have all kinds of bee related things at home, and I'd love to have my own beehives one day! When I lived with my ex I wanted to get a beehive for the garden, but he wouldn't have it since he was afraid of them! Goes to show, he wasn't a keeper (oh dear, some terrible word play there :)). Anyways, this looks like a lovely place to visit and I'm adding it to my bucket list! Can't believe it's free to visit, too. Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing :) x

    ♥.•*¨ Amanda Says ¨*•.♥

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    1. Aww do you?! How fab! I know a beekeeper actually too! ahahahah Just totally cracked up at that pun - excellent!
      It is lovely - I hope you get to visit one day. They have lots of honey's you can try too :)
      Thank you!

      xo

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  4. Bees are such fascinating creatures! they have some bees at the botanical gardens in town and I love watching them :)

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    1. Aren't they? I love photographing bumble bees, very interesting photo subjects.

      xo

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  5. ooeh! honey farm! Sounds really interesting!
    Jade x

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  6. I love honey and that collection of honey pots is fabulous. The whole place looks cosy and vintage-tastic :) x

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    1. Aren't they super cute?! I wish I liked honey...lol

      xo

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