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Here are some website resources that you may find of interest or that might assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in Northumberland.
- Art Gallery - Fenwick Gallery, Warkworth
Located in the beautiful village of Warkworth, Fenwick Gallery has a wide range of contemporary art, prints, ceramics and jewellery.
- Art Gallery - Mick Oxley, Craster
Mick Oxley's gallery exhibits a range of his original contemporary artworks, limited edition prints and cards. Sea and sky feature prominently.
- Barter Books - Alnwick
Taking up almost the whole of Alnwick old railway station and retaining all of its victorian charm right down the open fire in the original waiting room, this fascinating space is one of the largest second hand bookshops in Britain. Brilliant on a rainy day, you can browse to your heart's content and then enjoy a coffee in front of the fire or have a meal in the cafe's converted waiting rooms.
- Chainbridge Honey Farm
Everything you ever needed to know about honey - and more! Honey, furniture polish, candles and skin products are all for sale from this interesting family run business. See a live bee colony and finish off your trip off with a visit to the cafe that's located in an old red Routemaster bus! Just a short drive away. Free entry.
In the heart of Hadrian's Wall Country, the thriving and picturesque little town of Corbridge is definitely worth a visit. There's a roman camp, scenic river walks and a great selection of galleries, tea shops, pubs, gift shops and independently owned shops of every kind - a rare find in today's world.
It's an easy scenic 90 minute drive, or alternatively the train from Berwick brings you in to Waverley Station. Enjoy the dramatic skylines and romantic architecture that this georgian capital city centre offers. There's always a huge choice of festivals and exhibitions, The George Street shops and Harvey Nichols are just a five minute walk from the station in New Town. In the other direction you can find lots of eclectic shops in Old Town.
- Kirkharle Courtyard
Kirkharle Courtyard is an attractive cluster of northumbrian stone buildings in a pretty setting offering an eclectic range of arts and crafts shops. There is a coffee house and restaurant on site.
Stores at the small but perfectly formed Sanderson Arcade include Marks and Spencer (with a food department), Laura Ashley, Paperchase, Fatface and Crew Clothing. Morpeth is small market town with a good selection of local independent shops including The Cheese Shop and the department store Rutherfords. The town has a good river walk, rowing boats and a park with an outdoor paddling pool
- Otterburn Mill
If you fancy something traditional, tweedy and tartan, this is the place to go. Coffee shop on site.
- Shopping - Eldon Square - Newcastle-upon-Tyne
An hour south of us is Newcastle and Eldon Square shopping centre. Stores include Fenwick, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, The Apple Store, Hollister, All Saints and Debenhams. Next door is the large Empire multiplex cinema The Gate. Central Arcade has Space NK, Neal's Yard Remedies and Windows Music. At Greys Monument you will find The White Company, Hotel Chocolat, Jack Wills and The North Face. If you travel by train from Berwick you arrive at Central Station. You then need to go just one stop north on the (surprisingly bright and clean) Metro underground to arrive at Monument which brings you to the heart of the shopping area.
- Shopping/Imax The Metro Centre, Gateshead
Just off the A1 at Gateshead (just over an hour's drive) is one of Europe's largest out of town shopping centres, the MetroCentre. Stores include the Apple Store, Disney Store, House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Zara. There is also an Odeon multiplex cinema with an Imax screen. Entertainments including ten pin bowling and dodgems. All under cover. Free parking. Right next door is Ikea and a 24 hour Asda.
- Slate And Nature - Redesdale
Based in Redesdale, Slate and Nature produce an unusual and attractive range of birdboxes, batboxes, hedgehog domes and more, all from reclaimed northumbrian slate and natural products. You can purchase from the workshop (phone first) or online.