Eshott Heugh Animal Park, Morpeth

Eshott Heugh Animal Park, Morpeth

A rare day off together and a sunny morning means a family day out. After checking Tripadvisor for inspiration we decided to head to Eshott Heugh Animal Park near Morpeth in Northumberland. 

Eshott Heugh is literally 5 minutes off the A1M and is easily found with a Sat Nav. Exiting the A1, just keep an eye out for the bright yellow Jerky wagon on the side of the road! Once you see it, turn down the little country lane and keep driving. It’s well signposted so you shouldn’t  miss it.
Entrance prices are reasonable. It’s £5.50 for each adult, children up to the age of 16 are £4 and under 2’s are free. As well as the animal park, there’s also a tea room, gift shop, indoor and outdoor picnic area and some great children’s play equipment. 
There’s a good range of animals, including tortoises, meerkats, goats, ponies and sheep. You can get up quite close to most and the majority can be fed with plain popcorn, which is available to buy for 50p at the entrance desk. They all seem to love it too, and so did the little man!
The animals all seem happy and well cared for. The sheep and goats are really friendly and loved a little tickle under the chin. The donkeys and ponies all came over to the fences when people were walking past, in the hope of some popcorn I think! The areas are all clean and there were no strong animal smells. 
After a good wander round the grounds, feeding the animals, picking up sticks and generally looking for mischief (the little man, not me), we decided to try out the tea room.
The menu is quite varied and includes jacket potatoes, sandwiches and homemade cakes. For a large half stottie filled with cheese and tomato, a latte, Earl Grey and a home made chocolate chip cookie the damage was only £7.90 which I don’t think it bad at all. 
Not only is there some outdoor play equipment, including a climbing frame with swings for older children, there’s a huge wooden summerhouse filled with toys suitable for little ones under 5. Outside the tea room there’s an array of picnic benches and tables and chairs, perfect for grown ups while the little people run round the large grassed area that’s filled with child size John Deere ride on tractors. 
I was very pleased to see that not only is there plenty of seating in the tea room, summerhouse and on the grassed area there is also a lovely undercover picnic barn which is perfect if you taken your own food. 
We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Eshott Heugh animal park and we will definitely be returning. The only negative thing I found during out visit was the lack of baby changing facilities. We were unable to find a toilet with a change table. I checked the female toilets at the entrance and the disabled toilets near to the tea shop, both without success. I ended up having to change the little man on the back seat of the car. I’m not sure whether I completely missed the changing facilities or there really weren’t any but I think this possibly needs rectifying. 


  1. 5th May 2015 / 6:28 am

    Totally not related tot he Animal Park but PLEASE tell me that's a stottie you're eating. I was at Uni in Newcastle many years ago and I pretty much lived on them!

  2. 5th May 2015 / 7:32 am

    Ah looks like a wonderful day out – I have a plan to visit The Running fox for picnic supplies and visit here in the Summer with the children. Looks lovely x

  3. 5th May 2015 / 9:32 pm

    I live near Morpeth and i have never even been here before , it looks lovely and a great day out with children xx

  4. 13th May 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Commenting again to say thanks for linking to #LoveNorthEast – I've added this post to our pinterest board x

  5. Anonymous
    11th July 2015 / 5:01 pm

    Hi. Just wanted to add that there are baby changing facilities at this Animal Park. They are in the first toilet room which is right by the counter where you pay to enter the Park. Used it lots of times so I know its there.

    • 11th July 2015 / 5:13 pm

      There wasn't any in either of the toilets I checked, so if there are others elsewhere they probably need to be signposted a bit better.

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