A POPULAR Northumberland wigwam village is preparing to expand to cope with growing tourist demand.
The Pot-a-Doodle Do Wigwam Village at Scremerston, near Berwick, has received a £40,500 grant so that it can attract bigger groups of tourists. The site has 12 wigwams and the funding will help pay for another eight, allowing 100 people to stay at a time.
The business has been struggling to cope with demand for group accommodation during the high season.
Christine Whiteford, business manager, said: “Increasing the amount of affordable accommodation will allow more groups to come and stay here – ranging from those who need access to rural accommodation for training, exercising social skills and short stays for disabled groups, to those from non-rural areas who want to have easy access to the area’s natural heritage and beautiful coastline.”
The funding came via regional development agency One North East. Rural Development Plan for England manager Adrian Sherwood, said: “This funding will help the business further expand to attract more tourists from non-rural areas, who can also find out more about sustainable living.”