New North holiday park site

A new holiday park is set to open in Northumberland in a bid to cash in on the county's ever-growing popularity with tourists and visitors.

A new holiday park is set to open in Northumberland in a bid to cash in on the county's ever-growing popularity with tourists and visitors.

Micklewood Park - set in 75 acres of woodland and parkland at Longhirst Hall near Morpeth - is expected to welcome its first guests by the end of the month.

The family-style complex comprises 34 purpose-built holiday houses sleeping up to six guests and will have an environmentally-friendly ethos.

It will aim to help visitors enjoy Northumberland's great outdoors as well as get active by making use of extensive on-site leisure and sporting facilities.

Guests will have access to Longhirst Hall's tennis courts, football and hockey pitches, cricket ground, golf course and woodland jogging route.

Micklewood Park is aiming for a David Bellamy Award for Conservation through its commitment to recycling and efforts to safeguard wildlife within its grounds, such as red squirrels.

Yesterday manager Julie Read said: "We intend to attract people of all ages and abilities and with the facilities of Longhirst Hall available to all as well, we can offer the ideal mix of self-catering, fun, and hotel facilities."

Park staff will be able to arrange excursions, packages and activities for guests and visitors have the opportunity to book more than one house for larger groups such as reunions or birthday parties.

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