A few weeks ago, I spent an autumnal weekend at Wigwam Holidays Forcett Grange in one of 12 glamping lodges with my wife and dog. Located roughly half way between Darlington and Barnard Castle, just above the A66, the lodges are set within an old historic quarry teaming with wildlife. We saw plenty of rabbits and squirrels though our dog Chester kept thinking they wanted to play with him! The tranquility and peacefulness of Wigwam Holidays Forcett Grange is absolutely perfect for a relaxing weekend away.
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With the arrival of Turtle Bay alongside the River Wear, Durham has immediately upped it’s game. I love Durham so it’s great to see a national powerhouse setting up for Durham’s revival. With the additions of the Riverwalk and the under-construction Milburngate, Durham is the perfect place to visit. No more admiring the beautiful city from a train window as you pass through to Newcastle or York.
For those not in the know, Turtle Bay is a Caribbean bar and restaurant serving up soul food alongside their infamous 2 for 1 (not from 7pm to 9:30pm/10pm on Fridays and Saturdays) cocktails. We’re talking jerk chicken, baby back ribs, curried goat and sweet plantain plus plenty of options for vegetarians/vegans too. I’ve been a few times previously when I lived in York so I’m really excited for this to be on my doorstep.
Welcome to the Tees Valley.
Probably most famous for its industrial background, the Tees Valley will almost certainly surprise you as a destination. The region straddles the River Tees and stretches from Darlington to the coast at Redcar & Cleveland but also incorporates Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. From a heritage coastline to market towns, from a thriving foodie scene to nature reserves, the Tees Valley is that underrated destination that you have to experience.