Garden Centre Manager
Set in the spectacular Northumbrian countryside north of Morpeth, Heighley Gate is the North East’s largest garden centre. Originally a tiny independent pig and poultry farm, Heighley Gate began life in 1963 when the owners, the Lishmans, sold eggs to passing motorists. Regular customers spotted the vegetables growing in their greenhouse and a prolific business was born. More and more greenhouses were added and Heighley Gate grew from a small scale nursery and garden centre into the award-winning growing and retail operation of today.
It now lies in 40 acres of immaculately tended grounds and is renowned for both the excellence of its nursery-grown plants and its all-round appeal to gardeners and families alike. More than half the plants are home grown and the selection of hardy nursery stock is the most extensive in the North East.
The nursery remains at the heart of the business, however there is also a wide variety of shopping and entertainment on offer, indoor and outdoor children's play areas, as well as a great restaurant. Whilst the emphasis rests on top quality plants and gardening products, the genuinely warm welcome extended to every visitor remains Heighley Gate’s trademark, ensuring a day spent here is one never to be forgotten.
Join Jo Jingles
Every Wednesday during term time, from 9.45am - 12pm
Join us for Jo Jingles' Music and Movement classes! Established in 1991, Jo Jingles' classes provide interactive music, singing and movement with an educational slant for children aged from three months to five years. All sessions are run by highly trained and experienced teachers with a little help from a Jo Jingles doll.
Jo is extremely friendly and actively participates in the classes. He loves to stimulate young minds and teach children to play percussion instruments, sing songs and make new friends.
There will be three sessions throughout the day. They will take place from 9.45am to 10.30am for children aged two to five years, from 10.30am to 11.15am for children who are walking age to two years, and from 11.15am to 12noon for babies aged between three months and one year.
Each session costs £5 and there is also a small insurance charge per child which covers the whole term.
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Friday 31st October, from 4pm to 7pm
Calling all witches, werewolves, ghouls, gremlins - and mummies too! It's time to dig out your most spooktacularly scary costumes and join us for some fang-tastic family fun. Come on down, we're waiting for you!
SPOOKY TEA - 4PM
Book online and enjoy a monstrously moreish meal before the Freaky Friday Party starts.
Witches Fingers-battered chicken goujons; Witches Brew-Pea and Ham soup; Spooky mushrooms-battered mushrooms and dip
Ghoulish Goulash; Cauldron of Chicken (hot pot); Monster Meatballs & Pasta; Scary Pizza
Ice Scream & blood sauce; Spiders Web Cheesecake; Witches Surprise (chocolate sponge with a cherry centre)
FREAKY FRIDAY PARTY - 5pm
Book online and scare the life out of us with your creepiest costume for your chance to win a prize, and enjoy a cauldron-load of frightening fun and ghoulish games with creepy crafts, pumpkin carving and eerie entertainment. You will also have the chance meet some scary animals and hold them if you dare!
FANTASTICAL FIREWORKS - 6.45PM
Expect plenty of 'oooohs' and 'ahhhhs' at this after-dark display.
£9.95 including Spooky Tea + Freaky Friday Party + Fantastical Fireworks
£2.50 including Freaky Friday Party + Fantastical FireworksSpace are limited. To book, please contact your Garden Centre: 01670513416
Halloween Spooky Bake and Play
From Monday 27th October to Sunday 2nd November
It's the creepiest way to bake!
Calling all little witches, wizards, zombies - and their mummies. Put on your best trick or treat outfit and join us in our haunted restaurant for an eerie Halloween baking session.Bake and decorate your very own monstrous gingerbread men, and while your biscuits are baking, we'Âve got lots of ghoulish games for you to get your fangs into.
So don't miss out on 90 minutes of spooky fun and fancy dress, ideal for 3 to 8 year olds!
Tickets: £4.95 per little monster
Dates and times may vary by centre.
Jolly Scarecrow Competition Display
From 24th October to 31st October, during opening hours
The Northumberland Federation of Women's Institutes have invited their members to enter their 'Jolly Scarecrow' competition.
We are expecting over 30 entries to the competition which will be put on display creating a 'scarecrow trail' throughout Heighley Gate Garden Centre.
Members were asked to create a scarecrow up to 6ft in height, any character real or fictional and their scarecrow must be given a name.
Children and customers are invited to come in, during our opening hours, to see how many scarecrows they can find!
From Saturday 8th November to Wednesday 24th December*
Discover sensational Christmas Grottos
Visit the most amazing Grottos this side of the North Pole. Special features like 3D festive films, elf workshops, and enchanting stories will transport your child into a magical wonderland this Christmas.
Centres will offer varying grotto experiences, so please see the list below to find out what's going on near you.
*Dates and time will vary by centre.
Please note, waiting may be increased at busy times.
Breakfast and Tea with Father Christmas
From Saturday 22nd November to Wednesday 24th December*
Saturday 22nd November to Wednesday 24th December
Don’t miss this very special chance to meet Father Christmas! It’s a delight for children of all ages and grown-ups too. You enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea and then join his elves to welcome him as he arrives from the North Pole.
But the fun doesn't stop there! Little ones meet Father Christmas and get to choose their very own present. And afterwards, they’re given a Christmas tree cookie to decorate.
Child tickets are £9.99 per little elf and adults are welcome to join in the festive fun too!
*Dates and times vary by centre.
See description for dates and times
Do you want to get out in the garden, but just don't know how and where to start?
Join us throughout the year for a series of informative, down-to-earth gardening demonstrations on a range of topics suited to each season.
Visit our purpose-built potting station in-centre and learn some key gardening skills aimed to give you the confidence to get out and start growing.
Our demonstration programme will start from February 2014 and run throughout the year. Contact your local centre for full details and to find out what's happening and when.
Unfortunately, some events may be subject to last minute change or cancellation. Please check with the centre before travelling.
Craft and Coffee Club
Every 1st Tuesday and every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month
Crafters are invited to a Craft and Coffee Club at the garden centre! The Club is a great way for people to try something new and to meet other people; ideal for anyone who enjoys creative projects!
The informal mornings are very sociable affairs and are fun for all, whether you're a beginner or an experienced crafter. The sessions are a great opportunity to develop a new skill or swap ideas, hints and tips with others. There is always something to learn from the other crafters in the group, and this often sparks creativity in others. People leave with fresh ideas and new techniques to try!
The Craft and Coffee Club will take place on the first Tuesday of every month from 10am, and the first and third Sunday of every month from 9.30am.
Tickets cost £3 per person and include tea or coffee.
Crafters will also get 10% off full price products in our Craft Department on the day of the workshop, which can be reserved at the Customer Services desk.
Customers will need to provide their own basic equipment and can join in with the craft activities on offer, or just bring a project they may be working on at that moment in time.
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We warmly welcome guests of all ages to our restaurant with family-friendly menus and delicious freshly-prepared food for all types and sizes of appetite. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting and children are especially welcome, so do please join us soon for a delectable, revitalising and thoroughly enjoyable break.
We are very pleased to announce our fantastic food hygiene rating, as awarded by the Food Standards Agency.
Last inspection: 11th July 2013
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