Park is nominated as a hidden gem

Meadow gates at Plessey Woods by Karen Taylor.
Meadow gates at Plessey Woods by Karen Taylor.

A popular beauty spot has been named one of the best places in Britain to visit.

Plessey Woods Country Park, near Bedlington, has been voted into the north east’s top five hidden gems – and could now go on to star in a major UK advertising campaign.

The park, along with Druridge Bay, were Northumberland’s representatives chosen in a survey run by bakers Pork Farms to encourage families to explore this summer.

Northumberland County Council business chair Scott Dickinson said: “Residents have always regarded our parks as jewels in Northumberland’s crown, but it’s great to have these hidden gems highlighted across Britain too.

“Both these nominations are a pat on the back for the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff who manage our parks so well, and justify the council administration’s commitment to further protect and improve our parks.”

Plessey Woods has drawn generations of visitors to enjoy the woodlands and the river. Known locally as Bluebell Woods, the country park is an ideal place for a family day.

It offers 100 acres of woodland, meadow and riverside and is home to many birds, as well as animals including red squirrels, roe deer and foxes.

Druridge and Plessey Woods are two of 50 gems shortlisted across 10 regions of Britain and voting has now opened to find the country’s top three, which will feature in a marketing campaign.

For your chance to nominate one of the winning trio, go to before October 5.