Located in the Heart of Northumberland the bustling historic market town of Morpeth is the gateway to an area of natural beauty. With a mix of history, shopping, stunning parks & walks, great places to stay and eat, all within walking distance in the main town centre, you can visit for a day or stay for a week. Morpeth is the county town of Northumberland and boasts England’s only bagpipe museum!
Although small, several famous people came from Morpeth. The great sailor Admiral Lord Collingwood, who was Admiral Nelson’s second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar, lived in Collingwood House situated on Oldgate. Emily Davison, who campaigned for women to get the vote in the early 20th century, is also connected to Morpeth. She was killed at the Epsom Derby in 1913 when she ran in front of the king’s racehorse. She was buried in Morpeth, and her gravestone can still be seen at St Mary’s church .
Morpeth Fair Day has been attracting visitors to the town for over 27 years. It is the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade’s annual flagship event and regularly attracts over 30,000 visitors to the town. With plenty of entertainment, interesting stalls, displays, games, rides and activities, there is something for visitors of all ages to enjoy throughout the day.
Morpeth Fair Day’s initial aims were to raise funds for Christmas lights and also to showcase Morpeth. However Fair Day has grown over the years and currently raises a healthy profit of approximately £6,000 – £7,000 each year, which is used to fund other Chamber events such as Morpeth in Bloom, Christmas lights, tourism and the More in Morpeth website.
As well as offering visitors and residents a great day out, the Chamber is proud to be able to create a retail platform for local shops, independent craftspeople and market traders, as well as giving charitable organisations an opportunity to raise money for good causes. The estimate of funds raised by charities on the day, in 2014 was well over £8,000.