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Cockle Park Farm

Cockle Park Farm is a 307 hectare farm situated 18 miles north of Newcastle. It is owned by the University and is one of two sites we operate.

The farm comprises a rare combination of arable and animal resources, dedicated staff and modern conference and teaching facilities. It encompasses the farming of pigs as well as a variety of arable cropping and grassland trials. 

The principal objectives of the farm are to provide a:

  • research facility especially in the area of livestock production
  • demonstration facility for teaching purposes
  • viable farming business

Key features of the farm include:

Conference facilities

  • The Seminar Room - based in a modern barn conversion, this room is the perfect space for conferences with up to 60 people. The room is suitable for boardroom meetings, theatre-style presentations, and classroom teaching. The room houses a high quality audio system, black-out capability and white board and flip-charts are available. The facility also offers free parking with direct access.
  • The Lodge - a versatile, spacious room that can hold up to 40 people for conferences or presentations. This large room has a projector and screen, with white board and flip chart provision. It has a reception area and kitchen facilities are also available. The Lodge is ideal as a reception and refreshment area for larger events at Cockle Park Farm.

  • The Wheldon Meeting Room -  a board room that accommodates up to twelve people. It can also act as a breakout room when booked as part of our larger conference package. It offers boardroom style arrangement, with audio visual facilities, flip charts, and whiteboard. Free parking is available next to the meeting room.

All meeting rooms can be booked with hospitality. For further information, contact Nicky Parker.

We have fantastic facilities for the farming of beef and dairy cows at Cockle Park Farm.

Contact details

Cockle Park Farm
Newcastle University
Ulgham
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 3EA

Farm Director: James Standen
James.standen@ncl.ac.uk
+44(0) 191 2082288 or +44 (0) 1661 830222

Facilities Coordinator: Nicky Parker 
Email: cpf@newcastle.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0) 191 2084597 or +44(0) 191 2082288

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Nafferton Farm

Nafferton Farm‌ is a 498 hectares farm located 12 miles west of Newcastle, near Stocksfield in the Tyne Valley. It's one of two sites operated by the University.

Nafferton farm has been rented from the Allendale Estate on a traditional AHA tenancy since July 1944. 

The principal objectives of the farm are to provide a:

  • one 300 cow herd with split herd capabilities through the same parlour
  • research facility especially in the area of organic production
  • demonstration facility for teaching purposes
  • viable farming business

Nafferton has been well known for our work on farming systems led by the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group.

The dairy consists of an autumn calving herd and a spring calving grass fed herd with the ability to split the milking parlour and separate the milk from each side. 

Conference Facilities

  • The Seminar Room - based the centre of the site, this room is the perfect space for conferences with up to 40 people. The room is suitable for boardroom meetings, theatre-style presentations, and classroom teaching. The facility also offers free parking with direct access.

Contact us

Nafferton Farm
Stocksfield
Northumberland
NE43 7XD

Farm Director: James Standen
james.standen@ncl.ac.uk
+44(0) 191 2082288 or +44 (0) 1661 830222