There are a number of high performing schools in the local area for students of all ages. Ponteland Primary and Darras Hall Primary schools are among those that cater for younger children, while Richard Coates CE Primary and Middle School admits pupils aged from three to 13 years old. Ponteland High School welcomes children from 11 to 16 years old and has a popular sixth form, for post-GCSE students aged up to 18 years.
Kirkley Hall, part of Northumbria College, is just two miles from Bridgemoor and provides a range of environmental, land, equestrian and animal care courses. Newcastle College, nine miles away, delivers apprenticeships, vocational and higher education courses, while Newcastle Sixth Form College offers an extensive A level programme. Northumbria University and Newcastle University are both situated in the city centre, less than 20 minutes’ drive from the development.
Ponteland is home to a number of independent stores and supermarkets, while well-known chains can be found at Kingston Park, and several supermarkets in neighbouring Westerhope, both around 10 minutes’ drive away.
Eldon Square, Grainger Town and Northumberland Street in Newcastle are home to myriad well-known brands, with celebrated department stores, chain stores and boutiques attracting shoppers from throughout the region and beyond. Across the River Tyne in Gateshead, The Metrocentre is one of the largest shopping malls in the country with more than 200 stores, as well as numerous restaurants and cafés, a multiplex cinema and a bowling alley.
A number of restaurants, traditional pubs and wine bars, can be found in the centre of Ponteland. In addition, specialist fish restaurant, Catch Seafood, is around three miles from the development, while Horton Grange Country House Hotel, which offers afternoon tea, casual dining and à la carte menus, is around four miles away. Central Newcastle boasts a multitude of eateries preparing cuisines from around the world, as well as fine dining establishments, such as House of Tides, the city’s only Michelin-starred restaurant.
Cultural and entertainment destinations within Newcastle include the iconic Theatre Royal and The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, which between them present a comprehensive programme of drama, comedy, dance and family shows. Live music venues include City Hall, the Metro Radio Arena and across the river, Sage Gateshead. Many clubs and pubs also stage concerts by local and national artists. Movie fans can enjoy the latest blockbusters at a multi-screen cinema within The Gate leisure complex, or world, arthouse and classic films at the independent Tyneside Cinema, just off Northumberland Street.
In contrast to the animated attractions of the city centre, the Northumbrian countryside offers a peaceful ambiance, lending itself to outdoor activities. The county is peppered with stately homes, such as the splendid Belsay Hall, its gardens and medieval castle (seven miles away), and the historic Wallington House and Estate (12 miles away). Bolam Lake Country Park is popular with families, drawn by its lakeside walks, picnic areas and wildlife, while slightly further afield, Northumberland National Park covers 405 square miles of rugged countryside and provides ideal conditions for hiking, cycling and horseriding. It also forms part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and is recognised as one of the best places in the country for stargazing.
Local buses pass close to Bridgemoor and link it with Kirkley Hall to the north, Ponteland town centre and Newcastle to the south. The nearest Metro stations are Callerton Parkway, three miles away and Newcastle Airport, four miles away. The A696 for the airport is a couple of minutes’ drive from the development; the A1 (for Morpeth and Edinburgh to the north, and Durham, Doncaster and London to the south), and the A69 (for Newcastle, Hexham and Carlisle) are both 10 minutes’ away by car. Mainline rail services from Central Station connect Newcastle to towns and cities across the country.
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.