Camping in Northumberland is an amazing experience for a family-friendly break. Camping is a wonderful way to spend quality family time outdoors free from the distractions of mobile phones and TV screens. It’s a great opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the fresh air whilst undertaking some physical activity. But there are many things to consider before heading out onto your Northumberland camping trip. Here are some tips to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable trip at the best campsites in Northumberland.
There are a huge range of campsites available in Northumberland, from basic fields through to 5-star camping Northumberland like Herding Hill Farm, with a heated shower block, baths and showers and even a sauna. Some campsites might have portable toilets only and might only have shared facilities. With such a choice of amenities you don’t have to slum it when camping in Northumberland if you don’t want to.
Many pitches now offer electric, grey waste and water at the pitch but not all so please ensure that you know what you are booking. If the campsites are full then the owners may not be able to move you. If you have a large tent or caravan with awning please ensure that your booked pitch can accommodate your unit, guy ropes and car. Many sites don’t have pitches large enough for some of the newer tents and vehicles.
If you are camping in a tent, then you will want to ensure that your pitch is flat. If you are touring then do you require a hard-standing pitch or not? If you can pitch facing East so that the sunshine is warming your tent from first thing and you feel warm when you open the door.
If you live in a city for example you might be shocked if you were unable to get a delivery to your pitch. So - research where the site is before you go. Sites like Herding Hill Farm offer a great balance, with The Milecastle Pub serving real ales and food just half a mile walk and the amenities of Haltwhistle a short drive away. Some Haltwhistle takeaways even offer delivery to the site reception for a small fee.
And to ensure you have a comfortable dog-friendly camping trip too we even have a DOG CAMPING CHECKLIST.
Many sites including Herding Hill Farm offer OPTIONAL EXTRAS for hire which can make packing and space in the car easier or prevent you from having to buy equipment for a one-off trip. These can include bedding and croc boxes. We also offer BBQ and fire pits for hire to enhance the camping experience (and keep you warm at the same time!). Breakfast and BBQ meat packs are for sale in our small on-site shop, as well as a selection of local real ales.
When spending any time outdoors in the UK it is wise to ignore the weather forecast and account for all eventualities. This includes sunscreen and water-proof clothing. Don’t run the risk of having to cut your Northumberland camping trip short because you don’t have the right gear or clothes.
Bored children are normally fractious children so make sure you bring plenty of things to keep them entertained both on the journey and when you arrive. Try to minimise screen time wherever possible, the purpose of camping is to be outdoors and many campsites have “rural WiFi” only, where speeds are slow and downloading video games is not possible. Pre-empt this and always check if it is vital that a good connection is available. It’s amazing how children get engrossed in other things so get them involved in simple tasks like collecting water, washing up or going to the campsite shop to buy bread. Campsites are normally safe spaces where children can enjoy a little bit more freedom than they would normally. It can also teach them about responsibility.
Normal rules don’t apply when you are staying on one of the best campsites in Northumberland. You’ll never need as many clothes as you think and going without a shower isn’t the end of the world if you feel like it. Eat simply. If the kids stay up later than usual around the campfire toasting marshmallows or playing with their new friends it’s all part of the Northumberland camping adventure. Go with the natural light, there is little point trying to get your children to bed at 7pm no matter what their normal bedtime at home if it’s still sunny and the rest of the campsite are playing. Hopefully a day in the fresh air will help them sleep deeper when they do go to bed! If you are all sharing a tent or a small campervan then there is bound to be movement in the night, it’s all part of the fun. Be flexible, what works at home is unlikely to work in a tent on a crowded campsite. Go with the flow and focus on creating special memories for all the family.