A warm welcome awaits you in the shadow of Hadrian's Wall

The Benefits of Winter Camping


What could be better than beautiful dramatic scenery, dark skies, reduced crowds, lower prices and exploring more of nature? These are just a few of the benefits of camping during the winter season! It is also your opportunity to explore different festive traditions and events in various cities such as the glorious Christmas markets and the wonderful market towns strung with fairy lights in Northumberland. Herding Hill Farm is a campsites open over Christmas. If you're interested in a Scottish adventure, or would like to explore the famous Edinburgh Christmas markets, take a look at our other camping & glamping site Drummohr, located in East Lothian - just 10 miles from Edinburgh, a sister caravan site open at Christmas. We also have a 5-star site in the Peak District, Longnor Wood Holiday Park, also famous for its dark skies.

Escape the crowds

One of the perks of Winter camping is fewer crowds! You can look forward to shorter queues and less crowded campgrounds when you book a Winter getaway at Herding Hill Farm. Spend less time waiting in queues and more time exploring scenic Northumberland.

Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy reduced entry fees

During off-peak season, many campsites offer discounted prices and you will also find various attractions offer lower entry costs when visiting during the Winter months. Herding Hill Farm typically run a promotion during the Winter period so keep your eye out on our website or Facebook page for special offers for Christmas camping and Christmas glamping.

View the stars

As one of the best stargazing spots in the UK, what better place to sit beneath the stars and enjoy a wonderful starry display? Winter is the time when the nights draw in early so it is the perfect time to take advantage of Northumberland stargazing the dark skies from one of our stargazing pods. Wrap up warm with a hot chocolate and watch the sky come to life with a twinkling display. Or why not book one of our glamping pods with hot tub for a luxury Christmas dark sky glamping break?


Winter camping is bug free

Bugs like mosquitos can be a nuisance when camping during the Summer but luckily as they can't stand the cold, you can enjoy bug free camping on your Winter camping trip or when Christmas glamping.

See more wildlife

The cold days of Winter can be the perfect time to see more wildlife. Wondering what species of animals can be seen and heard during this season? You may spot red squirrels and owls in Northumberland. Experience wonderful wildlife on a Winter walk and even practice your photography skills. Find out more about Northumberland wildlife here and the best photography hot spots can be found here.

Squirell with a nut

There's a chance you'll see snow

There's nothing more magical than being cosy inside your tent or motor home and seeing the snow fall down and settle on the ground when you are snug and Christmas camping. All our Wigwam cabins and Castle Pod accommodation offer insulated glamping pods. You'll also be able to capture some great photos.

Snowy cabin at Herding Hill Farm

The opportunity to try something new

It's always great to try new things and if you typically go camping during Summer, why not experience Winter camping or Christmas camping? It's the perfect chance to see an area such as Northumberland during a different season. Fallen leaves and dramatic backdrops - our countryside setting looks wonderful throughout the colder months.

More space

When Winter camping or Christmas glamping, there's a good chance not all of the pitches on the campsite will be taken so you'll have more space around you which is always a bonus. There's also more chance of getting your pick of the best pitch due to a lower demand during the Winter period.

Tips to keep warm whilst Winter camping or Christmas glamping

1. Invest in an outdoor heater.

2. Layers, layers and more layers!

3. Hire a fire pit from our site - find out more here.

4. Use foot warmers, hand warmers and heat holder blankets, never let yourself get cold.

5. Raise your bed off the floor using a camp bed if camping in a tent.

6. Drink plenty of hot drinks.