At last, we made it on to our first camping trip, and actually survived it. We took delivery of our first folding camper at the beginning of the year but due to having no tow bar on any of our vehicles and the time of year we put off until we got some essentials sorted.
Guess what came today. I can wait to go on real engish holidays. Anyone recommend any? Anywhere in the country pic.twitter.com/qxfh4DJu8X
— lewis brown (@adventure_brown) January 16, 2018
So for our first trip we wanted to stay reasonably close to home just in case, but far enough away that it actually felt like we were on holiday. We took to the internet for a little bit of inspiration and decided upon somewhere in Northumberland so we were only an hours drive from home, somewhere we were fairly familiar with but yet interesting enough to feel as though we were getting a holiday.
We decided on SpringHill Farm. We had read a blog post on North East Family Fun on the top 10 places in the North East to stop. springhill was one of the sites reccomended and it caught our eye. The site itself houses holiday cottages, as well as camping pods but its main focus is the camping site. The review swung us as it looked as though it suited our needs so we took to the computer and booked up.
This was my first time towing anything, and im going to be honest and not act all MANLY here – I was shitting it. To be fair, it was nerve wracking, plus my towing wing mirrors came off mid journey so it didn’t help that I couldn’t see properly. But we made it in one piece and in fairly good time – practice makes perfect – hopefully!
On arrival to the site there is a board with your booking name on telling you where you will be placed on the site, I did read that you dont have to check in and all you need to do is look on the board for your pitch and go get set up, but I still went in and got a friendly greeting.
Our pitch was No 2 on the camping field. We couldn’t have got a better pitch with views of Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands to our right. It didn’t take us long to set up, but it was hard work and with 2 kids in tow plus a dog to keep our eye on, we certainly deserved a drink afterwards. After setting up it was too late to cook anything, or more like we were so drained from the day we couldn’t be bothered, so we headed out to Seahouses for some Fish and Chips at Neptunes.
The site is set back away from the main road side of the between Seahouses and Bamburgh and into the peaceful countryside. You still get the great views of the sea yet you have the wonderful greenery surrounding you. The site itself is very family friendly and dog friendly too. Springhill Farm suites everyones holiday requirements by allowing tents, folding campers, caravans and motorhomes. However if you dont own any of these then you czn stay in the wigwams they have on site which are situated near the main reception, or you could opt for something a little closer to home and stay in the cottage lets, these are located just off site away from the main camping and caravan fields.
The site is very clean, tidy and well maintained. The pitches themselves had so much room around them, it didn’t feel like everyone was on top of each other, unlike other sites where your crammed into the pitches like sardines.
The shower block on site is again very clean and basic, it has what you need, the bonus of this is it also has a family room which has a bath in which when you have small children can come in handy as it did with us.
Springhill is actually a working farm so as you drive in your passing the farm house and barnes as well as the holiday lets you can rent out, but you can see the wonderful highland cows in the fields just at the entrance of the site.
Their is a small onsite shop, which to be honest doesn’t come overly well equipped, however it had enough in case of emergencies.But there is a few local shops nearby in Seahouses, 5 minutes down the road, just incase you were to need anything, The nearest supermarket is about 15 miles away.
The site also has a small play park located at the rear of the site and is all fenced off and again is well maintained, Zach never bothered with it only because we were always busy doing other things. There is room for the kids to run about and burn off energy, play football or fly kites.
Depending on what your purpose for staying on the Northumberland coastline is it can meet a lot of interests. They are so many places to visit both at the coast and further in land.
Seahouses itself is a 5 minutes drive, It doesn’t have a vast array of things to do here, but it is still nice to walk around this seaside town. There are plenty of fish and chip shops, but Neptunes is my favourite, you can take away or sit in and enjoy your meal. If you have little ones there is a small mini golf just opposite Neptune’s and a few little shops to get those important souvenirs. I am sure i also spotted an amusemnts too.
If you do visit Seahouses, you can book a boat trip to the Farne Islands from here.
The Islands can be seen from Bamburgh beach and offers so much more than a little boat trip. You can Bird watch and see the beautiful puffin birds (in season), you can see the seals, dive, and even go for sunset if your into photography. Or you can just watch them from afar whilst sitting enjoying the golden sand on the beach.
Bamburgh beach is a beautiful stretch of clean golden sand, you can walk from the castle to seahouses, but im unsure of the distance – but it is quite a walk especially with little legs. If taking the car then you have plenty of space to park up for the day in both free car parks and also in gravelled lay bys all along the road. Wherever you seem to park you are a five minute walk down onto the beach through the dunes. See my photography vlog here>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmkmNSgFSJU
These are the 3 main attractions around the camp site, all of which are both within fair walking distance. But if you dont mind jumping in the car and traveling then you can open up your options for different days out. Without going too far in the car here are a few different ideas.
- Alnwick Castle and Gardens
- Holy Island (check tide times for crossing)
- Dunstanburgh Castle
The site 8/10
The Pitch 9/10
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.