We are camping at Bluebell Farm Camping and Caravan Park. This is where you need to get to when you arrive at the project. This campsite is situated in the historic village of Belford, easily accessible by car or bus from the main A1 trunk road between Newcastle and Edinburgh. Buses (www.arrivabus.co.uk) run regularly from the mainline train station at Berwick upon Tweed about 15 miles to the north. The campsite address is: Bluebell Farm, West Street, Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7QE Tel: 01668 213362 www.
Camping accommodation is included in the fees and is arranged with a local campsite with full facilities in the village of Belford just 5 miles from Bamburgh Castle. The campsite has a toilet block with showers, washbasins & WCs, self catering cottages, internet access, and secure storage. A service wash arrangement is available at an additional charge on-site, or you can use the public laundrette at the end of the campsite driveway.
A tent will be provided for you. Campsite regulations forbid the use of your own tent due to space constraints. Tent size is restricted to one 2-man tent per person so please keep this in mind when packing for your stay. If you are going to share your tent with another student you may request a larger one. You will need to bring a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag.
Storage space will be available, so if you have lots of baggage we should be able to store it for you. If you are coming from overseas we may be able to take delivery of sleeping bags and mats ordered online.
We do not provide food but there are modest cooking facilities, and a BBQ which is available for your use. There is a Co-op grocery store across from the campsite. We will host a weekly BBQ. We provide the fire, you bring whatever you want to throw on – this usually happens at the beginning of the week to help new students settle in.
There are numerous amenities within the village. Food outlets include take aways/restaurant/bar meals; there are three pubs, a golf club, community club, coffee shop, farm shop, and resource centre. The local shops include a post office, launderette, newsagents and small licensed supermarket, open 07.00 to 22.00 daily. There is a Doctor’s surgery, dental surgery and chemist within the village. We also attend discos and karaoke nights at various venues around the village.
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There are many different kinds of alternate accommodation in the local area, including other campsites, a bunkhouse, caravan sites, bed and breakfasts, hotels and self catering holiday cottages. There are even static caravans and holiday cottages available though Bluebell farm in Belford where we are staying – please contact them directly to book these facilities. Booking early is essential as the area is very popular with tourists throughout the year. If you want advice about alternative accommodation we are happy to discuss this with you, but we cannot make bookings or vet places on your behalf.
An important part of any dig is the social side, getting to know new people from all over the world who have a common interest in archaeology. Our aim is that the experience of Bamburgh Research Project is both educational and highly enjoyable for all participants. All of our social events are open to all participants regardless of whether or not you choose to camp with us, but unfortunately we cannot normally offer transport between the campsite and private accommodations. Luckily, Belford is well positioned on bus routes and there are local taxi firms.
Below are some links to pages you might find useful as a starting point for arranging alternative accommodation. Please note that these businesses operate as private concerns, and are not in any way connected to the BRP.