Spotlight on: Waren Caravan Park
Waren Caravan Park is set above Budle Bay Nature Reserve along the outstanding and dramatic Northumberland coastline.
The site is large and family-oriented, with an array of accommodation options plus pitches for tourers. Owners of static caravans benefit from the best views on the site, as they look out across the rugged sandy beaches to Holy Island, Bamburgh and the Cheviot Hills. A large reception building sits right by the site entrance and houses a large supermarket. A second reception is located on the tent and tourer field – the staff member there was very helpful, offering useful advice and tips for days out.
We stayed in a campervan and pitched up in the first of three fields. Here, grass pitches are arranged around the circumference of a playing field. Pitch sizes are ample, although not marked out aside from a concrete slate showing the pitch number. A gateway at the far side of the second field gives residents walking access to the country road which leads down to Budle Bay.
Because Waren is distinctly family-oriented and well publicised as the place to camp for families when visiting Northumberland, it can get very busy at peak times. Although our pitch size was sufficient, we were very close to a number of large family groups who were camping with added extras such as large gazebos, extra awnings, etc. It has to be said that this wasn’t a problem, just a little cosy. The groups were respectful and pleasant and the campsite was quiet from 11pm, as directed by the site wardens.
Waren lives up to its kid-friendly reputation with two play parks, a games room and a family bar and restaurant. The jewel in the crown is the outdoor pool, which is clean, tidy and staffed during busy periods. There are also poolside changing facilities, which makes taking the kids for a dip a lot easier to manage.
All in all, Waren Caravan Park is a great choice for families and perfect for exploring Northumberland.
Waren Caravan Park
Bamburgh, Northumberland NE70 7EE
This site review first appeared in MMM magazine, June issue, submitted by Kerry Leng