Region: North East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Wild Northumbrian Tipis & Yurts, Thorneyburn, Tarset, Hexham, Northumberland NW48 1NA

Contact: 02669 650 166 and Mobile 07720 053724



Stay with us and experience the Northumberland National Park as never before. 1 authentic Tipi , 2 Scandinavian Tipis and 5 Mongolian Yurts, A Bothy and Shepherds Hut provide breathtaking accommodation for your stay.

Right in the heart in the heat of the Gold Tier Dark sky park.        

Art, natural sciences, history, drama and physical activity in an inspiring but secure setting, are catered for all year round at this new site of Wild Northumbrian, run by qualified teachers Robert and Victoria Hersey in the beautiful North Tyne Valley of Northumberland National Park. We are dedicated to making this new destination an educational and green outdoor experience without sacrificing comfort, and will happily organise courses and activities to suit teachers’ Learning Outside the Classroom programmes.  We can cater for groups up to 35 and have a 18 ft workshop Tipi and 30ft classroom available.     

Surrounded by woodlands, ancient haymeadows, lakes, waterfalls and moors, Wild Northumbria is located alongside the world-famous Unison Colour Pastels maker, where art courses are run.  The local village of Bellingham has shops, banking, accommodation and restaurants and also houses the award-winning Bellingham Heritage Centre museum of rural life which is opening classroom facilities in a historic railway coach, on the premises next spring.

Easy day trips can be made to Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, the dam and facilities of Kielder Water and Forest, Alnwick Gardens and Castle, the museums and Sage Concert hall of Newcastle and Gateshead, and the beaches and castles of the Northumberland Heritage Coast.


  • A unique site in Northumberland National Park offering weekend, midweek and week long breaks in stunning and alternative accommodation
  • A beautiful and remote location with each Tipi/Yurt in its own private site
  • Able to cater for groups of 40 max. Extra tent pitches possible
  • Open access to thousands of acres of fells, woodland and meadows
  • A 30 ft workshop space with woodburning stove, sinks, gas stove
  • A 18ft Tipi with firepit and communal outdoor seating area
  • Facilities include 2 showers and 2 toilets heated by air source heating and solar power. This also has a drying area. Disabled toilet and shower facility
  • Bike friendly
  • 2 kitchens with fridges and freezer
  • An outside kitchen with a Woodburning Pizza oven and grills
  • 20ft Polebarn Bothy and workshop space
  • Bespoke courses including Bushcraft, Astronomy, Bat nights, Falconry, Astronomy, Ancient pottery, Woodcraft, Archery and much more.  Please contact us for details of all the events and activities on offer on and off site
  • Site of the world famous Unison Colour Pastels. Tutors available
  • A 12 inch Dobsonian telescope  and 10 pairs of binoculars


2 15ft Laavu Tipi and 3 x 20ft Yurts and two 16ft Yurt offering spacious accommodation for 4 per Tipi and 4-6 per Yurt and 1 x Shepherds Hut for small family, couple or single occupancy

Each Tipi and Yurt has a wood burning stove or Firepit for heating/cooking. Wood floors with rugs and Kilims, luxury camping futon beds

Picnic Tables and fire pits outside each Tipi/Yurt


A central location in Northumberland National Park giving easy access to many historic sites and attractions. 13 miles from Hadrian’s Wall, 8 miles from Kielder Reservoir, 45 miles from the Heritage coast, 75 miles from Edinburgh, 40 miles from Newcastle. Nearest village, Bellingham, with shops, banks, cafe, garage etc and home to the excellent museum of rural life, the Bellingham Heritage Centre.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

35 with 5 adults

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

We have 3 20ft Yurts which sleep up to 6 each, 2 16ft Yurts up to 4 in each, 2  14ft Scandinavian Tipis sleeping up 4, An authentic 18ft North American Tipi sleeping up 6, A 20ft Bothy sleeping up to 4, A 14ft Shepherds hut sleeping up to 3.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Depends on numbers . Schools /colleges and Universities can book part or whole site £30.00 pp per night . This includes wood, candles . Bedding extra £10.00 per person per stay

Teachers go free.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We can provide a risk assessment.            

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

01669 650166 and 07720053724

Wild Northumbrian, Thorneyburn Old Rectory, Tarset, Northumberland NE48 1NA.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

The group needs bring a qualified first aider

Please list facilities available.

There are 2 kitchens with fridges and a freezer, 2 hobs with small oven

2 Underfloor heated showers and two toilets

3 Compost loos

One 30ft by 15ft classroom/studio

An outdoor bushcraft area

Possible Tipi and Bothy classroom/eating areas

What are your disabled facilities?

Most accommodation is not suitable for disabled students except Esk Yurt, and the Polebarn Bothy. There is a ramp up to a disabled fitted toilet with alarm and 2 showers

What are your opening days and hours?

365 days a year all hours

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Campus Camping Outdoor Residential Centres

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