Northern Kin Camping Info

Northern Kin Camping Info

The huge Ushaw site has equally beautiful camping site areas for tents and live-in vehicles, with much more room for campers than ever before, and all within close walking distance of the music arena:

There is also a new Early Arrival option where you can arrive to pitch up, with no extra charge, on the Thursday evening (27th April 2023) any time between 5pm and 10pm. The camp site will have 4 sections for:

1) Motorhomes/Caravans/Camper Vans/Live-In Vehicles, 2) Tents, 3) Car Parking and 4) Disabled Camping. There will be a team on each site, to help you unload your camping gear, and if in a tent with a car, your car will be parked close by next door in the secure car parking section.

The camp site has free showers, toilet blocks, drinking water, ELSAN waste disposal and 24/7 security. See the map here for camp site locations.

Access times to arrive at the camp sites:

  • Thursday (free early arrival) Access: 5pm - 11pm
  • Friday Access: 12noon - 8pm
  • Saturday Access: 8am - 5pm
  • Sunday Access: 8am - 5pm

Tent Camping Tickets

If camping in a tent, with accompanying vehicle, please order a Tent Camping ticket per person. Whilst we do not operate strict pitch sizes, please use discretion to be fair to everyone and bring a tent that is no larger than 2-person per camper, e.g. no bigger than a 4-person tent for 2 people, 6-person tent for 3 people, 8-person tent for 4 people, etc. This will ensure everyone gets fair space, as if everyone brought 8-person tents for 2 campers, for example, it would reduce the number of camping tickets available.

Motorhomes/Caravans/Camper Vans/Live-In Vehicles

If camping in a motorhome, caravan or camper van please order a Live-In Vehicle Permit for each vehicle, inaddition to your individual camping tickets. A small awning is permitted.

VIP Camping

An enclosed camping area with its own Arena Entrance.  VIP Camping has its own dedicated showers and luxury flushing toilets manned through the weekend to keep them immaculate.  Within VIP camping is a late-night village, open until 1am each night with unplugged acoustic singers around the fire pits between the bar and food outlets. 

Near the entrance are communal electrical points (first come, first served) to grab that bit of charge as and when you need it.  Please note VIP Camping is an upgrade and you must also have a valid Weekend Camping ticket.

Glamping Packages

The ultimate luxury festival experience, within, and with access to, all the VIP campsite facilities. Your boutique glamping tent is a premium canvas 5m Bell Tent complete with carpeted floors, 4 luxury deep-fill beds and fresh, hotel standard bedding.  With lighting indoor and outdoor, heating in every tent and 4 13-amp sockets available for any appliances you need over the weekend this is festival life at its finest.  Plenty of spare blankets thrown in to enjoy your outdoor seating area or to wrap up in your heated tent ready for the perfect night’s sleep.  Please note Glamping is an upgrade package for up to 4 persons (the price is in total, not per person) and each person must also have a valid Weekend Camping Ticket.

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Food & Drink

There'll be a varied range of food traders with all kinds of food available in our new food court area, including vegetarian and vegan options, and all at competitive prices. We'll have a choice of bars at the site, run by a professional festival bar suppliers, giving you more choice and fast service, with the same competitive drink prices and more bar staff to make sure you’re not queuing. We want you to have a great time without making a hole in your wallet!

You may bring food and drink on the camp site when you arrive, for personal consumption in the camp site only.

You may bring limited food and soft drink into the music entertainment area, when you arrive, for personal consumption only. A small food picnic in a small bag or rucksack is allowed, (no large bags, holdalls or cool boxes), plus one 500ml plastic, sealed and previously unopened bottle of soft drink or water per person, is permitted. However, your own alcohol may not be consumed in the designated entertainment area due to licensing restrictions.

Free drinking water will be provided so you can bring in an empty reusable plastic or aluminium bottle for refills.

However, your own alcohol may not be consumed in the designated entertainment area due to licensing restrictions. No glass or metal utensils are allowed on site due to Health & Safety restrictions.


Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times, with any fouling picked up and disposed of in the appropriate area. If your dog shows any signs of distress when near the music area please remove them for their welfare.

Open Fires/Barbeques

We want people to enjoy their time at Northern Kin, to the fullest, and that means great camping facilities, but we must balance this against safety requirements and good practice.  To that end, our advice on BBQs, Camping Stoves and Fires is set out below:

  • Open fires are permitted only in fireproof containers clearly raised from the ground (fire pits etc) and should only be used when supervised by persons sober and sensible.
  • BBQs are permitted only when clearly raised from the ground (fire pits etc) and should only be used when supervised by persons sober and sensible.
  • Camping Stoves are permitted, and we wholeheartedly encourage people to use either solid or liquid fuelled options which are not only much safer but more environmentally friendly too.
  • If you use a gas canister supplied stove (butane etc) please ensure that you bring only the minimum amount of gas required for your stay and both always use and store these items appropriately.
  • All fires / stoves must always be used an appropriate distance from any tents.  At least 1m is essential and over 2m for any form of open fire or BBQ.
  • Security will prevent any improper use of fires, BBQs or stoves and person who fail to follow these basic safety steps risk their items being seized and/or being ejected from the Festival.

Please enjoy, but do so sensibly and safely, thank you.

Campers please note

  • There is no designated meeting area inside the site, so if you have camping tickets and would like to camp near to friends, please try to ensure you enter the site, all together, as camping plots will be filled up sequentially.
  • Please note, live-in vehicles such as campers, caravans, motorhomes, etc, will not be able to pitch up in the Tents section for safety reasons.
  • The Disabled Camping section is located closest to the music entertainment area for ease of access, and is for Blue Badge holders only.
  • If you have any other specific camping requirements or queries, please email us at or via our Contact page and we will do everything we can to help you. Also note that camping tickets will not be available on the gate - camping is pre-sale only.

Don’t miss it - we’ll see you there!

As always, camping and day tickets will be strictly limited on a first come first served basis and the ticket prices have remained the same. The team who run Northern Kin really care about the festival and can promise you fantastic live music, a great, friendly, festival atmosphere, and a brilliant weekend that everyone can afford. We're really proud of Northern Kin and we know you love it too. Don’t miss it and we’ll see you there!

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