Northern Kin Festival Event Info

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Northern Kin's picturesque site is located at THE CASTLE PARK, STANHOPE, CO. DURHAM, DL13 2LU

Food & Drink

We've reviewed our range of food traders and can guarantee that a new, larger range of all kinds of food (including vegetarian and vegan options) will be available right through the festival in 2019 at competitive prices and, as always, we’ll be running our own bar at the site (plus a real ale bar), 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!



There is no on-site parking for non-campers on the main site. However, there will be a free parking area for non-campers very close by, as shown on map opposite, which will be signposted and within very close walking distance of the festival site and a drop off point at the festival site will be available for taxi/lifts to pick up/drop off.


There will be full 24 hour security on site throughout the weekend.


Open Air Swimming Pool Info

We know lots of you loved it, so we’ve secured exclusive use of the Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool again for 2 hours on the Saturday morning. This great facility adjoins the camp site and also has a sauna, cafe and children's soft play area. Free passes are limited to 100 between 9.00am - 10.00am and a further 100 passes between 10.00am - 11.00am. Tickets will be issued on a first come basis and will be available from the Northern Kin ticket office on Friday evening and from 8.45am Saturday morning.

Site Access Times

Day Visitors
Friday Access: 5pm – Midnight
Saturday Access: 11.30am – 1am

Friday Access: 12noon - 8pm
Saturday Access: 8am - 5pm

Directions from the West

At Alston, take the A689 (signposted to Nenthead, Stanhope and Durham). Continue on A689 through the following places: Nenthead, Cowshill, Wearhead, Ireshopeburn, St. John's Chapel, Westgate and Eastgate. When you have just entered Stanhope, the first turn on the right is signposted B6278 (Barnard Castle, Eggleston). Do not take this turn but continue on A689. The next turn on the right is signposted "Open Air Swimming Pool". This is the turning you need to take for SVF. Once you have taken this turn you will see the festival entrance on the left.

* The above times are for vehicle access in order to enter the site and set up your camping pitch. If you cannot access camping between these times just email us and we will make special arrangements for you to come in at a time convenient to you.

Directions from the East

From the roundabout where the A689 crosses the A68 near Crook, take the A689 exit (signposted Wolsingham, Stanhope). Continue through Wolsingham and Frosterley. Proceed into Stanhope, past the petrol station on the left. Keep going past the market place on the left (Pack Horse Inn is on the left, Bonny Moor Hen on the right). Go past the castle entrance on the left, and the Durham Dales Centre on the right. The next turn on the left is signposted "Open Air Swimming Pool". This is the turning you need to take for SVF. Once you have taken this turn you will see the festival entrance on the left.