Yes, Northern Kin Festival 2024 will have camping close to the music arena for tents, motorhomes and caravans. Vehicle parking will be located close to the campsites so there’ll be no long walks with your camping gear or to the music arena. Please note – due to health and safety reasons cars are unable to park beside tents as we cannot have vehicle movements inside the campsites.
Camping tickets are for the full weekend only and the camp sites will open from 9am on Friday 14th June until 2pm on Monday 17th June 2024.
There is also a Thursday evening arrival option. For no extra charge campers can arrive on the Thursday evening (13th June 2024) any time between 5pm and 8pm to get pitched up and settled in early, ready for the weekend. Thursday free early arrival is for live-in vehicle and tent camping (does not include Glamping early arrival, which has normal arrival times from Friday 10am onwards). Please note, for the early arrival on Thursday, only toilet facilities will be available. Pamper & Posh Loos will be available from Friday.
The camp site facilities will include:
There will be 4 main camping sections, all of which are close to the music arena, so no long walks which will be separated with:
Camping tickets are for the full weekend only and the camp sites will open from 9am on Friday 14th June until 2pm on Monday 17th June. There is also an early Thursday evening arrival option. For no extra charge you can choose to arrive on the Thursday evening (13th June 2024) any time between 5pm and 8pm to get pitched up and settled in early, ready for the weekend, at no extra cost to camping ticket-holders. Thursday free early arrival is for live-in vehicle and tent camping (does not include Glamping early arrival, which has normal arrival times from Friday 10am onwards).
The camp site facilities will include:
Glamping is increasingly becoming the most popular option for festivalgoers, it also provides a great alternative to camping and for those looking for an effortless and comfortable outdoor experience. And with no build and take down required, it’s also the hassle-free option. So, what’s not to love? The ultimate luxury festival experience, located in its own glamping village and includes access to the pamper station and posh loos and showers!
New for 2024 – The Pamper tent – with mirrors, hairdryer & seating – a little place of calm to get party ready! (opening hours will be visible at reception).
With our belle tents, we don’t compromise on quality either. With luxury foam mattresses, super snuggly bedding, rugs and cool hippy chic décor & accessories.
Because when it’s time to party hard, we know more than anyone the importance of a good night’s sleep!
With lighting indoor and outdoor, and access to 13-amp sockets available to keep your essentials charged over the weekend, (up to a maximum usage of 6 amps at
any one time) this is festival life at its finest. Our glamping beds, whilst comfy, are floor level so please contact us if you have mobility issues that may require a raised bed.
Plenty of spare blankets will be available in to enjoy your outdoor seating area or to wrap up in your 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.
We want people to enjoy their time at the 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.
Camping pitches will be filled sequentially on arrival, so you will be directed to either tent camping, live in vehicle camping, disabled camping or Glamping by stewards, as you arrive.
All camp sites have toilets, showers, ELSAN waste disposal, drinking water supplies and 24/7 security.
For safety reasons, to avoid the risk of vehicles driving between occupied tents, and to allow safe driving lanes in between, the cars must be parked in a separate car park and cannot be parked next to tents. The car parks will be close by to the campsites
The Camping tickets are PER PERSON wishing to camp, and allow camping for the weekend plus 3 days of music entry:
TENT CAMPING tickets are for camping in a tent with a car included which must be parked separate to tents and are needed per person
LIVE-IN VEHICLE CAMPING for camping in a motorhome, caravan or camper van is an add on and one ticket per vehicle is needed.
If camping in a live-in vehicle you need to purchase a standard camping ticket, per person, PLUS an additional LIVE-IN VEHICLE PERMIT, per vehicle, if camping in a Motorhome, Camper or Caravan.
The camp sites are filled sequentially on arrival, so if you’d like to pitch up next to friends, please arrive together.
Tents and accompanying vehicles, for safety reasons, are in separate areas of each camp site to motorhomes and caravans. Campers are able to socialise with friends in any other areas of the camp site.
The average Live In Vehicle space is designated to be 8m x 7m, which is enough space to fit in a motorhome and awning, or a caravan, small awning and a car. Please be aware there will not be room allocated for extended awnings, or additional tents etc around live in vehicles, to ensure there is adequate space for everyone.
-Within the tent camping area, our space is measured to assume that each person will bring twice the camping space required. For example a group of 2 will bring a 4 man tent, a group of 6 will bring a 12 man tent etc.
Where possible, we will accommodate what we can, but if people bring a disproportionately large tent (i.e. 2 people with a 10 man tent) we may need to refuse this on the grounds that it could unfairly prevent someone else being able to access the campsite. While a small gazebo shared between a few groups is fine, we also need to reserve the right not to allow large gazebos in addition to large tents for the same space related reasons.
Northern Kin Festival was conceived as an effort by a group of promoters and music lovers, to deliver first-class quality entertainment, from sensational recording artists, and at a great price!
We’re huge music fans ourselves and want to see live music remain as accessible as possible to everyone, which is why we keep our prices as low as possible, for such brilliant line-ups!
After a fantastic first 5 years, Northern Kin Festival is back on 14th – 16th June over 3 brilliant days and will bring you a diverse range of legends from rock, indie, blues, new wave, folk-punk and more, and all across three big top stages!
As well as two stages of great music, there will be a number of licensed bars serving a great range of drinks, and food from all over the globe and we will be increasing the range of food and drink available in 2024
Parking is FREE and upon your arrival, our Stewards will direct you to the appropriate parking area.
There’s a camping option in a picturesque setting, close to the music arena with Weekend Camping tickets offering you the chance to stay and party and not worry about how to get home at night! Standard toilets and showers will still be available to all campers.
Improved Glamping will be available having taken on board all feedback from 2023. Scroll down this page to the camping section for full details.
If you’ve never seen a great line up of legendary bands and artists like this – now’s your chance! It’s all here for you and join us for a unique live music event.
Certainly! Northern Kin Festival is a family friendly event and children of all ages are welcome! Tickets are available for age groups 14-17 and 5-13. We will have activities outside of the music that children can enjoy each day!
Under 5’s are free and do not need a ticket. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding Adult aged 21+
There is no ATM facility on the festival site but all the bars will accept credit and debit cards, including contactless. Some bars and vendors will be accepting cash but these will have signs if so.
Dogs, kept on leads at all time, are allowed into the festival and camp sites. Any dog fouling must be cleaned up and disposed of. For their welfare, we request that dogs are not exposed to long periods of loud music near the stages. We also request that weather conditions are taken into consideration when bringing dogs to the festival and remind customers that dogs should not be left unattended in vehicles during hot weather. Water points will be located throughout the arena & campsites to fill dog water bowls and keep them hydrated.
Northern Kin’s new permanent home is at the picturesque Thornley Hall Farm in Durham and within easy access of nearby Durham City Centre and main road links. There’s lots of exciting improvements and features planned for our new site for 2024 with lots of great additions being announced over the next few months and include:
Yes! We offer free parking for both campers and day visitors included with your ticket. Parking is on site and secure but vehicles are left at the owners risk.
We ask you to be mindful of the environment when travelling by car and to car share where possible. Shuttle buses are available an alternative option.
It has recently come to light that incorrect information has been circulating online about the venue for Northern Kin Festival and Stone Valley Festival, Thornley Hall Farm. As Festival organisers, we have an obligation to ensure that we only work with partners and venues who follow the same moral obligations we do and before we entered discussions with Thornley Hall Farm this was made clear from our side and the owners of Thornley Hall Farm are in complete agreement with our moral stances.
Fox hunting was made illegal in England on 18 February 2005 and from then NO fox hunting has taken place on Thornley Hall to the best of our knowledge. Trail hunting, where hounds follow a pre laid scent trail and foxes are NOT killed, was allowed to continue, when the new, present owners, of Thornley Hall took over in 2016 this tradition was allowed to continue for a while but was quickly stopped.
For a short time one of the owners was chairman of the trail hunt but resigned as he felt uncomfortable with his position and is no longer in favour of hunting.
Since before we decided to host both Northern Kin and Stone Valley Festival on this site, we can confirm that no hunting with hounds of any sort that takes place on the Thornley Hall estate and none of the owners, or owners’ family are members of any hunt.
The owners long term commitment is to prevent any hunting with hounds on Thornley Hall and this will remain their policy going forward.
Northern Kin Festival welcomes disabled festival goers and takes all reasonable measures to assist with their attendance and enjoyment of the event. At the same time, the festival takes place in the open countryside and disabled guests should be aware that the main arena, car park and surrounding areas are, naturally, fairly uneven and may be difficult to navigate. Where possible when designing the site, we do so, so it utilises level, flat routes, to make the event as accessible as possible for wheelchair users.
There will also be a dedicated viewing area for wheelchair users to view the event, in the two main big tops, though it does have a capacity and will be first come first served to wheelchair users and their companions and we have disabled toilet facilities in the festival arena and in the disabled campsites. More information on disabled camping can be found under the Camping Section.
Information on carers tickets can be found under the carers section.
The free Disabled Facilities Access Permit is for those who require accessible facilities or additional support to accommodate disabilities, only, and can be accessed by booking the free Disabled Facilities Access Permit in addition to all normal purchased camping tickets (per person) and Motorhome/Caravan permit, if required. If NOT camping it can still be ordered if use of the secure disabled facilities in the music arena are required. Kindly note the Disabled Permit is NOT an entry ticket and is additional to the camping or non-camping tickets per person.
For 2024 the disabled toilets will remain separate in a secure compound with steward monitoring, to ensure that only our disabled guests with the disabled facilities access permit have access to them.
Any person with additional needs who requires a free accompanying ticket for a carer or assistant, can email Northern Kin Festival via our Contact page or at email@example.com where we will make provision for this directly.
If you have any other specific requirements, let us know via our Contact page and where at all possible, we’ll endeavour to help.
Access to facilities is subject to availability and not guaranteed. Anyone turning up on the day without making prior arrangements may not be able to access our facilities if they are full to capacity.
There are no discounts for our disabled visitors, but the festival has full disabled facilities.
If you require the assistance of an accompanying carer, a free Carer Ticket is available. To order , please email firstname.lastname@example.org a copy of PIP or other disability allowance and your tickets order reference number, and a link to order the Carer Ticket will be emailed back to you.
We will ask you to show some carers ID or a blue badge for the person requiring assistance to ease the transition at the entrance and allow our security to correctly identify you as a person who should be in possession of the free ticket.
There will be a Disabled Camping Section close to the music arena for ease of access, clearly signposted on the weekend which needs to be pre-booked and is subject to availability.
If you have mobility issues and require the Disabled Camping Area, closer to the music arena, please email us at email@example.com to confirm your requirements and one of our team will be back in touch.
Each attendee can bring sealed bottle of water or soft drink up to 500ml. Free drinking water points will be available throughout the festival, so you can bring an empty reusable plastic or aluminium bottle to the event for water refills. Due to licensing conditions, alcohol cannot be brought into the music arena. Anyone found trying to sneak alcohol into the festival will be denied entry.
Personal picnics are also permitted into the event, upon arrival, but no metal/glass utensils or cool boxes, for safety and security reasons. Further take away food cannot be brought in during the event. We will have a wide choice of caterers who will be very reasonably priced. Any person with specific dietary requirements can inform us in advance and where suitable options aren’t available on site, we will give dispensation to bring suitable food to the event.
Please note, to allow time for security bag searches, we are operating a ‘no big bags policy’, so no large rucksacks or bags, are permitted. Only small rucksacks/bags with length/width dimensions approximately no larger than a piece of A4 paper, can be brought into the music arena.
Northern Kin Festival works with a national festival bar specialist, enabling us to offer very competitive drink prices. We will be offering a good selection of lagers, ciders and beers (draught and bottled), alongside great real ales, cocktails, spirits, wines and a range of soft drinks.
There’ll be a huge main bar and specialist separate real ale, premium and can bars. The bars will open on Friday @ 3.00 pm and Saturday & Sunday @ 11.00 am and will close shortly before the music ends on each night.
Northern Kin Festival operates a strict Challenge 25 policy. If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, please remember to bring ID and don’t be offended if our staff ask to verify your age.
With a large number of caterers, there will be a great variety of British and World foods available to ensure there is something available for everyone.
We will also be working to ensure that there are Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-free choices available. More details about these options will appear on this site in the next few weeks.
Not all dishes served by caterers will be suitable for specific dietary requirements, so please check to see what options are available but we work with our catering providers to ensure as much variety as possible!
Campers can bring personal food and drink onto the site for consumption by campers, in the camp site only.
Free drinking water will be provided so you can bring in an empty reusable plastic or aluminium bottle for refills.
NO GLASS or metal utensils are allowed anywhere on site due to Health & Safety restrictions.
The Event gates will open at 3.00 pm on the Friday (14th June 2024) and 11.00 am on the Saturday (15th June 2024) and Sunday (16th June 2024). Car Parks will open 30 minutes before the gate opening times on each day.
The camp site opens for campers at 9am on the Friday and there is an extra early Thursday evening arrival option where camping ticket-holders can pitch up on Thursday (13th June 2024) evening any time between 5pm and 8pm to get pitched up and settled in early, ready for the weekend, at no extra cost to camping ticket-holders. Thursday free early arrival is for live-in vehicle and tent camping (does not include Glamping early arrival, which has normal arrival times from Friday 9am onwards).
The music is scheduled to finish by 11.00pm each night.
The Event gates will open at 3.00 pm on the Friday (14th June 2024) and 11.00 am on the Saturday (15th June 2024) and Sunday (16h June 2024). Car Parks will open 30 minutes before the gate opening times on each day.
The camp site opens for campers at 9am on the Friday and there is an extra early Thursday evening arrival option where camping ticket-holders can pitch up on Thursday (13th June) evening any time between 5pm and 8pm to get pitched up and settled in early, ready for the weekend, at no extra cost to camping ticket-holders. Thursday free early arrival is for live-in vehicle and tent camping (does not include Glamping early arrival, which has normal arrival times from Friday 10am onwards).
The music is scheduled to finish by 11.00pm each night.
We offer shuttle bus tickets which are on sale on our tickets page:
Friday 14th June 2024
Saturday 15th June 2024
Sunday 16th June 2024
The easiest way to spend the weekend with us is by camping either in a tent, live in vehicle or by booking one of our luxurious glamping tents! We understand that a number of factors mean some people don’t want to camp and would prefer to stay locally in a hotel.
While we can’t recommend any hotels directly – the postcode of the festival is DH6 3LY and we would suggest looking at booking.com or google for hotels located in the area.
The site is in Durham and there are numerous hotels in Durham City Centre which you can stay at which are close by.
Northern Kin Festival is a family friendly event and the team run a number of festivals around the UK. Our Security Provider are specialists in Live Music Events. Northern Kin supports it’s provider in ensuring that our zero-tolerance approach to anti-social or disruptive behaviour maintains a calm and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone.
Also available on site are a team of professional medical staff to assist with any problems.
We also have comprehensive safeguarding policies including a professional approach to dealing with lost children to ensure that all possible steps are taken to keep everyone as safe as possible.
We’re fans as much as you are and know the importance of the basics at these events. For this reason, we’re making sure that not only do we have lots of toilets available at the event, but we will also have a fantastic team of cleaners to ensure that the toilets remain clean and stocked throughout the day.
Folding chairs, blankets, etc, can be brought into the event. If using a folding chair we would respectfully ask that they are not located near the front of the stage for safety reasons as this is the area where people stand. We also ask that walkways are kept clear in the tents and these are located towards the back of the tents.
Unattended chairs will be removed by security.
If you’re interested in applying for a trade stall at Northern Kin Festival, please email us full details via our Contact Page and include information on what you sell, what other festivals and events you’ve traded at, stall dimensions and a photo.
If a pitch is available we will confirm a pitch price quote and would require proof of liability insurance, risk assessment, etc.
Using a tiered system, each standard ticket gets full event access, but those purchasing earlier will definitely get the best price. The initial Early Bird price will be THE cheapest ticket available at any time for Northern Kin Festival and the Early Bird allocation is strictly limited
All Prices are subject to Booking Fee. As each allocation nears sell out, we will make announcements on social media and our website, before the next allocation is released.
Due to strictly limited numbers for the 2024 festival, and the popularity of the event, we expect Northern Kin Festival to sell out well in advance of the event
Before the festival day, you can buy tickets from this website using a debit or credit card, such as VISA or MASTERCARD. Ticket confirmation are emailed electronically to you immediately after your purchase, so please enter your email address accurately. Tickets are e-tickets and will be sent out to you approximately two weeks prior to the event to the email address used to book tickets. We send these out as close to the festival as possible to minimise the chance of fake tickets being sold on secondary sites
Tickets for Northern Kin Festival will be released in tiers containing a pre-determined allocation of tickets. When each tier, sells out, the following tier becomes available at a new price. There will be announcements on the website and social media before each tier is due to sell out.
We can guarantee that the initial Early Bird price launched will be THE cheapest tickets available at any time for the Festival.
Please be mindful of fake and scam accounts selling fake tickets for Northern Kin Festival on social media – we cannot be held responsible for tickets purchased via 3rd party sites and fake tickets will not be accepted as entry into the festival.
We expect Northern Kin Festival to probably sell-out in advance (the event has a set capacity determined for safety reasons), but in the unlikely event that there are any non-camping tickets remaining (as we expect camping to sell out well in advance due to limited numbers), these would be available to purchase on the day at gate prices. This would be at higher price than the advance prices advertised on our website.
The tickets are broken into two age brackets, Adults 16+ or Age 5 -15 at the time of the festival.
Infants 5 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible ticket-holding adult aged 21+.
Tickets are automatically emailed electronically to you, two weeks before the event. If you can’t find your tickets please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or using the Contact page, confirming the details of your ticket order (name and email address) and we will use these to find your booking.
Due to GDPR we are unable to answer specific ticketing questions on our social media pages and all queries relating to ticket purchases must be emailed to us.
After feedback from previous years, we have decided that Northern Kin Festival 2024 will not have a VIP arena either in the arena or in the campsites. Northern Kin is about kinship and togetherness and we feel that Vip areas remove that togetherness. Instead we are improving facilities for everyone to ensure that Northern Kin Festival is the best it can be!
We do offer Glamping for those looking for a more luxurious camping experience -more information can be found under Glamping in the camping section of this Q&A.
We welcome applications from bands and artists. As we are full this year, applications for 2025 will run from the start of September to the end of November 2024.
When applying, from 1st September 2024, please email us as many details as possible and tell us about your music, where you’ve played and why you’d like to play at Northern Kin. We receive hundreds of applications each year but they are all given full and fair consideration. The Bookings Team will get back in touch if your application is being considered.
Please include live footage links and write to us via the email on our Contact Page