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Background

High Farm Holiday Park Ltd is home to some amazing, and unique glamping suites near Bishop Auckland. Located on Toft Hill in between Weardale and Teesdale, it literally sits on the gateway to the North Pennines. But it is also on the doorstep to County Durham, including Bishop Auckland, and Crook and not too far a drive from Durham.

This holiday park and glamping site near Bishop Auckland is set in an ideal spot for someone who loves nature, visiting historic market towns and villages and wants to enjoy walking in the country side. It is also ideal for those who like to camp in a bit of luxury, whether you are travelling as a family with children or a romantic couple.

We will look at what exactly this holiday park in Bishop Auckland has to offer.

Why You Should Stay at This Holiday Park Near Bishop Auckland

From the onsite café and bar, to the adorable animals on the paddocks, there are many reasons that make this holiday in Bishop Auckland a perfect staycation.

Curlew Café

Coffee served at Curlew Café at High Farm Holiday Park near Bishop Auckland

Image courtesy of Chevanon Photography

The café is a newly-built establishment. It does breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a license to sell alcohol on the premises. It’s open to the public and gets lots of visitors all year round. People can come for a cuppa and a slice of home-made cakes/tray bakes. You can also book a table for a dinner out with the family or as a couple.

The food served at the café includes a breakfast menu which has everything from the traditional full English, to your standard beans on toast and there’s always a selection of breakfast buns. There is also a list of pancakes served at breakfast time too.

Other food included in their daily menu:

  • Cheeseburgers
  • Their signature cheesy scotch egg.
  • Quiche of the day.
  • Fish finger sandwich.
  • Jacket potatoes
  • Brunch meals
  • Cold sandwiches
  • Paninis and toasties
  • And plenty of home-made cakes, scones and ice cream. They have daily specials for cakes and tray bakes.

There is also a separate Sunday lunch menu which includes a starter, main course and dessert menu. You can order soup of the day, a traditional Sunday roast with Yorkshire puddings, and a hot pudding, cheesecake of sundae for dessert.

Drinks served at the Curlew Café include their selection of hot drinks:

  • Hot chocolate (option to add cream and marshmallows)
  • Coffee- lattes, Americanos, flat whites, cappuccinos with different flavoured coffee syrups available. Durham Coffee served in a cafetiere.
  • Tea- including speciality flavoured teas, and a pot of Yorkshire Tea.

Their selection of cold drinks in the fridge include cans of pop (including sugar-free pop), orange and apple juice, glass of milk for babies, bottles of water and milkshakes.

The Café Bar

The venue also serves a selection of alcoholic drinks too. They even have a set bar menu which includes a long list of wines- red, white, rose and sparkling wine. Spirits including whiskey, vodka and flavoured gin. Craft beer from McColl’s Brewery (an IPA and lager of the day), and bottles of lager including 0% alcohol Heineken.

On a Friday and Saturday night, the Curlew Bar does cocktail nights, including a cocktail for two offer and a wide selection of cocktails on a separate menu. They also run board game sessions during cocktail nights too! These take place from 6-10.30pm on Friday and Saturday night.

Click here to view their full menu.

Glamping in The Railway Wagons

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for a staycation in the County Durham and Bishop Auckland area- then this holiday park is definitely worth considering especially for glamping.

They have different options for accommodation including glamping cabins, caravan pitches and camping. Their glamping facilities are essentially old railway wagons that have been restored and converted into luxury abodes. These self-contained accommodations sleep two adults per wagon and are fully-furnished with the following luxuries:

  • Patio decking
  • Double bed
  • Ensuite shower, toilet and sink.
  • Kitchenette with sink, fridge, kettle and gas stove.
  • Towels and bed linen also provided.

Find out more by watching the following YouTube video.

Or click here to read about in on their website.

Caravan Pitches

If you want to come and stay in your own caravan, then there are plenty of pitches available with the option to stay on a grassy or gravelled pitch. The hard-standing gravel pitches and grass pitches are spacious, and include enough space for an awning. Every pitch has an electric point.

Camping Pitches

You can also book pitches for 2-person or 4-person tents. There is access to an electric hook-up for these pitches too. The camping pitches are okay to stay on in all weather conditions.

Playground at High Farm Holiday Park near Bishop Auckland

Image taken by Andy Dawson 

Children’s Playground

There is a large playground that includes all kinds of equipment for children to play on and burn off plenty of energy. The park is located directly opposite the café entrance across the gravel road and parking area. It is important to note that each person must pay £4.00 to access the park and paddocks, this also goes for each child (children under 2 years old have free access).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paddocks

Meerkat at the paddock at High Farm Holiday Park near Bishop Auckland

Image taken by Andy Dawson

The paddocks are located near the playground, and people must pay for a ticket at the ticket booth at the park entrance. You can also buy animal food to feed the different animals in the paddock. This is a unique experience from people of all ages, especially for those who love animals. The following animals you can see include:

  • Baby lambs
  • Ant & Dec the wallabies.
  • Meerkats
  • Pigs
  • Goats
  • Salt & Pepper the rheas.

Click the following link to watch their YouTube video to learn more about the animals and what to expect during your visit.

The paddocks and playground are both open to the public as well as guests.

Nearby Attractions

High Farm Holiday Park is located in a very popular part of County Durham near Bishop Auckland with lots of hidden gems and unsung villages and towns to pay a visit to during your stay. There are also lots of tourist attractions you may not have heard about that are also recommended for being accessible.

The following recommended tourist attractions and hidden gems include:

Places to visit including towns and villages include Bishop Auckland where there are plenty of bars, cafés and museums. Barnard Castle with the castle itself and the market town and plenty of big walks to do in this area. And why not take a short drive up Weardale and visit Stanhope where there are beautiful pubs, shops riverside walks?

If you like visiting pubs and bar, then we also recommend visiting McColl’s Brewery which is just a ten-minute’s drive from the holiday park, located in the quaint village of Evenwood outside Bishop Auckland.

Accessibility

We recommend this holiday park in Bishop Auckland for people who have physical or learning disabilities.

Wheelchair Access at Café

The entrance to the Curlew Café is a broad ramp with metal meshing on the surface for grip so people are less likely to slip on the wood when it’s wet. There is a handrail on both sides of the ramp.

The ramp leads to an outside seating area on a raised wooden decking to the left- there are about 5-6 tables for up to 3/4 people. All of this seating area has a rail going around it.

To the right at the top of the ramp, the rest of the café inside is all stone flooring and flat. You first pass through one indoor seating area with tables and chairs both to the left and right for up to six people each. In the next room straight ahead, this is where the service area is and there are more tables in booth-like stalls each seating up to six people. The service counter and till is to the left as you enter this room. There is enough walking space for wheelchairs to move around in all indoor spaces.

The service counter has a slightly narrower space where people queue to order.

Toilet Facilities

There are toilets on site, both in the café and in a separate utility block at the caravan and glamping site. There are disabled toilets in both places. The utility block has a ramp as well as some steps going into it and handrails on both the ramp and steps. There are baby changing facilities at the café.

Café Menu

The menu at the café is designed to it has a wide selection of foods accommodating for people with dietary requirements and other needs. This includes vegan and vegetarian options such as the vegan full English breakfast. There are gluten-free options too. It is important to inform a member of staff about any food allergies.

Other things to consider include the variety of healthy options available including fruit salads, green salads and jacket potatoes and other meals with reduced calories. You can also order smaller-sized portions suitable for kids.

Child Friendly

The entire holiday park and glamping site is child friendly. The playground offers lots of fun activities for children to enhance their motor skills and enjoy themselves. The animals at the paddocks are a great idea for children with sensory needs as they can feed and pet some of the animals (please ask a member of staff if it’s OK to do so beforehand).

The café is child friendly as it serves smaller portions on their menu and drinks including cartons of juice, milk and fresh juice or dilute juice. They also provide high chairs for babies.

Dog Friendly

The site is dog friendly because dogs are allowed in the café and all around the rest of the site EXCEPT the park and paddocks. There is plenty of meadows and grassy walks down the bottom passed the main car park and caravan/glamping site. Perfect spot to give your dog exercise and walkies.

Parking

There is plenty of onsite parking including an overflow car park on a grassy field to the left of the entrance as you drive in. These spaces are marked by wooden poles laying on the grass. There is limited visitor parking right outside the café all on gravel. This includes a couple of disabled spaces nearest to the café entrance. All parking is free of charge.

Cars can park alongside the railway cabins and caravan and camping pitches.

Public Transport

In terms of travelling to this holiday park and glamping site in Bishop Auckland, it depends on where you’re travelling from, but anywhere from Durham or further north is convenient enough to travel by bus. The nearest bus stop is outside Meadowfield House, and it’s just a minute’s walk away from the café. The bus service operating here comes direct from Bishop Auckland. The other bus service running to Toft Hill is from Stanhope.

The easiest option is arriving in your own transport.

Conclusion

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Q Is the playground and park accessible to guests only?

Q What are opening and closing times at the Curlew Café?

Q Do I need to book tickets to see the animals?

Q What are the opening times for the paddocks?

Q Are barbecues allowed on the site?

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