I stumbled upon the wigwams by accident whilst checking out Northumberland campsites... I was initially put off by the price, especially as they are charged per person, rather than per unit. I'm so glad I went against instinct and booked! It was an experience that we'll treasure for years.
My 3 y/o thought the Wigwam was great and was reluctant to leave to go out for the day. It's located great for trips to the many surrounding towns and villages. Closest being Berwick, which takes 4-5minutes by car or 10-15 on foot and has supermarkets, shops, pubs and restaurants... but if you love the great outdoors nd wants something a little different there are loads of walking routes and park and picnic areas nearby.
After checking in (early with no grumbles!!) at 3.15pm on Tuesday, we set down our stuff in the Wigwam and headed to the restaurant for beautiful Aberdeen Angus burgers. We then followed the winding 'Beal' road to a lovely little beach. We ate ice-creams above the beach (a little too windy to go down that day) and headed back to the site for some rest.
After breakfast in nearby Berwick and wander around we spent early Wednesday afternoon painting pottery on site. As per previous reviews, you do have to wait to be provide paint, but to be honest as the site encourages recycling (including the disposable aprons) I see this as them preventing waste rather than being frugal or treating me like a child... At 29 and with an Art degree I was n no way offended by this.
Later in the afternoon, we headed down to Etal village. We paid the £3.90 each to visit the 'castle'... My advice is unless you are REALLY interested in that sort of thing... Don't!... However the £6.50 per adult and £2.00 per child for the light railway was worth every penny... My little one loved the experience.
Thursday, we journeyed the whole 10 minute drive down to Spittal beach. It's well worth a visit if you are on a budget holiday. It has a small arcade with many 20p and 50p attraction.. but the beach is beautiful and almost deserted. There's also a little cafe and the staff were very polite and friendly...
We drove up to Eyemouth in the late afternoon for Fish n Chips and icecream. As we saw the first spot of sun the North East has seen in August we dropped into Bar Oblo opposite the Maritime Museum for a pint... Again friendly staff!!
As this was our last night we hired the fire pit a toasted Marshmallows outside out Wigwam and drank soup round the campfire... Now this is something every child (an adult for the matter) should be exposed too! Sheer indulgence of your inner child and highly recommended.
My final comments relate to the staff at Pot-a-Doodle-do! I'd like to say they were polite and friendly. And took every opportunity to sit a chat with my daughter. They asked how she was enjoying her stay every time we visited the shop/restaurant/pottery and on the last day came and sat with her at breakfast.
I cant wait to visit again and take friends and family along so we can play cowboys and indians around our wigwams!
Wigwams 13-19, right by the extra toilets and less of a walk for that late night pee ;-)
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Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We do feel that the campsite is safe for children and we also want parents to know that they can relax too knowing their children can come to no harm. Yes you are right about the paints and the aprons. We pride ourselves in trying to recycle as much as we can.
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It is great to see that you managed to explore alot of the area as there is so much to do and see in North Northumberland.
Hopefully we will see you again soon.
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