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Camping or ‘wigwaming’ on a pretty and very child-friendly farm among the Yorkshire Wolds

As you bounce along the bumpy track and Humble Bee Farm comes into view, it quickly becomes clear that this is going to be a special place to stay. Hidden away in a tranquil valley among the Yorkshire Wolds, the farm’s surroundings are edged with the vibrant colours of bellflowers, harebells, and mignonette; wild flowers planted as part of the farm’s commitment to conserve wildlife and promote biodiversity. It gives a mixed, natural feel to what is an appropriately eclectic site, home to wigwams, bell tents and (from February) four fabulous nomadic yurts.

While there are no age barriers to enjoying a stay here, owners John and Julia have turned part of their farm into something of a children’s paradise. Two Pygmy goats, sheep and cattle join the free-range chickens and guineafowl wandering around and a handful of Aylesbury ducks dabbling on the pond, with kids encouraged to collect their free-range eggs from the hen house in the mornings. Through the busier times of year (February to October) there’s also the opportunity to learn about the farm and wildlife through special nature events and themed weekends organised on site. This is all, of course, accompanied by the exciting prospect of camping inside a wigwam – all of which are heated, come with mattresses, mod cons, and an outside BBQ and picnic table.

But it's not just kids who will enjoy a stay here. The largest, ‘Big Chief Wigwams’, can sleep a family of five with ease, while bell tents and yurts each sleep four – plus there are three onsite cottages if you're visiting with folks for whom camping "simply won’t do”. Though well equipped, all options can be ramped up by pre-booking ‘full glamping’ packages, which include every added extra, from a bottle of bubbly to a locally-sourced breakfast pack and a campfire. Toasting marshmallows on sticks is, after all, an ageless activity.

Seasoned campers are still welcome – non-electric tent pitches line the driveway, while electric hard standings offer a spot for motorhomes – and there are plenty of activities beyond the children’s playground to keep every camper busy. Signposted walks around the farm encourage visitors to explore the local countryside and the Wolds Way National Trail borders the southern perimeter of the land. Then there’s the beaches of nearby Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, all within driving distance, and the vast North York Moors National Park that opens up another world of hiking altogether. The question is, where to start?

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The Owner Says

Humble Bee Farm is a working arable and stock farm in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds.

The site offers three 4 Star Gold luxury holiday cottages, spacious caravan (hard-standing ehu) and camping pitches (non-ehu), 16 Big Chief Wigwams, four Nomadic Yurts and four Running Water Deluxe En-Suite Wigwams (each with its own log fired hot tub!).

From April to September each year, the site also includes Merry Dales Glamping Bell Tents.

Humble Bee is a fabulous holiday destination for a family holiday, a romantic weekend break or for a few days of relaxation near the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. Open 12 months of the year.

Humble Bee Farm Wigams

Humble Bee Farm’s cosy Big Chief Wigwams each sleep up to four or five people. The 16 Wigwams are arranged in peaceful ‘villages’. You can enjoy evenings around the campfire under the stars, toast marshmallows and then look forward to a good night’s sleep. Humble Bee’s timber Wigwams are insulated and include a toaster, fridge, heater, microwave, mattresses, storage space and coffee table. There is parking next to your Wigwam and a picnic bench and gas BBQ are also included. You can personalise your Wigwam with affordable extras, such as a firepbowl, lanterns, bunting, fairy lights, bedding and much more (pre-ordering essential).

The famous Glamping package is very popular, where a Wigwam is made into beautiful haven of peace and quiet with everything from buntings to bubbly. This ultimate luxury in camping is fantastic for a special occasion. Please ask for details.

Humble Bee also has four Running Water Deluxe En-Suite Wigwams. These will include:

  • Integrated shower room with walk-in shower, hand basin & toilet
  • Compact kitchen, including electric hob
  • Toaster, kettle, microwave, fridge
  • Double bed
  • Settee (making another double bed)
  • Dining table and four chairs
  • Freeview TV
  • Lockable French doors leading onto patio
  • Wall heater
  • Pan pack
  • Croc box for 4 guests
  • Picnic bench
  • Use of charcoal bbq
  • Wood-fired hot tub (please note the wood-fired hot tub is covered by the tariff, however the fuel is not included. You cannot bring your own timber, as you can order our specially treated timber from reception).
  • Dogs and families welcome.

Reviews

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★★★★☆

Good site

Great facilities. Clean, efficient, and a nice place to start our camping experiences. One reservation: the glamping area was rather noisy till very late. It didn't spoil our visit, but some rules around "lights-out" time would be sensible.
Jul 17, 2016 by Leper
★★★★★

Huble bee farm

We had a lovely weekend. Very clean and well run establishment. Owners very welcoming. Stayed in campervan, but will hire a yurt next time and stay for longer.

Feb 21, 2016 by Tina from Derbyshire
★★☆☆☆

a disappointment....

Having seen the excellent reviews we booked to go to Humble Bee following a week at a great campsite in wales. What a contrast; the campsite is set out like a street with small pitches and little privacy. The main reason we booked was so we would be able to make a fire. On this site it consists of paying £10 for a 'fire pit'. It is more like a metal basket that comes delivered with 6 (I counted) logs. In the morning the farmer comes in his little car and collects the 'pits' and any unburnt logs, to ensure the campers cannot exploit his generosity and warm themselves in the morning. That would involve another £10. 

This is a working arable farm. There are animals  present, chickens , guinea fowl and a goat, along with some lovely pigs kept in lamentable conditions.

The playground suits small children. Ours 8 and 10 were unimpressed. They did enjoy collecting eggs though. 

Like many campsite we have visited it is apparent that who ever designed the showers has never been camping; nowhere dry to put your things and insufficient hooks to hang things up. The water was hot. I was pleased that my partner and I showered together as the shower head had to be held in position.

The whole thing is too mercenary; £6 for a gazebo per night, in a part of the country where rain is real possibility.

The nearby pub , The Foxhound, Flixton, does live up to its reviews and is excellent.

We prefer campsites which are more laid back with more space and where the provision of fire wood is not run as a profit centre.

Responce from the campsite owner:

Many thanks for your review about Humble Bee Farm Campsite. We value our the opinions and feedback from our customers

Humble Bee Farm is situated in a peaceful valley in the Yorkshire Wolds. Hills and slopes surround us and our farmers have looked after both the land and the campsite for at least two generations.

The natural geographical layout of Humble Bee means we have our pitches and Wigwams on either side of a visible track that runs down the middle of the site. The tent pitch sizes are a generous 7m by 7m (approx.) in size, and we have five designated tourer pitches that easily accommodate twin axle models.

Each of our 12 Wigwams has its own allocated space, and are conveniently located in three villages of four units.

We are very pleased that part of your selection process of Humble Bee was the firepits. As a popular family-friendly site, the firepits are one of our (optional) extras, which allow people to enjoy a campfire in a safe, controlled manner for both the customer and the farm.

The nightly charge per firepit is £10. This includes a wrought iron firepit ‘basket’ which is delivered individually to the relevant pitch/Wigwam. The basket includes timber, paper, firelighters; the £10 fee also includes an additional ‘trug’ of firewood (with approx. 12 logs), so that a firepit can last approx. three hours.

Once the firepit is used, the charge includes a pick-up the next morning. If there is any wood remaining, customers can retain the wood and they can re-order another filled wrought iron basket, as per above description. Although the firepits are a very popular aspect of the Humble Bee experience, they are an optional extra.

We have a long history at Humble Bee of caring for our cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, birds and hens. Our cattle and sheep are kept in lush pasture until it is time, like on all farms, to gather them into spacious barns for winter shelter, and for calving and lambing. Our birds are all free-range, and our two lovely pigs have a large ‘pen’ with an all-weather shelter, trees, grass, plenty of food, and they can see what’s going on, ‘down on the farm’, as they are very gregarious animals.

We fail to see how the animal conditions are ‘lamentable’, which, according to a dictionary definition, means ‘wretched’ and ‘deplorable’. Anyone who joins us for our popular Lambing and Calving Weekends, for example, sees first-hand how we care for our livestock.

Our playground includes the following equipment: a slide; a fireman’s pole; a set of swings; climbing bridge and a picnic table. Given we are a small campsite, this play park is sufficiently equipped, and there are many large indoor and outdoor play areas in nearby Filey and Scarborough which offer a splendid range of play equipment.

The toilet and shower facilities behind reception include two loos and washbasins; three shower cubicles; a laundry and sink. Each of the shower cubicles includes four coat hooks per unit, towel rails, adjustable showerheads, washbasins, mirrors and shelving. The shower cubicles are designed for one person, and the showerheads can be hand-held for hair washing.

The charge of £6 for the gazebo states clearly on our own website that it’s a tariff which applies for the duration of a stay, whether it’s two nights or much longer.

Unfortunately, we can’t answer for rain being a ‘real possibility’! We’ve just had one of the driest Septembers on record. While this can be a problem for farmers and their newly planted crops, it’s a great for campers and made for a lovely month ‘under canvas’.

Ultimately, we are a family site, and this is clearly mentioned on our own website and on other websites on which we have a listing.  We are glad you enjoyed the nearby pub, the Foxhound, which we do recommend to customers.

All in all, we thank you for your comments and as with all feedback, we endeavour to improve on our already high standards, and hope that you find a campsite that will meet your expectations.

Sep 11, 2014 by alec
★★★★★

Site is as sweet as honey

I don't think words can do this site justice, and I would defiantly check out the website to see more pictures. 

From the moment you book to the moment you climb the steep hill out of the farm on your way home, the Humble Bee farm family can not do enough for you. There is an air of relaxation that is second to none. 

As a group of adults, our friends glamping, while we hooked up the caravan, we found the site to be perfect to our needs, and it was a nice mix of adults only and families. I think it is a nice touch being able to hire fire pits and the wigwams have bbqs and picnic benches, this is something that makes it a little different to other sites we have stayed at. 

If we were meeting up with friends again that didn't have a caravan or didn't want to stay in a tent I would be straight back to humble bee farm. The location is superb for a day at the beech or walking Benton cliffs and checking out the gannets and puffins. 

I would recommend this site to anyone who wants a picturesque site, close to nature, and a bit of luxury while they are at it.

Top top place, we will be back. 

May 19, 2014 by Vickyjacko
★★★★★

Kid's paradise: Farm, beach and sunshine

We took our caravan and three kids to Humblee Bee farm on the recommendation of tent loving friends. There are definitely more tents and it's slightly sloping with a mother of a hill to drag the van up to get there, but we loved it. It's a working arable farm, but with a few animals; hens, ducks, guinea fowl and new born goat kids which my two year old son spent the week terrorising! Our older kids went on the bat hunt (free) which was well run and good fun and there are plenty of events like this in high season. A small playground is just enough and quietens down after nine. Some good runs to be had if you're that way inclined - hills a plenty! Toilets etc could have been cleaner, but that's part of the more real feel here - a great antidote to the Haven style parks around here. Everyone was friendly, no-one was overly noisy. Plus it's ten mins from Filey which is still relatively unspoilt. Oh and the sun was shining!

Jul 30, 2013 by Claireham
★★★★★

Humble Bee Farm

Wigwamtastic, stayed here over the New Year in one of their Wigwams. What a wonderful experience, the staff were so friendly and helpful. The wigwams were fab, warm and cosy even in December! A working farm so no fireworks or noise but perfectly acceptable. The showers and toilet block were spotless. Logs fires which you have to buy their wood at £8.00 per evening. The only draw back for us was the pub which was a 1/2 trip there which was ok going to the pub but a serious hill on the way back making the return journey a bit of an ordeal after a few jars. Cant fault this campsite and we will return if they will have us! Enjoy your stay
Apr 13, 2012 by saraallensmith@gmail.com

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