Fancy Camping In Staithes This Summer?
The village of Staithes is situated on the coast in the Scarborough borough of North Yorkshire. Formerly it was one of the many fishing centres in England but is now largely a tourist destination within the North York Moors National Park.
With easy access to places to such as Scarborough, Kettleness, Runswick Bay and Whitby, Staithes is a highly popular destination for holidaymakers. Whilst every kind of holiday accommodation is available, many people opt for the delights of camping in Staithes.
Staithes Camping Options
Everybody loves camping, after all, it is a fabulous activity that brings hours of enjoyment with the opportunities to connect with loved ones and nature. Staithes not only offers access to forest and woodland but also coastal nature such as seabirds, whales, and even dolphins!
Camping is also thought to be linked with several health benefits including an increased vitamin D intake as a result of spending more time in the sun, improving your fitness as you tend to exercise more and even helping you sleep better. This is a result of the natural light-dark cycle resetting your biological clock.
Camping can also be beneficial to children as it introduces a whole new world that is void of iPads, TV and the must participate in world of social media. Go to Staithes camping and you can also help keep children’s brains healthy and active as you visit all the wonderful places that the village has to offer.
So, you’ve chosen to go camping in Staithes but are now stuck as to which campsite to pick! Well, look no further, here are the three best sites the area has to offer.
Serenity Camping nr Staithes
Situated in Runswick Bay just one mile from Staithes, Serenity camping is a friendly, relaxed and peaceful place to spend your holiday time. It also has the added benefit of being only one mile from Runswick Bay beach and seven miles from Whitby. It is the perfect place to explore from.
Both tents and tourers are welcome at Serenity camping with the grounds being mainly grass, although they do have four fully serviced hard standing pitches. Dogs are more than welcome here and the facilities are clean and well maintained. They include:
- Wifi and information cabin
- Phone charging points
- Campers kitchen
- Laundry facilities
- Wildlife pond with hens and ducks
- Family and disabled washroom
- Hair drying salon
The local village is more than equipped to deal with any other needs you may have. It boasts a butcher, two pubs, a fish and chip shop, post office/store, bistro, and coffee shop.
Phone: +44 1947 841 122
Runswick Bay Caravanning & Camping
Situated just over two miles from Staithes and six miles from Whitby, Runswick Bay is an ideal base for a Staithes camping holiday. It also offers great access to the Cleveland Way Walk and beach which is within walking distance.
Tents (up to five metres wide), caravans, motorhomes, and campervans are all welcome here, as are dogs. If you fancy something a little fancier then their are some glamping options available here.
Runswick Bay Caravanning & Camping offers the capacity of thirty-two pitches with electric hook up, mainly grass but a few are hard standing. Facilities are basic here include:
- Shower and toilet block
- Use of a fridge and freezer
- Sinks for washing up
Phone: +44 1947 840 997
Folly Hall Farm
Situated in Tranmire, Folly Hall Farm is the furthest campsite from Staithes being six miles away, it is also ten miles from Whitby. However, what it lacks in proximity to local places of interest it makes up for in its panoramic views of the countryside and its access to the coast to coast walk.
Folly Hall Farm boasts fifteen pitches, all with electrical hook up. The facilities it offers are basic including:
- Five toilets
- Four showers
- Dishwashing area
- Fridge and freezer access
- Folly Hall Farm Camping
Phone: +44 7774 415 395
What you’ll need when camping in Staithes
One of the worst things that can happen when you go camping is that you get there, set up camp and discover that you have forgotten something of importance, something such as a torch! To avoid this happening here is a handy checklist of some items you won’t want to forget.
Tent and groundsheet, sleeping bags, pillows, chairs, torches, batteries, extra blankets, stove, pans, matches, trash bags, cutlery, cups, food, drink, clothes, towels, cameras, maps, pet food, bikes and toys, lamps, toiletries, and medications.
Of course, this list is not all inclusive but it is a start that you can build on so your holiday in Staithes camping is never ruined by forgotten things.
Things to do when camping in Staithes
Staithes coming from the old English language meaning ‘landing place’ is the perfect little hideaway for those wishing to get away from their hectic everyday lives. There you will find below the towering cliffs and beside the choppy sea fishermen’s cottages huddling together in higgledy-piggledy streets. You’ll also find a myriad of tourist attractions to spend your time visiting.
Staithes Art Gallery
Staithes Art Gallery is housed in a stunning Georgian building on the high street that showcases contemporary artwork inspired by the village and its surrounding area. It also holds links with a group of artists known as ‘The Staithes Group’ or ‘The Northern Impressionists.’ These were a group of artists who worked in the area concentrating their work on the village.
Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre
One of the not to be missed attractions when going to Staithes camping is the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre which opened in 1993 and is a gem of a museum!
Spread over two floors one of the biggest draws to this centre is the ‘William Sanderson Shop’ which is an exact replica of the store that Captain James Cook worked in when he lived in Staithes. The shop is set on a 1745 street which also illustrates life for Staithes families when Captain Cook was there.
The centre also includes over two hundred books, sixty original Webber engravings from Captain Cook’s life and copies of Harrison’s H4 and Kendall’s K3 maritime timepieces.
If you happen to be in Staithes camping over the 10th and 11th of September you will be lucky enough to participate in the Staithes Festival. This is two days when cottages and public buildings throw open their doors and become pop up shops selling items that have been made by local and visiting artists.
The Harbour of Old Jack’s Boat
Staithes was once an important fishing base, home to locally built boats and brightly coloured Whitby Cobles. Nowadays it is still used for fishing, just on a smaller scale. Cod, lobsters, and crabs are just some of the local delicacies you can expect to find for sale. You can also take a short pleasure boat ride if you wish to.
Staithes harbour is now also the home of children’s TV show ‘Old Jack’s Boat.’ Starring Bernard Cribbin as Old Jack it concentrates on his telling of tall stories using a host of colourful characters to help him. Partly animation, part live action it is set inside his old fishing boat moored at Staithes.
Other places of interest
Other places of interest to visit when you go to Staithes camping include Whitby where you can: