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Airship Northstar

General Guidance, Important Information, Vital Knowledge, Bumf

Getting to the Site


Set satnavs to the postcode TD15 2PX, St Michael and All Angel's Church is the nearest landmark.

Campers who are going to the Scout Camp should set their satnav for Ford Scout Camp.

For camping parking check the camping section. Non-campers and Day Ticket holders will find limited parking at The Hub, otherwise park at Ford Village and walk down to the Hub


The nearest main line station is Berwick upon Tweed.

Woody's Taxis - - 01289 547009 are reliable and good value, especially if shared

Feel free to use the event page to arrange taxi shares or lifts

Flying Machine



Standard tent campers (ie not trailer tents) should head for Ford Scout Camp, it is signposted from the main road. Cars are NOT permitted on the camping part of the site, but you can park on the access road – please drive up as far as possible to ensure everyone has a spot. Access to the campsite from the access road is down a small incline, the scout hut/toilets are on the left, the communal fire pit is on the right.

Light sleepers and campers with children are advised to use the leftmost side of the site, heavy sleepers and those who may want to make use of the fire pit are advised to use the rightmost side of the site.

No fires are permitted on site with the exception of the fire pit, camping stoves are ok though.

If you are using the fire pit, burn nothing but wood and paper – perhaps consider picking some firewood up en route?

Please respect other campers and local residents when it comes to noise, language and musical taste

Please make good use of the facilities, but leave them as you find them

Where to Find Things

The Hub

The main area of Airship Northstar will be at The Hub 

The stage, traders, food and drink sellers and most activities will be here.
It will clearly be marked by bunTing from the main road - AIM FOR THE BUNTING!

Lady Waterford Hall

In Ford village - a stunning hidden gem of a place - well worth the short walk up the hill to see it

The Train

Heatherslaw Light Railway lies along the road between Ford and Etal, next to Heatherslaw Mill. It runs between Heatherslaw and Etal Village throughout the weekend.

If you show your wristbands you will be entitled to travel at a reduced rate

The Mill

Heatherslaw Mill is a working watermill and well worth a visit, you will get a discounted entry if you show your wristbands, it can be found next to the train station

Hay Farm

Hay farm Heavy Horse Sanctuary lies along the main Ford to Etal road between Ford and Heatherslaw. The farm doesn't charge an entrance fee, but donations are welcomed. As well as being able to visit the rather lovely barn and it's displays and exhibits, and meeting the MASSIVE horses, you can also get a really nice traditional home-made picnic from them to enjoy on site (pre-booking essential, call 01890 820 601 to book)

The Colliery Ruins

The ruins are within the Nature reserve at the top of the hill to the east of Ford, it's a brisk walk or you can park nearby. Please keep to the path when exploring the reserve as the site is both a preserved SSSI and treacherously boggy in areas, but well worth the visit

Etal Castle

Located in Etal Village the castle is an English Heritage site, members can enter for free, Airship Northstar wristband wearers get a discount on the entry fee. If you are interested in the history of the area then this is a perfect starting point into exploring it – if you want to travel slightly further afield then you may want to visit Flodden Battlefield, Duddo Standing Stones or the heritage trail and Woodhenge

The Old Dairy

The Old Dairy is just up the road from us, as well as a tea shop/champagne bar it also has really big antique/bric-a-brac/architectural antique/vintage trading space that is basically a steampunk place of worship

General Store

The store at Ford is the closest shop for general items, it's just opposite Lady Waterford Hall.

And no, it doesn't sell Generals

Tea Shops

There are rather lovely tea shops in Ford, Etal and Heatherslaw Mill – it's like they were expecting us

When are Things Happening?


Airship Northstar Code of Conduct

We're in this together

Look out for each other

Bring a torch

Use torches to look out for each other after dark

If in doubt, have a cup of tea

The phrase 'That's not steampunk' is banned from Airship Northstar – Steampunk is an individual expression of the genre/aesthetic, there's no wrong way of doing it and there's no steampunk police (well there are, but they're usually steampunks dressed as police, and therefore have little actual authority). Steampunk your way

Be characteristically lovely to local residents and respect the Estate,

it's not just an incredible backdrop for many many steampunk pictures, it's people's homes

Weapon carry rules are: absolutely no replica firearms, no exceptions. Steampunk weapons should in no way be confusable with real world weapons – if in doubt, leave it at home. Prop swords need to be tied into scabbards unless you're at The Hub. Common sense and caution are good guides

The most important rule – make frie
nds, relax, laugh and have fun!