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 has a £20 set fare from Berwick to Northstar and discounts on return fares (based on a standard taxi, they do up to 8 seaters which are slightly more but offer greater value if you're splitting the fare)
Feel free to use the event page or the noticeboard at Northstar to arrange taxi shares or lifts
BRING HER ABOUT! PULL THE THING! NO, NOT THAT THING, THE OTHER ONE!
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 main area of Airship Northstar will be at The Hub
The stage, traders, food and drink sellers and most activities will be here. There will also be a noticeboard here which will inform you of any changes, feature sign-up sheet for events and also act as a bulletin board if you'd like to offer lifts to people or would like other's to join in with your plans for the day
Lady Waterford Hall
In Ford village - a stunning hidden gem of a place - well worth the short walk up the hill to see it
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
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 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
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
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
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 friends, relax, laugh and have fun!