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Tando Naturist Club in Northumberland

The site is open to genuine naturists only and can be visited only by pre booking your stay. The site is set in what was eight and a half acres of natural woodland. Most of this is still intact, the only areas that are cleared is what is commonly known as the amenities and accommodation area even here as many trees as possible have been left or replanted.

The site is naturally divided by a stream that 150 years ago was the power that drove the mills that ground the corn that grew in the fields that still surround the site. The stream is crossed by a small foot bridge on the other side is the unspoilt and undisturbed woodland where trees up to 600 years old are to be found.

The woodland gives great cover to badgers, foxes, and deer who with all manner of wildlife share the land with members of the club and visitors who they like to refer to as guests.

As for amenities the club has some home spun entertainment every Saturday evening during the summer season. Saturday evenings are also the time to visit our wood burning Sauna. (Other evenings by arrangement)

We have a pavilion with a kitchen there to be used for campers, with free tea and coffee for all, it also has a sitting area, with a wood burning stove for the colder periods of the year, (as the site is open 365 days of the year.). In The Pavilion you will also find a small library, digital television, and music facilities.

Some people say the site as rustic, as all of the buildings are of wooden construction, as required by the landlord etc. There is a shower room and WC that are fitted for disabled people, likewise the function room and pavilion.

We also have a laundry and washing up area, chemical disposal point, and dirty water dump for motorhomes, drinking water taps are dotted all over the site also electrical hook up points.

There is a mini tennis court, a sun lawn, boule area, mini football posts and in the summer an above ground swimming pool.

The site is close to the A1, A69, and A68, its not far from all the main attractions of the North East and less than 50 miles from the Scottish Border etc. Please note the website prices etc are out of date but other facts remain mainly correct.

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This Site is a Naturist Club however its open to visitors, people who wish to stay must be genuine naturist and they must book via the telephone or email. The site is very easy to get to as its near to the A1, A69, and A68. Some one who was staying at the site had travelled up from Dorset and they were boasting that apart from the last mile or so they had travelled via motorway or dual carriageway for their whole journey.

The site is set out of town in rural Northumberland its approximately 60 miles from the Scottish Border and Hadrian’s Wall is only a couple of fields away. Other attractions within 20 miles or so are The Cities of Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham. If you like shopping then one of Europe’s largest shopping centre is even closer. The North East of England’s Open Air Museum is almost on the doorstep likewise Tanfield Railway That is the worlds oldest railway still in operation.

If you like the call of the wild then Keilder Water Europe’s largest man made lake is surrounded by Keilder Forest Europe’s largest man made forest.Is a nice short drive. It was recently recognised as the most tranquil place in England

The Seaside is less than 30 mins drive away. Public Transport is available at the entrance to the sites private lane. There’s so much in the general area its to much to mention. So I will turn my attention to the site itself.

As you can imagine as the grounds are a naturist club the site is very secluded, and a safe place for families. The site as you would also expect is in its own private grounds and all the clubs facilities are maintained and manned totally by unpaid volunteers. You like me would be surprised at their achievements. The Club is a not for profit organisation and the charges reflect this.

The facilities although basic are well kept and clean. There are showers at the top and bottom of the site and likewise the toilets. We noticed once you have paid your pitch fees everything else was free. The site is extensive with its own woodland area and stream remember all these are closed to the public and therefore there is an abundance of wildlife.
Some of their wildlife visitors include 3 species of bats, a fellow visitor informed me that some were very rare indeed. Then there’s a vast variety of birds including King Fishers, and sometimes Red Kites and Buzzards visit.
The site is surrounded by fields and its common to see deer at the stream to quench their thirst. If you have children then you and they will appreciate the play area it has slides, swings, etc the site also has an array of toys from bikes to scooters, and every thing in between including two trampolines.

For the Adults and older children there’s also a mini tennis court and French bowls court. If you’re a fan of sauna then you will enjoy there wood burning sauna used most weekends and Wednesday evenings but more if numbers of people allow.

In the summer they have an small above ground outdoor pool although its unheated most of the time the water was 25c whilst we were there. There is a Pavilion with a kitchen great if your camping in a tent (oh and by the way the tent area is very flat.). In the Pavilion there are also some comfortable seats and tea and coffee if you make it ha ha ha.

The Pavilion is also where the television with digital channels and a DVD player is situated, it is heated with a wood burning stove for those more cool evenings.

There is a sun lawn just to improve your tan, and on Saturday Evenings during the busy months there is some form of entertainment, this year they will have a Western Weekend, , 60s and 70s nights etc. All home spun but great fun.

The Members make you as welcome as they are themselves and go out of the way to help. They even towed a car of a visitor back to the site after he had set out for home then broken down and they gave them free accommodation until the car was repaired and they could make their way home again. Oh that reminds me the club also has some basic accommodation to rent too. There is a couple of touring caravans and a chalet you can hire for little more than a touring pitch fee.

The site is great place to stay overnight or for longer we met a couple and a family who planned to stay to break there journey to Scotland however they did not move on, they visited Scotland on day visits from the site.

All in all it’s a great place to stay if I have to find a down point at all, I could say that there was some road noise more noticed on some parts of the grounds than others. However after a while I did not even notice it. So Well Done to Tando Club and its members you could not have made us more welcome and I can say we will be back.
Ed (7th Apr 2010)