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Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire
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Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North YorkshireAs you bounce along the bumpy farm track and Humble Bee Farm comes into view, it quickly becomes clear that this is going to be a special place to camp. Hidden away in a tranquil valley among the Yorkshire Wolds, the farm's surrounding fields are edged with the vibrant reds, blues, and yellows of bellflowers, harebells, and wild mignonette. These wild flowers have been planted to provide birdseed mix and are part of the farm's commitment to conserve wildlife and promote biodiversity; encouraging lapwings, corn buntings, skylarks, and even deer to visit the farm.

While there are no age barriers to enjoying a stay here, owners John and Julia Warters have turned part of their farm into something of a children's paradise.Two Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Bubble and Squeak, and three Shetland ponies, Mojo, Magic, and Hector, join the free-range chickens and guineafowl wandering the site and the Aylesbury ducks on the pond. There are no 'Do not feed the animals' notices here. Instead signs encourage kids to feed the ponies and pigs, with information about what they like to eat, and they can also collect eggs from the hen house. There's a children's playground, and the exciting option of camping in a wigwam.

But it's not just youngsters who enjoy this place. The quarter-acre site is set in some 320 acres of farmland, with lovely views over sweeping hills and a remote, peaceful atmosphere - despite all those kids. Signposted walks around the firm encourage campers to explore the local countryside.

COOL FACTOR A pretty and very child-friendly farm.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs - yes. Croups of under-21s, transit vans without prior arrangement - no.

ON SITE Campfires allowed in rented fire baskets delivered directly to your tent, complete with firelighters, kindling, and wood. Twenty pitches with hook-ups are set out on either side of a farm track; 4 heated wigwams with mod cons; and there's room for another 20 tents across a slightly sloping grassy area at the bottom of the site. Two modern facilities blocks provide toilets, showers, basins, a family/disabled bathroom, hairdryers, laundry, and a dishwashing room; the farm shop supplies basics as well as local sausages, bacon, and ice cream - and those camping essentials, marshmallows.

OFF SITE A section of the 70-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way runs alongside the site; you can follow the path for about 7 miles to Filey, with its large sandy beach and sheltered bay.

FOOD AND DRINK The Foxhound Inn (01723 890301) in Flixton is 1½ miles down the road and comes highly recommended for its huge portions of pub grub. The Filey Deli (Belle Vue Street) boasts the best cupcakes in town; at old-fashioned BramwellsTea Room (01723 513344) you can enjoy toasted teacakes to a Doris Day soundtrack.

GETTING THERE Take the A64 (from York towards Scarborough) and, at the Staxton roundabout, take the second exit on to the A1039, signposted Filey. Just before you enter Flixton take a right-hand turn, signposted Fordon. At the top of the hill turn right, to Humble Bee Farm.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Bus no. 118 runs from Filey via Folkton and Flixton to Scarborough 3-4 times each day.

OPEN All year.

THE DAMAGE Tent, car, plus 4 people £16-£26 per night. Wigwams (sleeping up to 5) £12.50 adult/£5 child per night.



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