Haemfest Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the camp located? Golden Valley Caravan and Camping Park is situated just off the M1, within 10 minutes’ drive to local towns and shops.

  • What is the check-in and check-out time? Check-in after 2 pm on Friday. Check-out is up to 2 pm on Sunday.
  • Where can I pitch my tent? THS camping area is on the Rally field which is located on the opposite side of the road to the main caravan park; a short 5 minute walk down the lane and across the main road. The Rally field has its own newly-built amenity block consisting of heated toilets and showers, pot wash room chemical waste point and a large upstairs function room. The Rally field has electric hook up running off a 16amp supply. Please book via [email protected]
  • Can I park my car next to my tent? Cars MUST be kept off the grass. If the weather is dry and you have been told to do so, you may unload your cars and then put them in the car park.

  • What do I need to bring? Everything. This is a camping weekend so you will need food, drink, tents, sleeping bags, toiletries, waterproof clothes, towels, pillows, mugs, plates, cutlery, etc. If you want to take part in our yoga session, please bring your own mat.

  • Is there a shop? There is a small shop on the main campsite (not the rally field) that sells everyday necessities: – bread, milk, sugar and some more. Shops are also located a short drive from the campsite in : Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton, all of which have large supermarkets.
  • Are there wheelchair-accessible facilities? The disabled shower room is provided with a wider door, shower, wash hand basin, grab rails and toilet with an audible and visual alarm system. The laundry room is wheelchair accessible.
  • The main caravan site entrance has a slight incline to reception. Wheelchair users would need assistance to travel from the bottom section of the site to the top part of the site up the steep hill.
  • The touring area for caravans and mobile homes (which is located on the main caravan site) is accessed by a short steep hill which accommodates a facility building housing toilets, showers, disabled toilet/shower room, laundry room, a customer pot washroom, games room and gym.
  • The onsite games room, gym, and upstairs bar/disco room is not wheelchair accessible. All other customer rooms are wheelchair accessible or can be accessed with assistance – which staff can provide if required.
  • The roadways are made up of tarmac and are level although in some places uneven with rough patches. The main entrance and access to the site are all tarmac roads.
  • Are there toilet facilities? Two spacious male and female toilets and shower blocks with free hot showers one for the top wood area with a good-sized disabled toilet and walk-in shower. One toilet and shower block for the bottom wood area with a bath in the lady’s toilet, great for family use.

  • Where are the nearest train stations? Derby, Alfreton, Langley Mill, Ambergate, Belper, Whatstandwell, Duffield, Sutton Parkway.

  • Can I come just for the day? Yes, day tickets are available to book in advance.

  • Is it open to extended family members? Yes, everyone is welcome.

  • Is there anything planned for Friday night? No, from Friday 12 pm members can check in and set up their camping equipment. Friday night will be relaxed for members to meet and chat or else watch the world go by and enjoy your camping experience. Or if you fancy a singsong, come along to our karaoke night.

  • Can I bring my dog? Yes, but there is an extra charge of £2 a day. They must be kept on a lead at all times and all dog mess must be placed in special bins provided. Woodland and Nature Trails – The site is set within 26 acres of historic woodland enabling you to enjoy many a woodland walk following many woodland trails. The woodland contains various species of wildlife that habitat the woodland. The boundaries are clearly defined and fenced making it safe for children and pets to explore without wandering off the site. Ideal for short walks with dogs or bike rides.

  • Is there food? Bring your own food for the weekend (we are not able to cater for specific dietary requirements). The on-site cafe (on the main campsite, not the rally field) stocks a variety of food and drink options along with different choice options from the menu, to eat in or take away.
  • Takeaways/restaurants are located a short distance from local towns: Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton.

Ripley: Thorntree, Ripley’s Fish and Chips, Champion Pizza Ripley.

Heanor: Happy Jack’s Shakes n Bakes,  UK Pizza & Chicken Heanor, Mindy Arms,  Royal Breakfast

Alfreton: Wagamama, Thapas, The Railside Café,  Mario’s Fish Bar  

You can also get takeaways delivered from Deliveroo, Just Eat and UberEats

  • Can I bring alcohol? Yes, but no walking around the site with alcohol. There is a bar located on the first-floor level in the reception building at the main campsite. This pine-clad area contains a fully functional bar/refreshment area where you can relax during your stay. Opening times are dependent on how busy the park is however, there is a mini-bar in the cafeteria. All alcohol is to be consumed in the bar/tent area. All glasses are to be returned to the bar when empty.

  • Is there childcare available? No, children are to be supervised at all times by parents.

  • What Haemophilia Centres are nearby?

Derby: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Uttoxeter, New Road, Derby, DE22 3NE.

Sheffield: Department of Paediatric Haematology, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH and Sheffield Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre, Adults, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2JF.

Nottingham: Nottingham Haemophilia Comprehensive Care Centre, Nottingham, University Hospital NHS Trust, Queens Medical Centre campus, D Floor East Block, Derby Road, Nottingham, NG7 2UH

  • Is there Wi-Fi? No but 4G is available.

  • Are BBQs allowed? Yes, they allow BBQs providing you are cooking food only and using charcoal. BBQ’s must be over stacked on 5 bricks tall (18” off the ground at all times), please do not place BBQs directly on the grass. (Bricks are available at the reception and the top shower block. PLEASE RETURN AFTER USE.)

  • Do you allow loud noise after 10 pm? NO, all noise must be kept to a minimum at all times, especially before 9.00 am and after 10.00 pm, and music must be at a very quiet volume.

  • Do you allow campfires? Strictly NO fires on site, this is for health and safety/insurance purposes.

  • Do I need a torch? Yes, there is no lighting on site after dark.

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