Bootcamp aims to get families fit

Action on the beach with Northern Bootcamp.
Action on the beach with Northern Bootcamp.

A FITNESS and weight-loss bootcamp in north Northumberland claims it will become the first in the UK to operate residential sessions for the entire family.

Northern Bootcamp, a retreat-style bootcamp based near Bamburgh, has launched its first ‘family fit and active’ bootcamp which aims to help the whole family get fit and have fun together.

Caroline Smith, who is co-owner of Northern Bootcamp with husband Dan and leader of the family sessions, said: “This is something we have organised in response to the overwhelming demand from campers who have attended boot camps as individuals.

“They loved the chance to do something for themselves while with us, but the feedback has been that our location, the standards of accommodation and the friendly and open approach we take to our activities would be perfectly suited to the entire family.”

Northern Bootcamp’s family bootcamp is now taking bookings for its first family fit and active bootcamp, which will be held at the renovated Spindelstone Mill, which lies between Belford and Bamburgh.

It will run over five nights from Saturday, June 2, coinciding with the school half-term for millions of UK schoolchildren that week.

Caroline said: “Our bootcamps are already tailored to fit individuals and we will be taking the same approach with families.

“By using games and adventure training we get children fit and active without them even thinking of it as exercise.

“While for most of us this offers a great way to get the kids away from the TV and X-Box during the school holidays, the announcement does come at a time when health professionals are becoming increasingly concerned about children’s’ fitness.”

Child obesity statistics recently revealed by the NHS showed that more than three in every ten children aged between two and 15 were classified as obese.

The figures as they become older are even more worrying, with more than a quarter of all UK adults, aged 16 and above, now classed as obese.

Bootcamp sessions include fully supervised abseiling, kayaking, cycling, bushcraft, beach games and mental and physical agility challenges.

The accommodation itself is in a top-quality, newly-redeveloped mill, which offers all modern luxuries.

Northern Bootcamp’s family fit and active bootcamps are available for children aged over six, priced £500 per adult and £250 per child and can be reserved by visiting