You don’t have to travel far for an idyllic staycation in Gloucestershire. With a bumper crop of campsites, whether you’re sleeping under the stars in a motorhome, tent or even a yurt, there’s never been a better time to explore the county.
So whether you’re looking for a family-friendly site brimming with activities, or a secluded setting for a romantic weekend away in a fully kitted-out motorhome, there’s an array of options for getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors.
SoGlos has rounded up 25 of the best campsites across Gloucestershire – in no particular order – spanning everything from simple tent pitches and eco-friendly domes, to luxury glamping and stunning sites to park your campervan.
Hayles Fruit Farm
With capacity to welcome tents, caravans and motorhomes, Hayles Fruit Farm near Winchcombe makes a delightful base for exploring the Cotswolds. Campers can enjoy watching the sunset in the picturesque setting, before lighting a fire pit to keep warm and toast some marshmallows.
For those looking for some peace and quiet, Forest Gate in Huntley is set on the edge of the Forest of Dean, making it the perfect spot for exploring the woodland and rural area. With 25 pitches, electric hook-ups and a small on-site shop, there’s everything you’ll need for a weekend of rustic camping or a motorhome break.
Cotswold Farm Park
Immerse yourself in the farm experience by camping on the picturesque site at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. After an action-packed day visiting the animals at the farm park, you can retire to the 40-pitch site, which includes premium pitches and grass pitches (both ideal for motorhomes), and relax as you watch the sun set over the Cotswold hills, while cooking up a feast on the barbecue.
Denfurlong Farm Caravan & Campsite
Set within 400 acres of farmland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Denfurlong Farm gives visitors the chance to holiday in caravans, motorhomes and tents, or experience glamping on the site near Chedworth. And with Cirencester just six miles away, it’s ideally located for exploring all the Cotswolds has to offer.
With over 500 pitches, Bracelands Campsite in the Forest of Dean offers a spacious setting to enjoy a woodland camping trip. The dog-friendly site is open year round and has pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes, so you can enjoy the experience no matter the weather. The site also has a wealth of facilities, including an on-site shop for stocking on essentials for leisurely picnics and laidback summer barbecues.
The Wildings near Bourton-on-the-Water is a peaceful campsite overlooking the Windrush Valley. As well as offering accommodation in pods and yurts (which are soon to be joined by star tents, bell tents and camping pitches), owners Kim and Angus also make it possible to customise your stay, with everything from pizza oven hire to fluffy towels available.
Whitemead Forest Park
Situated in the magical Forest of Dean, Whitemead Forest Park offers a magical setting for enjoying a camping break with the family. With over 110 pitches for both tents and caravans, the park also offers impressive on-site facilities, including a large indoor heated pool and play areas, with luxurious log cabins and eco-friendly glamping pods if you want to holiday in style.
Far Peak Camping
Spanning simple grass pitches to electric hook-ups, along with cosy shepherd’s huts, Far Peak Camping near Northleach offers something for every type of camping experience, whether you want to enjoy it in luxury in a motorhome, or go back to basics in a tent. Children are well catered for, with an on-site climbing centre, low ropes course and cycle centre, while there’s a pub within walking distance that’s ideal for leisurely afternoon pints.
Croft Farm Leisure & Water Park
Families looking for a campsite brimming with activities have plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained at Croft Farm Leisure & Water Park in Tewkesbury. The camping and caravan park has a mixture of grass and hard standing pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents, along with a watersports lake, where visitors can try sailing, canoeing and wind surfing, before retiring to the campsite, or one of the wooden cabins.
Bridge House Campsite
Welcoming motorhomes, caravans and tents, the family-run Bridge House Campsite in the market town of Lechlade makes for the perfect short break for the whole family, with access to various footpaths, along with independent eateries, all within walking distance. Those willing to travel further can take the family for a day out at the Cotswold Water Park.
Field Barn Park
Nestled in a peaceful setting within walking distance of Bourton-on-the-Water, Field Barn Park is an over 30s campsite with 53 pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes. If you want someone else to do the setting up for you, then opt to glamp in its cosy bell tent furnished with a double bed for maximum comfort.
For an affordable and rustic camping experience, head to Old Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh, which has space to welcome five caravans and five tents, along with toilet and shower facilities. Campers can stock up on meat from the working farm, along with local milk, bread, cakes and more at the on-site shop. It’s also where Nigel and Adam’s Farm Kitchen was filmed.
Abbey Home Farm
Campers looking to enjoy a relaxing family-friendly escape to the Cotswolds should head for Abbey Home Farm near Cirencester – ideal whether you want to camp, visit in a small campervan, stay in one of the yurts, sleep in a shepherd’s hut or retire to the hut by the pond. The organic farm shop and café also offers the chance to sample the farm’s produce and stock up on supplies too.
Tudor Caravan Park
Five minutes’ walk from Slimbridge Wetland Centre, the canal-side Tudor Caravan Park accepts caravans, tents, motorhomes, campervans and RVs all year round. Campers can take advantage of fishing and cycling along the canal towpath, as well as an award-winning country pub on the doorstep, plus underfloor heating, baby changing and full disabled facilities available in the main toilet and shower block.
The Dome Garden
If you like the idea of a camping experience but don’t want to lug a tent with you, The Dome Garden in the Forest of Dean offers the chance to glamp in one of its 5 unique geodesic domes. Each space-age dome has its own en-suite toilet, wood-fired shower or bath, along with proper beds and luxury linen for a blissful break.
The Lower Lode
With pitches with electric hookups costing £20 a night, you’d be hard pushed to find a better value spot to park your motorhome in the county than the Lower Lode Inn’s riverside campsite, near Tewkesbury. Situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Severn, those arriving by boat are also catered for with moorings available outside the pub, which serves up hearty pub grub and real ale aplenty.
Wild Wood Bluebell
Campers with a passion for wildlife should head to Wild Wood Bluebell, a 200-acre farm near Stow-on-the-Wold, with stunning views. Munday’s Meadow has six Lotus Belle tents, all furnished, and is the perfect setting for getting together with groups of friends, while there are also two shepherd’s huts in the Bluebell Wood.
Hidcote Manor Farm
As a haven for wildlife, Hidcote Manor Farm near Chipping Campden makes an idyllic base for a luxury break to the Cotswolds. The working farm is part of the Feather Down Farm group and offers two comfortable lodges to stay in, along with a plethora of activities to keep families entertained, including free entry to its stunning National Trust gardens.
If you want to get up close to nature on your getaway, Great Farm in Fairford offers the chance to bed down in a gypsy caravan, a shepherd’s hut or railway carriage. Those looking for a romantic retreat can also stay at The Island, a converted upside down fishing boat, set in a secluded spot, with its own hot tub for the ultimate luxe touch.
Located in a rural spot near Stroud, Thistledown Farm is an organic family-run farm offering a host of stunning back-to-nature camping areas with both tent and campervan options. Choose from two pastures, which offer composting toilets, hot showers and washing up sinks, or pitch up in the Elderflower Orchard – a four-minute walk to the main facilities.
Big Skies Cotswold Glamping
Since starting out in 2021, the Big Skies campsite on a private 350 acre working farm near Cheltenham has been certified to offer eco-friendly glamping and camping all season. Located in an idyllic wildflower meadow close to the Cotswold Way, campers can enjoy fantastic sunset and sunrise views. And while every pitch includes a fire-pit, each of the Big Skies bell tents can sleep up to four and are furnished with double beds, sofa beds, fairy lights and bunting!
Apple Orchard Camping
Expect to be wowed by the scenic views from Apple Orchard Camping in Westbury-on-Severn, which is within walking distance of the River Severn, offering the chance to catch the famous Severn Bore. The site has 60 pitches starting from £20 where you can park your motorhome, along with its luxury wooden glamping pods – ideal for those wanting a camping experience without worrying about the weather.
Situated just five miles from Gloucester is the pretty and secluded Moor Farm, offering the chance to glamp in one of two lodges while experiencing rural life on a working farm. There are a host of activities to keep little ones entertained at the Feather Down Farm franchise, including a cycle trail and the chance to help round up the sheep.
Briarfields Motel and Touring Park
Surrounded by beautiful landscape and scenery, Briarfields touring caravan park in Coleford is an adults only venue. With fully-serviced touring pitches, grass tent pitches and hard-standing pitches – as well as a little orchard perfect for your four-legged friend – it’s got just what everyone needs to kick back and relax.
Set in the heart of the stunning Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, Greenacres Campsite is a small family-run campsite ensuring holidaymakers have a great experience. Not far from the iconic Symonds Yat and River Wye, the campsite with beautiful views is open to campervans, motorhomes and caravans.