Gloucestershire is home to a bumper crop of campsites, so you don’t have to travel far to find picturesque spots to sleep under the stars.
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly site brimming with activities or a secluded setting for a romantic weekend away, there’s an array of options for getting back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors.
SoGlos has rounded up 25 of the best campsites across Gloucestershire – in no particular order – spanning everything from simple tent pitches, eco-friendly domes, luxury glamping and stunning sites to park your camper van at.
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, the park also offers impressive on-site facilities spanning a large indoor heat pool and play areas, with luxurious log cabins and eco-friendly glamping pods if you want to holiday in style.
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 four Lotus Belle tents and two bell 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.
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. 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.
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, stay in one of the yurts, sleep in a shepherd’s hut or retire to the hut by the pond, while the organic farm shop and café offers the chance to sample the farm’s produce and stock up on supplies too.
Enjoy the chance to immerse yourself in the farm experience by camping on the picturesque site at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Retire to the 40-pitch site after an action-packed day visiting the animals at the farm park and relax as you watch the sun set over the Cotswold hills, while cooking up a feast on the barbecue.
For those looking to holiday with 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 shop on-site, there’s everything you’ll need for a weekend of rustic camping.
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 11 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.
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 a wealth of facilities along with an on-site shop where you can stock up on essentials for leisurely picnics and laidback summer barbecues.
Located within a tranquil setting of 400 acres of farmland lies Denfurlong Farm which gives visitors the chance to holiday in their caravans, pitch up a tent or experience glamping on the site near Chedworth. Campers can tuck into the bottomless breakfasts at the on-site café which also serves fish and chips or curries on Fridays or stock up on local produce at the shop.
Set within an attractive rural location in the Forest of Dean lies Beanhill Farm campsite, offering a relaxing spot for tents, caravans and camper vans. For those looking for a more luxurious camping experience Beanhill also has two log pods for hire, which are cosy and warm making them ideal if you want to enjoy a break in the autumn and winter.
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. Children are extensively 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.
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. There are also five pre-erected bell tents up for grabs for those looking for a taste of luxury.
This family-run campsite located in the stunning market town of Lechlade makes for the perfect short break for the whole family, with access to various footpaths, along with many independent eateries, all within walking distance. Those willing to travel further can take the family for a day out at the Cotswold 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 focal point is the watersports lake where visitors can try their hands at sailing, canoeing and wind surfing, before retiring to the campsite or one of the wooden cabins.
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.
Set in six acres of picturesque countryside, May Hill Glamping is a family-run site in the Forest of Dean offering a decadent escape to the wild with its four yurts. Glampers can expect king-size beds, duck feather duvets and pillows, wood-burners and a kitchenette decked out with all you need for a self-catering break, from locally roasted coffee to your own herb garden.
For an affordable and rustic camping experience head to Old Farm near Moreton-in-Marsh which has space to welcome five caravans and four 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. There is also a new bell tent for those who are after a ready made camping experience.
Nestled in a peaceful setting within walking distance of Bourton-on-the-Water lies Field Barn Park, 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 new cosy bell tent which will be furnished and feature a double bed for maximum comfort.
With the market town of Minchinhampton just a short walk away, Tobacconist Farm offers campers the best of both worlds on a break in the Cotswolds. The small family-run working farm has 20 large pitches, with views of open farmland providing the perfect backdrop for alfresco dining, whether you’re planning lazy picnics or sunset barbecues.
With tent pitches costing a tenner a night, you’d be hard pushed to find a better value camping spot 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.
If you’re planning a family-friendly camping break then Hoburne Cotswolds, situated within Cotswold Water Park in South Cerney has endless ways to entertain kids of all ages. The site, which can accommodate campers and caravans, features indoor and outdoor pools, an adventure playground, a nature trail, tennis courts and more.
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 along with its luxury wooden glamping pods – ideal for those wanting a camping experience without worrying about the weather.
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.
Situated just five miles from Gloucester lies the pretty and secluded setting of Moor Farm offering the chance to glamp in one of the 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.
Welcoming tents, caravans and motorhomes, Folly Farm Cotswold Camping, located near Stow-on-the-Wold, is a quiet family-run site with an abundance of activities spanning cycling, horse riding and walking aplenty. With no external lighting the campsite is perfect for stargazing once the sun has set, offering the perfect chance to switch off and relax.
By Anna Marshall
Monday 03 August 2020
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