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Campsites with campfires - have you been to one?

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Doozle Tue 07-Jul-09 20:44:38

Went camping last week and can't wait to go again.

We went to a lovely place in Kent that allowed campfires and am thinking this is definitely the way forward.

Has anyone been to any sites which allow fires - particularly in the south east, within an hour or two or London?

I'm looking at Manor Court Farm, Upper Morgay Wood or Mellow Farm on Ukcampsite so if anyone has been to any of these, it'd be great to hear from you.

But equally happy to hear of new places too. grin

Ps. Have done Blackberry Wood and loved it but find it impossible to get in at short notice.

PenguinProject Tue 07-Jul-09 21:22:41

Loved Blackberry Wood too, but it's now booked up for next year!

kalo12 Tue 07-Jul-09 21:26:36

breck farm in norfolk

Doozle Tue 07-Jul-09 21:49:57

Penguinproject, ah now did look at Wowo ... but was wondering if it might be noisy? Did you like it? Such a shame about Blackberry wood as it is the perfect site.

Thanks kalo12, will check out Breck Farm.

kalo12 Tue 07-Jul-09 22:00:07

also look on gives list of campsites with real fires

MrsMcCluskey Tue 07-Jul-09 22:04:13

Peachy went to one near Tenby cant remember what it was called though.

MrsMcCluskey Tue 07-Jul-09 22:04:21

Peachy went to one near Tenby cant remember what it was called though.

fluffles Tue 07-Jul-09 22:11:34 doesn't work sad

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 07-Jul-09 22:54:10 does.

OldieButGoldie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:59:02

Fisherground campsite at Eskdale in the Lake District allows them. Lovely site with adventure area for kids. Not too handy for London though

zebedeee Tue 07-Jul-09 23:41:51

Hurst View, near Lymington and the New Forest is a great unpretentious site that allows campfires. (And I'm sure would be much less than a couple of hours from London) You are free to park up and pitch in one of the three large fields and have a fire where you like. There are also great car free walks/cycle rides with views across to the isle of wight, to be had directly from the site. And it is not under a flight path or near a main road, so is lovely and peaceful. The big wide skies were great for stargazing.

I have been to Manor Court Farm which is also good. The children loved the wandering ducks and hens. But it is under a flight path which seemed relentless and you do have to be lucky to pitch up near a fire and/or be prepared to share.

Would def. recommend Hurst View over Manor Court.

janinlondon Wed 08-Jul-09 09:14:26

Eweleaze Farm in Dorset. Only open in August though.

Doozle Wed 08-Jul-09 23:42:57

Thanks again everyone for links and suggestions.

PS. Zebedee, that's interesting about flightpath over Manor Court Farm, didn't realise that.

MagNacarta Thu 09-Jul-09 10:46:34

Agree with Zebedee about Hurst View, we went recently and at first I wasn't sure as the showers are very old fashioned. However we really enjoyed it and although the 'facilities' are dated, they were clean. Lovely to have a fire and of course it has the obvious advantage that you keep warm at night sitting out - for some daft reason I hadn't thought of that.

Anyway, I'm just about to book to go back, so definately recommend.

twinklylights Thu 09-Jul-09 14:28:48

At the risk of sounding terribly thick-do you need special equipment to have a campfire e.g a fire basket or something?

Doozle Thu 09-Jul-09 22:10:44

No, it's usually all provided for you when you get there. We just took firelighters.

The last place I went to, each pitch had an old washing machine drum set up on bricks. You then just build your fire in it with kindling and logs which they provide too. Worked very well.

coppola Thu 09-Jul-09 22:12:22

mellow farm is a good spot, we had fun there.

Doozle Thu 09-Jul-09 22:32:54

Ooh, good to hear Coppola. I noticed they don't allow reviews of Mellow Farm on UKcampsite and I started to think there was something dodgy about it! Anything else you can tell me about it?

coppola Thu 09-Jul-09 22:39:41

it doesn't have set pitches, you can chop your own fire wood, I think they charge a bit but not much, there are animals, our dc fed the pigs.

the owners parents were looking after it whilst we were there and seemed a bit exasperated - as if they'd been overrun, but were amusing more than difficult.

umm, showers and toilets basic. that's about it!

FlappyTheBat Thu 09-Jul-09 22:44:19

was going to post about a couple in the north west of scotland, then saw you wanted them to be close to london.

could be slightly further than an hours drive away!

Doozle Sat 11-Jul-09 12:17:35

Thanks Coppola, I may give this place a try as it's our nearest site that allows fires.

louiserogers Sat 11-Jul-09 16:37:08

we just came back from Wowo, it was lovely, though you have to bring yr rubbish home, which is impossible for us as the car so jammed, so ended up doing rubbish trips - defeats the idea of being eco friendly!!

nikkid21 Sun 12-Jul-09 16:50:21

Have been to wowo which is great in the week. However it did get busy and noisy on Friday & Saturday night. Large groups of Boden types with those floral cath kidson teepess and no clue about camping.

benicegirls Sun 12-Jul-09 19:52:40

We only did during the week at Wowo, so we loved it! Know what you re Boden types though in our case it was all Joules!!

kaz33 Sun 12-Jul-09 19:58:03

Ah well we are off to Wowo for the August bank holiday. My boys are noisy so we will fit in well and I am afraid dressed in mini boden hmm.

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