Campsite Review: Wookey Farm, Nr Wells, Somerset

Wookey Farm

Where: Wookey Farm, Nr Wells, Somerset.

How much: £12.50 per pitch per night

Wood: £4 for a fairly small bag

Fires: In ready made fire pits adjoining pitches. Some are shared.

Types of camping: All units accepted.

Dogs: Allowed

Facilities: 2 composting toilets (the nicest I’ve ever seen!), 1 portaloo, 1 small honesty shop selling mostly goat produce from the small holding.

The Review:  

Things have gone slightly awry and, despite a ridiculous amount of nice weather we have been unable to camp for 3 weeks in the height of summer. Unheard of.

However, we just managed to cram in one night at Wookey Farm. It is a small, quiet site  less than an hour from Bath.  The large pitches are mown into long grass around the edge of a large field.  The fire pits are in between the pitches amongst the long grass.  The middle of the field is left empty and the children on site enjoyed racing around and frolicking.

Some of the firepits are shared which we were a bit unsure about at first, but we ended up having a good chat with the family on the next pitch as we shared the fire in the evening. Might be trickier if you both wanted to cook on the fire.  I would suggest ask for a pitch with its own firepit when you book if you are bothered by sharing.

The big attraction for me was the promise of rope swings and a river.  The weather has been scorching so some water to cool off was imperative.  To reach the river we needed to pass along a path mown into the long grass, through a gate and over a meadow inhabited by a herd of sheep and a sweet donkey. Only a few minutes walk, but  too far to send younger children off by themselves.

The river itself was lovely. Shallow for a great paddle, fast flowing for boat making, full of stones for making dams and harbours! And so deliciously cool on a hot day. Bliss.

Wookey Farm

The other campers at Wookey were a mixed bunch. There was a multi coloured bell tent, a tipi, a caravan, two bongos,  a lovely dutch canvas tent, a motorhome, plus some family tents and a couple of small two man tents with motorbikes. And all were spread out comfortably.  It felt spacious, rural and friendly.

A word has to be said about the toilets.  They were really lovely, hand crafted with lots of lovely details.  Proper composting toilets, therefore completely non-smelly with the addition of pretty fairy lights to enhance the night time wee experience! There are currently no showers on site.

The site is very near Wells which is a very pretty small city, and only about an hour from Bath. Also close to Wookey Hole, Cheddar and Glastonbury Tor.  As our visit was only fleeting we did not visit anywhere other than Wells for some supplies. But we were very happy to hang out under the trees next to the river.  There is very little shade on the camping area itself.

A small honesty shop can be found near the barn and next to the goat herds pasture.  Not a huge amount of supplies but milk, eggs and lots of goat produce plus fire wood.

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6 thoughts on “Campsite Review: Wookey Farm, Nr Wells, Somerset

  1. bristolfamily says:

    Hi

    We have stayed here on pitch 4 and it was lovely, my only word of caution would be not too pitch to the right hand side of the compost toilets, as we spoke to a family that did & they told us that you get a smell from the loos, a fact we can confirm when we checked out those pitches. But apart from that all is super!

    • Hazel says:

      Interesting. Do you mean to the right as you are looking at them? That’s where we were! No problem when we were there, infact I thought the compost toilets were some of the best I’ve ever come across in terms of smell. Something to look out for when choosing your pitch on the day I guess!

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