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