Finchingfield Camping

UK England East Anglia Essex

  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family-friendly camping in one of South-East England’s most idyllic villages

Finchingfield village is undoubtedly one of the loveliest in all of England. With its village green, duck pond, windmill, and mix of medieval and Georgian chocolate box houses, all presided over by the distinctive cupola of the village church, this Essex outpost is the very definition of idyllic. At just an hour-and-a-bit up the M11, it’s eminently reachable for tranquility-starved Londoners seeking a healthy dose of fresh air and star-studded night skies. And now with the opening of a nine acre field for a handful of lucky campers, the dream of the good life beyond the big city is within reach (if only for the weekend).

Set on a working lavender farm, Finchingfield Camping is the creation of Julia Dimmock who – setting aside nine wildflower-filled acres – welcomes space for just eight individual camping pitches. The setting couldn’t be any more captivating, with fields of fragrant purple lavender enlivening the horizon. Deer are frequent visitors, while rabbits emerge at dawn and the hooting of owls signals dusk. It’s all very Instagramable (if that’s your thing) but something tells us the phone will remain firmly in pocket as you fully embrace the digital detox here.

Facilities-wise, each pitch is provided with a picnic bench and firepit. Charcoal can be purchased for your barbie from the onsite honesty shop, where you’ll also find a fridge with your own dedicated compartment. There are a couple of eco-friendly gas-powered showers and several loos (also the eco variety) and ample recycling facilities. Best of all, because the camping field is a vehicle-free zone (that includes campervans and caravans), there’s space aplenty for little ones to explore safely.

Offsite, there’s lots to do in the local area. Julia can advise you on all the best walking trails, such as the peaceful 15 mile Flitch Way or West Wood at Little Sampford – an ancient 24 hectare woodland, now a SSSI that buzzes with birds and butterflies. Cycling fans can follow in the tyre tracks of the world’s finest who passed through Finchingfield village itself during the peloton of the 2014 Tour de France. Then again, you may just content yourself with a cream tea or a lazy pint in one of Finchingfield’s various tea rooms and pubs – like any village worth its salt, there’s three of each to choose from here.

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Facilities

There are 2 gas-powered showers, 4 eco-toilets, a washing-up area with large sink and cold-water tap. Each pitch comes with a picnic bench and firepit. BBQs are permitted but not provided. Charcoal is available to purchase in the honesty shop where you will also find charging points and a fridge with a dedicated compartment for each pitch. Ample recycling bins provided. No vehicles permitted in the camping field but a trolley is provided for shifting your camping gear (the farm tractor and trailer is available on request for larger items).

Suitable For

Tent campers only. No dogs, campervans or caravans. 1 pitch per booking and stag/hen dos are not permitted.

Nearby

Kids will love meeting the friendly animals at Boydells Dairy Farm (01371 850481). Join the guided tours and have a go at milking a cow, feeding the hens, riding a donkey cart or out-staring a llama. Great Notley Country Park near Braintree boasts a huge playground as well as Sky Ropes (0345 603 7624) high line adventure. There are courses suitable for all ages and the lovely Lily’s at Notley (01376 329303) cafe for lunch or a sweet treat afterwards. Wethersfield Air Museum (01371 854584), 6 mins drive away, offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of this former airbase, once used by the US Air Force throughout World War II and the Cold War. It is still used by the MoD so admission is by prior arrangement only and bookings must be made one week in advance. Audley End House & Gardens (0370 333 1181) is an elegant Jacobean mansion with stunning ‘Capability’-Brown-designed gardens, a Victorian stable yard, and costumed-guides to talk you through the estate’s fascinating history. Check out their calendar for regular events such as concerts, historic re-enactments and open-air cinema. Over the road, you’ll find Audley End Miniature Railway (01799 510726) a charming little steam engine that chugs through the woods – be sure to explore the Enchanted Fairy & Elf Walk too. Finally for a spot of pampering, Gainsborough Health Club & Spa (01787 279009) lies just outside the lovely medieval Suffolk village of Clare, home to antique shops and cafes.

Food & Drink

Finchingfield village boasts a trio of lovely tea rooms – The Greedy Duck (07904 547829), Picture Pot (01371 811009 ) and Winners Tearooms (01371 810605). There are also three pubs to choose from – The Finchingfield Lion (01371 810400) is famed for its ‘10-hour BBQ meats’; The Three Tuns (01371 810165) shows the sport; The Fox Inn (01371 810151) boasts the best views of the village green and is renowned for its cask ales and hearty pub grub. For a special occasion, your hosts recommend The George (01787 280248) in Cavendish (just under half an hour’s drive away). Set menus available and booking recommended in advance. If you’re cooking your own back at the campsite, Julia will supply you with information on all the best local suppliers before your arrival.

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Set within 9 acres of wildflower meadow and a Lavender field, this Essex hideaway is perfect for a country camping retreat under the stars.

Located on a Lavender Smallholding 1 mile from the picture postcard village of Finchingfield and just over an hour away from Central London. With only 10 pitches cut within the wild flower meadow you are spoilt for space and scenery. 

Proudly part of the Greener Camping Club we are an off grid eco camping site offering low impact, environmentally friendly camping holidays.

Pitches

Just 8 pitches spread over a substantial 9 acres, suitable for tents and bell tents only.
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Location

Contact Finchingfield Camping, Finchingfield Camping, Howe Street, Essex CM7 4JB

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Getting There

Follow the postcode CM7 4JB. As you pass through Finchingfield village, continue for 1 mile until you see the hamlet sign for Howe Street then take the first turning on the left after the sign. The nearest train stations are Audley End (30 mins away) or Braintree (25 mins away).

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Wonderful weekend in peaceful campsite

We came for two nights at the beginning of September and stayed on the Sunset pitch which was a lovely spot. The facilities were simple but eco-friendly and very clean and well maintained by Julia and her partner who were super welcoming and accomodating. The weekend we stayed the weather suddenly turned chilly and as we were not properly prepared, Julia came to the rescue with additional bedding to keep us warm through the night! The firepit at each pitch was fab and you can buy wood etc from Julia each day. Having a fridge and charging point on site was another bonus. The pitches are also really spaced out so o think even when the site is full you’d still have privacy and quiet.
Oct 8, 2019 by Ella
★★★★★

A fantastic site

My wife and I have just spent three nights at this wonderful site. The facilties are simple, but clean and well maintained, with lots of little attention to detail to make the experience more unique. We stayed on Apple Blossom which had lovely views and our our fire pit. Julia and Ben are lovely, attentive hosts who make you feel welcome and at home. They even provide a shed with a fridge, phone charging facilities and fire materials for purchase. Finchingfield and rural Essex are lovely with chocolate box villages and buildings. All in all a wonderful location, site and hosts. Recommended. We'll be back!
Sep 8, 2019 by James Wallis
★★★★★

Relaxed, Friendly and Truly Magical

Our stay at Finchingfield Camping was a wonderful experience. As per the descriptions above, there are just 8 pitches on a 9-acre site with each pitch individually mown into a wild flower meadow, and each with its own name, picnic table and firepit. This gave a tremendous feeling of space and a sense of privacy - but still with the opportunity of chatting with your fellow campers in the communal areas of the camp. Julia, the site owner, and her partner Ben were exceptionally welcoming and worked tirelessly all weekend to ensure everyone was comfortable and had everything they needed. Julia's attention to detail and the extra touches she has incorporated around the site made the place feel truly magical. We stayed three nights over the August Bank holiday as a family of five with three kids aged under ten. It was a fairly last-minute booking and we didn't quite know what to expect but, at the end of the weekend, we felt we had totally lucked out in picking this place. The space the site provided meant the children could play next to our pitch without encroaching on anyone else and we all loved the starlit evening campfires around our firepit. The location and views from the site were simply idyllic and exploring rural Essex proved a surprising delight. Forget the Essex clichés. Unspoiled by massed tourism, this part of the county was absolutely beautiful and it provided a completely chilled-out, crowd-free getaway, even on one of the hottest Bank Holiday weekends on record. We couldn’t have been happier with our stay and will almost certainly be back in the future. Thank you Julia and Ben.
Aug 27, 2019 by David C.
★★★★★

Completely Exceeded Expectations

Wow! What a site.. Julia was absolutely amazing, very welcoming and I felt so at home arriving and the whole time I was there. I was camping solo and was looking for a little piece of zen for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect. Each pitch is separate from eachother and really spaced out so you have your own area - not like some other sites where you are squashed in on top of eachother. My pitch was Goosegrass and had a lovely bit of shade in the evenings, and also came with a picnic bench and a chimnea for an evening fire. The toilets are composting, but immaculately maintained and although the first time using was a little odd, it soon wasn't an issue at all. Lovely showers with great pressure, and lots of space for changing and getting dressed too which was really welcome. I'd definitely go back, it was just such a wonderful place, and Finchingfield village is absolutely stunning as a place to wander to and spend an evening at the local pub too. Thank you again!! Absolutely loved it :)
Aug 27, 2019 by Harriet T

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