Fire and Stars Woodland Camping

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Market Bosworth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Wild camping in the woods with campfires, starry skies and a pub just across the road

Camping in the woods has always appealed to the wilder kind of camper. There’s something blissfully primitive about bedding down amongst the trees, lighting a campfire and listening to the wind as it rustles through the leaves. We're not blessed with as many forest campsites as those in North America but it makes the ones we do have in the UK very special indeed. Sites like Fire & Stars in Leicestershire’s National Forest, where camping is very much of the back-to-basics kind. And all the better for it.

In fact, there are two ways to camp in this 47-acre stretch of woodland. You can pitch your tent in one of the 21 leafy clearings, each with a stone firepit and ample space to pin out your guy ropes or you can go even wilder and hang a hammock instead, or even build your own shelter for a seriously off-grid experience. Yes, you can come here with nothing but a sleeping bag and a box of matches and craft your very own accommodation out of sticks!

Privately managed in partnership with the National Forest and Forestry England, Fire & Stars is a leafy haven that offers different colours, not just through the seasons, but seemingly at different times of the day, as the sunlight breaks through the canopy on shifting angles. Money generated from the campsite goes into the upkeep of the wood, a heart-warming benefit of camping here. It’s also pretty unsurprising, given there aren’t exactly heaps of facilities to maintain. There are portable toilets dotted around at convenient locations and the pub across the road, The Old Crown Inn, has a small shower block campers can use for a small charge. But there’s little else besides (including mains water, so make sure you bring some bottles or a pre-filled tank with you).

A big part of camping here is about kicking back beside the campfire, climbing trees or building the mother of all homemade shelters. If you do find the time to escape the trees (and the pub), though, there’s a decent bit to do on the doorstep. Families will love Twycross Zoo (four miles), history lovers can ride the Battlefield Line Steam Railway (three miles) and walkers will enjoy striding along sections of the 75-mile-long National Forest Way. Afterwards, back at basecamp, you can rekindle the campfire and rest the feet again. Or start building up your shelter for the night.

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Facilities

Facilities are basic and there is no running water or electricity on site, so bring charger packs (or go off-grid) and remember to bring a water tank. There are portable toilets, though (flushing and with ample hand sanitizer) and the pub over the road has a shower block campers can use.  Campfires are permitted but should be kept to the purpose-built firepits around the campsite. For environmental reasons, please do not burn scavenged wood – you can buy logs direct from the campsite.

Suitable For

Tents, hammocks, well-behaved dogs and woodland campers – yes. Caravans, campervans and noisy folk – no.

Nearby

Walkers might enjoy parts of the 75-mile-long National Forest Way, which runs between the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, but if you’re in need of a companion you can find a furry friend at the Alpaca Farm (07870 380013) half a mile from the campsite, where alpaca trekking is possible (though not 75-miles-worth of it). Animal lovers will also enjoy a trip to Twycross Zoo (five miles). The Battlefield Line is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. Shackerstone Station (01827 880754; three miles) is at the northern end of the line, and is the headquarters of the railway with a good museum. It’s five miles to English Heritage-owned Ashby De La Zouch Castle (01530 413343; a tall tower to climb) and around the same to the 17th-century house and garden at Donington Le Heath.

Food & Drink

It’s a matter of yards to The Old Crown Inn (01530 270223), a 17th-century coaching inn with a restaurant, garden and play area. They have a petanque court outside and a skittles alley within, plus decent ales on tap (including Sharp's Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor Landlord). For something else, try The Belper Arms (01530 886748; just under a mile), which also has outdoor seating and good food. There are a few small grocery shops nearby, the largest of them being the Co-Op in Measham (two-and-a-half miles).

Open

All year.

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The Owner Says

Set in the heart of England in National Forest woodlands, Fire & Stars offer a unique woodland camping experience.

We offer an opportunity to do camping differently! We have spacious forest floor pitches, set within 47 acres of woodlands creates a unique adventure, away from the usual crowded campsites and caravan parks.

Our pitches are spacious and secluded, set out in an area of the woodlands, where you can choose to camp within the woods or out on the open rides.

Enjoy a woodland camping experience with your very own private stone fire pit, where you can sit and toast marshmallows, cook, or just relax for the evening.

The income generated from Fire & Stars Woodland Camping directly contributes to the management and enhancement of our woods, protecting them for future generations to enjoy. Our guests contribution makes all the difference.

Pitches

21 camping pitches, plus space for hammocks.

Woodland Camp Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 21 Available
Spacious pitches for tents within the woodlands.

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Location

Contact Fire and Stars Woodland Camping, Nethercote Woods, Newton Burgoland, Leicestershire LE67 2SN

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Getting There

Due to the limited number of pitches, precise directions are provided at the point of booking. Please follow directions carefully – use postcode LE67 2SN for SatNavs, as this takes you as near to the woodlands as possible.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Wholesome woodland camp and stargazing

We spent a night here camping in the moss covered birch woodland. The pitches are spacious and the staff are friendly and helpful. This feels like a true wild camping experience without the uncertainty of having to find a comfy spot. The ground is flat and soft, the woodland is accessible and, although there were other groups camping on the land a sense of privacy and even isolation is maintained which means the experience feels very much your own. We were woken in the morning by the cacophony of the dawn chorus and made some brekky on the campfire. We will definitely return here for more camping adventures.
Jun 20, 2021 by Matt Hall
★★★★★

Great little spot for camping in the woods

Great spot for camping and friendly staff.
Jun 19, 2021 by Ray
★★★★★

A hidden gem in the Shire.

A beautiful and well-considered campsite in the heart of Leicestershire. The well-spaced pitches make it feel like you have the place to yourself, and the friendly and helpful staff are on-hand without being in the way. Lovely dawn chorus from the birds, too!
Jun 19, 2021 by Ryan Claydon
★★★★★

Brilliant Wild camping experience

The site is set up really nicely so you get a real sense of camping out in woods. It is unusual to be so spread out from others and have a whole space to just your group. Even though it rained, we strung up tarps from the trees, cooked on the fire pit and had a great time.
Jun 19, 2021 by patrick bettington
★★★★★

Great evening.

Had a great time, nice carpark and entrance. Warm welcome and they sell firewood on site. You don't have to walk far from the carpark before getting to your pitch, and toilets are well placed so it's handy if you have kids (I took my 4 year old). The way each clearing has been constructed is lovely, it rained on arrival but by the evening it was dry and I felt very far away from home which, after the last year, was needed. Would highly recommend. Also there's a pub close by, so if you have a few nights planned, but the weather isn't brilliant you can go and warm up. Thanks :)
Jun 19, 2021 by Mr ZT BROWN
★★★★★

Highly recommended

Had a great time at Fire and Stars camping. The site is well maintained and we were pitched up away from other groups. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this site if you want a proper woodland camping experience.
Jun 19, 2021 by James Hurst

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