Wild Canvas Camping

UK England South East England Bedfordshire

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A pop-up campsite on the banks of the River Great Ouse, with workshops, music, good food and a festival vibe

The big music festivals may have been cancelled again this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t still find a campsite with a family festival atmosphere. On the banks of the River Great Ouse, Wild Canvas have set about offering exactly that, with tipis from the organisers of the Tipi Field at Glastonbury Festival and a concoction of local food, family-friendly workshops and small-scale DJ sessions that can’t help but meet the appetite of starved festival goers. Think boutique festival camping but without drunken teenagers tripping over your guy ropes in the middle of the night and background beats keeping you awake at 4am. ‘Good vibes only’, as the kids would say.

Popping up for just one month in the stately parkland of Bedfordshire's Turvey House Estate, Wild Canvas has a festival feel without the festival crowds. Camping pitches are more than 15 metres apart, there’s a limit to the number of campers on the site and workshops are all organised in a socially distanced manner where possible. Most take place around the wellbeing yurt or the main canvas hub, where there are pop-up food offerings and a bar, with groovy summer tunes mixed by Wild Canvas' favourite DJs. Not that you have to take part in anything. You can simply kick back and enjoy the space of the campsite and, of course, an evening around a campfire, which are happily welcomed here provided they're raised off the grass.

The setting itself also takes some beating. People are more accustomed to hearing about the Lake District and the South West Coast when it comes to camping, rather than rural Bedfordshire. But the ancient oaks and historic parkland of the Turvey House Estate is the very picture of English beauty too. The river, which flows languidly along the edge of the campsite, is great for a dip on a hot summers day and there are several good footpaths on the doorstep, including the North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail. When the sun's out and the kids are larking around by the river you'd happily claim Bedfordshire is the most beautiful county of them all.

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Details

Facilities

The camping area is vehicle free and it takes less than five minutes to walk to your pitch (wheelbarrows available to borrow and tipi guests get a free buggy transfer including in their booking). Campfires are permitted but must be raised off the grass (logs can be pre-ordered or purchased on site). Compost toilets and washing up stations in the main camping field, plus additional compost toilets in the other camping fields. Hot showers in the main camping field. A communal zone, 'Wild HQ', is home to a bar, pop-up café and is also where some of the workshops take place. The Nest, a large yurt located on the river bank, is the wellbeing centre and is used if weather does not permit activities to run outdoors. Due to distancing measures, workshops will be by pre-registration only, Wild Canvas will publish a list of daily activities and workshops, which you can book in advance (if there's still availability, you can book on site too). Music and speakers are permitted, though these should be turned down after 8pm (and quit from 10pm).

Suitable For

Tents, small campervans, glampers, families, small groups and chilled-out festival types – yes. Motorhomes, caravans and dogs – no.

Nearby

Bring bikes to make the most of the area. The relatively flat Ouse Valley provides extensive opportunities for family cycling. In the nearby village of Olney, Emberton Country Park (nine miles away; 01908 252570) has some family-friendly routes around lakes, glades and meadows with cafes and play equipment too. Box End Park (10 miles away; 01234 846222) offers water-based fun on two purpose-built lakes. There's an aqua park playground (suitable for ages six and up) or, for older kids and adults, the opportunity to water ski, wakeboard or enjoy open-water swimming. Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoos (0344 2251826) are both possible day trips by car (22 and 40 miles from the campsite respectively).

Food & Drink

If Wild Canvas is about offering festival-style camping then, of course, that means a bit of festival food too. In Wild HQ there's a pop-up café serving a selection from pizza to breakfast baps, a good quality coffee and pastry offering, and a host of food trucks that will drop in through the summer for additional variety. Plus, there is a bar, where you can sample the local ales to the mellow sounds of Wild Canvas Radio.

Open

Late July and August only.

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The Owner Says

A pop-up camping experience with a family-friendly festive spirit, gorgeous traditional Tipis, modern Tipi Tents, and lovely, generously-spaced, grassy, flat pitches for regular campers.

Our river-side location is simply stunning, located within the grounds of Turvey House Estate in Bedfordshire. With ample flat and grassy land, the parkland grounds offer comfortable camping along the banks of River Great Ouse, perfect for a cool summer dip.

Wild Canvas is a place to experience the freedom of simple living, comfortable yet connected to the elements, a festival spirit, quality local food and drink, family-friendly workshops, a range of wellness activities and a very gentle summer soundtrack at Wild HQ. Our workshops and activities program can be seen and booked on our website; and include Yoga, Pilates, Paddle Boarding, Arts and Crafts, Circus Arts, Super Heroes Fancy Dress and Kids Disco and much more. Plus, some of our favourite DJs will provide a gentle summer soundtrack in our lovely courtyard and hospitality space where you can purchase food and drink.

Accommodation

Room for around 30 camping pitches in the spacious meadow, plus a collection of fully-furnished festival tipis.

Grass Tent Pitch for Camping

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 30 Available
With ample space to pitch your tent however large or small, our flat and grassy camping fields are great for campers looking for space and lovely riverside nature views. Campers can also camp with friends and family as there is loads of space for group clusters whilst still maintaining distance from other campers.

Furnished Traditional Tipi

Tipi Sleeps 6 4 Available
Our traditional tipi comes with beds and furnishing for up to 4 people, it also includes an external fire dish. The tipi price includes up to 4 people. Additional occupants can be added at extra cost, up to a maximum of 6, including children.

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Location

Contact Wild Canvas Camping, Coppey Moor Cottage, Turvey, Bedfordshire MK43 8EQ

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Getting There


The nearest, main line train station is Bedford (Thameslink) with regular trains from Kings Cross. From there you will be able to take busses (number 41) to the village of Turvey (direction Northampton). The campsite is just under a mile from the village.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 13 reviews

★★★★★

Chilled out camping

This is a really interesting idea - mixing up camping with just a hint of festival - adding a touch of spice to the whole thing. Access to the river was a brilliant bonus. Site was clean and well spaced out. Facilities just about enough. I'd definitely go again - hope they come back to the Turvey site next year.
Sep 2, 2021 by Tim Moore Verified Review
★★★★★

Great few nights away with the family

We had a great time at Wild Canvas Camping this summer. We camped with our two children (4 & 7), who loved the open space, the wild swimming and all the activities. There was something for the adults too. Would highly recommend the stand up paddle boarding and pizza at the Luna cafe. Really chilled out atmosphere, very safe and kept tidy and clean throughout our stay.
★★★★★

Family friendly, festival vibe, loads of fun

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for such a special stay. There's a fun festival feel with a wonderful community vibe. Cafe Luna and the wood fired pizzas were DELICIOUS and your bar was fantastic in the evening. Such a treat for families having that many activities available to them on a daily basis, my goddaughter loved the circus skills class. The furnished Tri Lodge was super cosy in the evening and the buggy ride to and from the car park to our tipi was an awesome touch. Loading up the back of the buggy with our luggage and hopping in seemed like an adventure! Thanks again for a magical stay, can't wait to come back next year!
Aug 31, 2021 by Clarice Burton
★★★★★

Camping convert

Arrived on my first ever camping trip with my mum and 6 year old daughter. I LOVED this place. So friendly, clean, best pizza I’ve ever eaten. If they do the same next year, we’re in!!!!
Aug 30, 2021 by Hannah Goodall
★★★★★

Fantastic camping weekend with family and friends.

We got back yesterday from 3 nights ‘glamping’ in a tipi at Turvey House. Our friends joined and were able to pitch their tent near us as there are no designated areas. The site is exactly as the website describes; the atmosphere, activities, facilities, surroundings etc. Nothing ‘sounds better than it actually is’ when you get there… everything is as you hoped it would be and more. Same goes for the pictures; they weren’t taken on their ‘best day’ - that’s exactly how it looks when you arrive. We spent most of our time enjoying our own camp fire but when we did venture out everyone we encountered was lovely (staff and campers alike). In the end the only activity we managed to squeeze in was the paddle boarding which was fantastic. Next year (we will definitely go back) we will try to do a few more of the activities on offer as they sounded really fun. *A note to any camping novices like me: tipis are great: spacious, water tight in the rain, beds included etc BUT you can’t ‘seal yourself in’ the way you can with a tent, so be prepared to share your space with a few spiders. That said I would still book a tipi for next time we visit!
Aug 23, 2021 by Vicki Bryan Verified Review
★★★★★

Another wonderful weekend at Wild canvas

Just back from our 2nd weekend at Wild Canvas and it was even better than the first. I went will my 2 children aged 7 and 9. We loved the paddle boarding, swimming, arts and crafts, disco..and the delicious food...the smoked meat was soooooo good. We didn't want to leave....so squeezed in a 4th night. Thanks Nick, R & M. (Please do it again next year!)
Aug 16, 2021 by Nick Mutch

Response from Wild Canvas Camping

Thanks Nick, very kind of you to take the time to leave a review here. It is much appreciated. We are super happy you guys enjoyed your second trip to Wild Canvas. All the best to you and the children - Wild Canvas Team.
★★★★★

Lovely cross between wild camping and a mini festival

We camped there Friday 6th August to Monday 9th August and absolutely loved it. Firstly, the location is perfect, loads of open space with a glorious river at the end of the field perfect for jumping and swimming in to cool off. The facilities are pretty basic - a few portaloos, a couple of washing up stands with hot water and a block of good, hot showers. But there's tonnes of space so you can either go for a quiet spot or have loads of room for a large group of friends to camp around a communal space. You'll feel like you're in the remote countryside, even though the local village and pubs are only a 15 minute walk away. The only activity we did was the paddle-boarding which was fantastic - excellent supervisor (Dom) and we loved meandering down the Ouse and navigating the hurdles while trying to stay balanced. The cafe and evening meal pop up was great - delicious pizzas for around a tenner, good breakfast options and coffees though would have been nice if the cafe was open all day, not just until 1pm. Best of all was the courtyard area with the bar, open fire and chilled-out DJs in the evening. We couldn't believe the Mad Professor was playing on the Saturday night - what a treat, an intimate crowd dancing under the stars - but DJ Zaf and DJ Soul Serenade (?) were also great on the Friday and Sunday nights. Amazing vibes and atmosphere. Lastly, big shout out to all the staff. They were never less than kind and generous, so laidback and helpful, and always super-friendly. Think of this as a low-key cross between wild camping and a mini festival - it's definitely not glamping or a commercial campsite. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back next year if it's on.

Response from Wild Canvas Camping

Thank you Stuart.. really appreciate you taking the time to leave this and it kind of sums up the vibe so well. Thanks again. 
★★★★★

Perfect!!!

Great staff, being right by river With all the fun that brings and the General atmosphere Around Campsite been just perfect. But highlight for me was listening to Earl Gates head chilling by the river. Very cool camping
Aug 5, 2021 by Sel
★★★★★

Great for families and noob campers

This place is amazing. me the wife and the kids have a total blast. the site is prestine and the river is great the staff are so helpfull as well. this place is really great for families and first timers because of the good facilities they have and if you don't wanna cook you can just buy pizza or burger. if you want to start a campfire and don't wanna look or bring your own fire woods? they sell them as well, if you don't wanna bring a tent, well you can go glamping as well. the only bummer is its only available on summer so don't miss the chance and come while its still available. i will comeback next year and bring more family members and friends so they can experience it and have a supreme bliss.
Aug 5, 2021 by Nelson Verified Review
★★★★★

What ive needed all year!

Wild canvas is exactly what was needed, after a year of being locked indoors i started to become such an introvert, getting used to being indoors and whatnot. Its a great way to spend family time from sitting around a fire in the evening to cooking breakfast in the morning, the activities wild canvas provide for the kids is amazing too. Lets not forget the wild swimming in the river besides the field, its just perfect! Last but not least the Patty and Bun box they have to offer, is TO DIE FOR! All in all im enjoying myself once again at a wild canvas run campsite! Will be back
Jul 27, 2021 by Dan

Response from Wild Canvas Camping

thank you for your review Dan.. we really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again in future
★★★★★

Great camping, with festival vibe for those who seek it.

We stayed for the weekend including the opening night. There are three large fields with the bar and music on the edge of the first field so you can seek out the festival vibe if you like or stay further away if you prefer the quiet. Along all fields is a small river in which you can or watch the minnows peck at your feet (watch out for the current though). It’s a beautiful place with a coffee van that offers croissants in the morning and at night there was food. Pizza one night, pulled pork or chicken the other. Showers and toilets are clean. Very family friendly.
Jul 26, 2021 by Sip Verified Review

Response from Wild Canvas Camping

Thank you for taking a moment to leave a review. We appreciate it very much. 
★☆☆☆☆

No festival vibe

Arrived Friday afternoon and no barrows to transport camping equipment, bar not open until 6 no DJ’s as advertised - the only thing which gave me the festival vibe is the over priced can of warm cider (£5) and the rain and kids shouting late at night - asked staff about music on Saturday and they didn’t know - left after one night disappointing
Jul 26, 2021 by John Verified Review

Response from Wild Canvas Camping

Thank you for your review. Friday was our opening day and there were a few last minute changes we had to make to accommodate people isolating. We apologise for any inconvenience.

We have advertised a campsite with a gentle festival vibe across 6 weeks, our program is spread out across the entire event and a detailed schedule is available on our website and on notice boards at the campsite. I can appreciate that in 1 night here you might not have experience much of it. We did indeed have a DJ on Saturday evening at the bar and this was on the notice board. We do not make it the responsibility of the crew to know the programme.

In addition, we have already had dozens of workshops and activities take place including; Yoga sessions, QiGong, Children' s Disco, T-shirt Printing, Crafts workshops, Kids Nature Clubs, Live Music in the Yurt, Story Telling and more, and all this just in the first 3 days!

I apologise that the sound of kids on campsite disturbed you, we have always said that this is a family friendly campsite and children are an integral part of it.

Also to inform future guests that the Cider is now cold and costs £4 per can. You are of course also welcome to bring your own.
★★★★★

a positive and memorable camping experience

I have been camping with my 11 year old son a few times and this time he said when we arrived, "You know I don't like camping. It's boring and I want to go home!" By the end of the first day he said, "Maybe I was being too negative. I really did enjoy today!" What made the difference for him and myself, were the shared events that were on offer, the hula hoop, tai chi and forest sounds classes that we participated in and the friendliness of our neighbouring campers, whose children played with my son and whose grown ups joined me for tea on the camp stove and evening chats around the fire pit. The last night, where we shared a delicious curry at the cafe and had a boogey to music, was a great end to a fab few days and this was despite it raining and storming for most of the time! As a single mum with a reluctant son, I too arrived with reservations we'd feel isolated, or he'd be disengaged but we both had our reservations swept away. Neither of us were expecting to have such a great experience. It's by far our best camping trip together. The friendly staff, campers, camp shop, cafe, coffee box van, barn and tepee with organised events and activities all helped to make us feel welcome and part of a camping community for the few days we were there. Thank you! We'll be going again next year and I'll know now to pack my wellies!

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