Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park

UK England South East England Kent Ashford

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Get a dose of The Good Life in The Garden of England

They don't call Kent 'The Garden of England' for nothing. Sweeping hop fields, idyllic apple orchards, glorious country estates –  many counties may stake their claim to the title, but there will always be something eternally English about the Kentish countryside. So if you fancy coming over all Darling Buds of May then get yourself down to London's backyard to sample The Good Life at Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park.

Nestled in the blink-and-you'll-miss-it-village of Kingsnorth just outside Ashford, Broadhembury was founded by its very own Pop and Ma Larkin, Keith and Jenny Taylor, way back in 1969. Having welcomed campers to this corner of Kent for over 40 years, the resident team here know what it takes to pull in the pitch-up punters.

Surrounded by acres of lush arable fields and wildflower meadows, the countryside round here is a walker's paradise and as such, a small public bridleway runs right through the grounds. "6 - 12 on the clock face" is given over to the camping fields. A selection of non-electric and hooked-up grass pitches of all shapes and sizes (the 'maxi pitches' are 14m x 10m!) are spread over two fields – one for families and an adults only field. The caravan contingent even have the option of a fully-serviced hard standing pitch. While the park does also boast an orderly scattering of holiday lets, these lie separated from the tent campers ("12 - 6 on the clock") by a hedge.        

Though there's a emphasis on the 'park' aspect of Broadhembury, there's not a redcoat or costumed mascot in sight. There's a great little play area for kids and a proper games room with ping-pong and table-football and no blinking, buzzing arcade games. Most importantly, there's acres of space in the sports field for games of cricket, volleyball and 5-a-side – in the summer Chelsea even host a free soccer school here. And with the proximity to Dover, Broadhembury gets a lot of Euro tourists so your littl'uns could even make a few continental playmates before the holiday is out. In the immortal words of Pop Larkin, "perfick!"

Details

Facilities

All pitches (except for 5) equipped with EHU. Standard 10m pitches and larger maxi-pitches available. Children's play area; games room (with table football, table tennis); Twin facilities blocks (one for each field) with underfloor heating and hot showers. Family and disabled bathroom available. Campers' kitchen. Laundry facilities and drying room for walkers.

Suitable For

Tents, caravans, campervans – yes. Well-behaved dogs welcome too. No groups bigger than 3 unless by prior arrangement.

Nearby

The antiquated charms of Canterbury lie just down the road. Well-heeled Whitstable boasts seaside delights, including West Beach – a prime spot for crabbing. Invoke your inner King Arthur at Leeds Castle (01622 765400) – 'the loveliest castle in the world'. The Kent & East Sussex Railway (01580 765155) is a wonderfully nostalgic way to take in the beautiful sights of 'The Garden of England', including Brockhill Country Park (01303 266327). Enjoy some pampering in the opulent 18th century surroundings of the Eastwell Manor (01233 213000) spa. For a family-friendly day out, your littl'uns will love petting the animals at the Rare Breeds Centre (01233 861493).

Food & Drink

No onsite catering but the campsite shop stocks all the basics, plus a fish & chip van visits the site in high season. The nearest pub is The Kings Head (01233732243) in Shadoxhurst – an unpretentious village boozer that serves local Kentish ales and hearty pub grub. Lots of the locals and campers congregate at Ashford Town Cricket Club's Kingsnorth clubhouse – great for a good-natured beer on the green. For something special, book a table at Elvey Farm (01233 840442) for a sophisticated dinner in the garden. 

Opening Times

All year.

Pitches

122 grass spots for tents in the family field; hard-standings for caravans in separate field.

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Location

Contact Broadhembury Caravan and Camping Park, Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent TN26 1NQ

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Getting There

From Junction 10 of the M20, take the A2070 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left at the second roundabout following signs for Kingsnorth (park signposted from here on). Turn left again at the second crossroads in the village, into Steeds Lane. You will see Broadhembury clearly signposted after approximately 1 mile.

Ashford International is just down the road. Why not hop on the Eurostar for a day trip in Paris?

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