20 Pop-up Camping Meadow Pitch (1st Field)

UK England South East England Oxfordshire Faringdon The Real Campsite at Park Farm

  • Sleeps 6 (max 6 adults, 5 children)
Undesignated grass pitch in our beautiful & spacious, temporary, back to basics camping meadow. Just down the road from the main farm & campsite. No showers but each pitch has it’s own private portable toilet near the field entrance & there is a stand pipe for water. Tents & small campervans only. No campfires; BBQs & raised firebowls are fine.

The Owner Says

Open for just 28 days in August 2020 our temporary pop-up camping meadow at Park Farm is a unique experience not to be missed! It’s completely different from our main site that back at the farm but we think it is just as special.

Located in one of our beautiful and wild hay meadows bordered with ancient trees, there is an abundance of space with just over 9 acres for only 20 pitches. It’s all about the simple things, starry skies, beautiful views, connecting nature and roaming outdoors.

The camping meadow is a few hundred yards down the road from the main farm and campsite. It is well signed from the road, and you drive along the edge of one of our wheat fields to get to it when you can then drive in and park where you decide to pitch (don’t drive on the undulating top half of the field though as you may get stuck!).

The facilities are simple but also just as unique. Each pitch/booking has it’s own designated portable toilet near the entrance to the meadow for their exclusive use during their stay. In these times, this is the gold standard of COVID19 measures for campsites. There are no showers, but there is a standpipe to collect your drinking and washing up water from.

Unfortunately we are not able to allow campfires as the meadow will be returned to it’s pristine natural state in September. BBQs and raised firebowls are fine as long as they are raised high enough that no damage is done to the grass beneath. The whole farm is in the environmental stewardship scheme but as unimproved grass land that has never even been ploughed (you can still see the remains of ridge and furrow dating from the middle ages), this meadow is the jewel in our conservation crown.

All our normal rules apply – no large groups, minimal noise from 9pm-9am, no amplified music, no dogs.

**Absolutely no access to the facilities of our main site (The Real Campsite) and farmyard**

About The Real Campsite at Park Farm

Suitable For

Tents – yes. Caravans, campervans, dogs – no. Large groups are not permitted unless hiring the entire site.

Nearby

Viewing your surroundings is always a good way to start. Faringdon Folly Tower, a unique 100ft tower built by the eccentric Lord Berners in the 1930s, offers fantastic panoramas of the Thames Valley and, a mile or so further north, Radcot Bridge and Lock is a wonderful spot to stop for a picnic after. It's the oldest bridge across the Thames and was the scene of many battles, today, away from the lock itself, this area of the river is also particularly popular for wild swimming. To the south lies Uffington: home to the famous white horse; a hill figure carved into the chalk escarpment and thought to date back to 1000BC. For more farm fun, kids love Roves Farm (01793 763939) in nearby Sevenhampton, which has daily animal handling and feedings, as well as tractor rides and more. For something more exotic, spot rhinos, giraffes and zebras at Cotswold Wildlife Park (01993 823006), 25 minutes away. The dreamy spires of Oxford are also an easy 30-minute drive. Spend a day exploring its 38 colleges, pop into the various museums and visit the labyrinth of boutique shops in the covered market. And, if the weather's good, indulge in a spot of punting (01865 515978).

Food & Drink

If you're venturing off-site, you don't need to stumble far – it's a 10 minute walk to The Snooty Mehmaan (01367 242260), a multi-award winning Indian restaurant, including 'Best Asian Restaurant in Oxfordshire'. For something more traditional, The Lamb at Buckland (01367 870484) – serving local brews and seasonal hearty pub fayre –  is a pleasant hour's stroll away (there's a bus that can drop you back). Faringdon town centre, meanwhile, is home to plenty of other eateries. A few doors down, the Faringdon Coffee House (01367 241574) has a handful of outdoor tables – grab a slice of cake and watch the world pass by. The Trout Inn (01367 870382) at Tadpole Bridge is a touch on the pricey side, but worth it for its location on the banks of the Thames with views across the Oxfordshire countryside.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 30 reviews

★★★★★

Friendly, Covid-safe, no frills camping

We stayed in the second (enormous) pop-up meadow in August, and couldn't have been happier. Although it was no-frills, having our own numbered portable toilet made it feel quite luxurious! The owners were taking Covid precautions very seriously - there was so much space to distance from neighbouring tents, toilet was spotless, and hand sanitiser was positioned at the stand pipe. Alan was very welcoming, and we'll definitely be back. Oh, and do stop at their shop and pick up some goat soap, it's lovely!
★★★★★

Safe and comfortable camping

The owners went out of their way to ensure a safe and clean camping experience, with hand sanitiser on the water station, plenty of space between pitches and each group having their own portaloo. It was a safe and comfortable camping experience. The site is conveniently located for accessing many of the highlights of the Cotswolds.
Aug 25, 2020 by Beth
★★★★★

Lovely and spacious

We stayed at the pop up meadow for 3 nights. We were assigned to the second field but we could pitch anywhere in that field. It was massive. I think the nearest tent was >20 meters away! We had our own designated porta-loo which was great, especially in times like these. There was a cold water tap but nothing else. Loads of space for the kids to run around. There was lots to do in the surrounding area to keep the kids entertained. The owners were very friendly. We all had a lovely time. We would definitely go back if they do the pop up meadow again.
★★★★★

Excellent experience

I chose the pop up site thanks to other reviews and because of the cleaniness. The site was amazing! lot of space, and dedicated loos (sparkling clean). We had access to water. The staff is very friendly and reactive when needed to make it a great experience. It was the first camping experience for my kids 6 and 8 and they really enjoyed it. Will definitely recommend and come back again !
Aug 24, 2020 by Reda Tidjani Verified Review
★★★★★

Incredibly peaceful- even in August!

Absolutely perfect if you want lots of space, and peace and quiet (and if you don't mind the lack of facilities! Although you get a "private" portaloo per group, and a drinking water tap). Stayed 4 nights at the "pop up meadow" in mid-August (2 adults and 2 kids, age 5 and 6). It was a proper get-away- on a massive farm and felt really out of the way. We pitched at the top end of the camping meadow (where it was described as "undulating"), but found a flat enough space for our family tent (not perfectly flat but pretty good, and the long grass made it even more comfy!). Got an amazing view of the sunset (when the weather allowed!). Quite wet to walk around since the grass was so long. Loads of space between pitches, and although it was almost full at the weekend (19/20 pitches occupied on sat night), still felt spacious. During the week there were between 1 and 4 other groups only (really far apart- could imagine you were on your own!). Lovely to be able to visit the horses in the field behind us, and when we explored the other fields we found copious amounts of blackberries and sloes and spotted some deer! Nearby walks include a really beautiful nature reserve on the thames, plus it is close to the White Horse (more obvious- so pretty busy near the car park, but easy to get away from people if you walk a little way).
Aug 20, 2020 by LAura Shapiro
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Location

The Real Campsite at Park Farm is located at Park Farm, Littleworth, Faringdon, Oxon, Oxfordshire SN7 8ED

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Getting There

Full directions emailed after booking.

Nearest bus stop is 10mins walk, on the Oxford – Swindon 66 route running every 30mins or so.

Nearest train station – Oxford or Swindon (15miles from each).