Elmwicke Camping

UK England South West England Gloucestershire Cheltenham

  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family camping on a Severn Valley farm, with campfires to enjoy, animals to meet and tractor-and-trailer rides

Jon, Ruth and their three daughters are the fourth and fifth generation farming at Red House Farm. You'll see them all at some point during your stay, whether that's welcoming you, delivering wood, cleaning the facilities or having a good natter. Their family has run a campsite from the farm for eight years and love welcoming campers to stay and playing their part in helping others make lifelong memories. Located in the heart of the Severn Valley, with beautiful views of Malvern, Cleeve, May and Bredon Hills, their's is a pretty special place to stay.

Set on a working farm with a flock of Jacob sheep, small herd of rare breed Gloucester cattle, Pygmy goats (Mabel and Martha) and Bacon the pig, the campsite is home to far more residents than just the weekend visitors. Campers, though, have a huge meadow all of their own, bordered by a hedge but otherwise spacious, flat, open. The field is some seven acres in total, with a relaxed, pitch-where-you-like way of operating (great if you want to book with a group of families). It also means there's plenty of space for games of cricket, rugby, football and flying kites. You'll be here for five minutes and the kids will have already made new friends.

Facilities-wise, things are on the move, so it slightly depends on when you arrive this summer. There’s currently a small portable block of two toilets, two urinals, two wash basins and a shower but an all-new washblock is also opening from mid July. It will house additional washing up areas, a fridge, freezer, a washing machine and more. And as well as a handful of regular electric hook ups, the campsite is also modern enough to boast two electric vehicle charging points. That's not to say the place doesn't maintain a traditional camping vibe. Campfires are very much allowed and you can buy 'barbecue baskets' full of the farm's own produce for cooking on the flames.

While fun and games in the meadow will keep littl'uns busy, tractor-and-trailer rides to see the animals are undoubtedly a highlight for family visitors and it's a good opportunity for Jon and Ruth to teach visitors about their farm. The roaming cattle and the rural setting give the sense that you're a million miles from home, though, actually, the campsite has a rather convenient location. It's not too far from the M5, and it's 10 minutes from Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, so you never need to spend much longer than is needed in the car. The good road connections also put the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds within easy reach, with the likes of Cleeve Hill, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle within a 15-minute drive.



A small portable washblock has two toilets, two urinals, two wash basins and a shower, while the new amenities block will have and indoor washing up area (with four sinks and drainers), a fridge, freezer and a washing machine. There is also access to a hairdryer and shaving point. There is a disabled-accessible wet room, with a shower, toilet and hand basin. The family wet room also has a baby change unit. They also have an Elsan Point, grey waste disposal and a wash-up area. At reception there are charging points for electronic devices and in the camping field there are 12 electric hook ups (16 Amps each) and two electric vehicle charging points. Campfires are permitted (firepits and bags of wood are available to hire and purchase) and BBQs are allowed, with home-produced meat available to buy.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, kids, dogs (on leads)...


It's 10 minutes to the western edge of the Cotswolds (and around 15 to Sudeley Castle and Cleeve Hill), Cheltenham and the medieval town of Tewkesbury, host to one of the largest medieval festivals in the world. Sherdons Golf Course in Tredington is a five-minute drive away, they have a good pirate themed mini golf adventure round which is great fun for all ages. The Forest of Dean is around 40 minutes away, where there are lots of forest trails for cycling, as well as a sculpture trail to walk. Puzzlewood is a particularly fantastic place to visit here – the wood has been used as a filming location for many major films and television programs, including Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Gloucester is just 15 minutes’ drive away, the Cathedral there, too, is another must see for all Harry Potter fans, try and match the setting to your favourite scenes.

Food & Drink

The Gloucester Old Spot (012426 80321) is a 20-minute walk away or a couple minutes’ drive, the freehouse serves local ales and ciders and their food has been included in the Michelin Guide to pubs. Five minutes’ drive away is The House in The Tree (01242 680241), a great country pub with outdoor and indoor space as well as a children's play area and animal petting zone. No.3 Restaurant (01242 903790) is just over a ten-minute drive away, serving everything from a full English to their renowned tomahawk steaks. Their main restaurant is lovely but there's also a charming outdoor dining space, which is covered for all weathers.



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The Owner Says

Elmwicke campsite is located in the heart of the Severn Valley, with beautiful views of Malvern, Cleeve, Cotswolds, May and Bredon Hills. We are a working farm with a flock of Jacob sheep, small herd of rare breed Gloucester cattle, Pygmy goats (Mabel and Martha) and Bacon the pig. We have run a campsite from the farm for eight years and love welcoming campers to stay with us and help make magical memories. We think it's a pretty special place to stay. The campsite is a 7 acre field where you are able pitch where you'd like which is great whether you're on your own or booking as a group as you can be by your friends. We have acres of space for games of cricket, rugby, football, flying kites (we've seen it all). One of our favourite things is taking guests on a tractor/trailer ride around the fields to visit all the animals.

We opened our new amenities block on16th July 2021 which is amazing and makes staying with us even better.

Jon, Ruth, their daughters Renna, Lucy and Georgie are the 4th and 5th generation farming at Red House Farm. You'll see all of us at some point during your stay whether that's welcoming you, delivering wood, cleaning the facilities or having a good natter with you.

Social Distancing Measures

Elmwicke Campsite will continuously monitor Government and Local Authority advice with regards to shared facilities and ensuring safety of all our guests. All guests will be required to book online. If additional logs, fire pits, breakfast baps or BBQ baskets are needed we will only take card payments onsite. Any camper or member of a family unit who displays Covid-19 symptoms will be expected to return home immediately - any unused days will be fully refunded. Person information required for test and trace purposes which is required at point of booking will be retained for 21 days. Shared facilities The toilets, showers and washing up area will be cleaned 5 times per day using a two stage process - cleaner followed by disinfectant. Whilst cleaning is taking place we will request guests do joy used the facilities. As owners we will wear appropriate PPE when cleaning. Automatic alcohol hand sanitiser will be located on a table outside the toilets and showers. Campers will be expected to use thus before entering and leaving. Inside the toilets and showers there will be cleaning wipes which can be used by guests to use on taps, sinks and toilets should they wish. Campers will be expected to wear face masks when using the facilities. We ask that the facilities are used if possible as family groups. Under 10s will require an adult to accompany them. The camping field is 7 acres which will provide ample space to pitch tents, caravans and campervans/motorhomes at least 5 metres away from other campers. We will expect campers to follow this rule. A notice board located outside toilets will show the risk assessment, cleaning schedule and other useful information.


50 grass camping pitches (around 10 or so with electrical hook ups).

Non-Electric Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 38 Available
It's a 7 acre field! You can pitch up anywhere you choose!

Grass Pitch with Electric Hook-Up

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 5 12 Available
It's a 7 acre field! You can pitch up anywhere you choose!

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Contact Elmwicke Camping, Red House Farm, Copse Green Lane, Hardwicke, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 9TB

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Getting There

If you’re travelling from the South, exit the A38 by taking the second exit onto Estcourt Road. Carry on for a few hundred yards and then take the second exit, again travelling onto Estcourt Road. After just under a mile, take the third exit at the roundabout onto Tewkesbury Road. Half a mile later you’ll come to another roundabout, take the second exit (again onto Tewkesbury Road). Continue for just over a mile then take the first exit at the next roundabout. Carry on for just over four miles and then turn right onto the A4019. Continue for a mile and then turn left onto Stoke Road. Follow the road for a mile or so and then turn left onto Copse Green Lane. Elmwicke Camping will be half a mile on from here on your left.

The nearest train station is in Cheltenham Spa (five miles), which has a taxi rank outside.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 5 reviews


Great Stay

We stayed here for 4 nights and loved our stay. The facilities are really clean and the owners were lovely. There are so many places to visit nearby. We will definitely stay again if ever in the area. Thank you for a lovely week!!
Sep 18, 2021 by Laura Dodds Verified Review

Everything we wanted and more.

Extremely friendly family run farm. The shower/toilet block was the cleanest I’ve ever been to. Spotless washing up facilities with the added bonus of a freezer (no one likes a warm vodka) and a fridge. We will 100% be back next year.

Excellent spot!

We visited Elmwicke in the summer holidays. Excellent location with great access to the beautiful Cotswolds and Cheltenham. The owners were so helpful and the toilet/laundry/shower block was new and clean. The campsite itself was really spacious and dog friendly which was a huge plus for us. The kids love seeing the animals and tractors on the farm. This is a great find and we will definitely be back!!!

RElaxing, froendly and well organised

The site is a very large field with lots of recreational space in the centre. The owners asre exceprionally friendly and helpful. There are good site facilities and a cafe for morning bacon butties etc. for those who wish to avoid cooking in the morning. Children are encouraged to have a ride in a tractor and trailer around the farm and see how the sheep are looked after. The owners also sell lamb burgers, lamb and mint sausages and lamb chops etxc for BBQ's - all of which are excellent. A really friendly site.

Went the extra mile

Lovely setting, relaxed atmosphere, but excellent campsite owners who really and truly do go the extra mile. They gave us all a tractor ride around the plot and then we got a tour around the farm, where the children were given food to feed the pet sheep and goats. Ruth explained how they run their farm including the wool production and how some of the equipment worked, it was an excellent experience that our boys learnt a lot from. Soon their new facilities block will be open, which includes a family shower room, accessible facilities, laundry and washing facilities, and a cafe. We will be back to experience that too! But I can honestly say, having had many camping experiences these guys give the best and most wonderful welcome we have ever had.

Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

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