Wookey Farm, Monks Ford, Wookey, Wells, Somerset BA5 1DT
The world famous Wookey Hole Caves, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has been used by humans for over 45,000 years. But it’s only in the last couple of decades that the limestone caverns have also prompted an array of other attractions. Wookey Hole’s website now points you to the 4D cinema experience, pirate adventure golf, Valley of the Dinosaurs and a scale model village, among many others. The latter replica doesn’t show a goat farm anywhere on the map. But, back in the real world, it’s little over two miles from the caves that you’ll find one – a sweet little smallholding on the edge of Wookey Village. The farm boasts a cracking campsite too.
Established by friendly proprietors Ian and Sarah Davies, the two-and-a-half acre meadow is a veritable camping haven. Their aims – to keep things basic, eco-friendly and sustainable – have resulted in a campsite that’s green in every sense. Flat grassy pitches are spacious and bordered by bushy shrubs and long wild grass, while the centre of the meadow is left open for kids to play ball games and run free. Campfires are permitted and facilities are basic – there’s electricity at most pitches along with private recycling bins at each, but there are no showers at the campsite… you’ll have to take a dip in the River Axe if you’re truly desperate for a wash. The river, which ambles around the adjacent meadow, is great for paddling and dam building, while tire swings hang from a couple of large oak and ash trees by the banks.
Yet while Sarah and Ian have worked hard to craft the perfect family campsite, there’s no denying that their first love at Wookey Farm is still the animals. Their herd of near-150 goats – curious British Toggenbergs with white stripes down their faces and a tendency to nibble toggles off your overcoat – is milked twice a day (watch in the milking parlour at 8:30am or 5pm). There’s also a pair of Gloucester Old Spot pigs, a clutch of egg-laying hens and a bashful donkey named Mr Pickles who, once befriended, is exceedingly fond of a rub behind the ears.
In summer, Sarah supplements the farm’s usual cheeses with homemade halloumi – a superb treat when toasted over the campfire – as well as goats’ milk ice-cream, which is only available to campers. Their other cheeses are also sold at markets around Somerset, including in nearby Wells on most Wednesdays. It’s well worth popping there anyway to marvel at the grand gothic-style cathedral (daily free tours except Sunday) before venturing into the nearby Mendip Hills for a good walk. It’s also a 15-minute drive to Glastonbury and just over half an hour to the Somerset coast. That’s all if you get past the endless list of attractions at Wookey Hole, of course.
The Owner SaysWookey Farm campsite is situated near the famous Wookey Hole Caves, in the sister village of Wookey. The level 2.5 acre site is part of a small family-run goat farm, where children can pet the animals and campers of all ages can learn about the day-to-day running of a dairy goat farm. We also have lambs, Mr Pickles the donkey, rare-breed pigs and piglets at certain times of the year and a few hens.
- we welcome tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, trailer tents
- mains drinking water
- chemical disposal point
- electric hook-ups on the larger pitches
- compost loos
- well behaved pets are welcome
- campfire areas next to pitches and logs for sale
- rope swings by the river
- individual recycling bins on pitches
- a round house where campers can shelter from any downpours
- a farm shop selling our products (goats cheese and goat meat, lamb and pork)
- electric car charging point
- 3 village pubs
- the Wookey Hub (cafe and small shop in the village)
- village church
- suggested walks
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We stayed two nights at the beginning of June 2018. It's a beautiful spot, and everything has been thought through. Your name is on the notice board to tell you where to go when you arrive. Your little part of the field is semi-sectioned off with small trees, with your own fire space and recycling point. You can buy wood, goats cheese, milk etc from the little honesty shop. In the morning, go and watch the goats being milked. The loos double as a mini-tourist information point. On the question of loos: they are compost loos (though with running water to wash your hands) with an initially alarming set up for automatically "sorting" your deposits! They are in a nice clean-feeling wooden hut; and you feel worthy. And, to be honest, I've never visited a campsite loo, especially a more conventional porta-loo, that doesn't make you cringe just a little - and once I was used to these ones, I felt quite at home. (I've rather gone on about loos there!). Also to note, there are no showers (if the owners could find a way to install those, the place would be completely perfect). We're definitely going back.
Beautiful, quiet site
What a lovely place, free from urban noise but obviously not from animal noise both from the farm animals and wild birds which is such a pleasurable aspect of being in the country . Larger than .average pitches( each separated by a strip of wild vegetation creating sense of privacy) with a picnic bench and bins for recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Several fire pits. Sarah is very friendly and invited us to look around the farm sheds and watch the goats being milked. The on site shop sells their own produce including goats milk and goats meat. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you
WARNING ...YOU ARE ENTERING ANOTHER WORLD!!!
As you drive down the little lane to get to the campsite you truly enter another world where time stands still and you can breathe pure relaxation. The campsite (which we have been visiting for years) is our most favourite place to escape.if you have children this is the perfect place for them to be allowed to properly play free. The rope swings over the little shallow river,building dams ,fishing with nets and lighting campfires then cooking marshmallows should be every child’s camping heaven . No PlayStation or x box!!! Because there is no playground other than nature the children (and parents)usually end up playing rounders or other games in the middle of the field. You are allowed into the farm to visit the goats and you can buy goat related products. The owners Sarah and Ian are unobtrusive but have always been very helpful and friendly if needed. The pub Ring o Bells in the village is within walking distance and looked after us well(also catering for gluten free) There are fabulous walks from the campsite with great cooling off spots for your dog in the river.this is such a beautiful part of the world The compost toilet is a compost toilet and if you’ve got your own porta loo you will miss this experience ! See you soon Wookey Farm. We love you and we love camping xxx
The whole embience
Firstly what a beautiful location. The site it’s self is excellent. I am not a fan of marked pitches as if in groups it can hinder the closeness and vibe, however that said this work. Massive area in the middle for kids of all ages to play, surrounded by 15 pitches all with fire pits. Pitch 1&2 have a lovely fire pit in a wooded area. The stream isn’t a lovely walk. We walked on from the obvious stopping point and found some lovely spots. The Wookey hub idea and the honesty farm shop are brilliant the eco friendliness of the site are truest the way forward. This is what all campsites should be aiming for. Prices are reasonable in the day and age. The location to attractions in the Rea is brilliant. All in all a very lovely weekend, a very forward Morden thinking campsite, that is beautiful and quaint.
Eco campsite with goats and firepits
A lot of thought has gone into this campsite. Each hook up pitch has trees dividing it from the next, its own recycling bins and a fire pit. Anyone who knows compost toilets appreciates that they can smell, but these are the cleanest I have come across. Great location near Wells and a ten min walk to a pub that serves good food and a cafe, the Wookey hub, that serves home made cakes and big pots of tea. The goats are beautiful ... you can also just call in to see these and buy goat products (cheese, milk, soap etc). Very friendly and helpful owners. We came after heavy rain at Easter and it was muddy on the field so they let us camp near the barn and sorted out hook up and fire pit. Would like to come in summer when they use their pizza oven!
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