Pop-Up Somerset

UK England South West England Somerset Wincanton

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
A pop-up campsite in rural Somerset, offering pitches in 10 acres of wildflower meadows

Opening for the first time in 2021, Pop-Up Somerset comes from a camping co-operative called 'Pop Up Campsites' who have multiple locations in southern England. Jonny, who runs this site, also managed operations for the luxurious Pop-Up Hotel at Glastonbury Festival for several years. In short, the guy knows how to create something out of nothing and then make it disappear again in a puff of campfire smoke. It’s that committed approach to leaving no trace that ties these different places together. They're true temporary campsites run by an experienced and capable team.

Temporary though it may be, what is undeniable, however, is that this place still retains something of the muddy-knees vibe of the great outdoors. It has bucket showers and compost loos and there are no electrical hook-ups. It doesn’t promise organised activities to entertain your kids all day but instead encourages them to run wild and enjoy nature. The camping is set across a 10-acre wildflower meadow with plenty of space and it's all safe and vehicle free – cars are parked separately but Jonny or one of his team will ferry your luggage with their optional 'bellhop' service (think quad bike and trailer, not gold trolley cage).

Set on the edge of a Somerset village, the main attractions are relaxing on site and exploring the countryside. The “big” sights of Somerset (Glastonbury, Wookey Hole and Cheddar) are close enough for day trips but you might just find yourself satisfied with your tent, big field and the smaller pleasures nearby; walking, wild swimming, gardens, a cidery and an artisan cheese maker to name just a few.

Details

Facilities

Compost toilets, bucket showers, water taps, bins and recycling. There’s a large, communal chill-out tent set in the middle of the field with sofas and space to socialise. Campfires are permitted, with firepits available to hire and logs for sale on site.

Suitable For

Tents, groups, dogs – yes. Campervans, caravans and motorhomes – no.

Nearby

There’s plenty of lovely countryside to explore and lots of pretty towns and villages nearby including Castle Cary (six miles away) and historic Sherborne, eight miles away, with an impressive castle and gardens (01935 813182), historic abbey and little museum. Haynes International Motor Museum (01963 440804) is six miles from site and the impressive gardens at Stourhead (01747 841152) are 11 miles distant. Some of Somerset’s best known sites are a little further but still within day-tripping distance (under 30 miles) including Glastonbury Tor, Wookey Hole (01749 672243) and Cheddar Gorge and Caves.

Food & Drink

Don’t miss out on trying the Renegade Mon or Rebel Nun cheese made just up the road at Felthams Farm (01963 370857). You can buy it from the farm gate, though it’s advised to call ahead as there’s no official shop. The closest pub, The White Horse in South Cheriton (01963 370394), is a walk of less than a mile away. For breakfast, brunch or lunch try Jasmine & Bay (01963 548088) in Templecombe, three miles from site or the fancy garden eateries at The Newt (01963 577777) a little further away in Castle Cary. It’s a country estate, with fine food that’s largely sourced from the surrounding gardens. There’s a cidery and farm shop on site too. The Stag’s Head Inn (01963 440393) is a traditional pub with good food and a beer garden in Yarlington, six miles from site. In Bruton, nine miles from site, there are a few options including Matt’s Kitchen and At The Chapel (01749 814070), a restaurant, bakery and winestore. The nearest supermarket is in Wincanton (four miles from site).

Open

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Deep in unspoilt Somerset, we are offering camping set within 10 acres of wildflower meadows and sheltered by mature oaks with individual space. This is camping how it should be with fire pits, time to chill out and space for children to run free. Relax, and breathe in the fresh air and stillness of our beautiful area. At Pop-Up campsites, we care deeply about our precious natural resources, and being the caretakers of the land we inhabit, we ensure that our campsites are mindful of the impact they make on the land.

Pitches

Around 10 informal grass camping pitches.

Meadow Self pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 16 Available
The Meadow pitches are surrounded by woods and establish hedgerows offering protection and shelter. If you fancy a bell tent, please add it in the next Extras page.

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Location

Contact Pop-Up Somerset, Oak Tree Field, Cheriton Manor Farm, South Cheriton, Templecombe, Somerset BA8 0BJ

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Getting There

From the A303 take the A371 exit towards Wincanton. Stay on this road for a mile (over a couple of roundabouts). At the third roundabout, take the first exit on to the A357. After two miles, turn left onto Behind Hayes Lane and at the T junction soon after, turn right on to Marsh Lane. The campsite is signposted off this road.

The nearest train station is Templecombe, just two miles away, from where you could book a taxi. An alternative station is Gillingham, slightly further away (11 miles) but with a taxi rank outside.

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