Woodhall Farm, Wichenford, Worcestershire WR6 6YE
You don’t have to travel far from the city centre before you’re in the thick greens of the countryside around Worcester. In fact, from the grand and architecturally dazzling cathedral that overlooks the compact city, it’s less than five miles before your rolling along single-tracked Fox Lane to Woodhall Farm. The road, flanked on either side by sheep-dotted meadows, runs among a network of footpaths that weave between the various villages (and village pubs). It’s a beautiful spot for a campsite.
350-acre Woodhall Farm, has more than just camping, however. While the family-run campsite has a large meadow set aside for around 20 tents, they also have a small collection of glamping accommodation on offer for the more comfort-seeking camper. Their trio of tipis, for example, are furnished inside with real beds and bed-side furnishings, while bell tents have futon-style beds that you can sink into as soon as you arrive. Campfires are allowed and the tipis, in their own separate area on the edge of a wheat field with westward views of the Malvern Hills, also have their own barbecues.
While it takes little more than 10-minutes to drive back into Worcester (it’s a 25-minute bike-ride along the back roads), there’s no rush to get back to the city attractions. Instead, The Cob House, just next door to the farm, offers a range of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. A recent winner at Worcestershire's ‘Visitor Attraction Of The Year Awards’, the fisheries and activities centre has plenty to engage families, with the reindeer and alpacas a particular hit with kids. There are also marked trails and play areas in the woods, and clay pigeon shooting for grown ups. A day's city break or a rural escape? Maybe the good old British weather will decide.
The Owner Says
Woodhall Farm is set in the idylic countryside just a 10 minute drive from the city centre of Worcester. With breathtaking views over the Malvern Hills and plenty of activities close-by to keep you entertained, your stay at Woodhall Farm will provide many happy memories! We have 2-4 person tipis available to rent as well as tent pitches if you'd prefer to bring your own tent. Fishing, archery, reindeer and alpaca interactions are just a short 10 minute walk across the picturesque countryside to the Cob House Fisheries. A quad biking centre is just a 2 minute drive away where you can trek across varied terrain and woodland with picnic areas suitable for all ages. Several village pubs are in close proximity to relax and enjoy some local cuisine!
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Great staff, great site, great facilities, improving all the time.
So our experience was a mixed bag but that wasn't done to anything the campsite could control. We were camping, there were separate fields for camping and glamping and a huge barn in between. The manager has really thought about the needs of the campers/glampers. There are games tables, kettles, fridges (one per 3 pitches), microwave and toaster. This doesn't feel holiday camp at all as in the middle of a working farm so is the perfect combination of convenience and rural escape. There are now two female toilets and a male toilet block. There are five showers for men and women each, then one separate electric shower. We were there on the August Bank Holiday weekend so the water did run low in the actual block, but the electric was hot and powerful. Might be nice to have a more substantial floor in the shower shed though. There were never any queues for the shower and only a one person queue for the toilet (despite the place being fully booked). They were cleaned each day with plenty of spare toilet roll etc. All showers and toilets also have hooks (and showers have seats/benches outside) installed so they are definitely listening to their campers and improving month by month. In terms of the actual camping, it was fully booked when were there but the pitches are big. It has a pretty view over a farm field which was lovely. There are two communal campfire pits too. The campsite allows barbecues if off the grass. Our only complaint was the noise. On the first night there was music all afternoon and evening from a big group, this stopped at 11pm. Then a separate tent played drum and bass music till around midnight, then talked for a few more hours. They also let their dog run wild. The second night was far better - the drum and bass tent had left, and the big group didn't play music past 9pm as was made aware of a toddler sleeping nearby and that people had found it disturbing the night before. However a group did stay up talking till around 1am. I know this is most likely to happen at bank holiday and would probably not be a problem at different times. The site manager came up to the site at around 12:30pm to check the noise as someone had complained so are very good at checking. There were also rules saying no music and loud talking past 10pm. They may benefit from just banning amplified music all together and coming to check the site at 11pm each night? This seems to have worked well on other sites. The site is run by the farmers son as far as we could tell. He was excellent at communications and the site was well maintained. We were there for three days and had contact with him, his parents or his girlfriend 4-5 times. They are all lovely and very helpful! I think as a new campsite it is still finding its legs but can see in a year or two this being one of the best we have found. It really has got everything you need in a campsite and would highly recommend it (maybe not on the busiest weekend of the year - but I would say that for anywhere).
Overall a pleasant stay
We came on a weekend camping break with our 8month old to test out a new tent as well as camping with a baby. On arrival we were navigated to the glamping parking area where there is a large barn with lots of fridge/freezers, a couple of kettles, table tennis, air hockey etc (note - this barn is hugely echoey and sound carries a bit) Next to this are the toilets, showers and a washing up area. The glamping tents are in their own field next to this. The tent area is through a hedge opposite. The tent site is large and grassy we were at the top near the entrance and it was flatish. Plenty of space for tent and car (we had large family tent). There was a bit of a lack of arrival information in the barn - just the site manager number but signal wasn't perfect so it took a couple of calls to get through. As only 5 tents were due we could choose our own pitch. I think some more information in the barn would be helpful - maybe even leave named envelopes for check-in if no one is available. The facilities were fine - although as noted below only one women's toilet wasn't great and there's also no shelf/hook to put wash bag on in there. The men's have two toilets, two urinals and two sinks (I used these when women's were engaged as they were empty and it was quiet). Was slightly disappointed that the fire pit was communal - as all other tents knew each other so we didn't use it (although with baby we didn't really have much chance to). Wood didn't seem available on site though. We found the field to be a bit exposed and it was quite windy when we were there but we had an enjoyable stay and feel relaxed following our stay (other than the stress of trying to put up/take down a tent with a baby in tow!)
Nice quiet site, a few things to improve I know although new
Not to crowded site, clean shortish grass for kids to play. Lots of fields and walks to go with children. Not sure where the route to the Cob House was? Tried walking there but wrong way. Big barn area for wet weather, some camper spent a rainy evening there. Full of clean fridges, kettles and charging points. Some games tables for kids. Would be nice to maybe have tables and seat for wet weather get togethers or evening time. Communal fire pit was nice but many thought it would be lit by the site manager. I bought a bag of logs but didn't last long. Be nice to have communal evening for during holiday weekends maybe. Showers were clean as far as campsite showers can be. Nice to have a separate private shower with chair in more space for parents to wash there children with them. Only one female toilet , wasn't ever a queue really. Six free showers. Close to Worcester and Malvern. Overall good site, I'm sure more will be added over the year, with comments as I understand it is new.