Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite

UK Wales North Wales Flintshire

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Camping for curious minds on the historic Hawarden Estate in North Wales

Having created an other-worldy cabin site in Scotland and, more recently, a festival in their own back yard, Caroline and Charlie have plenty of experience to put towards creating an atmospheric campsite. Powered by their sustainable values and a passion for providing a really, really, really warm welcome, The Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite builds on the work they’ve put in as part of the The Good Life Experience festival with singer, broadcaster and outdoor enthusiast Cerys Matthews. In normal times the festival would be taking place on the historic Hawarden Estate, but while that’s on ice, the family has pooled all of the campfire fun, bushcraft and community spirit to create this intimate camping experience.

The bell tents and pitches are located in two wild meadows with views of Hawarden Old Castle, an original motte-and-bailey that was built in the 14th century. While the pitches are close to the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, it doesn’t feel intrusive. The location is actually very handy for those who ‘don’t do camping’, as sleepyheads can toddle to the shop for breakfast, where the bakery turns out fresh delights daily, crafted from locally milled flour.

Whether you choose to pitch your own or take one of the bell tents, campfires are a big part of the offering. Light your own or, if you fancy making a few friends, joining others around one of the communal fire pits. There’s space to cook via a log barbecue and there are hot showers and proper toilets. The farm shop will cater for a lot of your eating needs, but if you fancy switching it up, stroll into the village to the local pub – also owned by the Hawarden Estate, the 200-year-old Glynne Arms serves up delicious seasonal dishes accompanied with the best in craft ales, beers and European wines.

The idea is that you stay on-site and discover secret hideouts in the woods, like the bar where you can create your own mini Good Life festival. There’s the opportunity to take a guided castle tour from one of the family members or try additional activities like axe throwing, archery, printmaking and yoga – the latter at an extra cost. If you have a car, you can drive 35 minutes to the beaches around Point of Ayr Lighthouse, while keen walkers, will find Moel Famau and the Clwydian Range within 20 minutes and Snowdonia an hour away, all making the campsite a great stop for a post climb decompression as well as general family fun.

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  • A low deposit of 30% to secure your booking
  • Balance not due until 30 days before your holiday, in case of late changes to Coronavirus guidance
  • Complete flexibility to move bookings up to the end of 2021 in the event of Coronavirus restrictions
  • In the event of a lack of 2021 availability, switch your dates to 2022
  • Due to low deposit and late balance payment, no refunds are offered

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Facilities

Facilities are accessible to all campers with a shared washing up station, showers (in cubicles) and proper toilets. The onsite farm shop has a bakery, coffee shop and sells supplies for cooking. There are BBQ cooking units too and sustainable logs for cooking, extra logs for fires can be paid for onsite.

Suitable For

Glampers, campers, tents, campervans, kids, dogs – yes. Caravans, stag and hen dos – no.

No groups over 8 people allowed.

Nearby

There’s plenty of exploring to be had around Hawarden Park, and there are a handful of circular routes around the village. You can also walk from the campsite to Gladstone Library (01244 532350) to take a look at Britain's only Prime Ministerial Library. Some of North Wales’ most beautiful beaches are a 35-minute drive away like Rhyl, Prestatyn and Point of Ayr. A 20-minute drive from Hawarden will take you to the city of Chester, where you can walk the city walls, visit the magnificent cathedral or nose around the shops in the multi-storied, half-timbered buildings that give the place it's charming character. Just outside of the city there's also Chester Zoo (01244 380280), one of the most visited attractions in the entire UK.

Food & Drink

In the Hawarden village you’ll find the 200-year old Glynne Arms (01244 569988). It’s definitely worth taking a 20-minute drive (or bus) to Chester to check out some of the fantastic city restaurants, squirreled away in the ancient buildings. Artichoke (01244 329229), a bistro overlooking the canal, or gastro heaven the Sticky Walnut (0800 160 1811) are both great bets. For fresh and authentic tapas, test out Porta (01244 401178) and for a fine dining experience book ahead to eat at the award-winning Joseph Benjamin (01244 344 295).

Open

May–August.

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The Owner Says

A wild, luxurious, family-friendly campsite with amazing views set in rolling Welsh countryside on the doorstep of one of Britain’s best farm shops, cafes and bars.

New for summer 2021, from the Good Life Society, comes a wonderful wild campsite with very few tents and loads of space.

Just outside the village of Hawarden and set in rolling countryside and woodland with views of a 14th Century marcher castle, this is a perfect space to wile away the long summer that we’ve all been dreaming of.

The 6.5 acre campsite will have a maximum capacity of 19 tents at any one time; the aim here is to offer guests wildness, beauty, fun and solitude.

There will be three pre-erected bell tents on platforms and eight spaces for people to bring their own tents.

There will be craft and adventure activities on site and the Farm Shop café and bar will be open until late evening each day (except Sundays).

In the spirit of The Good Life Society, there will be a strong emphasis on great design with two beautiful, stylish covered areas for exclusive use of Campsite guests. There will be great showers, loos and a washing up area. There will be a communal outdoor cooking area with the finest kit available.

There’s woodland to play in, grass to roll in, a great bar, superfast WiFi, an adventure playground, a tree house, amazing food. And all of North Wales, from the coast to Snowdonia is within easy reach.

Come and join us!

Pitches

Eight regular camping pitches, eight pre-pitched bell tents, three bell tents on platforms and space for three campervans.

Camping Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 4 8 Available
Camping pitch for your tent. Maximum occupancy is 4 people.

Bell Tent

Bell tent Sleeps 4 8 Available
Bell tent with 4 camp-beds provided.

Bell Tent on a Raised Platform

Quirky Sleeps 4 3 Available
The tent is raised off the ground on a wooden platform with chairs and a fire pit on the decking outside. Inside the tent there will be camp beds waiting for you.

Campervan/Caravan Pitch

Grass Pitch Sleeps 4 3 Available
A space for your campervan or caravan.

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Location

Contact Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Deeside, Flintshire CH5 3FB

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Getting There

The farm shop is situated along the Chester Road (B5125) just minutes between Broughton Retail Park and the Hawarden Village. It's just off Juntcion 35A of the North Wales Expressway and is found well by Google Maps and SatNav devices.

It's a handy campsite for public transport. Chester is the nearest mainline train station but there's also a local, North Wales train station in Hawarden a 15-minute walk away, which runs to and from Chester for connecting services. The Mold–Chester bus also stops on Raike Lane, a three-minute walk fro the farm shop.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 16 reviews

★★★★★

Safe place for children to play

Things I liked was the food, although expensive , Quirky areas to eat and drink , Drinks we’re very expensive even take out . Portaloos were disgusting , no one had checked or cleaned for a long time compared with the other toilets near the woods ,they were lovely and clean .As a motorhome owner we were told not to use any cooking ovens , gas or otherwise ?????? Why ?if it had rained we would never have got the van off the field , very long grass on a hill .Disappointed the track for cycles were locked . Had to take children on a busy road .. All in all we enjoyed our stay but pointing out a few things for you to improve .
Aug 28, 2021 by Paul Swann Verified Review
★★★★☆

Almost perfect

The campsite was lovely, the campervan bit was brill. Good facilities, the food is amazing in the cafe. Everyone was friendly, setting couldn't be nicer. Some negatives: for £45 a night, a portaloo is pretty dire, and at the very least it should get cleaned regularly. The other loos, at the back of the BYOB bar were amazing, so hopefully this will be sorted pretty sharpish. The showers were decent once you worked them out but on the second day I tried 3 and they were freezing, the next was so hot it nearly took the skin off me, and only the last was useable. The staff in the farm shop/ cafe had no idea about any of the camping needs or facilities. This just needs to be included in basic training so they can answer questions. Once these niggles are dealt with, it'll be one of the best sites in the country, I think!
Aug 28, 2021 by Jemma Verified Review
★★★★★

Brilliant

The team were super helpful prior to our arrival. The site was clean and safe. Staff were really friendly. The quirkiness of the tin shed, toilets (proper toilets 😀), showers and bring your own bar really made the experience so much better! Felt completely happy letting our daughter run around the site knowing she was safe. Can’t wait to visit again!
Aug 25, 2021 by Laura Batten Verified Review
★★★★☆

Lovely site, would definitely return

A great new site with fab farm shop, cafe (best breakfast ever I think!) with small bar and a delicious pizza van on site. Tents well spaced, lots of space for kids to play including a small playground and a couple of great covered areas for rainy days. There were a few teething issues with it being a new site but the staff were all great and thankful for feedback to help them improve. Would definitely return.
Aug 25, 2021 by Bex Thornton Verified Review
★☆☆☆☆

Poor experience

Been camping many times but this time felt we were misled by the advertising. Bell tents too small for 4 people ; portaloos in an appalling state; showers inadequate and almost scalded my daughter on one occasion; no facilities for a morning wash or cleaning teeth; farm shop small and lacked the range of foods I expected; standard of food in the restaurant dependent on who was cooking - on two occasions the food was cold and led to upset tummies- service very slow even with only two tables with customers and staff stood at the tills talking for over 25 minutes before taking our orders; no manager available to speak to.Very disappointed with an over rated, over priced ‘glamping’ experience for my family who had been through a very difficult time recently and in need of a holiday 😕
Aug 20, 2021 by LT
★★★★★

Great campsite for families

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay here. The toilets and shower facilities were clean and not overcrowded. Our kids aged 9 and 10 years old loved roaming around the woods. It's all fenced off so completely safe. The wooden playground was good entertainment too. We had breakfast one day at the Farm Shop which was delicious, would recommend ordering adult meals if your kids are big eaters. Watch out fo the ice-cream man who cycles around. Lovely idea, but 8 pounds for 2 ice-creams seemed a bit much. There is a Tescos 5 mins away to buy supplies from. We had a lovely day out at Bewilderwood which was about 30mins drive away. Great for all ages, but especially between 0-12 years old. The pitches are well spread out, so very covid secure. There are trolleys and wheelbarrows provided to help get your camping kit from the car park to the tents, which is not far at all. One night there was live music in the bar which was a good option, but started a bit late for us so we didn't stay long. Overall would highly recommend, but remember to bring most of your supplies so you don't get fleeced by overpriced items at camp's shop. We had a campfire on our last night in one of the fire pits and roasted marshmallows. It was a good place for other campers to congregate and for kids to meet each other and play.
Aug 18, 2021 by J Weaire Verified Review
★★★★★

Lovely glamping

First time glamping and it was perfectly calm and close to nature. The facilities are very clean and suited to the area (wooden and metal structures). Everything from gentle socialising to quiet alone-time is well thought through. The farm shop and restaurant is upmarket so prices are thereby, but also they are high quality and have a good range.
★★★★★

Blissful break with just enough cool...

What a find! Great food and really nice ethos and setup. We had our own tent but the bell tents looked great. The 'bar' and bbq area was a great focal point as was the communal fire pit (free logs!) that brought folk together rather than all staying in your own little spot - which you could do if you wanted of course. We ate in the farm shop cafe and in their pub in the village and food was excellent at both. Great wild swimming spots to be found on River Dee at Ecclestone as well. Only grumble would be more toilets and access to a tap nearer tents. Would also be helpful to have the washing up facilities near the bbq area as well as up near main buildings. Facilities and games under cover were a plus. We made friends, the kids made friends and we got away from it all even though only an hour up the road. Now to try their cottages up at Glen Dye in Scotland - very insta friendly! We will be back.
★★★★☆

Lovely campsite with a great farm shop

We had a wonderful stay at Hawarden. The campsite was spacious, the farm shop was lovely and the bakery sold the most wonderful bread. We were in a campervan and had so much space we were able to play ball games and picnic without worrying about encroching on other guests. The nearby pub served delicious food and the kids were kept entertained with table tennis and a great wooden play area. The only thing that needs to improve is the provision of toilets - compostable would suit this lovely site well. Thank you, a great little getaway.
★★★☆☆

Great site and tents - toilets need work

We had a nice stay back at the campsite back in June, in one of the raised bell tents. The site is lovely. It’s set back from a main road but no passing traffic noise. The farm shop and cafe on site are great. My only criticism which did spoil the stay, was the toilets. There were 3 toilets and 1 urinal in the block, servicing well over 50 guests at maximum capacity. They are compost toilets and whilst I understand the reasoning for this toilet choice, it wasn’t a nice experience and a traditional campsite toilet block would be a better option. Of the 3 toilets (not including urinal), 2 were ‘out of commission’, to put it nicely, leaving only 1 useable toilet for guests. In addition to the unusable toilets, they only had alcohol handgel at the toilet block so guests had to walk to the farm shop at the other side of the site to wash hands properly. We told the manager on checkout that we weren’t impressed with the toilets in comparison to the rest of the site. She said they would look into this.
★★★★★

Lovely spot made fabulous by the team

Beautiful site with great facilities, the team in the farm shop are just lovely and Craig who looked after us for the majority of our time there was awesome. Couldn't recommend this place more.
Jul 23, 2021 by Tim Reynolds Verified Review
★★★★★

We loved it!

Beautiful campsite and facilities, we had a lovely short break recently. There is so much to explore and some lovely spaces for the children to play. The farm shop is great too with some lovely treats. We will definitely be back
Jul 19, 2021 by Kelly Moss Verified Review
★★★★★

Magical Weekend

Although just down the road from us, we love the whole ethos of the Hawarden Farm Shop Campsite, from its quirkiness, to the exceptional restaurant, to the amazing walks and the lovely staff. We have re-booked to go later in the summer, and hope that next year we'll visit the Good Life Experience again! Thanks to all the helpful team, you are 'mazing!
★★★★★

Very enjoyable experience

Lovely little camp site for a family escape. The staff were all extremely friendly and very helpful which made the experience that much more enjoyable. The communal facilities are great and kept the kids entertained in numerous occasions. I was very impressed with the on-site BBQs and campfire - we will be returning.
★★★★★

Very nice

The place is amazing and the communal areas lovely, tidy and clean. Camp beds are awful if you go with a toddler who wants cuddles at night, but it is said in the description what type of beds are, I just didn't read it properly. Overall, very nice experience!
★★★★★

Lovely site designed to draw groups together

The communal facilities are amazing, activities available an added bonus. Staff as much of an asset as the facilties very friendly and helpful.

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