Popcorn Camping Bethesda Popcorn Camping

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Bangor

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A pop-up campsite on a rugby pitch in Bethesda, between Snowdonia National Park and the island of Anglesey.

It’s pitch invasion time at Bethesda Rugby Club this summer. But what’s this? The invaders are armed with tents and club officials are cheering them on! This is a scene that’s playing out at rugby clubs and school playing fields around the UK this summer, as they are taken over by Popcorn Camping. This growing start-up uses existing well-maintained fields and clubhouse facilities for pop-up campsites at a time when they would otherwise be empty. It’s a neat idea that will turn Bethesda’s scenically-situated rugby pitches into 75 camping pitches for six weeks of summer.

As you might expect for a pop-up campsite on a rugby pitch it’s a back-to-basics affair, but the big benefit of Popcorn Camping Bethesda is its enviable location on the northern edge of Snowdonia National Park. It’s also just five miles from the North Welsh coast and the island of Anglesey, and less than two from daredevil adventure park Zip World, where you can whizz on a zip wire across a former slate quarry. For history lovers, some of Wales’ most impressive castles are within 20 miles of the site: Caernarfon, Conwy, and Beaumaris among them. Mountains, castles, slate mining, beaches, and rugby — it doesn’t get much more Welsh than this.

With so much to do in the area, this site is more of a base than a place to hang out but, nonetheless, it has a very lovely setting. The club is, handily, a short walk from the centre of town, but its vista is all green (apart from the clubhouse and goalposts) with trees surrounding most of the site, the River Ogwen running by, and mountains visible in the background. Pitches are a spacious 10-by-10 metres and facilities are warm and dry in the clubhouse. There are flushing loos, hot showers, and washing-up sinks too. Campfires are allowed but, in order to protect the hallowed turf of Bethesda rugby pitch, you’ll need to head off-pitch to one of the communal campfire areas. All the better for sharing tales of walks up Snowdonia’s peaks or along the newly opened Ogwen Trail that leads from Bethesda to Porth Penrhyn on the coast.



The campsite is within the grounds of Bethesda Rugby Club and facilities are in the clubhouse, which has recently been refurbished. There are four private hot showers and four family-sized showers (each large enough for a rugby team!) and plenty of fluhing toilets available. There are washing-up facilities at open-air sinks in the camping area. Barbecues are allowed but must be off the ground and campfires are allowed but only in designated, communal campfire spaces, not on the pitches. Fire pits are available to hire on-site and logs are for sale.

Suitable For

Campers, couples, families, small groups, dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, caravans, motorhomes, all-adult groups – no.


You can walk or cycle from the campsite to the coast, five miles away, on the Porth Penrhyn on The Ogwen Trail which follows the route of a disused railway and passes close by. Bethesda is on the northern edge of Snowdonia National Park so there's plenty more outdoor activity on offer there. If walking, climbing and cycling doesn't produce enough adrenaline for you, try Zip World Penrhyn Quarry (01248 601 444), less than two miles from site where you can ride the fastest zip line in the world. It's only about seven miles to the bridges over the Menia Strait which means you can be on Anglesey island within a 15-minute drive. The impressive Caernarfon Castle (03000 252239) is just 12 miles from site.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and pick up supplies in the centre of Bethesda, a walk of less than half a mile from the site. The closest pub serving food is Y Llangollen (01248 605175).


July and August only.

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The Owner Says

Bethesda lies on the doorstep of the beautiful island of Anglesey, and also of Snowdonia, with some of North Wales’s wildest mountain scenery. A new cycle and walking path now links Bethesda with Porth Penrhyn on the coast (5 miles away), with the famous sandy beach of Red Wharf Bay just 15 miles from the campsite.


75 off-grid, grassy pitches

Grass Pitch, Non-Electric, Max 6 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
Large grass pitch (10m by 10m) in a very spacious field. Parking included on car park, and you may have 1 pup tent plus 1 awning or gazebo per pitch.

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Contact Popcorn Camping Bethesda, Station Rd, Bethesda, Bangor LL57 3NE

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Getting There

The A5 runs through the centre of Bethesda. Look out for the Londis shop (on the right if you are heading south from Bangor or on the left if you are heading north) and take Station Road towards the Rugby Club. It is well signposted. The nearest train station is in Bangor (six miles away). There are regular bus services between Bangor and Bethesda and the closet stop (Bethesda Rhes Penrhyn) is a short walk from site.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 7 reviews


First time camping, great experience!

Great stay in Bethesda, a perfect location to explore the whole of North Wales. Waking up to a mountain view set the bar high for our first camping experience. Since the site was on a Rugby pitch meant that on-site facilities were super functional - no need to bring your own toilet roll! Very fun and friendly hosts, and the option of added extras (archery was put on in the next field for families, and you could hire a log firepit) meant that you could make each night feel different. Car parked a short walk from the tent was super easy to get used to, and you could borrow a wheelbarrow if you needed to take your stuff to the tent. Overall a cute stay, perfect for couples or families!

Good location - very basic but in a nice friendly way

This campsite was ideal for our first camp, had everything we needed, staff were very friendly and helpful. Site was on a small high street with everything you need, Londis with 2 minute walk, Chinese Indian and a couple of other takeaways and a Tesco within a 5 min drive. few pubs within walking distance which are dog friendly to. ideal for Lyn Ogwen, Tryfan and Devils Kitchen just 10 minutes away, Bangor Anglesey and LLanberis are all a short drive. We enjoyed our stay and would deffo stay again as it was an ideal base camp with 2 rugby pitches and a full size footy pitch with goals to entertain the kids.
Jul 31, 2021 by Thomas Verified Review

Great camping experience

Really well situated site with a beautiful view towards the mountains. Not too crowded, great shower and toilet facilities
Jul 29, 2021 by Tom Somers Verified Review

An enjoyable visit to Snowdonia

The views of the mountains from the camp-site are superb and we enjoyed wonderfully sunny weather. The pitches were level and on well-kept grass. The rugby club is a real hub of the local community, and the toilet and shower facilities were fine. There are several take-aways in Bethesda and the site is a good base for walking in Snowdonia.

Really lovely little campsite

Beautiful backdrop, decent amenities and a really handy location to get to both Anglesey and Snowdonia. The weather was stunning and, despite the ground solidifying to the point we were really struggling to get our tent pegged in, the staff had a mallet for us to borrow, along with firepits and wood for sale (and boards to protect the earth). The site ended up with a bit of a chilled festival field vibe, with tents setting up where they landed and everyone generally having a lovely time. We drove to Anglesey for the day and down towards Caernarfon the next without hassle and got early morning swims at both before things started to get busier. Stopped in at a local pub on the high street (the Douglas Arms) for a cold pint, to break from our warm beers, which was just gorgeous. All in all a really lovely weekend, made all the better with such an accommodating and well located site.
Jul 26, 2021 by Sophie Gould Verified Review

Great stay at Bethesda Popcorn camping!

Campsie is in great spot up access Snowdonia and the surrounding areas. We had a trip to Angelsea too which was only a 15 min drive. Our hosts were amazing, really helpful and checked in with us occasionally which was a really nice touch! The site has lovely views onto the mountains and there was plenty of space between tents. As the info states it is a bit 'back to basics' but if you're happy with that your good to go! Facilities were clean, mens shower room converted into individual showers for women with wooden dividers and urinals covered up with plastic which feels a bit DIY! There was access to washing up taps (only cold water but didn't need warm with the weather when we were there!). There was some construction work going on which you could hear in a morning (or both mornings we were there anyway). Not hugely loud at all but not completely peaceful either, didn't effect our enjoyment but worth a mention. Overall a good stay!
Jul 22, 2021 by Joanna Verified Review

Beautiful spot

Really nice weekend here with helpful and friendly staff and clean facilities. The view from our tent was really lovely. Great pitch in the centre which is kept free from tents so you can have a kick about. The one gripe is the fires. Everyone seems to want to make a fire to stare at (not to cook on or to keep warm). When the breeze settles for a few minutes you feel like you are in the smog of Victorian London. Luckily there was some wind most of the time. Perhaps that's just me being a grouch though.

Why book with Cool Camping?

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