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Popcorn Camping St Davids Popcorn Camping

UK Wales South Wales Pembrokeshire St Davids

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A simple pop-up campsite on a rugby pitch on the St David’s Peninsula in Pembrokeshire

The chap behind Popcorn Camping has found a perfect pitch in Pembrokeshire. It’s flat, grassy, well maintained and has a clubhouse nearby. It’s also got two towering goalposts. That’s because this perfect pitch is, first and foremost, a rugby pitch. But come the summer, when the season is over for St David’s RFC, it divides instead into 75 different pitches. Now, of course, we’re talking camping.

It’s a perfect timeshare arrangement; with the rugby club’s well-maintained field and clubhouse facilities being given new purpose in the summer. It’s the brainchild of events organiser Scott Doane, who under the Popcorn Camping brand, is opening sites in schools and on rugby pitches across the countryside. This one is in a great position, under a mile from the UK’s smallest city, St Davids. If you’re worried about being too near hustle and bustle, rest-assured St Davids it’s actually no bigger than a village, home to just 1,600 people. Its city status is thanks to its mighty cathedral, a place of pilgrimage since medieval times as the final resting place of Wales’ patron saint. For its short pop-up season Popcorn Camping is one of the closest campsites to it.

On site, despite the innovative idea, it’s a fairly traditional and back-to-basics affair. Cars are parked to one side with super-spacious (10m by 10m) pitches laid out between the goal posts. Washing-up sinks and a water tap are set up in the field, otherwise it’s a short walk to the newly-refurbished clubhouse for facilities, which include plentiful toilets and hot-water showers. Here convenience and connectivity trumps peace and quiet. There are roads and buildings nearby and you should expect some noise from traffic passing by but, as this place is more a base than a destination site, it’s more than likely that you’ll miss much of it while you’re out exploring the area. There’s certainly a lot to see.

This is the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and beyond the teeny, touristy centre of St Davids, the peninsula has plenty of other treasures. You can find out about them all at a visitor centre in the city. There are wildlife hotspots like St David’s Head and, off shore, the RSPB Reserve at Ramsey Island, reached by boat from St Justinians. For swimming head three miles to the beach at Solva and for surfing, there’s Newgale beach. There are plenty of options for coastal walks and other adventures with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path snaking its way around the peninsula and beyond.

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Facilities

Facilities include hot showers and toilets in the clubhouse. Washing-up facilities are set up outside for the summer. Campfires and barbecues are allowed as long as they are in off-ground fire pits and are placed over protective boards provided on site to stop the grass from getting burnt. There are off-ground fire pits available to hire on site and logs for sale too.

Suitable For

Tents, couples, families, groups, dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.

Nearby

St Davids itself is less than a mile down the road and home to the inordinately large St David's Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace (03000 252239) and a National Trust Visitor Centre where you can find out more about the patron saint of Wales and things to do on the peninsula. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path makes for great walking and St David's Head is a particular highlight for birdwatchers and wildlife lovers who might also like to visit Ramsay Island RSPB Reserve, which is reachable by boat with Thousand Island Expeditions (01437 721721) departing from St Justinians. The peninsula is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park so there's plenty to do. The closest beach for swimming is at Solva (three miles away) with vast, sandy, surf-friendly Newgale four miles further on.

Food & Drink

Less than a mile down the road, St Davids is home to small supermarkets and grocery stores as well as  a choice of places to eat and drink, including The Bishop (01437 720422) and The Farmer's Arms (01437 721666).

Open

July and August only.

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Location

Contact Popcorn Camping St Davids, St Davids RFC, Nun St, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 6BP

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Getting There

Head for St Davids from Haverfordwest or Fishguard. The campsite is at St Davids Rugby Football Club, which sits on the edge of the city, just off the A487/Nun Street. If approaching from Fishguard on the A487, you will see the club on the right before you reach St David's. If approaching from Haverfordwest, turn right on to Glasfryn Road near the Oriel y Parc Gallery car park. At the end of the road turn left on to the A487 and the rugby will be on your right soon after.

Haverfordwest Train Station is 16 miles away from where there are buses to St Davids. The campsite is less than a mile out of the city.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Very poor

The showers were pretty rank, not many loos and the ones that were there were unclean. Very loud at night, parties and dogs barking. Not the camp sites fault but 2 families with young children drunk, puking and swearing at their children. We were pretty sickened by this all and left a night early. We won’t be back!
Aug 31, 2021 by Lydia
★★★★★

Spacious, great facilities, beautiful spot!

This was such a friendly and easy place to camp. I’d definitely recommend it for first time campers, as there are great facilities for washing up and showering as well as fire pits and logs readily available to buy/hire. The ground was perfect for pitching, and while the camp is easy walking distance to the city you’d never have guessed it- looking out over the beautiful starry landscape of a quiet evening, it’s just as believable that you could be in the middle of nowhere! Plenty of space to have your own privacy within the site, too. Fantastic value for money. I would 100% recommend this site to anyone.
Aug 13, 2021 by Cat R Verified Review
★★★★★

Amazing

Amazing weekend, despite the rough winds the host is excellent couldn't make Friday night so let us stay extra night for free, location is perfect shop showers toilets beaches walks everything u need right there will be coming back
★★★★★

Great site with good facilities

This is a great idea to use a rugby club outside the rugby season. Large site with plenty of space between pitches. Booking and finding dates was easy. Very friendly and contacted us on the day we were arriving. Facilities are excellent. Hot showers, toilets and washing up. The bar is open in the evenings. Highly recommended, we will most certainly be booking again.

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