Watkinsons Farm Glamping

UK England North West England Lancashire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
A peaceful, small scale glamping site in West Lancashire with woods, meadows and endless space to explore

This pastoral slice of West Lancashire is one of the oldest agricultural areas in the UK. You only have to look to the local town of Ormskirk – home to a farmer’s market since medieval times – to see it’s bounteous produce. Vegetables, jams and homegrown goodies spill from the varied stalls, with traders capitalising on the area's convenient and accessible location.

A few miles out of town, 120-acre Watkinsons Farm has been working the land for almost as long and has been in the hands of its current owners since the 1930s. Stretches of woodland and a patchwork of ponds dot the surroundings while vegetables are still grown in the more fertile areas. It’s a perfectly picturesque scene.

And it is here, backed against the woods, that Watkinsons Farm have started their newest venture – a petite bell tent glamping site, with four pre-pitched, pre-furnished beauties ideal for those looking for a quiet escape. Each tent is pitched on a flat, wooden platform, with outdoor seating and a campfire pit, while inside there are proper double beds, lanterns, bean bags and a box of cooking utensils with everything you could possibly need.

The all-you-need comforts go hand in hand with a traditional camping set-up. The site is completely off-grid and has a genuine camping atmosphere – think compost toilets, gas-powered showers, late night campfires and starry nights – but for those in need of a good pillow and a sound night's sleep, the farm is ideal. Small-scale and low key, this is a place where you can chat to the owners rather than members of campsite staff and get first hand recommendations on the local area.

Whether it’s heading east into the hills, west to the beach or out to one of the surrounding cities, there’s certainly plenty to do. A walk along the Leeds to Liverpool canal is a fantastic place to start. There are several good pubs on the waterside and the tow path has loads of space if you want to bring a bike along for a family cycle. Pedal back towards Ormskirk, meanwhile, and you can reward yourself with a cool drink and some freshly baked gingerbread. The town is, apparently, the birth place of the quintessential English biscuit and there are plenty of bakeries where you can find the tasty treat. More than one are also home to the ‘very first original recipe’. You'll need your detective skills to work out who's telling the truth. And a good appetite.

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This is off-grid glamping. There is no mains electricity, gas or water. The bell tents are fully furnished with a proper double bed with all the bedding, bedside tables, blanket box & extra storage boxes, log burner (only in 2 of the tents), solid flooring, bean bag, log basket filled with logs and a cooking box. Outside there is a decking area, your own fire pit with a cooking tripod, seating and a table and all the essential BBQ utensils. Your own luxury compost toilet, shared hot gas powered showers and a sheltered communal kitchen/ washing up area are all nestled in the woods. Listen for the woodpeckers, play in the field or go exploring in the woods.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Campervans, caravans, tents, dogs – no.


Nearby Cedar Farm Galleries (01704 822038) is home to an excellent little coffee shop, art galleries and unique shops selling an array of contemporary crafts, clothing and home furnishings. It's less than a mile to the Leeds to Liverpool Canal, great for walking or cycling along the tow path or joining a boat cruise. Haigh Hall and Country Park (10 miles) has 250 acres of park and woodland you can explore, while children will love Farmer Teds (01515 260002) – an excellent family farm park– and Windmill Animal Farm (01704 892282). The nearest good beaches – Southport, and Formby are within a ½hr drive. As is Crosby beach, home to Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ – a hundred sculptures spread across the sand, made from casts of the artist's own body.

Food & Drink

There is a cooking box inside each tent with all the cooking utensils, crockery and things you need for a successful BBQ, 3 different sized pots and pans, wine and water glasses, mugs for tea/coffee, a cafetiere and an ice box with ice packs. D.C Scott & Sons (01695 572104) in Ormskirk is the local family butchers par excellence, the campsite can arrange BBQ packs for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be delivered. You can also take home a freshly harvested veg box from the farm. For other local produce Taylors Farm Shop is located just a few hundred metres down the road.  There is an array of great places to eat within a 5 minute drive, most notably The Hop Vine (01704 893799) in Burscough (booking definitely recommended). Closer, is the newly opened Ring O’Bells (01704 893157), right on the canal-side. The Ship (01704 893117), also on the canal, is a firm favourite amongst the locals as is The Plough Inn (01695 722322).

Opening Times

27th April – 1st October 2018

Family Friendly

A perfect marriage of glamping comfort and a rural, of-grid setting. Do you promise to cherish and to love this campsite? In rainy times and in sunny ones? Tomorrow and always? We do.

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The Owner Says

Set on a 120 acre working arable farm, at Watkinsons Farm Glamping you can relax in one of only 4 luxurious bell tents, listen to the woodpeckers in the trees and enjoy amazing views of the Lancashire countryside at its best. Situated only 5 minutes from the Leeds to Liverpool canal, Watkinsons Farm offers fantastic canal side walks, ambling countryside, many local pubs and an award winning farm shop all within walking distance.  For further information please visit our website or let us know of any queries.  For full details of all the offers available please visit our website.


4 fully furnished bell tents.

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Contact Watkinsons Farm Glamping, Hall Lane, Lathom, Lancashire, L40 5UG

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Getting There

Coming from the north the campsite is 6.2 miles from the M6 Junction 27. From Jn 27 of the M6, take the A5209 for Parbold/Ormskirk. At the 4th mini roundabout (about 5 miles) turn left onto Hall Lane. In 1/2 mile, turn right immediately after the sharp left hand bend, into the farm track signposted 'Watkinsons Farm'.
Coming from the South the campsite is 3.6 miles from the M58 Junction 3. From Jn3 of the M58, take the A570 for Southport/Ormskirk. At the first roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Lyelake Lane B5240. In 1.4miles (T-junction) turn left onto Wigan Rd A577. Take the 1st right onto Plough Lane B5240. This turns into Hall Lane. In 2 miles turn left, immediately before the sharp right hand bend, into the farm track, signposted 'Watkinsons Farm'.
The closest train stations are Burscough Junction (for Ormskirk, Preston, Blackpool, Liverpool) and Burscough Bridge (Manchester line), both of which are a little over 2 miles away.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 10 reviews


Fab 2 nights together

We loved staying at Watkinsons Farm. The Bell tent was lovely and really well equipped with all you could need for cooking and barbecuing as well as being cosy and comfortable overnight too. The woods behind the tents were perfect for our two girls (4 & 7) and they enjoyed flying their kite on the field too. The fire pit areas are great with seating and wood provided for our first night. It was a perfect for a couple of nights getaway without the set up or pack down of our tent! We will definitely be back!
Aug 22, 2019 by Jennie Frost

Excellent break away from the city - perfect for kids.

Lovely welcome by the owners. Nice peaceful campsite with plenty of distance between the tents. Was great to reset away from city life. Cooking on the open fire for breakfast and dinner was brilliant. Woods close by for kids to play in.
Aug 29, 2018 by scott


We received a warm welcome, the bell tent was perfect lovely and cosy with the wood stove through the night. The fire pit was fun to cook on. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay 😃
Jun 19, 2018 by Emma and Tom

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we're really happy that you enjoyed your time at Watkinsons Farm.

A Friendly and Relaxing Experience

A fantastic place to stay, with lovely views and many interesting walks to nearby towns. The owners were absolutely amazing - really friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay a great one. The tent was perfect and well appointed with supplies, and they even arranged for a selection of delicious meat from the outstanding local butcher at Taylor’s Farm Shop, which you must visit. The site itself was quiet and well maintained and we were able to really feel that we were getting away from our normal lives yet in style! This isn’t glamping in a frivolous or flamboyant sense, this is top of the range camping where you can still cook over an open fire and hear the birds in the morning and wake with the sun. But with a nice roomy tent and plenty of supplies to take the worry away. Excellent toilet and shower facilities meant we were covered. Our seven year old son absolutely loved it and we can’t wait to come back. Thanks Abi and family for our time there. You were so kind.
May 28, 2018 by Mark Bennett

Peace and quiet, rest and relaxation whilst surrounded by breathtaking countryside views

Watkinsons Farm Glamping is set in beautiful countryside in a pocket of woods at the far edge of a working farm. On arrival we were greeted by the lovely host Abi and her family who couldn’t have been more helpful. We drove a short track to the tents and were suddenly transported into a tranquil setting which felt miles from anywhere. The tents are well furnished and comfortable, and had everything we needed and more. We had a fire pit and tripod hot plate and the bbq pack from the local butchers tasted mighty fine cooked on it. A bit of exploring in the woods followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows for the kids, a beverage for me and hubby and we were treated to a glorious sunset before bed. Just perfect.
May 11, 2018 by Karen

August 22nd , 2017 by Chris

Had a lovely 2 day break glamping. not done so before. Abi and Ian were very welcoming and helpful. Grandchildren, daughter and myself loved the glamping experience , woods and fields surrounding. As well as the outdoor cooking we had lots of fun.
Aug 30, 2017 by Chris Lean

Alan and Family

The location, the glamp, the farm and family was all marvellous I stayed for 3 nights with my 2 children aged 8 and 11 and we all had a brilliant experience and will not hesitate to book again. It really was a great place to be and the organisation of it all was very good
Jun 10, 2017 by pwicke9513

Great little spot

We stayed here in April and had a fabulous time. I arrived on the first night with our tow boys (age 4 and 6) with my husband getting the train up on the Friday. Abi, Ian and kids were very welcoming, great facilities, loads of lovely little touches and a lot of fun! I have written a full review here http://minitravellers.co.uk/glamping-at-watkinsons-farm-ormskirk/ Highly recommended!
Apr 20, 2017 by Emma

Amazing, beautiful, perfectly peaceful

We took over the whole site with my 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren last summer. The whole experience was amazing. The children absolutely loved running and hiding in the woods from the 'Granny Annie Monster'! I can't wait to return this summer.
Jan 29, 2017 by Anne F

Amazing, beautiful, stunning

Thank you so much Abi and Ian for such an amazing hol. We didn't know what to expect from glamping but we were amazed by how easy and fun it was. The meat from the butchers was gorgeous and we loved cooking on the open fire. The kids loved it. Looking forward to coming back next year. Sarah, Ant, Jack, Isi and Harry
Oct 27, 2016 by Sarah

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