Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Bells Farm Amber's Bell Tent Camping

UK England West Midlands Worcestershire

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires allowed
  • Walking
  • Good walks nearby
Luxury bell tent glamping in rural Worcestershire that's perfect for farmers, families and foodies

When Bells Farm Shop first opened in the 1950s they were seen as pioneers of this new fangled 'pick your own' thing. Nowadays it may seem old hat but, with some 40 acres of fruit and vegetables and over 200 different varieties, they remain perhaps the most diversely stocked farm shop in the country. Polytunnels packed with strawberries, manicured orchards, rows of potatoes and runner beans lined out like vineyards; it’s quite the agricultural scene. On a small hill amongst it all a small collection of bell tents have also taken root. You can also take your pick from these.

Set in a six-acre meadow, with westerly views across the Severn Valley that makes for divine sunsets, there are just six bell tents in total, with a picnic table and campfire pit beside each and masses of space beyond to roam free range. They form one of multiple glamping sites across the country, set up by Amber Wykes at a range of farms and country estates. All have similarly plush-style bell tents, with interiors that feature a real double bed, wood-burning stove and a box of cookwares that help you whip up a storm with your freshly picked vegetables. You can also pre-order food hampers from the farm shop ready for your arrival.

When it comes to scrubbing up, brand new, purpose-built bathrooms have been built in a wooden building on the field, with a washing up station outside. There’s an honesty shop and wood store, so you can keep you marshmallows toasting whatever the time of the day, while, in the tents, you’ll also find educational packs for farm enthusiasts who want to know a bit more about what is grown nearby and the nature that supports it (tours are also available on request).

Down by the shop, there are pedal go karts and miniature tractors for the kids but for something more realistic (and with better scenery) it’s a 15 minute drive to the village of Bewdley where steam trains puff their way along the Severn Valley line to Kidderminster or Bridgnorth. First opened in 1862, the line is a relic of the region’s great industrial heritage and makes just one of many historical sights in the area: The ruined Italianate mansion of Witely Court, National Trust-owned Hanbury Hall and moated Harvington Hall are all within a 20-minute drive, while it’s less than half an hour into the centre of Worcester. Vast Wyre Forest, meanwhile, is a mere 15 minutes by car, with endless family trails on which to stretch little legs.

Return to camp via the award-winning butcher’s in the farm shop and rekindle the campfire. Each pit has a grill you can use to turn your campfire into a proper flame-grilling barbecue and there’s plenty of free range produce you can use to build the ultimate outdoor feast. With a Worcester Oldfields cider in hand (and Bells’ own apple juice for the kids), you’ll feel like a true local.

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Facilities

The cotton canvas bell tents are fully furnished, featuring single and double beds (depending on your needs) and all bedding and linen included. Wood burners, storage and soft furnishings inside, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. Outside each tent, you'll find a picnic table and fireside log seating and a firepit (with grill). Private, lockable shower and toilet for each tent, plus a general washing station in the field for dirty dishes. There's also an onsite honesty shop for fire essentials, such as kindling, charcoal, firewood and candles. Set just up the hill and within the grounds of Bells Farm Shop, you can pick your own fruit and veg from 200 different varieties (not all in season at once!) and kids can play on the pedal go karts and mini tractors beside the shop. Food hampers delivered to your tent are available. Nature packs and farm education packs also provided.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs not permitted. Large groups, corporate hire, birthday celebrations and (chilled out) stag and hen gatherings available by prior arrangement.

Nearby

Bring your bikes and head west into Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve, one of the largest, semi-natural woodlands in the UK and home to family-friendly hiking and cycling trails, or get really in amongst the trees at Wyre Forest's Go Ape! (01603 895500) where you can walk rope bridges and zip-line between the branches. It's 6 miles to Harvington Hall (01562 777846), a moated medieval and Elizabethan manor house that runs 'living history' days during the school holidays, with actors in period dress and family activities. The National Trust's Hanbury Hall and Gardens (01527 821214) is also 25 minutes away, while ruined Witley Court and Gardens is 20 minutes. Worcester is great for heritage too – home to a magnificent cathedral and the Royal Worcester Museum (01905 21247), to name but two – or hop on a vintage steam train from nearby Bewdley, following the Severn Valley railway line (you can also hike back along the Severn Valley Country Park route). While you're there, Bewdley is also a good place for hiring canoes and taking guided canoe trips on the River Severn. Animal lovers should also consider West Midlands Safari Park (01299 402114; 6 miles) and the Little Owl Farm Park (01905 620325; 3 miles).

Food & Drink

How many farm shops can lay claim to some 200 different varieties of fruit and vegetables you can pilfer? Pluck your own fresh strawberries from the earth to go with your campfire pancakes and grill freshly picked sweetcorn over the coals of your BBQ. Just take your pick, then head into Bells Farm Shop (01299 251364) to pay afterwards. If you're too lazy to pick your own, you can just go straight to the shop and get the pre-picked stuff, along with jams, chutneys and other local goods (including a butchers and a wide range of drinks from local breweries). For a meal out, there are no fewer than 15 different pubs in Stourport-on-Severn, 2½ miles down the road.

Opening Times

May–September.

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The Owner Says

Russet Meadow is six acres of open grass meadow set on beautiful Bells Farm, where six of our cosy stylish bell tents reside, surrounded by farmland and with views of the rolling Worcestershire countryside.

Enjoy all there is to offer on the doorstep of this slice of middle England – historic towns, industrial heritage, spectacular natural beauty to hike and cycle through – then head back to camp to cook up a feast. The rich farming backdrop here offers children the opportunity to engage with the English farming traditions and enjoy the diversity English produce has to offer.

Bells Farm Shop owners were pioneers of 'pick your own' in the 1950's and today offer a huge variety of pick your own produce across the seasons. Stay here, and you can pluck your own fresh strawberries from the earth to go with your campfire pancakes and grill freshly picked sweetcorn over the coals of your BBQ. With over 200 varieties of fruit and vegetables across 40 acres, you won't be able to stay long enough to sample all the wonderful fresh harvest offerings.

Too busy relaxing to pick your own? Not to worry – Bells Farm Shop is a stroll down the hill from the camp and is bursting with their own and other local produce to make your camp trip a real foodie fiesta. There's an award winning butchers for your BBQ fayre, freshly made bread, biscuits, cakes jams, farm milks, butters and cheeses, and even award winning locally produced wine, beers and ciders for your camp fire tipple.

This site offers a fantastic wholesome base for foodie families and groups. With the farm shop and pick your own open every day of your stay, you can make this into a real gourmet adventure.

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Accommodation

6 fully-furnished bell tents, sleeping up to 5 people each.

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Location

Contact Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Bells Farm, Bells Farm Shop, Chadwick Barn, Stourport-On-Severn, Worcestershire DY13 9SA

Getting There

Bells Farm is located on the south side of the A4025, ¾-mile from the roundabout on the A449 or, if you're coming from the other direction, it's 1½ miles after leaving the town of Stourport-on-Severn. It's well sign posted when you get there, with a big white sign that says Bells Farm Shop.

The nearest train station is in Hartlebury 2¼ miles away but for any long journeys the train from there will take you straight to Kidderminster (6 miles) where you'll have to change, so, for the sake of speed, you may be best off just going straight there. There aren't any frequent buses to the glamping site.

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Lovely glamping weekend

Three families stayed for a June weekend in three gorgeous Bell tents. The tents had everything you need and we're spotless. There was plenty of warm duvets and blankets plus hot water bottles but the weather was kind and we didn't need more. The site has good toilets and warm showers and a nice wash up area. The best thing was the big field for the kids to play. Plenty of games and stuff available to borrow. They loved the wheelbarrow. The tents had lots of nice touches and a retro 50s camping feel. Saturday morning, we all trundled down to the next field and picked our weight in strawberries. The owners were very helpful and asked for our feed back as it's a new venture for them. Had a lovely time, would recommend, especially as the double bed was very comfy. Kids on camp beds but they were too tired to care, which is the best way!
Jul 11, 2019 by Sam

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