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Newbourne Woodland Campsite

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FAQ

Are there any extra charges for anything?

No, £25 per pitch for up to three people in a tent includes everything. £20 charge for tiny lightweight one man backpacker’s tents. No extra charge for dogs, visitors, hot showers, loan of fire pit and/or bbq (subject to availability – ask when booking), the use of local maps and information about local amenities, and loan of books. The only things we charge for are logs, at £5 a crate, and charcoal for the barbecue – our own, made on site – at £2.50 per bucket.

Is there parking on site?

There is a designated parking area outside the wood. Wheelbarrows are available to transport your belongings to your chosen site.

Are children allowed?

Sorry no, we are an adult only site. The nearby reservoir makes the environment unsafe for children.

Can we have a camp fire or a BBQ?

Yes, there is a camp fire zone where you can light fires in the fire pits which are available for your use. We cannot allow fires to be lit in any other areas for safety reasons. Only logs bought from us can be used on campfires. BBQs can be borrowed at no extra charge – please leave them clean and as you would wish to find them. Logs and charcoal are available to buy on site. There are fire buckets scattered around the site, fire extinguishers and fire beaters in the Elephant Shed. Please use the fire guards supplied with the fire pits when you are away from your camp fire, even temporarily.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, we welcome up to four quiet, well behaved dogs of any size on site as long as they are kept under control on a lead or on a tie-out at all times (only one dog per tent please!) Please note the word ‘quiet’! We can all be tolerant of our own dogs ‘talking’ to us, barking or yapping when someone is around, but please remember some dogs are very territorial and they don’t like strangers intruding on ‘their patch’! This can be very irritating for other campers, so please be considerate. Our aim is to provide a quiet, laid-back environment where campers can relax. So please take into consideration whether other people would enjoy your dog being there as much as you would. There are many local footpaths which are just perfect for dog walking. Please inform us when booking if you would like to bring your dog. A ‘doggy bin’ is provided so you can help us keep the site clean and hygienic.

Are caravans or camper vans allowed?

No, it is a tent only site.

Is music allowed?

We do not allow music to be played on site, your taste may not be the same as other campers! If you cannot live without a musical fix you must bring headphones so it is not audible to anyone else. However – if you have a guitar you are welcome to bring it – acoustic music is welcome. Our woodland site is a tranquil place which you will share with the wildlife, as well as other visitors who may prefer peace and quiet. We have a policy of quiet time after 10pm

Can we have visitors?

Visitors are welcome for short periods, providing you respect the peace and privacy of other campers. Also please remember the No Children rule. Please advise us if you are expecting visitors, most things aren’t a problem if we know about them!

Is there WiFi on site?

Sorry no – it’s a ‘get away from it all’ environment! Mobile reception can be patchy in the wood too, but is fine just a short walk away.

“The wood burner in the Elephant Shed came with us from France. We bought it from the owners of a bar in a local village thinking it was an old French one – however the papers that came with it show that it was made in Romania in 1973!

Jen

Do you take groups?

No, we do not take groups of more than four people – and no more than three people per tent.

What facilities are available?

Free parking, ladies and gents well equipped toilets and showers with round the clock hot water, rubbish re-cycling, wash-up area, BBQs and fire baskets to borrow, (no extra charge). Logs and charcoal made on site, are available to buy. We reserve the right to limit the use of fire bowls when the weather is very still.

There are two large outside sinks for dirty dishes. Picnic tables and benches are available throughout the wood. There is also the Elephant Shed, where you can be under cover and sit round the woodburner in the unlikely event of inclement weather! There is a large barbecue in the Ele Shed which campers are welcome to use . There are three stand pipes for water throughout the wood. All water is drinkable.

Electric points are in the Elephant Shed which you are welcome to use to re-charge your phone, or to blow up inflatable mattresses. There is also an electric point next to the mirror in the ladies shower block, so you can bring the hair drier!

There are books to swap and lots of information about local walks and places of interest. The Fox Inn is an excellent village pub and restaurant and is about a twenty minute walk away. There is a small campsite shop on site selling all the essentials.

What do I need to bring?

Most importantly a good torch and spare batteries. There is very little electric lighting in the woods and no street lights in the village. A cool box is useful to keep food – there is a freezer in the Elephant Shed for your use to freeze cool packs. Please mark these with your family name. There is also a small fridge for campers’ use but when the site is busy fridge space can be limited. * Insect repellent is a must – bugs like the woods too! *

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in is after 2pm on your day of arrival and check-out is by midday on your day of departure. However do speak to us if you would like to arrive early or leave later, we can usually accommodate any special requests.

What is the latest time we can arrive?

As a general rule 8pm is the latest we can accept arrivals. It is important that you arrive early enough so you can pitch your tent before it becomes dark. There is no lighting in the wood – or street lights in the village – so it is disturbing to other people if you are trying to pitch a tent with the light of lamps and torches. Please speak to Jen if you think this is going to be a problem.

Please phone us (01473 736201) or email (jenrisdale@gmail.com) with any other questions; we will be happy to talk to you.