The Cotswolds countryside is the ultimate setting for a night under the stars. Culture Trip foraged for local tips on cool campsites near Bath that will have you grabbing your gear and heading off for an immediate outdoor adventure.
Make the woodlands of Bradford-on-Avon your home for the evening or weekend. The Farm Camp is luxury camping at its finest, with spacious tents that include comfy beds, woodburning stoves and picturesque views. You’ll find a pool on-site as well as space to build a campfire under the stars. There is also a curated list of activities such as sheep herding, stand-up paddleboarding sessions and wine tastings to make your stay even more unforgettable. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
This family-owned campsite is tucked away within the idyllic village of Monkton Farleigh, 10.5km (6.5mi) from Bath. Pitch your own tent or enjoy one of the glamping options with comfortable beds, electricity and lighting. You’ll also find an 18-hole golf course and club mere steps from your accommodation. Enjoy a day canoeing, boating or biking, or walk into town for a delicious pub meal and drinks. The beauty of the Cotswolds is calling. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
Whether you’ve come to see the autumn leaves turn or to enjoy a summer getaway, Bury View Farm & Campsite is the perfect countryside escape. This working farm is home to geese, ducks and hens, and they welcome campers and caravanners (and their four-legged companions) all year round. Enjoy a night barbecue at the campsite (they offer electric hook-up) or head over to neighbouring Bristol, Wells or Cheddar for fantastic English views and local delicacies. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
Be within 2mi (3km) of historic Bath’s most popular attractions and restaurants while still enjoying a peaceful night camping by the River Avon. Bath Marina & Caravan Park offers 88 pitches with electric and a television connection point. Take a leisurely bike ride, or stroll along the canal as you make your way into Bath to enjoy a day soaking at the hot springs or to grab a pint at one of the city’s many pubs. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
If you like camping the old-fashioned way, then Pitchperfect Camping is the perfect place for you and your family to pitch a tent and relax in the heart of the idyllic Somerset countryside. In the middle of this family-friendly, tent-only campsite is a large playing area with a wide-open field for the kids to explore while the parents kick back and relax. After the sun sets, enjoy an evening around the firepit roasting marshmallows under the moonlight. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
Right by the River Frome and set amid magnificent medieval buildings, Stowford Manor Farm is a picturesque spot that’s easily reachable from both Bradford-on-Avon and Bath. Enjoy a day fishing, paddling or boating on the river, or head into the market town of Frome to visit its pretty shops, cafes and galleries. After a day in nature, enjoy cream tea and sweets in the garden and tearoom. You’ll also find the only river swimming club in the country here, which you can join for a nominal fee. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
Experience eco-glamping in the rolling hills of Somerset with Field725. It’s a peaceful rural escape that’s perfect for a family getaway or a romantic weekend. Stay in a safari-style tent during the summer months or cosy up in a woodland yurt during the winter. If you’re more of a traditionalist, they also have standard camping options stretched out over 75ha (186 acres) of farm and woodlands. They also host fun weekend activities including cinema nights and Friday Fiestas with home-made pizza. Recommended by local insider Matthew Wilcox
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