If you’re after quintessential English villages and wonderfully picturesque rolling hills (or ‘wolds’) then the Cotswolds is the place for you. Running through five counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire – it offers a wealth of activities and attractions, across all seasons.
Cotswold Farm Park, Kineton, Cheltenham, GL54 5UG
Stay at the rare breeds farm run by BBC Countryfile’s presenter Adam Henson. Enjoy a fantastic day exploring the farm which was awarded Best Farm Attraction 2014, plus there is a great farm shop and good food at Adam’s Kitchen. The campsite is open from March to October.
Croft Farm Water Park, Tewkesbury, GL20 7EE
Croft Farm Leisure and Waterpark is a camping and caravanning centre with its own lake, perfect for an activity-based family holiday. The park includes windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking.
Tudor Caravan Park, Slimbridge, GL2 7BP
A quiet country camp site set in a picturesque location – alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness ship canal with the views of the Cotswold Hills in the background – and a short walk away from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Slimbridge. There are separate adults only and family areas. Open All Year.
The Old Oaks Touring Park, Glastonbury, BA6 8JS
A 5 star adults only campsite close to Glastonbury in Somerset. This campsite has won many awards and always gets good reviews. It has a nice little shop that sells fresh croissants in the morning and there is a summer minibus service into town.
Cheddar Camping & Caravanning Club Site, Mendip Heights, BA5 3BP
If Cheddar Gorge is on your itinerary, this Camping & Caravanning Club Site is a good base. The site is within walking distance of the village of Priddy. Here you’ll find a couple of pubs and the Priddy Good Farm Shop, selling a range of locally produced meats and home-made pies.
Folly Farm Camp Site, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 3BY
A quiet, family owned Cotswold Campsite with a walled area for motorhomes. Folly Farm is located 2.5 miles from Bourton-on-the-Water. It has only basic facilities, but is perfect for those that want to get away from busy sites. A nice pub is a short walk away across the fields.
Bracelands Camping in the Forest Site, Forest of Dean, GL16 7NP
Despite being surrounded by the forest, Bracelands is a relatively open campsite, and offers gorgeous panoramic views of the countryside. There are numerous scenic walks and cycle paths available to explore, and the River Wye is just a 35 minute walk away. The Forest of Dean is abundant in wildlife, and is a fantastic location for bird watchers.
Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, BS39 5TZ
A very popular camp site that is generally in the top three of any top sites listing. It is a peaceful park for adults, based on a garden theme, with pitches set amongst lawns, shrubs and flower beds. Not only are the facilities first class, it has a couple of nice services such as a car hire that makes this a site above the rest.
Bath Marina Caravan Park, BA1 3JT
Even though Bath Chew Valley gets all the great reviews you cannot beat the Bath Marina Caravan Park for location if you are visiting Bath. It is across the road from a great Park and Ride. The bus is just 5 minutes into town.
Caravan & Motorhome Club Sites
There are some fantastic Caravan & Motorhome Club sites in the Cotswolds and surrounding counties. Some are located within walking distance of towns and villages. Others are close to country parks and attractions.
Worth a mention are:
Bladon Chains Caravan & Motorhome Club site – located next to Blenheim Palace
Travel Guide Cotswolds and surrounding areas
- Gloucester Cathedral
- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
- Tewkesbury Abbey
- Hidcote Manor Garden
- Cotswolds Falconry Centre
- Blenheim Palace
- Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
- Highgrove Gardens
- Broadway Tower
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