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Northamptonshire’s Top Spots for Camping & Glamping

Where to Stay Locally.

1. Castle Farm, Fotheringhay

This idyllic small site on the Nene is surrounded by quiet farmland. The field sweeps down to a peaceful bend in the river which is a wonderful spot for wild swimming, canoeing, wildlife spotting, or simply sitting end enjoying nature. 

There are just 10 pitches here, so the site never feels crowded, the perfect place for ‘wild’ camping as the site has been left relatively untouched; a freshwater tap and portaloo are the only facilities.

An extensive network of public footpaths lead to surrounding Nene Valley villages, a welcoming pub at the Falcon (reopening April 12) and Oundle is a 5-minute drive away; rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 under the radar places to visit in the UK this summer.

2. Catanger Llamas, near Towcester

Why camp out at Catanger Llamas this April? Llama trekking is an invigorating outdoor activity, and llamas are naturally two metres long, so everyone is at a safe distance during their visit to this wonderful farm. Glamping reopens on April 12 and is described as ‘social distancing heaven’; a traditional Gypsy Caravan and Shepherd Hut on two separate locations with their own self-contained facilities. This spring the team will also be welcoming new arrivals; ten crias (baby llamas). 

When hospitality restrictions are lifted, lunch nearby can be enjoyed at the highly recommended Ten Hands Cafe Bar in Towcester. Equally recommended for dinner is the award-winning Truva Charcoal Grill & Bar in Towcester.

3. Champing, Aldwincle

An unforgettable sleepover in a medieval church. Church camping, or ‘Champing’ began from the quiet village of Aldwincle, one of Northamptonshire’s hidden gems. Aldwincle boasts two medieval churches, but with St Peter’s taking preference for services, All Saints Church was declared redundant, and in 1976 vested to the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. In 2015, the Trust set up ‘Champing’ from Aldwincle, creating a sustainable use for churches to help raise funds towards repairs and to keep historic churches open for future generations.

Champing is a bit like glamping, you arrive to find your camping beds and chairs set up along with tea and coffee making provisions. You have sole use of the church, so it’s only you and your friends or family staying the night. Lanterns and fairy lights are also set out, as All Saints doesn’t have a power supply, giving you the chance for a complete get-away amongst the cosy setting of glorious limestone arcades and pillars. You’ll have a sound night’s sleep, surrounded by solid walls and a robust roof, recently repaired, made possible by a grant awarded by the Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage. And in the morning, you can even order a hot breakfast, cooked and delivered to your church door.

The large open interior is perfect for a weekend adventure with friends, special occasion celebrations with the whole family gathered together, or for those simply seeking the comfort an ancient space provides. And with bookings already filling up, Aldwincle is looking a popular choice for those seeking some space this summer, with dates available from 12 April until the end of October.

4. Country Bumpkin Yurts, Great Oxendon

Country Bumpkin Yurts is all about escaping the everyday and embracing nature. Yurts are beautiful structures filled with home comforts, whilst also keeping their camping vibes and element of adventure. They are the best of both worlds.

This site comprises three traditionally designed yurts with private bathrooms and alfresco kitchens. Two of the yurts can sleep up to six people and the smaller yurt accommodates two. A log burner, shabby chic furnishings and cosy beds are in each tent, so you can rest in comfort and style. An eco-friendly wood burning hot tub makes it a yurt glamping experience for those looking for an extra special stay.

Based on Waterloo Cottage Farm in the small village of Great Oxendon, Country Bumpkin Yurts provides an immersive countryside experience with bridleways, great walking, cycling, leisure and eating out opportunities just a stones-throw away.

5. Grendon Lakes, Wellingborough

Grendon Lakes is a family owned camping and glamping site in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, just a short drive from Northampton and Wellingborough.

Surrounded by nature and with glorious countryside views, camping here is incredibly relaxing and great fun. An excellent location for adventurous couples, families, family and friend groups. Plenty of space for everyone to enjoy with lakeside yurts, electric pitches, lakeside pitches, fishing pitches and even private fields and a glamping village available to hire later in the year for larger gatherings.

The lakeside yurts offer comfortable beds, cosy duvets, fairy lights, cooking equipment, fridges and outdoor seating. Fishing and stunning views from lakeside decks are also included in every yurt stay. 

Activities on site keep everyone from the grandparents to the little ones entertained; aqua park, paintball, fishing, paddle boarding, long country walks across fields reaching nature reserves and country parks. The site is also dog friendly.

6. Jubilee Barn Boutique Glamping, near Silverstone

Nestled in Northamptonshire countryside near Silverstone you will find Jubilee Barn, a luxury boutique glamping site with a choice of offerings. From a British made yurt with crisp white linens, cow hide rugs and a calm natural aesthetics, set in the corner of a hay meadow. To a magically whimsical gypsy wagon tucked away surrounded by trees on the edge of a wheat field.

Each glamping space has its own area of the farm, away from other people, and comes with en-suite bathrooms and log burning hot tubs, as well as a small log burner inside to keep campers cosy and warm.

Jubilee Barn offers the hire of bikes for the day or a pizza oven for the evenings, as well as hampers for breakfast, picnics and afternoon tea should you require it.

7. Love2Yurt at Limes Farm, Farthinghoe, Brackley

'Easy to find but difficult to leave' is the mantra here, with four luxury and individually themed yurts on a working farm in the pretty village of Farthinghoe, on the Northamptonshire / Oxfordshire border.

Each yurt has its own private well-appointed kitchen, washroom, fully enclosed dining space with wood burning stove, seating, fairy and outdoor lighting. Toast up a treat over the fire pit or BBQ, or simply kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views from your private alfresco area. All yurts have electricity and power sockets.

On site tearoom, friendly village pub (the Fox at Farthinghoe) and well-appointed play park only a short walk away.

Sleeping 2 to 10 guests, yurts are ideal for couples, families or larger groups. Dogs welcome.

8. New Lodge Farm Caravan & Camping, Bulwick

Set in an attractive rural location in the heart of Rockingham Forest just outside the 17th century village of Bulwick, New Lodge Farm has focussed on cattle and sheep production using traditional organic methods of farming for over 100 years. Owned by the Singlehurst family it has, over the past 20 years, developed an award-winning farm shop, butchery and eatery, as well as a five star adults-only site for touring caravans, motorhomes, campers and glamping enthusiasts.

The Lockdown and Picnic Park cafés provide family friendly, safe and scenic areas to eat and drink, enabling customers to socialise in a homely and relaxed environment. 

Alongside the shop and café facilities the five star adults only touring caravan, motorhome, camping and glamping site is open until the end of October, offering a tranquil and peaceful haven for guests.

9. Stanford Hall Caravan Park, near Leicestershire border

Stanford Hall Caravan Park is only a few miles from main roads in acres of well-kept grass lawns, interspaced by trees and surrounded by woods.

Stanford Park is a short walk away, with a private trail for caravaners that takes you through the park and into the ancient woodland.

Freshly grown vegetables and lamb from the estate can be purchased at the shop. The Chequers Pub is just a 15-minute walk away, in the local village of Swinford. Very friendly staff are always available to welcome and look after you.

10. Stargaze Glamping, Harpole (new)

Brand new glamping experience in a luxurious stargazer bell tent in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. The Northamptonshire family here invites you to glamp in a stunning new 5 metre bell tent, situated in a large secluded orchard, with the use of your own private bathroom and a host of optional extras such as alfresco dining packages, cocktail boxes and outdoor cinema.

There is only one tent, so exclusivity and privacy are guaranteed for the entirety of your stay. From romantic breaks for two to girly sleepovers with friends - whatever the occasion, spend it “stargazing”. 

Contact via Instagram: @stargazeglamping

11. White Mills Marina, Nene Valley

White Mills Marina, which recently won the prestigious title of Inland Marina of the Year, has established itself as an essential stopping off point for visitors to the River Nene, with all usual services available. Moorings can accommodate wide beams, narrowboats and cruisers.

Visitors to the family run marina can stock up on essentials before setting off on their cruise along the Nene. Not to be missed is the hugely popular boathouse café serving delicious, freshly prepared food and drink overlooking the stunning surroundings. Campers can also enjoy the dedicated Camping and Caravanning Club site.

12. Wicksteed Park, near Kettering

What’s better than visiting Wicksteed Park for a day of family fun? Visiting for multiple days! Bring your tent, BBQ and camping chairs and set up in one of the idyllic camping spots for a staycation to remember with views overlooking the beautiful lake. The campsite boasts a modern loo and shower block and you wake up just moments away from rides, cafés and playgrounds. You are also offered special second-day discounts on wristbands.

Although Wicksteed doesn’t have electric hook up, they do welcome caravans and campers as well as tents.

13. Billing Aquadrome Holiday Park, Northampton

Billing Aquadrome is a 235-acre holiday destination located in the picturesque Nene Valley. Perfect for families, the park offers a range of accommodation options including static caravans, glamping pods and touring and camping pitches. 

The waterside accommodation is a relaxing and scenic place to stay, with a variety of stunning wildlife calling the park home. Well behaved pets are welcome.

Packed with things to do for all ages, the park boasts its very own fun fair, Billing Beach, fishing and is soon to welcome one of the largest inflatable aqua parks in the country.

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