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General

  • Woodland camping with nature trails and wildlife
  • Directly opposite the stately home Kelham Hall
  • 44 acres of landscaped grounds

Now this is scenic camping… Kelham Hall and Country Park campsite near Newark in Nottinghamshire is within the country park of the former Victorian mansion of Kelham Hall: pile the family to this country estate for a look at how the other half lived.

Entrance is free to the (fab) hall itself and there are tearooms open daily serving breakfast, lunch, snacks, cakes drinks and Sunday lunch; an outdoor bar available most weekends during the summer months (subject to weather.)

But you might spend most of your time at Kelham roaming around the acres of landscaped grounds, woodland walks and pretty paths along the River Trent...There are nature trails for children, a playground, a riverside meadow to wander in, loads of space for ball games, and yet more places for private picnics or sitting and watching the wildlife.

Fishing and tennis are both available on site for an extra charge, as is a trailer tour (also fab) around the 44-acre estate's woodland, riverside meadow, sculpted gardens and secret monks' graveyard.

Kelham Hall and Country Park takes tents, tourers and motorhomes on its good-sized pitches, and has a shower and toilet block with refurbished shower cubicles. The campsite office sells drinks, ice cream and vending machine snacks; if you're not eating at the hall, a pub serving food is just outside the campsite gates.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Access to Kelham Hall and its state rooms, restaurant and bar, is usually free. During special events and private functions, however, the site is unable to guarantee access, or an entry fee may be applicable.

Please note that on busy periods such as bank holidays, you may be sited in the events field. This will be in a Rally format.


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6.9

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61% would recommend this site to a friend.

61% would stay here again.

 

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Would definitely return. Had a great time and experience. 22/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Charlotte C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Large open fields and amazing views of Kelham Hall from the tent pitch. Easy drive to places like Newark town and Sherwood Forest. Clean facilities and overall great time!

    Disliked: 

    Toilet facilities are very spaced out so you have to pick a good pitch to be able to easily acces these facilities. We pitched just outside the electric hook ups in the middle of field and could access the toilets that weren’t in the house. Price for non electric hook ups and non peek time is quite high.

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Relaxed approach and friendly atmosphere . Facilities need updating 18/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jo R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
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  • Liked: 

    Lovely grounds and relaxed approach to pitches. It’s great to be able to pick your pitch to suit.

    Disliked: 

    Facilities aren’t great, toilets need a good clean and to dry the floors as they get muddy quickly. The temp shower block was locked so had to use the family bathrooms which again need a good clean but ok for a couple of days

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Nice grounds, basic facilities but would stay again. 18/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Toni H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    I loved the campsite, it’s layout and the staff were friendly enough. The grounds around the site are what truly make this place amazing. The Hall is also nice to walk around and weren’t really restricted. We liked the openness of it, the different type of trees on the woods and the overall grandeur of the buildings architecture. I think my other two kids (11,10 who were at Scout camp) would love to visit next time so that they can go exploring. We stayed in the woods and would choose to do so again, we felt like we had our own personal space despite been close to other campers (unfortunately noisy ones). We would stay again though despite the negatives.

    Disliked: 

    The facilities are very basic but enough for a weekend. I didn’t feel like there was any onsite security and didn’t know who to call and report a loud group of campers to. We weren’t really given any information at all about anything. Our loud neighbours partied loudly singing, drinking, loud music until 3:30am. I was on my own with my daughter (5) and my niece (16) and felt a bit intimidated but plucked up the courage and asked them to quieten down. This did ruin our stay as we were so tired the following day. The lady who checked us in wasn’t very knowledgeable about what was going on at check in either. Also there’s a lot of road noise all through the night which could bother some people. We could see taht the Hall did activities and food etc only nothing was on when we stayed...we also weren’t told about what they did offer etc. Literally no information at all about anything.

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Beautiful site, friendly helpful staff. At its best at quiet times. 05/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elaine N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Went at a quiet time and was a lovely natural site with lots of wildlife. We camped amongst trees in the grounds of truly beautiful buildings. The staff went out of their way to help us and facilities were good throughout. Cafe on site is a useful fallback option for snacks / nice picnic lunch, we didn't try the hot food dining options.

    Disliked: 

    I've been twice now, once on my own and once with my young son and the only thing I could mention is that £25 per night for a single person in a one man tent is possibly a bit steep. It's great value for the max of 6 people on the pitch though. Maybe consider a 'small pitch' fee similar to hammock camping? That's being picky though - I'd still return, just maybe for not as long as it it were a bit cheaper.

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Staff are helpful 04/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Wayne P. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good facilities. Ideal for families with young children for a weekend stay. Enjoyed the proms. The staff were A++. Children can cycle and family walks. Staff can give you some history of the Hall.

    Disliked: 

    The pitches are a little pricey.

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Great site, excellent staff, shame about the facilities 11/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom steve_s25 Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
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  • Liked: 

    The casual layout of the site was quite pleasant & the grounds were beautiful, especially liked the dog walk down by the river and the fact that there were activities for kids & adults alike (kids tried archery and the dads threw some axes).

    Bus from the gate took us into Newark, lovely old city with castle, market and many pubs & restaurants, well worth a visit.

    Disliked: 

    The cafe/bar would benefit from a door opening out on to the lawn, handy if you are a dog lover, and the bar wasn't open at lunchtime on bank holiday Monday because staff were setting up for a wedding the following day.

    The toilets/wash room and shower block at the bottom end of the field were quite primitive, fairly clean I suppose but so old that they never look/feel very clean. The basins had no shelves or hooks so you had to hold your stuff between your knees, the shower rooms were dark & small - could do better.

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Our stay was marred my the disturbed sleep but wouldn't put us off co 07/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alex Y. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The site facilities showers toilets etc good lot's to do in the time we had ,staff very approachable and friendly .

    Disliked: 

    The grounds looked as if they needed attention especially the courtyard ..we unfortunately had two nights of music and load talking until late even though I had spoken to staff it continued the second night.

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Great base camp if you want to go into Newark and surrounding areas. 04/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom ROBERT W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
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    Been here several times. All staff very polite and helpful.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to do with Kelham Hall but all I'll say is , you can't choose your neighbours. Why do people have to be so foul mouthed and disrespectful of other people's property. That's my gripe, but that can happen anywhere I guess.

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Lovely site with plenty of space & play area for the kids. 04/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom tiffany h. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The field for camping was large and we all had plenty of space around the pitches for the children to run around - safely. The site was in a beautiful setting - so as we drove back to the caravan, it felt like we were arriving at our own hall!

    The family room showers are good as there is often not enough space to sort the kids out.

    Disliked: 

    The toilets got very bad overnight and could have done with cleaning more regularly (I know the ladies were there at least once a day) . This is probably more an issue for the people using them (not even trying to keep them right) rather than the sites problem.

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Shame, there's real potential & staff a credit, facilities shambolic 01/06/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gemma S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Relaxed pitching and very easy to pitch with friends, very friendly and courteous staff.
    The two basic family showers are a very small step in the right direction. Children's playground good enough and well shaded.
    The staff and the potential of the place are the only real assets.

    Disliked: 

    Stayed over last bank holiday in may. Totally insufficient toilets for so many people, the cleaner was making a sterling effort but would have needed to be there constantly to even try to keep them adequate given there were so many people. 8 toilets in the temporary building, 2 permanently out of action from Friday until the Monday evening, toilet paper ran out, dirty conditions and remained pretty poor until there were fewer campers. 2 more in the main building, same, became dirty and ran out of paper. When there were far fewer people, they were basic but fine, they need to get additional toilets if they're piling so many on site. I'm pretty hacked off at paying so much to stay somewhere I don't even have basic needs met.
    Showers were stone cold on the Sunday at 8.30 am.
    Grounds need attention, weeds everywhere, it looks sad!
    Why not open the little pavilion and sell drinks, snacks, ice creams from there? The cafe in the hall is very odd, food looked lovely but the cafe itself looks like a staff canteen! I thought I'd stumbled into the wrong place.
    Owner, decide what you want it to be and don't charge so much until you have sorted out your facilities! You need to decide if camping is a permanent income stream and invest in property facilities if it is, if not, take down the price then people won't begrudge the basic ones so much. Why don't you try camping there on a busy weekend and see why people won't come back!

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Location

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  • Main Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England, NG23 5QX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.0900°N 0.8475°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newark on Trent: The Wharf Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Bingham: White Lion Coach Stop — 10.7 miles
North Hykeham (Lincs): Station Road Coach Stop — 12.4 miles
Train stations
Newark Castle Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Newark North Gate Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Rolleston Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 51.0 miles
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 27.1 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 27.8 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 28.2 miles

Directions


From the A1 south
Exit the A1 at the A46 Newark/Lincoln turnoff. At the top of the slip road turn left and drive 100 yards to the roundabout. Take the second exit at the roundabout, then drive half a mile down the bypass to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A617 Mansfield road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

From the A1 north
Exit the A1 at the A46 Newark/Lincoln turnoff. At the top of the slip road turn right. Drive 100 yards to the roundabout. Take the second exit at the roundabout, then drive half a mile down the bypass to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto A617 Mansfield road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

From the M1 north and Mansfield
Exit the M1 at Junction 28. Take the A38 into Mansfield, then pick up the signs for the A617 Newark. About 18 miles on is the village of Kelham (about 2 miles before Newark). The site is on the right, at the beginning of the village and well signposted.

From the M1 south and Nottingham
Exit the M1 at Junction 21a (just north of Leicester). Follow the signs for Newark A46. On the approach to Newark, take the A46 Lincoln road (modern bypass), not the town centre signs. One mile along at the big roundabout, take the first exit, for the A617 Mansfield Road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

Near Newark look out for yellow roadside Partizan signs.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

If you're feeling swottily historical after mugging up on the history of Kelham Hall, piles more historic houses are around Newark, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, like Newark Castle, the country estate of Rufford Abbey and much-recommended The Workhouse at Southwell, the most complete Victorian workhouse still left in the country.

At Lincoln, about half an hour's drive from Newark, most visitors make for Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and the Medieval Bishop's Palace – joint tickets are available for the castle and cathedral, or you can buy a ticket to see the castle and Magna Carta exhibition, or one to have a walk along the massive Norman walls.

Back at Newark, a nicely eclectic mix of regular shows and events are among the 500 annual events at Newark Showground, such as antiques and collectors' fairs, vintage vehicle days, concerts and the Nottinghamshire County Show.

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (11.9 miles)
  • Belvoir Castle (13.8 miles)
  • Belton House (13.9 miles)

National Trust

  • The Workhouse, Southwell (3.8 miles)
  • Grantham House (14.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Kelham Hall and Country Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Kelham Hall and Country Park will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Access to Kelham Hall and its state rooms, restaurant and bar, is usually free. During special events and private functions, however, the site is unable to guarantee access, or an entry fee may be applicable.

Dogs are allowed in the outside areas only, with the exception of guide dogs which are also allowed into the main building.

Please note fishing is not available between 15/03 and 15/06.

Wifi is available at hotspots throughout the site and grounds.

If you wish to keep your pitches together, it is highly recommended that you book all pitches under one name. Booking under the same name allows a speedier checkin at busy periods for larger groups.

Please note that on busy periods such as bank holidays, you may be sited in the events field. This will be in a Rally format.

Also, it is not always possible to pitch a non-electric and an electric pitch next to each other.

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