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- Private site on a working organic farm in the Tern valley
- Two miles from the town of Market Drayton
- Top spot for stargazing and bat spotting
For a sweet stay in the countryside, you can’t go far wrong with Fordhall Organic Farm, a 140-acre organic farm two miles from the centre of Market Drayton in Shropshire’s Tern valley.
The area around Market Drayton is the place to start your Shropshire adventuring: take a stroll around Wollerton Old Hall Garden or Hodnet Hall Gardens, both within 10 minutes’ drive of the site, or take part in a tour at Joule’s Brewery two miles from Fordhall. Market Drayton is also known as the home of gingerbread and the town used to be full of gingerbread bakeries, each with their own recipe – while only one factory remains, you’re sure to pick up some of the spicy biscuits in the local shops and markets.
When you tire of adventures, head back to Fordhall. It's England’s first community-owned farm, and has been producing organically since shortly after World War II. The bulk of your foodie needs will be catered for on site: sample the grub at Arthur’s Kitchen or pick up supplies to cook over the barbecue at the farm shop. You can even stroll over to the edible garden for a quick snack of gooseberries or currants – just the ticket for midday munchies.
Fordhall is a top spot for stargazing – bring a telescope with you to get closer to the celestial bodies or, if you’re more interested in what’s happening a little nearer the ground, hire one of the site’s bat detectors to listen to the calls of the bats in the sky above you.
Open from 05/06/2018 to 20/12/2018
Open from 02/01/2019 to 20/12/2019
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Bookings must not be for more than 10 consecutive nights.
Check availability at Fordhall Organic Farm…
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Fordhall 1 bedroom yurt
|Max. persons||6 x|
(1 x double sofa/futon)
Bedroom (1 x bunk bed, 1 x double bed)
Toilet (1 x eco toilet)
|No showers in the unit: shared facilities available.|
|Bed linen||4 included, 4 max.|
|Car||1 included, 1 max.|
|Cool box||1 included, 1 max.|
|Duvets and pillows||4 included, 4 max.|
|Beds made up||yes|
|No dogs allowed|
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Indoor pool nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Nantwich Bus Station
— 12.2 miles
12.2 miles Crewe Bus Station — 14.6 miles
14.6 miles Newcastle under Lyme: Hassell Street Bus Station — 14.9 miles
- Train stations
Prees Rail Station
— 6.9 miles
6.9 miles Whitchurch (Shrops) Rail Station — 8.1 miles
8.1 miles Wem Rail Station — 8.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal
— 40.2 miles
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
— 33.7 miles
Take a trip back in time on the Telford Steam Railway – as a passenger or driver – then visit the ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle or the gardens of Cholmondeley Castle, all within 30 minutes’ drive of Fordhall.
To keep one foot in the past on a day out with a difference, head over to Ironbridge Gorge Museums, 30 minutes from the site, to step into the abandoned clay pipe factory and cross the Severn on the world’s first cast-iron bridge. Another excellent option is to xplore the homes of the well-heeled at the Darby houses and live like the Victorians did in the Blists Hill recreated town.
For some outdoor adventuring, explore the woods, caves and historic monuments at Hawkstone Park Follies 10 minutes from Fordhall, or do something a little more exotic with a visit to Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom and Monkey Forest, both 30 minutes away.
Looking for a way to cut loose in the evenings? See if you can beat the T-Rex at Jurassic Golf Bridgemere, 20 minutes from Fordhall. Don’t worry, it shouldn’t be hard: he’s got no swing to speak of and has notoriously short arms...
- The Trentham Estate (14.3 miles)
- Trentham Monkey Forest (14.4 miles)
- Wedgwood Visitor Centre (15.5 miles)
- Sunnycroft (13.7 miles)
- Attingham Park (15.6 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
Fordhall Organic Farm cancellation policy
No refunds within 8 weeks of arrival date.
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Fordhall Organic Farm will debit the balance from your card 12 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 12 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMasterCard