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Forestside Farm near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire is the epitome of “small is beautiful”.
With just ten grassy pitches for tents, plus a smattering of cosy camping pods, this clean, green and serene site has won plaudits from the Rough Guide to Camping and Tiny Campsites for its lovely location and high-quality facilities, which include spotless showers and loos, a washing up area, and a fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle for campers. There’s also a small coarse fishing pond on site.
Once you take in the vista of the Weaver Hills and Dove Valley, you’ll be itching to put your walking boots on and explore the rolling countryside. Close to the village of Marchington, Forestside is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Nearby attractions and activities
Despite its arcadian location, Forestside Farm offers easy access to a really diverse range of attractions: the picturesque Peak District; the forests, fishing and fallow deer of Cannock Chase; the Museum of Childhood at sumptuous Sudbury Hall, just one of a cluster of excellent National Trust properties nearby; the heritage city of Lichfield; the charming market town of Ashbourne; and the Wedgwood and Portmeirion potteries at Stoke on Trent.
Those in search of something thrilling after all that countrified chilling can head to Alton Towers, only 25 minutes away; Drayton Manor in Tamworth, which has the added draw of a great zoo and “Thomas Land”, for fans of the famous tank engine; or to the splashy slides, rides and flumes of Waterworld in Stoke on Trent.
Attractions near Forestside Farm
- Sudbury Hall (2.8 miles)
- National Memorial Arboretum (9.2 miles)
- Alton Towers Resort (9.4 miles)
- Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood (2.7 miles)
- The Old Manor (8.1 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Forestside Farm
Hatton - Tutbury - Hanbury - Fauld Crater (5.4 miles) Walking
Ellastone - Swinscoe - Stanton - Ellastone (9.0 miles) Walking
Ellastone - Rocester - Marston Montgomery - Roston - Ellastone (9.0 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
forestside farm pod excellent!!
kerrysmith (With friends, 1 review, 0 photos)
Liked: loved the pods, very spacious and comfortable, with heating, electricity, patio area and bench was perfect for a break.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Burton-on-Trent: High Street Coach Stop — 8.6mi
Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 9.7mi
Newhall (Swadlincote): Coach Stop — 11.5mi
- Train stations
Uttoxeter Rail Station — 3.2mi
Tutbury & Hatton Rail Station — 5.5mi
Rugeley Trent Valley Rail Station — 7.9mi
- Ferry ports
- Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 62.0mi
East Midlands Airport — 20.3mi
Birmingham International Airport — 28.3mi
Birmingham International Airport Terminal 1 — 28.3mi
From the A50 take the A515 towards Lichfield.
Ignore all signs to Marchington, until you have left Draycott in the Clay.
At Six Roads End - signed for Burton to the left, take the right turn to Marchington (fourth turning to Marchington since leaving the A50).
Continue along this road (Forest Road), bear right at the finger post and down a steep hill through the wood (Marchington Cliff).
The Farm drive is on the left immediately past Cliff Cottage (this is not where you pay!).
Please continue over the cattle grid along the drive to the very end and check in at the farmhouse.
Parents are requested to ensure that their children (of all ages) are supervised and kept under control. In particular, please ensure that they do not wander around the farm unsupervised, although they are welcome to look around the main yard to see the cows and milking but only with an adult.
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