Our bell tents, located at Old Barn Touring Park, have a great retro look and, with a floor space similar to that of a yurt or tepee, offer delightful accommodation perfect for both couples and families. Bell tents are 100% cotton canvas which, unlike nylon, mean they are cool in the day and warm at night. And they don’t leak…perfect for the British climate!
Each bell tent is raised on its own deck with outside seating and furnished with a double bed, double futon, storage and some cool finishing touches. Our bell tents have their own electricity supply for fairy lights, charging your mobile and making a cuppa! To make your holiday as hassle free as possible we provide everything you’ll need for cooking; cosy pillows and duvets, and even the kitchen sink (well a washing up bowl at least!). If you don’t have space to bring your own bed linen we can provide those too at a small additional charge. Toilets, hot showers and washing up facilities are a short walk away and shared with other campers.
Our bell tents are situated in a peaceful corner on The Old Barn Park campsite which is a quiet family campsite set in beautiful countryside yet close to the popular seaside town of Shanklin on the Island's south-east coast. The park name comes from the charming 17th-century thatched barn located at the park entrance. The barn now houses a games and TV room and there is also a small children’s play area and duck pond.
Nearby attractions and activities
The campsite is perfectly positioned for countryside walks and cycle rides on which we are happy to provide more details. Opposite the campsite entrance there is a garden centre with café perfect for lunch or afternoon tea. A quarter of the mile down the road is an out-of-town supermarket to stock up on all those necessities and the charming town of Shanklin with sandy beaches and quaint 'Old Village' is a five-minute drive away.
The Isle of Wight is a short ferry ride and a whole world away from the mainland. Often called the Garden Isle due to its amazing scenery and warm climate, half of the island has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From dramatic cliffs to beautiful countryside, enchanting woodlands to sandy beaches, its all here in abundance.
The island offers an eclectic mix of things to see and do. Families will find something for all ages including theme parks, animal sanctuaries and zoos, farms, museums, stately homes, castles and a steam railway. Beach lovers can explore the island’s 70 miles of coastline or just find a perfect spot to relax for the day.
For walkers there are over 500 miles of well maintained footpaths and an acclaimed walking festival taking place every May. Or if you prefer pedal power there is a great network of cycle tracks, bridleways and quiet lanes to explore. Out on the water, activities including sailing, kite surfing, canoeing and water skiing are all available for beginners to experts, or just spectating if you prefer.
If you're a foodie, you'll find some of the UK’s finest local produce here available to sample at the many farm shops, cafes, delis and local restaurants.
The island hosts more festivals than you can shake a stick (or tambourine) at – for music lovers there's the world-famous Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and the alternative Rhythmtree and Folkstation. If you like your cars we have VW, classic cars and scooter rallies. And if you love your food then try the garlic festival, sweetcorn festival or apple festival!
Attractions near Wight Bells
- Dinosaur Isle (2.2 miles)
- Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.2 miles)
- Ventnor Botanic Gardens (5.9 miles)
- Bembridge Windmill (4.9 miles)
- Brighstone Shop and Museum (9.0 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near Wight Bells
Shanklin (1.5 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Sandown (1.8 miles) Beach - Excellent Water Quality Beaches
Bembridge - Whitecliff (2.6 miles) Walking
Overall rating based
Liked: Everything. It was a lovely, nice sized tent, was nicely decorated, felt like a home. Comfortable, dry, warm. Everything you needed to have a great stay. Was nicely located also, and the campsite on a whole was very nice. Would definitely want to come back and stay there again.
Disliked: having to leave.
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A wonderful stay in a charming Bell Tent
Sim S. (Family with young children, 1 review, 0 photos) Confirmed ?
Liked: The cosy beds
Disliked: Not enough womens' showers at the campsite
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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
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Small (11-25 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 10.4mi
Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 11.1mi
Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 11.1mi
- Train stations
Shanklin Rail Station — 1.0mi
Lake (Isle of Wight) Rail Station — 1.0mi
Sandown Rail Station — 1.4mi
- Ferry ports
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 6.0mi
Ryde Hoverport — 6.1mi
Ryde Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 6.5mi
Southampton Airport — 22.3mi
Bournemouth International Airport — 29.6mi
There are frequent ferry services from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington.
If you don't want to bring the car there are frequent train services from London to Portsmouth and Southampton. On the island, local trains run to Lake (just over a mile away) and buses run by the entrance to the campsite.
Permitted arrival time
If cancellation is less than 8 weeks from arrival date, your balance will not be refunded unless we can rebook the tent. However we will try to offer alternative dates and roll over the balance paid to a later date (subject to a £25 administrative charge).
Any cancellation or change must be confirmed in writing / email, by the person who made the booking.
We strongly advise visitors to take out full holiday insurance to cover cancellations, public liability, personal belongings, loss etc.
In the event that we need to cancel your holiday we shall inform you as soon as possible and refund all money paid to us, by you, within 14 days.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
We will contact you prior to your visit to organise payment.
Bookings must be paid in full eight weeks before your visit start time. If the booking is less than eight weeks from the date of your stay the full price of the stay is required when we contact you.
Cards accepted on the park
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
We can only accept bookings from family parties and couples.
Check availability at Wight Bells…
For a 4 night stay, between 26-30 May for 2 adults
Furnished bell tent with electricity (max 2 adults and 3 children)
Five-metre fully-furnished bell tents, sleeping up to 2 adults and 3 children, with a great retro feel. Our bell tents offer a floor space similar to that of a teepee or a yurt, providing delightful accommodation for couples or families. Each tent is on its own raised deck with outdoor ...
Max. persons: 5x
Five-metre fully-furnished bell tents, sleeping up to 2 adults and 3 children, with a great retro feel. Our bell tents offer a floor space similar to that of a teepee or a yurt, providing delightful accommodation for couples or families.
Each tent is on its own raised deck with outdoor seating and furnished with a double bed and double futon. Bell tents have their own electricity supply for lighting, charging your mobile and making a cup of tea! We provide everything you need to make your camping holiday as hassle-free as possible - cosy duvets and pillows, cooking facilities, crockery, cutlery. We can provide bedding and towels for a small additional charge*.
Our bell tents are located at the lovely Old Barn Touring park in Apse Heath, between Sandown and Shanklin.
*A bedding and towel pack for up to 5 may be purchased when you pay your balance at £20 per stay.