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- A couple of minutes' drive from the A5
- Use as an overnight stopover or as a base for Cheltenham and Oxford
- Landscaped with mature shrubs, hedges and trees
Apart from a possible pitch on a tower block in the middle of a city, Briarfields Touring Park might be the most ‘leave your car at home’ site we’ve seen yet. Ditch the diesel guzzler or leave the motorhome on site and hitch a ride on one of the regular buses that pass right outside, leading to days’ worth of days out at Cheltenham (two miles away), Gloucester (six miles), Oxford, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. And if you’re getting around under your own steam, the friendly family team at Briarfields can pick you up from local public transport when you arrive.
Even on your own feets you’ll reach most of what you need quickly from the park: a pub and a newsagent are within a few minutes’ walk; an Indian restaurant, KFC and supermarket less than 15 minutes – and a caravan sales and spares dealership is a mile and a half away, just in case.
Although Briarfields is only a couple of minutes from the M5 (it’s often used by guests on their way north or south as an overnight stopover), it’s been rather cleverly designed so you can think you’re slap bang in the middle of the countryside: the landscaped and the accommodation areas are edged throughout with mature shrubs, hedges and trees.
Amenities are equally well looked after: the centrally placed amenities block is cleaned twice a day and has free hot showers for ladies, gents and disabled guests.
Swing into reception when you arrive at Briarfields for reams of info, leaflets and maps on the many (many) things to do a bus ride away: buses run every ten minutes during the day and every 20 minutes in the evening to both Cheltenham and Gloucester, and another service to Oxford will give explorers about six hours in the city before heading back to Cheltenham.
Briarfields is open all year round and is dog-friendly.
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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
Touring and motorhomes
Motorhome service point
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Arle Court Roundabout Coach Stop
— 0.2 miles
0.2 miles Cheltenham Spa: Royal Well Bus Station — 2.4 miles
2.4 miles Charlton Kings: Bradley Rd Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
- Train stations
Cheltenham Spa Rail Station
— 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Gloucester Rail Station — 4.9 miles
4.9 miles Ashchurch for Tewkesbury Rail Station — 7.3 miles
- Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks
— 19.0 miles
19.0 miles Lydney Harbour — 20.5 miles
— 1.1 miles
We're 2 minutes by car from the M5:
Take junction 11 off the M5. Head on the A40 towards Cheltenham. Keep on the inside lane. After a few minutes you will arrive at a big roundabout with traffic lights. Take the first left exit (B4063 signposted Churchdown, Staverton). Stay on the B4063 road for 200 metres. Briarfields Motel and Touring Park entrance is on the left-hand side of the road.
Cheltenham Spa Railway Station is approximately 2 miles and Gloucester Railway Station is approximately 6 miles.
Well. Where do we start? At least a day in Cheltenham first, we think – more if you’re coming to have a flutter at the racecourse just four miles away or jazzing it up at one of the many festivals.
Catch the bus early to take in as much as poss: a morning coveting the art, furniture, crafts and jewellery at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, many created by Cotswold craftspeople inspired by William Morris, should build up an appetite for lunch and an afternoon of shopping around The Brewery, Bath Road and in the well-lined High Street.
Harry Potter fans and the history-inclined will likely want an hour or two at medieval Gloucester Cathedral, used in the first and second films (see if you recognise the Cloisters). Away from Hogwarts, the cathedral has an award-winning exhibition centre, exhibitions and guided tours, and regular events and concerts including The Three Choirs Festival, one of the oldest classical choral music festivals in the world.
The Gloucester Docks and award-winning Waterways Museum is also a good afternoon out for heritage fans, while the more modern can find plenty to occupy them at the waterside retail park Gloucester Quays.
Plunge into the countryside next for a couple of days in the Cotswolds, where you’ll find acres of things to do whatever your inclination such as punting around local villages like Chipping Camden and Bourton-on-the-Water, or visiting the many museums ranging from Roman to motoring times.
Wildlife options abound too, particularly for birders, with the Cotswold Falconry Centre at the Batsford Arboretum, geese and swans at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water where twitchers can see rare birds from around the world, including England’s only group of king penguins.
Finally, take a day or two in the ancient Forest of Dean (Harry Potter and co ended up here too), one of the oldest woodlands in the country, to go underground at the old mines of the Clearwell Caves, hire a bike to hit the forest tracks, or, more relaxingly, take the four and a half mile trip from Lydney to Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway.
- Gloucester Cathedral (5.2 miles)
- Gloucester Quays (5.5 miles)
- Gloucester Waterways Museum (5.6 miles)
- Ashleworth Tithe Barn (6.0 miles)
- Bredon Barn (9.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.