Thistledown Farm Campsite

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  • Eco-friendly site on an organic farm with 70 acres to explore
  • Walk directly into Woodchester Park; 15 minutes' drive to Stroud
  • Pick-your-own pitches with campfires encouraged: shop on site
Book yourself a stay at Thistledown Farm Campsite and you’ll be following in a whole host of footsteps from across the ages. Several ancient finds have surfaced at this fabulous Gloucestershire spot, including neolithic hand tools, a rare Iron Age storage pit and evidence for Roman occupation. In later centuries, the farm became part of the Woodchester Park Estate – look out for the remains of the old seven-mile deer wall as you wander. For the past 30 years or so, the farm has been owned by Richard, who’s developed it organically and sustainably, reinstating the organic dairy and establishing the world’s largest elderflower orchard. There’s a real emphasis on promoting nature here too: the site is used to rehome species that have been disturbed by development, and it’s part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In keeping with that ethos, green values are promoted on the campsite – the lower fields are kept car-free, and you can pick up a walking map on arrival to help you explore the area on foot. This is also a site that values freedom, allowing guests to pick their own pitch and light a campfire for that essential outdoor experience. As guests of the farm you’re also welcome to wander along the footpaths that wind through its 70 acres, taking in picnic spots, meadows, woodland, streams and ponds as you go. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by at the site shop for local meats, bread, milk and other essentials from local suppliers.

Site type

Tent pitches 40
Motorhome pitches 18

Languages spoken

English

Nearest sites

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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

TV room

Take away

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

Thistledown Farm Campsite

Thistledown Project

Tinkley Lane

Stroud

Gloucestershire

England

GL10 3UH

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.70584°N
-2.28257°W

Nearest transport

Coach
4 mi Merrywalks
5.5 mi Dark Lane
5.5 mi Dark Lane
Rail
2.8 mi Stonehouse Rail Station
3.4 mi Cam & Dursley Rail Station
3.8 mi Stroud (Glos) Rail Station
Ferry
8.7 mi Sharpness Old Docks
9.6 mi Lydney Harbour
21.8 mi Castle Park Ferry Landing
Airport
14 mi Gloucestershire Airport
28.8 mi Bristol International Airport

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

Once you’ve had a wander around the farm’s own intriguing corners, continue your history-themed mission in the local area with a stroll into Woodchester Park, next door. The National Trust site has several trails leading around its lake and woods to the remains of an unfinished Victorian mansion. A longer walk might take you on to Uley Long Barrow, a Neolithic burial mound half an hour away on foot. For more history and culture, plan a day out in Bath (45 minutes' drive), to visit the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum, climb the tower at Bath Abbey and gawp at gorgeous architecture like the Royal Crescent before tucking into afternoon tea or taking a soak in the rooftop pool at Thermae Bath Spa. Away from the urban streets there are lots of gardens to explore nearby too, including those at Highgrove House, Newark Park and Westonbirt, the National Arboretum (all 15 minutes), plus the lovely Painswick Rococo Garden (20 minutes), which also has a maze and several follies to seek out.

Must see

WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre 5.7 mi

Painswick Rococo Garden 7 mi

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum 7.5 mi

Berkeley Castle 7.6 mi

Gloucester Waterways Museum 10.9 mi

National Trust

Woodchester Park 0.4 mi

Newark Park 4.9 mi

Westbury Court Garden 9.8 mi

Horton Court 10.2 mi

Ashleworth Tithe Barn 15.2 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

WOODCHESTER MANSION 0.9 mi

OWLPEN MANOR 1.6 mi

Selsley Common - Woodchester - Selsley Common 1.8 mi

Stroud - Painswick - Pitchcombe - Stroud 3.9 mi

Minchinhampton - Avening - Minchinhampton 4.2 mi

Local events

  • Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (Thursday 8 August 2024 – Thursday 8 August 2024)

    Bristol, Greater Bristol 24.6 mi

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.

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Amazing campsite - bags of space with well kept facilities. Very…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 6
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Andy M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Amazing campsite - bags of space with well kept facilities. Very well stocked small shop, and very friendly and helpful owners.

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Beautiful campsite in idyllic surrounds, great for families or friends

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Becky A. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Pasture non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Beautiful campsite with many secluded and picturesque spots to pitch up. A nice family atmosphere. The grounds are stunning - some of the nicest woodlands I've been in. We didn't find time to explore it all so will be back for another visit next year! The cafe and shop are great, we tried the pizza and it was excellent. The owners are very friendly. And there's lots to do in the area - we visited the farmer's market in Stroud, rated best in the UK. Facilities were all very clean, it was great having the option of compost toilets as these are very eco. At night the skies are dark so stargazing and moongazing opportunities abound. We would highly recommend this campsite for a peaceful break in gorgeous countryside surroundings.

Disliked: We couldn't find a completely level spot for our tent, but perhaps that was our choice of pitch.

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Excellent campsite, great shop for emergencies and a lovely pizzeria

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 6
Beth P. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Stunning setting. The camper van pitch was in amongst an elderberry orchard which was beautiful and a practical protection from the elements.

Disliked: The showers are quite a walk from the camper van pitches

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Not worth the money

Overall 4/10
Location 8
Value for money 2
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 2
Customer service 4
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 4
Wifi 2
Katherine C. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Eco friendly. Location

Disliked: Overpriced. 2 showers for entire campsite that were either scalding or freezing. Only portaloos that stank. Overpriced cafe.

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Good amount of space, very peaceful even with the amount of people.…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 8
Wifi No rating
Patrick B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Good amount of space, very peaceful even with the amount of people. Friendly and helpful team on site. Very good pizzeria / restaurant. Lovely walks. Elderflower could do with a full washing up WC block as there are in the tent camps.

Disliked: Nothing

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Ideal for groups of families to gather, with good facilities.

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 8
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 8
Wifi 10
Christopher D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: Large open spaces, quiet and picturesque. Backing on to National Trust land for a pleasant walk. Large spaces for groups of families to gather together, with each area separate from other groups.

Disliked: Limited showers a long way from the orchard.

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Beautiful site, a real gem

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: I adored this site. It has different areas depending on how you're camping and the tent areas, in particular, go on for miles in rolling nooks and crannies. So many other campsites feel regimented- you travel miles to pitch a tent and live effectively in another street, but Thistledown has a proper bohemian feel, the way camping really should feel. Staff are attentive and polite and really get why you're there. The site is clean, welcoming and peaceful. I'll definitely be back, thank you.

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Great campsite that's a wildlife haven. Clean and friendly.

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Deborah D. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Pasture non-electric grass tent pitch

Liked: Huge site, tucked away in a valley filled with wildlife and a NT @ the bottom of the valley. You can pitch where you like with a service to take/collect your equipment if your in the lower part of the site for a charge. Very friendly staff, clean amenities and a great cafe and shop in site.

Disliked: Nothing, other than some personal washing cubicles would be a great addition. Washbasin and mirror.

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Beautiful place to visit. Can’t want to go back.

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 8
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 8
Cleanliness 10
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: The setting is stunning, beautiful views and countryside. Facilities are great, there’s a well stocked shop that was open all day and a lovely cafe. We didn’t feel cramped or overlooked on the pitches even on a busy weekend. The staff were all friendly and efficient when you arrive and then just let you get on with your stay!

Disliked: Not much to dislike the facilities on site are great. It was a bit of a walk to our nearest showers, which might get busy as there was only 2, but wasn’t an issue for us.

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Although lovely site wouldn’t go again

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 8
Facilities / Activities 2
Customer service 8
Child friendliness No rating
Cleanliness 4
Wifi No rating
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Elderflower Orchard non-electric grass campervan or trailer tent pitch

Liked: The site was beautiful & peaceful

Disliked: Facilities were not great, never even found the showers, portable toilets were pretty disgusting after two days,

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  • What attractions are near Thistledown Farm Campsite? Once you’ve had a wander around the farm’s own intriguing corners, continue your history-themed mission in the local area with a stroll into Woodchester Park, next door. The National Trust site has … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Thistledown Farm Campsite?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  12 p.m.
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