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We have three areas for camping at Thistledown. The Elderflower Orchard is located on the upper part of the farm, and is accessible by vehicle. The pitches are mown out amongst small elder trees. The 2nd and 3rd Pastures are the two lower sites. They are more sheltered, have beautiful views across the valley, and are only accessible by foot (do not overpack!). The Elderflower Orchard is 4 minutes’ walk from the Pastures. The 2nd and 3rd Pastures are adjacent to each other, but are separated by trees and banks. Whichever site you choose to camp on, you will have access to all of Thistledown for walks and exploration, although occasionally some areas will be reserved for weddings and other private hire events.

We have no allotted pitches, but the sites are incredibly spacious and we do not overbook them (groups have always been able to camp together with their own fire pit). There are firepits on all sites and we can supply wood at £10 for a heaped barrowful, or you can bring your own. We ask you not to collect it from the woods since we have many hibernacula on the farm for snakes and slow worms, and we leave most of our fallen timber to provide habitat for fungi and insects. We recommend that you bring a grill if you would like to cook over your fire. You are also welcome to bring a barbecue, as long as it is raised off the ground so as not to burn the grass.

All sites have at least one tap for our UV filtered spring water. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, provided that they are cleaned-up after and kept on leads around the site (we have chickens roaming free, as well as lots of wild animals). We do not allow any amplified music, unless a full site is privately hired. Instruments are welcome as long as you are considerate and do not play at night. None of the sites has access to electricity or refrigeration. We ask that campers bring all litter (preferably sorted) to the blue refuse bin near the house. We pay for a mixed recycling service, so that as much as possible is recycled. We ask that you arrive between 11am and 7pm, and we are available for enquiries at the house between 10am and 7:30pm. Lifts in our 4×4 mule, if we aren’t too busy, are available between 11am and 5pm. After 8pm the farm gates are shut, but you can go in and out as you wish if you close the gates after you.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Leave the car at home


Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)

Cool Camping


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  • Tinkley Lane, Nympsfield, Stroud, Gloucestershire, England, GL10 3UH
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 51.7054°N 2.2709°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Stroud: Merrywalks Bus Station — 3.6 miles
Chalford (Gloucs): A419/Dark Lane Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
Gloucester Bus Station — 11.1 miles
Train stations
Stonehouse Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Stroud (Glos) Rail Station — 3.5 miles
Cam & Dursley Rail Station — 3.9 miles
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 9.2 miles
Lydney Harbour — 10.1 miles
Temple Meads Station Ferry Landing — 22.1 miles
Gloucestershire Airport — 13.8 miles
Bristol International Airport — 29.1 miles


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Local attractions

Must see

  • WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre (6.2 miles)
  • Painswick Rococo Garden (6.8 miles)
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (7.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Woodchester Park (0.4 miles)
  • Newark Park (5.0 miles)

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