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General

  • Woodland camping with nature trails and wildlife
  • Directly opposite the stately home Kelham Hall
  • 44 acres of landscaped grounds

Now this is scenic camping… Kelham Hall and Country Park campsite near Newark in Nottinghamshire is within the country park of the former Victorian mansion of Kelham Hall: pile the family to this country estate for a look at how the other half lived.

Entrance is free to the (fab) hall itself and there are tearooms open daily serving breakfast, lunch, snacks, cakes drinks and Sunday lunch; an outdoor bar available most weekends during the summer months (subject to weather.)

But you might spend most of your time at Kelham roaming around the acres of landscaped grounds, woodland walks and pretty paths along the River Trent...There are nature trails for children, a playground, a riverside meadow to wander in, loads of space for ball games, and yet more places for private picnics or sitting and watching the wildlife.

Fishing and tennis are both available on site for an extra charge, as is a trailer tour (also fab) around the 44-acre estate's woodland, riverside meadow, sculpted gardens and secret monks' graveyard.

Kelham Hall and Country Park takes tents, tourers and motorhomes on its good-sized pitches, and has a shower and toilet block with refurbished shower cubicles. The campsite office sells drinks, ice cream and vending machine snacks; if you're not eating at the hall, a pub serving food is just outside the campsite gates.

Please note

The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Access to Kelham Hall and its state rooms, restaurant and bar, is usually free. During special events and private functions, however, the site is unable to guarantee access, or an entry fee may be applicable.

Please note that on busy periods such as bank holidays, you may be sited in the events field. This will be in a Rally format.


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7.0

Overall rating based on 345 reviews

 

62% would recommend this site to a friend.

61% would stay here again.

 

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Great place for a ouple of days. Close to Sherwood Forest a bonus. 15/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David M. Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Amenities. Child Friendly and safe.

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Awful 15/08/2018

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  • Liked: 

    Nothing

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    In 15 years of camping and caravaning this is the worse site I have ever stayed on. Arriving on Thursday evening the bins were overflowing, pleasant arrival, these were half emptied on Monday. The site has virtually no lighting and the site is very rutted a good touch is a must. The toilets at the main end of the site, where all the electric hook ups are can only be described as filthy, and if you are a little large, over a size 14 /16, you my not be even able to get in the cubicle and if you do you will have to stand on the toilet to open the door to get out. Remember also to take your own loo roll upon leaving on Tuesday only one cubicle contained any. The toilets in the main building are not much better. The shower block, another temporary unit contained 10 good sized showers which were relatively clean however only 4 of them were use able with the others having shower heads missing, out of order or being used for storage. This is a very large site but due to the location of the hook ups and facilities everyone ends up on top of one another. The electric hook up points are on boxes of 10 so you may also need very long hook up leads. Finally, the main elsan disposal point is a set of 4 large tanks above ground which has a number of steps to get to where you empty your waste having to reach into the middle of the tank to empty your waste, not easy. The water hose is to short making cleaning your cassette out very difficult and lid were not replaced on the tanks after use probably because getting your waste in to the tank ends up with a lot of spillage the aroma is also not that pleasant.
    Facilities in walking distance off site are limited, there is a restaurant across the road and the Fox pub a short walk away which is also owned by Kelham Hall.
    This is not me having a moan because of a bad few days, this is the the facts as I found them, we were staying on this site as my daughter was having her wedding reception at the Hall so we were there to enjoy ourselves, thankfully the wedding went well.
    This could be a a really nice site if some thought and attention was given to it but until that time I would not return or recommend it.

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Close to the river so nice for a paddle 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom donna b. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
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  • Liked: 

    Lots of grass to play on

    Disliked: 

    Over priced £30 per night with dirty toilets

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Loved it!!! 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Shawn C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Open spaces, plenty to do, facilities good

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Nice site but orchard attracts wasps & toilets could have been better 13/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Cathryn E. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    I liked the overall feel of the site with its grand hall and its closeness to the River Trent where there was access for the kids to paddle in the shallows.

    I liked that the toilets were flushable with running water, toilet roll and soap to wash hands afterwards.

    Disliked: 

    The site has an orchard of apple trees right where the non electric camping pitches were located in and amongst the trees. This orchard has attracted more wasps than I've ever seen in one place. Thankfully none of our party got stung but it made eating outside at our tent a real nightmare.

    The toilets could have been cleaner (they weren't great on our first day) and the soap ran out in most of the dispensers on our final day.

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Showers could do with Updating. But will definitely return 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom yvonne s. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
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    Beautiful place lots to do or just relax.
    River is stunning

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Great location, good staff, plenty of space. Good fishing. 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Paul N. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location, Grounds and Fishing

    Disliked: 

    Toilets

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Lovely campsite, not too busy, lovely location 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Katy M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The hall, river, park, gardens

    Disliked: 

    Wasps

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Do not book. You will be disappointed with toilets and showers. 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom andrew_r57 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The weather was great.

    Disliked: 

    Everything else.

    Returning customers and felt urged to come on and leave an honest review.

    Was last here 2 years ago, came the year before that as well. The site was ok then, it was the location we returned for.

    Now coming back for the 3rd time, we can honestly say we won’t return again until upgrades are made. The toilets are a disgrace. In fact, it’s more like a spider sanctuary than a toilet for human use. Never saw any maintenance or cleaning. Absolutely disgusting. There have been 2 blocks of showers installed. Two converted haulage trailers. And with regret, never maintained. They’re being left to rot which is a shame, since they were probably quite good when first installed.

    The general attitude of the site and its owners needs to radically improve. They’re taking their customers for mugs, not investing a single penny back for the improvement of their customers experiences. It’s not a cheap site and certainly not worth the money. Until I read upgrades have been implanted, then I refuse to line the pockets of this place. The one area they have invested in is their own reception. Least they’re receptionist staff have a nice place to work!! And as for the warden. He’s good at making you feel like an annoyance to his otherwise perfect day.

    And another thing. The pub opposite which both Kelham and the pub benefit from each other. The weekend we were there, and the pub is in the middle of a change over. No food. None. Even basic drinks missing. I would have expected
    kelham to have reached out to its customers to advise them of this inconvenience so people could make an informed choice. But no. Of course not. Enjoy the £60 we paid. We won’t be taken for fools again.

    You have been warned. Book somewhere else.

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On a whole it’s a great place to go camping. Just a few niggles to fix 06/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom rob_k144980 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch (2 adults and 4 children, family, large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    It’s all good apart from

    Disliked: 

    The amount of wasps caused from the bins not being emptied enough and the amount of spiders in the toilets.

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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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Forest

Peaceful

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Golf nearby

Tennis nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Location

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  • Main Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England, NG23 5QX
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.0900°N 0.8475°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Newark on Trent: The Wharf Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Bingham: White Lion Coach Stop — 10.7 miles
North Hykeham (Lincs): Station Road Coach Stop — 12.4 miles
Train stations
Newark Castle Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Newark North Gate Rail Station — 2.1 miles
Rolleston Rail Station — 2.8 miles
Ferry ports
Hull Ferry Terminal — 51.0 miles
Airports
East Midlands Airport — 27.1 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 27.8 miles
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport — 28.2 miles

Directions


From the A1 south
Exit the A1 at the A46 Newark/Lincoln turnoff. At the top of the slip road turn left and drive 100 yards to the roundabout. Take the second exit at the roundabout, then drive half a mile down the bypass to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto the A617 Mansfield road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

From the A1 north
Exit the A1 at the A46 Newark/Lincoln turnoff. At the top of the slip road turn right. Drive 100 yards to the roundabout. Take the second exit at the roundabout, then drive half a mile down the bypass to another roundabout. Take the third exit onto A617 Mansfield road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

From the M1 north and Mansfield
Exit the M1 at Junction 28. Take the A38 into Mansfield, then pick up the signs for the A617 Newark. About 18 miles on is the village of Kelham (about 2 miles before Newark). The site is on the right, at the beginning of the village and well signposted.

From the M1 south and Nottingham
Exit the M1 at Junction 21a (just north of Leicester). Follow the signs for Newark A46. On the approach to Newark, take the A46 Lincoln road (modern bypass), not the town centre signs. One mile along at the big roundabout, take the first exit, for the A617 Mansfield Road. About a mile and a half further on, in the little village of Kelham. The site is on the left, well signposted.

Near Newark look out for yellow roadside Partizan signs.

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

If you're feeling swottily historical after mugging up on the history of Kelham Hall, piles more historic houses are around Newark, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, like Newark Castle, the country estate of Rufford Abbey and much-recommended The Workhouse at Southwell, the most complete Victorian workhouse still left in the country.

At Lincoln, about half an hour's drive from Newark, most visitors make for Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and the Medieval Bishop's Palace – joint tickets are available for the castle and cathedral, or you can buy a ticket to see the castle and Magna Carta exhibition, or one to have a walk along the massive Norman walls.

Back at Newark, a nicely eclectic mix of regular shows and events are among the 500 annual events at Newark Showground, such as antiques and collectors' fairs, vintage vehicle days, concerts and the Nottinghamshire County Show.

Must see

  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (11.9 miles)
  • Belvoir Castle (13.8 miles)
  • Belton House (13.9 miles)

National Trust

  • The Workhouse, Southwell (3.8 miles)
  • Grantham House (14.8 miles)

Cycle routes

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

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

Kelham Hall and Country Park cancellation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Kelham Hall and Country Park will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Access to Kelham Hall and its state rooms, restaurant and bar, is usually free. During special events and private functions, however, the site is unable to guarantee access, or an entry fee may be applicable.

Dogs are allowed in the outside areas only, with the exception of guide dogs which are also allowed into the main building.

Please note fishing is not available between 15/03 and 15/06.

Wifi is available at hotspots throughout the site and grounds.

If you wish to keep your pitches together, it is highly recommended that you book all pitches under one name. Booking under the same name allows a speedier checkin at busy periods for larger groups.

Please note that on busy periods such as bank holidays, you may be sited in the events field. This will be in a Rally format.

Also, it is not always possible to pitch a non-electric and an electric pitch next to each other.

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