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Forestside Farm near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire is the epitome of “small is beautiful”.
With just ten grassy pitches for tents, plus a smattering of cosy camping pods, this clean, green and serene site has won plaudits from the Rough Guide to Camping and Tiny Campsites for its lovely location and high-quality facilities, which include spotless showers and loos, a washing up area, and a fridge, freezer, microwave and kettle for campers. There’s also a small coarse fishing pond on site.
Once you take in the vista of the Weaver Hills and Dove Valley, you’ll be itching to put your walking boots on and explore the rolling countryside. Close to the village of Marchington, Forestside is the perfect place to unwind and relax.
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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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
- Coach stations
Burton-on-Trent: High Street Coach Stop — 8.6 miles
8.6 miles Alton Towers: Coach Stop — 9.7 miles
9.7 miles Newhall (Swadlincote): Coach Stop — 11.5 miles
- Train stations
Uttoxeter Rail Station — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Tutbury & Hatton Rail Station — 5.5 miles
5.5 miles Rugeley Trent Valley Rail Station — 7.9 miles
- Ferry ports
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 62.0 miles
East Midlands Airport — 20.3 miles
20.3 miles Birmingham International Airport — 28.3 miles
28.3 miles Birmingham International Airport Terminal 1 — 28.3 miles
From the A50 take the A515 towards Lichfield.
Ignore all signs to Marchington, until you have left Draycott in the Clay.
At Six Roads End - signed for Burton to the left, take the right turn to Marchington (fourth turning to Marchington since leaving the A50).
Continue along this road (Forest Road), bear right at the finger post and down a steep hill through the wood (Marchington Cliff).
The Farm drive is on the left immediately past Cliff Cottage (this is not where you pay!).
Please continue over the cattle grid along the drive to the very end and check in at the farmhouse.
Despite its arcadian location, Forestside Farm offers easy access to a really diverse range of attractions: the picturesque Peak District; the forests, fishing and fallow deer of Cannock Chase; the Museum of Childhood at sumptuous Sudbury Hall, just one of a cluster of excellent National Trust properties nearby; the heritage city of Lichfield; the charming market town of Ashbourne; and the Wedgwood and Portmeirion potteries at Stoke on Trent.
Those in search of something thrilling after all that countrified chilling can head to Alton Towers, only 25 minutes away; Drayton Manor in Tamworth, which has the added draw of a great zoo and “Thomas Land”, for fans of the famous tank engine; or to the splashy slides, rides and flumes of Waterworld in Stoke on Trent.
- Sudbury Hall (2.8 miles)
- National Memorial Arboretum (9.2 miles)
- Alton Towers Resort (9.4 miles)
- Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood (2.7 miles)
- The Old Manor (8.1 miles)
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