Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre

From £20 For 1 night, 2 adults 9.1 68 reviews
Basecamp at sunset (added by manager 05 Aug 2022)
Tent pitches (added by manager 05 aug 2022)
Space for all sorts of tents (added by manager 08 jun 2021)
Gorgeous sunset (added by manager 05 aug 2022)

  • Family-friendly site with a relaxed atmosphere on 100 acres of land
  • In the Mendip Hills, a five-minute bike ride from Thatchers Cider farm
  • Firepits and campfires encouraged; café-bar and outdoor activities
Fancy having the freedom to explore ancient woodland by day and settle in next to an open fire by night (but with the added bonus of hot showers and flushing loos)? Make Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre your next spot for a getaway and all of the above shall be at your fingertips. This hidden park has an off-grid feel and it's a top choice for folk who like to keep moving: it’s got an outdoor activity centre a five-minute walk away with rock climbing, caving, skiing, tobogganing, frisbee golf, abseiling, archery, rifle shooting, bushcraft, mountain biking and axe throwing on offer (for an extra fee). All this plus 100 acres of land on site means outdoor playtimes, family ball games or just chilling out with a book on the grass are possible. That said, a leisure centre with a gym and indoor pool is under five minutes’ drive if you're in need of indoor activities. Back at the park, food and drinks are on hand at the pop-up tavern, which serves up local ciders and ales along with pizzas, loaded fries and jacket potatoes every evening (it's also the place for hot drinks and a full English brekkie on a Sunday morning). A 24-hour garage and well-stocked shop are 10 minutes away by car for those who need to sort snacks and self-catering food. A quick heads up if you’re planning on staying at the site: your tent or campervan needs to be under 2.7 metres high and no caravans or motorhomes are permitted because of access restrictions. Basecamp is accessed via a rural track which is driven at guests' own risk.

Site type

Tent pitches 100
Motorhome pitches 50
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 4
Opens 24 May
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • The site does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).
  • No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
  • Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.
  • Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.
  • The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
  • Minimum spacing of 3 metres between pitches.
  • The bunkhouses are a five-minute walk to the campsite, and a two-minute walk to the activity centre. There is no access to the site for vehicles taller than 2.7m. Access to the site is along a steep country lane which may not be suitable for low riding or large vehicles.

Languages spoken

English

Open from Fri, 24 May to

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Only showing reviews for the last 30 months.

Nearby woodland, clean toilets/showers and onsite shop (including delicious pizza two times…

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

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Nearby woodland, clean toilets/showers and onsite shop (including delicious pizza two times a week)

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Noisy

Overall 4/10
Location 4
Value for money 4
Accommodation 4
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 4
Child friendliness 4
Cleanliness 4
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Toilets showers are great - brand new modern block

Disliked: How children were allowed to leave parents, wandering the huge site. Causing mahem around other areas, playing football, kicking ball into cars tents. Noise after 9pm still really loud with children from other areas of the site With four small children ( aged 12 months, 2, 6 and 9 )they are usually asleep at 9pm... 10pm noise was still extremely loud with other children causing loud nuisance screaming. Adults / teenagers having partys being loud until mid night No sign of any staff after 8pm even though they live onsite. I was not the only one complaining about these issues I did complain to check in staff

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Lovely only stayed for one night but everyone very friendly…

Overall 10/10
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Zoe M. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Lovely only stayed for one night but everyone very friendly

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All…

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

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: All

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Good…

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

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Good

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Would visit again.

Overall 8/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 8
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 4
Claire B. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: The campsite was very welcoming. Nice to have the shop close by and toilets were kept nice and clean.

Disliked: Our youngest was sick in the night and needed Calpol. We weren’t made aware of any medical support available and would have liked to visit a first aider.

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Clean toilet and shower room…

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Ho Pang W. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Clean toilet and shower room

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rowdy nightmare

Overall 4/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 10
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Spacious and well maintained Shop onsite

Disliked: Noise curfew completely ignored. By numerous groups. Adults getting drunk, letting kids run ragid around other campers. Not control kids. Playing ball games by cars, hitting the cars with cricket balls, frisbees etc No consideration for anyone on camp How a few groups can spoil the experience for hundreds of others. Couldn't sleep due to noise. No staff around to implement the curfew hours People slamming car doors all night I think there should be a "quiet zone area" or something like that, which is something that could be done, as there are four areas. Or staff going around to check. At first I loved it, I soon become to hate it, I packed up and left earlier than planned. I would not return in a hurry When you come on holiday and have a packed day of excursions. good sleep is needed. Moving pitches isn't an option when there are lots of rowdy adults / kids. Dogs running loose Again alot of this is down to other camping groups, the worst being a huge group of 12 tents, around 20 adults and 20 children on area 4.

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Great staff! Great Site!…

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
Lareina F. The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: Great staff! Great Site!

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great staff lovely views clean facilities

Overall 10/10
Location 10
Value for money 10
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 10
Customer service 10
Child friendliness 10
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

Non-electric grass tent or campervan pitch

Liked: great place and very welcoming could not do enough for their guests

Disliked: no driving after dark, understand why but we was late arriving the first day, meaning had to go out for dinner and was worried and panicking about the curfew.

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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

D. of E. 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

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal freezer

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Location

Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre

Lyncombe Drive

Sandford

Somerset

England

BS25 5PQ

Directions

Timezone

Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)

GPS

51.32769°N
-2.81668°W

Nearest transport

Coach
4.9 mi Summer Lane
4.9 mi Summer Lane
6.1 mi Airport Terminal
Rail
4.4 mi Yatton Rail Station
4.5 mi Worle Rail Station
5.6 mi Weston Milton Rail Station
Ferry
7.6 mi Weston-super-Mare Knightstone Harbour
8.3 mi Clevedon Pier
11.9 mi Portishead Pier
Airport
6.1 mi Bristol International Airport
23.1 mi Cardiff 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

Most of your time at this park is sure to be taken up immersing yourself in the outdoor adventures of the Mendip Activity Centre or skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing at the Mendip Snowsport Centre (five minutes’ walk), but there’s also a range of other pursuits to consider while in the area. Set on cycling? Wheel your way along the Strawberry Line (around a 10-minute ride away) – this old railway between Cheddar and Yatton is now a family-friendly path. Make sure to drop by the Thatchers farm (five minutes) at the entry of the trail for sips of some famed cider. Check out the rest of the Mendips too, perhaps while meandering across Cheddar Gorge (15 minutes), Burrington Combe (10 minutes), or the lakes of Blagdon and Chew Valley (20 minutes). Outside of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wander Weston-super-Mare’s seafront and pier while feasting on fish and chips (20 minutes) and give Bristol (half an hour) a little attention – particularly the city’s historic harbour, suspension bridge and SS Great Britain.

Water quality at nearby bathing waters

Name Distance Type 2020 2019 2018 2017
Weston-Super-Mare Sand Bay 6.9 mi Estuary N/A N/A Good Good
Weston Main 7.3 mi Estuary Poor N/A Poor N/A
Weston-Super-Mare Uphill Slipway 7.5 mi Estuary Poor Poor N/A Poor
Clevedon Beach 7.9 mi Estuary N/A Good Good Good
Brean 8.4 mi Estuary N/A Excellent Excellent Excellent

Data source: European Environment Agency

Must see

Cheddar Caves & Gorge 3.9 mi

Wookey Hole Caves & Papermill 9.3 mi

Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve 10.1 mi

Wells Cathedral 11 mi

Brunel's ss Great Britain 12.3 mi

National Trust

King John's Hunting Lodge 2.8 mi

Clevedon Court 7.8 mi

Tyntesfield 8.9 mi

Westbury College Gatehouse 14.4 mi

Blaise Hamlet 14.6 mi

Cycle routes

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

Other

Winscombe 1.1 mi

Winscombe - Barton - Crook Peak - Wavering Down - Winscombe 1.2 mi

Burrington Combe - Rowberrow - Dolebury 2.7 mi

Burrington Combe - Black Down - Rowberrow - Dolebury 2.8 mi

Congresbury 3.1 mi

Local events

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

    Bristol, Greater Bristol 10.2 mi

  • Glastonbury Festival (Wednesday 26 June 2024 – Wednesday 26 June 2024)

    Glastonbury, Somerset 15.3 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.

Want to know more about camping in Somerset?

  • Does Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre? Most of your time at this park is sure to be taken up immersing yourself in the outdoor adventures of the Mendip Activity Centre or skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing at the Mendip … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  2 p.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre? From £20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.