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  • Pop-up glamping site in the 200-acre grounds of Kelmarsh Hall
  • Festival-style setup with live music and activities for all ages
  • Café and vintage bus bar on site, plus food deliveries to pitches

Missed out on the festival experience you had planned for 2020? Fear not – the festival spirit is alive and well at Carry on Kelmarsh, a pop-up site with pre-pitched tents in the grounds of Northamptonshire’s Kelmarsh Hall (a rather splendid country estate 25 minutes’ drive from Northampton).

Everything here has been set up to make life safe and straightforward: tents are each pitched in a space of at least 10x10 metres, with a private toilet for each one. Beyond the pitching area there’s plenty of scope to stretch your legs around the estate’s 200 acres of lakes, woodland and formal gardens (with fishing on site and lots of wildlife to spot).

And what of that festival vibe? Well, the folk that run this site have tons of experience in that side of things – they’d usually be organising such shindigs as Shambala Festival and Starry Skies but for 2020 they’ve clubbed together with various other suppliers who’ve had events cancelled to pull together a Covid-safe gathering covering all sorts of activities and services.

What that means for guests is an on-site café, a bar in a vintage bus, wood-fired pizzas and cool drinks delivered to your tent, lawn games to borrow and a music programme with live acoustic sessions and music-themed yoga and dance sessions.

On top of that little lot is a fab programme of socially distanced activities for grownups and kids alike, including Vinyasa yoga sessions, art and craft classes, human table football, quizzes, dance classes and a proper sports day (you know, sock wrestling, egg throwing, races and the like…)

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24+ hour ventilation between accommodation guests

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: one group at a time

Dedicated toilet facility per glamping unit

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Extra spacing in seated areas

Hand sanitising stations

Individual rooms in toilet/shower/basin facilities

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

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

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Bell tents

Pre-erected tents

Tipis, yurts, or wigwams


Lake and/or mountain



Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby


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  • Kelmarsh Hall Event Site, Kelmarsh, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 9NA
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.4082°N 0.9229°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Kelmarsh: Harborough Road Crossroads Coach Stop — 0.2 miles
Maidwell (Northants): Stags Head PH Coach Stop — 1.7 miles
Great Oxendon: Harborough Road Coach Stop — 2.4 miles
Train stations
Market Harborough Rail Station — 5.0 miles
Kettering Rail Station — 8.2 miles
Long Buckby Rail Station — 10.5 miles
Ferry ports
West Lynn Ferry Landing — 60.3 miles
Coventry Airport — 23.5 miles


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

You may not find much time to get out and about what with all the antics on site, but the folk here do have a few ideas up their sleeves if you fancy popping out for a bit. Closest is Kelmarsh Tunnels, a mile away – it’s part of the Brampton Way bike path, which runs along an old railway line and is a top spot for a cycle or stroll.

Other locations for a walk nearby include the reservoirs at Welford, Thorpe Malsor and Sulby, or the historic Foxton Locks, which has Britain’s longest set of staircase locks and dates back over 200 years. All these are less than 15 minutes’ drive away.

To take in a bit more of the area’s history, stop by at Naseby Battlefield (five minutes’ drive) or board a steam train for a ride on the Northampton & Lamport Railway (15 minutes). If you’d rather stick to the open-air pursuits, there’s golf five minutes away in Market Harborough and horse riding 15 minutes away in Church Brampton.

Must see

  • Foxton Locks (6.8 miles)
  • Althorp (9.5 miles)
  • Rockingham Castle (11.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Lyveden New Bield (15.9 miles)
  • Canons Ashby (20.4 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.

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    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

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

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Changes cannot be made once you have booked.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.

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.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

No hen/stag parties permitted via

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between 01/08 and 31/08.

Arrivals and departures
The site will send you further check-in information 7 day(s) before your arrival.

This site does have a catch-and-return fishing policy in place.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors are not permitted on site.

You'll need an Environment Agency rod licence (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

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