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Marwell Activity Centre

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General

  • Lakeside site on the edge of the South Downs National Park
  • A 15-minute drive from central Winchester; 1.5 miles from Marwell Zoo
  • Fishing, archery, quad biking and other adventure sports

Lions, tigers and bokibokies await in these handsome Hampshire surrounds – taking the kids to see Marwell Zoo's multitude of beasts is likely to make for some very happy hols indeed. Marwell Activity Centre is within walking distance of this much-loved menagerie and is home to plenty of adventurous action in its own right – head here if you like the sound of oodles of outdoor activities in a pretty lakeside setting.

The team at Marwell Activity Centre have been instructing for more than 25 years so they're well qualified to help you try out sports like archery, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting.

The site lake has a total of nine swims available for anglers (mega-sized carp can be found in its waters, including whoppers weighing up to 45 pounds). Surrounded as it is by trees, it also looks pretty fine (especially at sundown) and is a popular spot with local wildlife.

Marwell Activity Centre has strong all-round facilities, including toilets, showers and wifi. There's also an on-site bistro restaurant that serves up nourishing meals seven days a week. You can set up a barbecue and cook your own grub, too (stock up on fresh meat and veg 15 minutes' drive away at Westlands Farm Shop).

Please note

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

Facilities/activities including fishing, archery, junior quad biking, obstacle course, clay pigeon shooting, aerial adventure are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

The bar is open between 15/07 and 01/11.


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9

Overall rating based on 272 reviews

 

92% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

  62% described as Peaceful ?

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Take your own BBQs09/22/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomLaura H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Obstacle course in woodland

    Disliked: 

    The fire pits are not easily available which isn’t advised at the time of booking - had to go out and buy bbqs to cook on which wasn’t a good start, they should either ensure they have enough for every pitch per night or atleast advise of this situation before you come as it wasn’t mentioned to us so having to leave the campsite to go and buy one wasn’t ideal!!!

From the manager...

Good afternoon Laura H. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. When allocating fire pits, as with all of our facilities here at Marwell we operate on a first come first serve basis as we find this the only fair way to do things. With over 70 pitches on site it would cost a great deal to buy enough fire pits for every pitch and knowing that only around 60% of pitches use them that is money we simply don't have in these difficult times, as im sure you can appreciate. Our experience this year has been that people relying on our fire pit to cook generally ring in advance to check that they would get one, at which point we would notify them of our first come first serve policy. I can only apologise that you missed out this time!

I am very dissappointed to see your rating of 2/5 for our customer service as this is something we usually excel at. I only wish you had given more detail as to why you rated us so low so we could have looked at the problem and learnt for the future. Also sad to see you wont be visiting again but very glad to see you would recommend to friends, even though this confuses me. All the best.

Team Marwell

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A busy, family friendly site with lots of space. M09/22/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdommark r.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Space. Setting (adjacent woodland). Lots to explore and do. Fire pits allowed and available to hire (with wood provided). Bistro onsite. Friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Poor provision for chemical loo emptying / cleaning. Limited activities available / book able.

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Excellent site , welcoming , friendly staff , clean facilities.09/22/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location , cleanliness , Bistro food

    Disliked: 

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Look forward to returning09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKatherine N.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Setup and facilities

    Disliked: 

    Shower rooms could have been slightly cleaner

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I stayed at the camp as solo biker. I did …09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAyman W.Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I stayed at the camp as solo biker.
    I did really enjoy the site, The grounds, the location, the lake walks near by...
    Will definitely be back to revisit and spend more time.

    Thank for the team and the friendly conversation from fellow bikers on site :-)

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thank you for your lovely review. Bikers are most welcome at Marwell, the owner and I both being bikers ourselves. Glad you had a nice stay and hopefully we see you again in the near future. Ride safe.

Team Marwell

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Excellent site, family friendly09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

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

    Friendly welcome,
    Clean and tidy facilities, toilets and showers.
    Spacious pitches,
    Good selection of activities for weekend / long term camping.
    Wood available for firepits.
    Friendly campers

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Fabulous site, great staff, clean and lots to do09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKay H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The friendliness of all staff, cleanliness and things to do.
    Our special request was taken into account and from the very first impression we were won over.
    Will definitely be coming back!

    Disliked: 

From the manager...

Thank you so much for your kind review. I love the pics, it looks like you had a fabulous time! looking forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best.

Team Marwell

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Amazing site. Variety of activities. Superb staff. Clean facilities09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomRahman H.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing. Maybe I would suggest having a shop on site (there is in the bistro but very limited)

From the manager...

Thank you very much for your review. Sounds like you had a fantastic time, and so glad to hear you loved our superb staff. A bigger and better shop is definitely a valid point and something we will work on for next year. Thank you so so much for coming to stay with us, hopefully see you again soon. All the best.

Team Marwell

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Great weekend away09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomEmma W.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Playground
    Trampolines
    Activity centre
    Allowed fire pits
    Friendly staff

    Disliked: 

    Noisy horse!!!

From the manager...

Thank you for your review Emma! I know exactly whcih horse you are referring to as i was working that day. he is not usually that noisy, I think they took his paddock mate away for the day which obviously upset him, I can only apologise! Im glad you had a nice stay, hopefully see you again soon. All the best.

Team Marwell

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Anonymous user

Nice site with good facilities. Loads to do for the kids.09/21/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Good size pitches. Amazing assault course which the kids liked. Nice bistro.

    Disliked: 

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Features

Coronavirus

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Extra spacing in seated areas

Extra toilet/shower facilities available

Hand sanitising stations

Individual rooms in toilet/shower/basin facilities

Masks/gloves available

Meal delivery to unit/pitch/outdoor seated area

More frequent emptying of bins

One-way flow for entering/leaving buildings

Removal of soft furnishings (e.g. decorative cushions)

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

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

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent pitches

Themes

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Communal fridge

Gas cylinders available

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Location

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  • Hurst Lane, Owslebury, Hampshire, England, SO21 1EZ
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.9857°N 1.2767°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Southampton Airport Parkway: Megabusplus — 4.5 miles
Winchester: St Catherine's P&R Coach Stop — 4.8 miles
Winchester: Town Centre Coach Stops — 5.4 miles
Train stations
Shawford Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Eastleigh Rail Station — 3.4 miles
Hedge End Rail Station — 3.8 miles
Ferry ports
Southampton Vehicle Ferry Terminal — 8.4 miles
Southampton Passenger Ferry Terminal — 8.4 miles
Hamble-le-Rice Ferry Landing — 9.0 miles
Airports
Southampton Airport — 4.4 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 28.2 miles

Directions


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

Marwell Zoo (five minutes' drive) has over 140 different species to admire – you can also leave the car back at base and stroll over (about 20 minutes) for a pedestrian safari. Paultons Park (25 minutes' drive) is another perennial fave for family-oriented days out – here you can meet Peppa Pig, crash down log flumes or opt for wanders through a dinosaur-filled forest.

The South Downs National Park has some truly splendid hiking trails, including the 100-mile-long South Downs Way (the trail starts 15 minutes down the road in Winchester). Mountain bikers also have plenty to choose from around these parts – an exhilarating bike track through the woods is on hand in the nearby village of Bishopstoke (10 minutes).

The gorgeous New Forest National Park (25 minutes) is also within easy reach, and one of the best ways to get around is by open-top tour bus. There are three routes to choose from – it all comes down to whether you prefer vistas of heather-covered heathland or coastal explores. Speaking of the sea, beaches like Lepe and Highcliffe Castle (both 40 minutes) are very much worth the journey (make sure to pack jelly shoes and a towel if at all tempted).

Must see

  • INTECH Science Centre & Planetarium (5.1 miles)
  • Winchester Cathedral (5.5 miles)
  • Southampton Maritime Museum (8.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Winchester City Mill (5.4 miles)
  • Hinton Ampner (6.7 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:  noon –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Marwell Activity Centre cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted on the park

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Marwell Activity Centre have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Marwell Activity Centre dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Marwell Activity Centre? Marwell Zoo (five minutes' drive) has over 140 different species to admire – you can also leave the car back at base and stroll over (about 20 minutes) for a pedestrian safari. … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Marwell Activity Centre?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  9 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Marwell Activity Centre? From €30.04 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

Extras
Facilities/activities including fishing, archery, junior quad biking, obstacle course, clay pigeon shooting, aerial adventure are subject to extra charges payable on arrival.

General
The bar is open between 15/07 and 01/11.
The fishing lakes are stocked with carp.

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

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

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