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General

  • Deliberately rustic camping field on an Oxfordshire canalside pig farm
  • Farm shop with sausages, bacon, pork and eggs
  • Catering trailer on site serving breakfast and lunch

If you owned a narrowboat, could there be any more crack(l)ing pastime than pulling up to a farm shop on the historic Oxford Canal to pig out on all things pork? Don’t own a narrowboat just yet? Go the whole hog regardless at The Pig Place near Banbury: the range of pig-based products – and pigs – here might make you squeal.

The Pig Place is a working smallholding and campsite next to the Oxford Canal, complete with farm shop stuffed with prime pig products such as traditional sausages, dry-cured bacon and home-produced pork, all from the farm’s rare pedigree breeds of British Lop and Oxford Sandy and Black pigs.

Buy some along with a clutch of free-range eggs for breakfast, or trot along to the catering trailer for a breakfast or/and lunch of bacon and eggs, sausages, roast pork, stuffing and apple sauce, guaranteed to leave you more pot-bellied than when you arrive. The site received a premises licence in 2017 too, so can now sell alcohol for supping on or off site.

Bring your camera to be on the tail of some smoking hot pics here: piglets regularly run around the site and there are native sheep and lambs, geese, ducks and chickens too.

The grassy camping paddock at The Pig Place sits between the livestock area and the vegetable patches – hang about near your pitch at feeding time for more snaps, or turn your gaze waterwards for photos of narrowboats drawing in to stock up at the farm shop.

Facilities at The Pig Place are basic (one portaloo and no showers), but the owners rightly say the attractions on site more than make up for it: whether casting about at the canal (just adjacent to the farm), racing piglets around the site, or seeing just how many sausages it’s possible for you to feast upon, it's very unlikely you’ll be boar-ed...

Please note

Bookings must not be for more than 6 consecutive nights.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

This site has no on-site shower facilities.

This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on site.


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9.1

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94% would recommend this site to a friend.

92% would stay here again.

 

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The quiet peaceful site nestled next to the canal with ... 07/12/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Cheryl M. Confirmed

  • Electric grass touring caravan pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The quiet peaceful site nestled next to the canal with comfy sofas and fire pits (was way to hot to use them even late at night) and a fabulous bar selling cider at only£2.50 a pint! Loved the laid back approach to life and the live music on the Sat night was a bonus. A secret oasis close to town! The only reason I have not given full marks for facilities is a lack of a shower however this is clearly stated in the write up and not a set back.

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Lesson in customer service needed!! 07/10/2018

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  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The look of the place. Very well kept campsite and looked to have good facilities.

    Disliked: 

    On arrival greeted by the worst reception we have ever received. Immediately had a rude, obnoxious woman barking orders at us and laying out ground rules as if we were children. No warm welcome and the woman was argumentative when we queried some things we read on the website that were misleading. Campfires are allowed but only in a communal area away from the camping field under strict rules, this wasn't clear at the time of booking. Very packed in camping field which again isn't clear on the website. Suffice to say we didn't hang around and we left almost immediately to find a more pleasant place to stay only 20mins up the road where they were more than happy to accommodate us at short notice. As it clearly stated in the rules which were handed to us as soon as we arrived that they don't give refunds, we don't expect to receive one. Such a shame as this campsite could have great potential but it is completely let down by the the woman running it who doesn't seem to understand the basics of good customer service.

From the manager...

This review is extremely inaccurate.
Firstly, I was neither rude nor obnoxious and neither did I bark orders at you – trust me I can be as obnoxious as the next person if I set my mind to it!
Secondly, you didn’t like that I asked you to move your car forward off the drive and onto the car park at the front of the barn – you were blocking the drive so no one else could get by.
Thirdly, you didn’t like that I emphatically refused to accept that you had “paid extra for a canalside pitch” – we don’t have canalside pitches! There is no option on the booking platform you used to pay extra for a canalside pitch. The canalside area is too steep for pitches and is therefore is filled with sofas, firepits and our ‘pop-up’ bar so everyone to enjoy the fabulous view over the Cherwell Valley. We are a very small site, it is a 90 second walk from the furthest part of the tent field to the canal – we just timed it :@)
Fourthly, you didn’t like that we insist that fires are not permitted in the camping field on tinder dry grass next to flammable tents during the hottest driest summer since 1976!
And finally, the camping field was not “packed in”, this would be a fire risk and we are very conscious of risk assessing our site. We do not fill the tent field to capacity as we never know what size tent people are going to bring and we charge the same irrespective of size.
In conclusion, I’m disappointed that you thought me lacking in customer service skills. However, maybe this is because I wouldn’t permit you to do whatever you wished and thereby cause inconvenience to the other people on site :@(

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great site and really friendly atmosphere 07/09/2018

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

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

    Site is very picturesque with lovely views across the canal. The Breakfast was second to none and good value (Oxford Sauce is a must!) The site has a well stocked shop and bar open late, which is perfect for a late night fire, sat on the Firepit Sofas!

    Disliked: 

    There weren't any shower facilities, but well aware of this prior to booking, so wasn't an issue at all!

From the manager...

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay :@)

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Cool place has the essentials 07/08/2018

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

  • Non-electric grass touring pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Cool place has the essentials

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From the manager...

Thank you for contributing to the 'coolness' :@)

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The best 07/08/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Helen W. Confirmed

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

    fab bar, fab pigs, chickens, ducks, whippets and lurchers, food, cooked and farm shop.
    And then there was the amazing mix of people we met, who were staying/ visiting.
    Plus, of course, there are the wonderful people who own/run the whole shooting match.
    It was a perfect chill out zone for a weekend plus we were lucky enough to be there when a travelling theatrical group was making a performance!
    Awesome

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From the manager...

I know who you are!!! And you so totally contribute to the amazing mix of people that we have on site. We really enjoy your company and so do all our other campers, looking forward to you coming back :@)

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Great place with very welcoming hosts. Animals were the bonus 07/02/2018

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    Great place with very welcoming hosts. Animals were the bonus

    Disliked: 

    nothing

From the manager...

Thank you, not sure who enjoyed the pigs more - you or your dog!! :@)

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Sofas on the canal side and fire pits, well stocked ... 07/02/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alex T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    Sofas on the canal side and fire pits, well stocked bar, tasty food and shop with a large selection of supplies. Oh and of course the pigs!!

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From the manager...

Thank you for your review, we hope you will visit again soon :@)

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Everything 07/01/2018

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom steve_g338512 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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

    Everything

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

From the manager...

Woop woop, we've got it spot on. We know you liked it because you came back two days later! Thank you :@)

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Warm welcome - but not suitable for large motorhomes 07/01/2018

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    We got a lovely, very warm welcome when we arrived. The bar in a trailer, the shop and the catering van all looked very enticing and full of goodies.

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    This site is really not suitable for large motorhomes (we are 8m). The grass pitches are incredibly undulating and very sloping. Even with high ramps, we would never have got anywhere near level. All the little campers seemed to be able to perch on top of the undulations. As a result, we didn't feel that we could stay.

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Great fee days away nice people.... enjoyed 06/28/2018

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

  • Electric grass motorhome pitch
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    Fantastic

    Disliked: 

    None

From the manager...

Thank you, hope to see you again :@)

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

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Fishing

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Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

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Takeout

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Adults only

Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Gastronomic delight

Peaceful

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Location

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  • NB Acres, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, OX17 3NU
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 52.0054°N 1.2818°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Banbury: Bus Station Bridge Street — 7.2 kilometres
Caversfield: Skimmingdish La Corner Coach Stop — 13.8 kilometres
Bicester: Bure Place Bus Stand — 14.9 kilometres
Train stations
Kings Sutton Rail Station — 1.8 kilometres
Banbury Rail Station — 6.9 kilometres
Heyford Rail Station — 9.7 kilometres
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 88.3 kilometres
Airports
London Oxford Airport — 19.3 kilometres
Coventry Airport — 42.4 kilometres

Directions


We are six miles from Junction 10 on the M40. Pick up the A43 towards Silverstone then the B4100 for Aynho. Go through the village and continue along the B4100 past two car garages and past the turn to Kings Sutton. 200 yards past the turn is the entrance to a layby shielded from road by trees. The Pig Place entrance is within the layby.

From the other direction - take the Banbury to Oxford road, the A4260. In Adderbury, turn at the traffic lights onto the B4100, Aynho Road, past Katherine House Hospice and Banbury Golf Club. Approximately half a mile from the golf course is the entrance to the layby. The Pig Place is within the layby.

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

The Oxford Canal is the oldest mainline canal in England and has walkies all along its 77-mile towpath (borrow one of The Pig Place dogs to escort you along the route), passing some of the most scenic spots and villages in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. It’s mostly easy hoofing along the whole route with few hills: carve a slice into a day trip or afternoon amble.

Pack a picnic (of bacon sarnies) and go to Banbury four miles away to tackle the modernised towpath walk from Banbury to Cropredy via the newly added glass bridge, waterworks gallery and museum spanning the canal along the way.

If you’re going south to Oxford (and if not, why not?), make time among the spires and museums to trek along the three-mile Oxford Canal Heritage from Hythe Bridge Street to Duke’s Lock on Oxford’s outskirts, or try a portion of the ten-mile part of the Oxford Canal walk to meet the Oxfordshire Way at Kirtlington.

This part of the world is also known for its motorsports, so race along to the only Formula 1 circuit in the UK at Towcester’s Silverstone 20 minutes away and roar around the track in a single seater or Ferrari – or watch how it’s actually done at a Grand Prix event.

Towcester also has a racecourse to see slightly slower competitions at its National Hunt meets between October and May, or, for a very sedate time, spectate around the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames every summer.

Smart shoppers have the covered markets and Westgate Shopping Centre of Oxford, the boutiques of Henley-on-Thames and the Castle Quay Shopping Centre of Banbury all nearby, but if you’re really determined to bag a bargain make for Bicester and the Bicester Village Designer Outlet less than ten miles from The Pig Place, and the Bicester Avenue Home and Garden Centre just behind it.

Historical highlights are also aplenty driving north-west from The Pig Place to mighty and medieval Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon, both easily reachable for day trips.

A day or two at dramatic Stratford-upon-Avon should be on the cards in any hol – especially if the Royal Shakespeare Company are performing Ham-let...

Must see

  • Stowe Landscape Gardens (18.2 kilometres)
  • Blenheim Palace (19.0 kilometres)
  • Silverstone Circuit (19.5 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Farnborough Hall (16.3 kilometres)
  • Stowe Landscape Gardens (17.8 kilometres)

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 –  8 p.m.
Depart:  11:30 a.m.

The Pig Place cancellation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Bookings may be transferred to another date, subject to availability.

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

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. The Pig Place will debit the balance from your card 30 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 30 days 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.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

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

General
Bookings must not be for more than 6 consecutive nights.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

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.

Extras
Motorcycle(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

Vehicles
No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

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

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. between 01/04 and 31/10.

Vehicles
The car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a camper, trailer tent or tent. Cars are not permitted when travelling with a motorhome/RV.

General
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Admission
This is an adults-only site. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed on site.

General
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 8 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Additional terms

Please note that we are ridge and furrow land and chocks may be required. We can also supply wooden blocks to assist with levelling.

We have one portaloo toilet available.

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