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Big Foot Glamping and Camping At Tarvin Sands

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General

  • Set in 25 acres of Cheshire countryside
  • Three fishing lakes, on-site café and its own reindeer herd
  • Easy access to Chester Zoo and Delamere Forest

Reindeer! In Cheshire! You'll hold Chester site Big Foot Glamping and Camping At Tarvin Sands deer to your little holiday heart – and here there be fishing too.

But Rudolph and pals first... Big Foot is home to a herd of UK born and raised reindeer, a right friendly bunch who you should be able to see being fed and exercised when they're out and about. They're all part of the Tarvin Sands Reindeer Centre and Fishery, where there's also an information hut, a gift shop, picnic areas, gardens and other animals including kingfishers, water voles and greylag geese.

And now the fishing. Three coarse fishing lakes are on the site, crammed with 30lb fish including carp, bream, roach, tench, chub, perch and rudd; if you want to get competitive, open comps are held every Tuesday and Saturday.

Big Foot is set over 25 acres of Cheshire countryside, with loads of room for kids to play and run around. It has an excellently-kept facilities block with free hot showers and toilets, a washing-up hut and a parent and baby washroom. There's also a café on site, serving hot and cold food from sarnies to full-on fryups.

Please note

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

No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Pets of any type are not allowed at the site under any circumstances as it is a working reindeer farm and the health and wellbeing of the animals is paramount. Guests who arrive with pets will be refused entry.

The family pod is only suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children aged 16 and under. Adult occupancy cannot exceed this number, with no exceptions made.

The campsite operates a closed gate policy between the hours of 8pm and 8am. Strictly no late arrivals or early departures.


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8.8

Overall rating based on 75 reviews

 

89% would recommend this site to a friend.

87% would stay here again.

 
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Excellend site, clean faicilites, helpful and friendly staff 07/25/2017

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    Great Location, easy to get to most places including Chester, Chester Zoo, Shops, Pubs e.t.c.

    Staff have been extremly helpful. The welcome gift is great and they keep topping you up with fire wood. They even asked if we would like to feed the reindeers on site.

    Disliked: 

    Can hear traffic from pods, didnt bother me but could be something that annoys some people.

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Brilliant weekend and will be returning 07/25/2017

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

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly staff who were more then helpful,great onsite cafe,and good overall facilities,will defiantly be returning

    Disliked: 

    Nothing to dislike

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Owner and Staff were fantastic above and beyond expectation. Grounds ... 07/20/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David S. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (couples only)
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  • Liked: 

    Owner and Staff were fantastic above and beyond expectation.
    Grounds and lakes were a perfect setting for relaxing getaway.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent site, faculties and site. Good location. 07/18/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Rhian M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (couples only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Facilities on site were great, staff all very friendly and helpful. Loved the welcome hamper.

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Fantastic site, clean, quiet and friendly 07/18/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom lisa_b139594 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
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    The site was lovely and quiet, had everything you needed, toilet and shower block extremely clean and the staff on site couldn't be more helpful, the reindeerd are lovely and we got to feed them, my little girl was made up
    The little welcome packs and starter wood is a great idea and makes you feel so welcome, bedding is lovely and fresh and pods are so clean.
    The cafe serve lovely food and again lovely and clean

    Disliked: 

    Think the only think it could benefit from in my opinion is just some swings and maybe a slide for the kids but other than that it's excellent

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Loved it.. everything about it! Owners were amazing 07/18/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Stacey F. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
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    Loved it.. everything about it! Owners were amazing

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Lovely stay 07/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom nicholas_d730335 Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (couples only)
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  • Liked: 

    The pods are comfortable, loved the fire pit and having a proper bed. Very reasonable price. Fantastic fishing lakes a couple of minutes away from my pod

    Disliked: 

    Quite a bit of noise from busy Rd which is made clear so really cant moan.

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Good pitch and easy to find. Very friendly staff. Handy ... 07/07/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Lee D. Confirmed

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

    Good pitch and easy to find.
    Very friendly staff.
    Handy to have a cafe on site.
    Toilets and showers very clean.

    Disliked: 

    The noise from the main road.
    The fact that you are locked in between 8pm and 8am, which meant we had to carry our tent and all our gear over a stile and down the road because we wanted to leave early. Why is this a rule?

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Good site with clean facilities and very helpful staff. 07/04/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Alicia S. Confirmed

  • Camping pod (2 adults and 2 children, family)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The pods are well made and spotlessly clean. The bedding is clean and fresh and the site managers are really friendly and helpful. The BBQ and firepit in front of the pods are very useful and there is plenty of room for children to run around in front of the pods and in view. In the morning the children went to see the reindeers and the owners were very kind spending time with the party, showing them the reindeer.

    Disliked: 

    Road noise. Unfortunately, it cannot be helped, there is road noise, however, this was something that we were willing to put up with for the convenience of being close to home for a trip with friends.

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Brilliant stay and very friendly site owner. 06/28/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nicola W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Camping pod (couples only)
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Location
    Pod
    Welcome hamper
    Cafe

    Disliked: 

    Gates close at 8pm think it could be later
    Showers broken

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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

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Camping 2.0

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Jumbo tent sites

Location

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  • Kelsall Road, Tarvin Chester, Cheshire, England, CH3 8NR
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 53.2067°N 2.7498°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Chester Zoo Bus Terminal — 9.6 kilometres
Chester: Bus Exchange — 9.8 kilometres
Ellesmere Port: Bus Station — 12.7 kilometres
Train stations
Mouldsworth Rail Station — 3.0 kilometres
Delamere Rail Station — 6.1 kilometres
Helsby Rail Station — 7.8 kilometres
Ferry ports
Woodside Birkenhead Ferry Terminal — 27.2 kilometres
Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 27.5 kilometres
Liverpool Isle of Man & Dublin Terminal — 27.7 kilometres
Airports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport — 16.2 kilometres
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 — 36.1 kilometres
Manchester Airport — 36.2 kilometres

Directions


Please note that the majority of satnavs will send you to the farm opposite the site.

If you're coming from Manchester, the M6, or Junction 10 of the M56, the site is 100 metres past the farm on your right.

If you're coming from north Wales, Chester or the M53, the site is 100 metres before the farm on your left (in the opposite end of the layby to Cheshire Brick and Slate).

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

Big Foot Glamping and Camping At Tarvin Sands has heaps of room on site to wander around, picnic in and wildlife watch, but if you're here to also see a bit of Cheshire and the northwest, you'll find it's in handy locale for getting out and about. Liverpool, Manchester and north Wales are all within a short drive.

It's a smashing site for kids too, as it's close to famed family attractions like Chester Zoo as well as the kid-friendly fare in nearby Chester: try the Chester ghost hunter trail, the miniature railway at Grosvenor Park and the pools and flumes at Northgate Arena.

The Big Foot team also reckons you should take a look at Blakemere Craft village, the farm animals, play areas and tasty treats of Chester's The Ice Cream Farm, and family adventure play park the Crocky Trail.

Must see

  • Delamere Forest (5.3 kilometres)
  • Chester Zoo (8.8 kilometres)
  • Chester Cathedral (9.6 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Speke Hall, Garden and Estate (16.6 kilometres)
  • Mr Hardman's Photographic Studio (26.1 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:  3 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Depart:  11 a.m.

The campsite operates a closed gate policy between the hours of 8pm and 8am. Strictly no late arrivals or early departures. If you wish to go out in the evening, please speak to reception.

Big Foot Glamping and Camping At Tarvin Sands cancellation policy

No refunds within 1 week of arrival date.

Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

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. Big Foot Glamping and Camping At Tarvin Sands will debit the balance from your card 2 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 2 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

Hired accommodation: £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

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 are nominative and non-transferable.
Bookings must not be for more than 28 consecutive nights.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 4 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: £100 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.

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.

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.

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

Occupancy
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.

Occupancy
Single-sex bookings of 4 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.

General
The bar and/or restaurant is open between 04/01 and 23/12.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors must leave the premises by 8pm.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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

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

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy, a fine of £25 will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

Additional terms

The family pod is only suitable for up to 2 adults and 2 children aged 16 and under. Adult occupancy cannot exceed this number, with no exceptions made.

The campsite operates a closed gate policy between the hours of 8pm and 8am. Strictly no late arrivals or early departures. If you wish to go out in the evening, please let the staff know on arrival.

Anybody wishing to fish must purchase a day ticket from the Bailiff at £7 per day. Day tickets run from 8am to 8pm in the summer or 8am til dusk in the winter months and all anglers must be off their peg by this time. Any campers found to be fishing outside the rules and times will be asked to leave the site. There are no keep nets allowed, fish are not to be kept in a bucket and all fish must be returned to the water immediately.

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