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Camping La Petite Forêt

7.5

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General

  • Green and peaceful park just outside Aire-sur-la-Lys
  • Around an hour from Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Dunkirk and Lille
  • Cycle to Aire then pedal to the Caps Et Marais D'Opale natural park

Brits heading south, travellers heading north... and anyone seeking a scenic space from which to venture out to northern France seaside days, countryside walks and urban sightseeing should give this place some serious consideration.

The Pas-de-Calais site of Camping La Petite Forêt is in a green and peaceful setting an hour from Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Dunkirk and Lille – and under 10 minutes' drive from the highly handsome riverside town of Aire-sur-la-Lys. Yet more? The fab Caps Et Marais D'Opale Natural Regional Park is within 25 minutes to the north west for wanders, beach days and wildlife watching and wanders around the vast forest of Clairmarais.

You're well placed here too if your holiday plotting involves giving the car a holiday as well, as several hiking paths start from Aire-sur-la-Lys, three and a half kilometres away (reachable by foot or bike via the D187 and the Rue de Constantinople). Or cycle into town, then – if your legs are up for it – pedal the 15 or 20 kilometres to Arques or Saint-Omer in the Caps Et Marais D'opale Natural Regional Park for more sightseeing and a richly deserved rich lunch.

Too tiring? Ramble around the colourful Camping La Petite Forêt grounds instead, preferably with a picnic packed using bits from the supermarket a couple of kilometres away. The play area and free wifi can keep kids and teens occupied while you then wrestle with the tongs for the evening barbecue… or you could remain very relaxed indeed and sort dinner from the snack bar open on summer weekends.


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7.5

Overall rating based on 22 reviews

 

77% would recommend this site to a friend.

73% would stay here again.

  85% described as Peaceful ?

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Everything08/01/2020

Reviewer's country: United Kingdombenedict c.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch (backpacker, no cars)
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Anonymous user

pleasant staff and quiet.09/23/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Quite site.

    Disliked: 

    Strange set up - but my fault as I didn’t read the reviews.

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We would come again as a stop over09/16/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    Pitch was a good size and flat, very friendly and helpful onsite as well, was ideally located for the areas we wanted to visited

    Disliked: 

    The shower block was the only thing that let it down, the toilets had no seats and the showers was cold,

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Anonymous user

Well kept site, mainly permanent residents but a great friendly …09/23/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Well kept site, mainly permanent residents but a great friendly place.

    Disliked: 

    No toilet seats

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Adequate site within 1.5 hours of the tunnel. Level pitches …09/09/2019

Reviewer's country: United Kingdomrick e.Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Adequate site within 1.5 hours of the tunnel.
    Level pitches reasonably close to facilities.
    Stayed both on journey out and back for a single night each time.

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Very clean facilities.09/04/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomThomas W.Confirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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    Very clean toilets and showers. Lovely large pitches. Very quiet.

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Peaceful and friendly site.Beautiful area.09/01/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJohn D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • 3 bedroom mobile home
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    Peaceful and friendly site.Beautiful area.

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Disappointing and priced to suggest otherwise.08/29/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    It was clean

    Disliked: 

    Very tight pitch. Lots of people who clearly lived on the campsite which made you feel as if you were getting in the way.

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Ok site but wouldn't return.08/16/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSamantha K.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Clean toilet block, separate washbasin cubicles. Friendly welcome. Convenient location for roadtrip south from Calais.

    Disliked: 

    Site seemed to be mostly permanent residents in run down looking trailer homes. A little intimidating on arrival.

    The picnic bench on our pitch was dangerously in need of repair.

    The worst thing however was the noise! A large French group were drinking, laughing and joking at the tops of their voices till at least 2am (could have been later but I eventually fell asleep) a few metres from our tent. I called reception at 11pm and was told there was nobody on site to help and I should deal with it myself. Which I didn't do because a) I was in my PJ's and b) I'm an English woman and it was a group of rowdy French men, while my husband doesn't speak French. So we did the English thing of hoping they'd stop eventually. I understand the campsite are not to blame for inconsiderate guests, but there seemed to be no policy in place to deal with them.

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Informal relaxed08/03/2019

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
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    Informal relaxed

    Disliked: 

    Showers

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Features

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Peaceful

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Touring and motorhomes

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Location

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  • 16 Rue du Canal, La Lacque, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais, France, 62120
  • Timezone Europe/Paris +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.6331°N 2.4386°E

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Local attractions

An early stop when holidaying here should be the old town of Aire-sur-la-Lys, sitting pretty on both banks of the Lys. Visit on a Friday if at all poss, for the splendid little market on the cobblestones beside the UNESCO-listed belfry tower; after that (and particularly if you've indulged somewhat on market produce), a climb to the top of the tower is in order for views over the town.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is at the Audomarois marshes between Flanders and Artois, the only wetlands in France still cultivated in these modern times. The best way to traverse their waterways is via a bacôve or flat-bottomed boat, bookable on a cruise from Saint-Omer or on a self-guided trip – look out for the smallholdings still producing food among the marshlands.

As well as a look around the museums and memorials of Dunkirk, sightseers in northern France on a World War II remembrance trail should also take time for La Coupole (10 minutes' drive), the war museum inside a huge disused bunker.

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Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  noon
On-site accommodation
Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Camping La Petite Forêt cancellation policy

No refunds within 10 days of arrival date.

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

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Camping La Petite Forêt 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.

Hired accommodation: €200.00 ($362.38) 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.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

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Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • Does Camping La Petite Forêt have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Camping La Petite Forêt dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Camping La Petite Forêt? An early stop when holidaying here should be the old town of Aire-sur-la-Lys, sitting pretty on both banks of the Lys. Visit on a Friday if at all poss, for the splendid … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Camping La Petite Forêt?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  noon –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  noon
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  4 p.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

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

Admission
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 8 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).

Hired accommodation
Hired accommodation: €200.00 ($362.38) 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.

Taxes
Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

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

Vehicles
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Safety
Open fires are prohibited.

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

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.

Dogs
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) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

Vehicles
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

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

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

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

Dogs
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of €50.00 ($91.01) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

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