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Marwell Activity Centre

8.9
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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 from Thursday through to Sunday. 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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8.9

Overall rating based on 253 reviews

 

91% would recommend this site to a friend.

88% would stay here again.

  61% described as Peaceful ?

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Staff, quad biking and pitches were great. Park and football …09/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

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

    Staff, quad biking and pitches were great. Park and football goals and lovely obstacle course in the woods were amazing

    Disliked: 

    Ridiculously noisy until 3am in the morning in the next field sounded like they were in our tent, be careful if you are a family with young kids as this may not be the venue for you! However staff spoke to said party of people and they were quiet the next night.
    Showers grimey from the afternoon onwards.
    Resteraunt closes very early and limited vegan options
    Horses lovely to see for the kids

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Great place for a trip away09/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomNeil T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    Everything. The place was brilliant. Friendly staff and loads of room!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing.

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Anonymous user

Great site will stay again friendly and great facilities09/16/2020

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  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
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    Very pleasant stay

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Child friendly with lots of play areas, activities and toilets09/16/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomHazel G.Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch
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    Child friendly with lots of play areas, activities and toilets

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We enjoyed our stay and would return, already an eye on the glamping!09/15/2020

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

  • Electric optional grass pitch
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  • Liked: 

    We had booked a mummy and kids trip which we do annually and wanted somewhere the kids could play and explore outside. Great for them to be able to walk through the woods to the obstacle course and park and that we felt they were safe. Plus the ground was great to bang the pegs into, like going through butter. Loved having the fire pit to use for warmth. The toilet block was well thought out with space, curtains and hocks plus the seat.

    Disliked: 

    A little pricy for a pitch

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Safari huts were class and perfect location right next to …09/14/2020

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

  • 3 bedroom safari tent
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    Safari huts were class and perfect location right next to a football pitch and bistro. Loved all the furniture and beds provided. Lots of activities to do during the day. Staff were friendly overall.

    Disliked: 

    Staff wasn’t available as much as we liked. Requested for them to help us with something but took the 5th time asking for them to come over.

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During the current Covid climate there was still enough to …09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJeremy P.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    During the current Covid climate there was still enough to do

    Disliked: 

    Toilets very busy
    Probably could of been managed better in terms of timing slots

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Anonymous user

We loved that the pitches were given ample room, that …09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    We loved that the pitches were given ample room, that the field wasn't overfilled and that there was lots of space for the children to play safely. The fire pit and obstacle course were also a big hit for children and adults alike. The staff were all super friendly and helpful.

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Thank you for such a lovely review. It sounds like you had a fantastic time! hopefully see you again soon. All the best.

Team Marwell

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we will definitely come here back09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomMarcin S.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Electric optional grass pitch (large)
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    very friendly service, great place for children, fishing was great, one of the best campsites we have been to. Thank you for a great weekend.

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Anonymous user

friendly staff and clean facilities. Need more washing up sinks09/14/2020

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Non-electric grass pitch (large)
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  • Liked: 

    Playground for children and activities

    Disliked: 

    Limited washing up facilities

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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 sanitizing 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 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

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Jumbo tent sites

Themes

Peaceful

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

No hot water

No potable water point

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Type

Medium (26-50 sites)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

FHU sites

Gray water hook-up for RVs/trailers

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 — 7.2 kilometres
Winchester: St Catherine's P&R Coach Stop — 7.7 kilometres
Winchester: Town Centre Coach Stops — 8.7 kilometres
Train stations
Shawford Rail Station — 5.4 kilometres
Eastleigh Rail Station — 5.5 kilometres
Hedge End Rail Station — 6.1 kilometres
Ferry ports
Southampton Vehicle Ferry Terminal — 13.5 kilometres
Southampton Passenger Ferry Terminal — 13.6 kilometres
Hamble-le-Rice Ferry Landing — 14.4 kilometres
Airports
Southampton Airport — 7.1 kilometres
Bournemouth International Airport — 45.4 kilometres

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 (8.3 kilometres)
  • Winchester Cathedral (8.8 kilometres)
  • Southampton Maritime Museum (13.4 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Winchester City Mill (8.6 kilometres)
  • Hinton Ampner (10.8 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 –  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 R580,25 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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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.

General
A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leashes 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.

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