Wowo on Wapsbourne Manor Farm specialises in family fun and activities: the shop is filled with low-food-mileage produce, from seasonal farm grown veg to Paynes pure English honey and The Sussex Kitchen’s award-winning artisan bread. Street food pop-ups include Curry Love (think Punjabi masala, lentil samosas and smoky pineapple pickle) on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Pizza Cuchina on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Campfires are encouraged in the fire pits provided. Yurts from £96 per night, minimum two-night stay.
Wapsbourne Manor Farm, Sheffield Park, Uckfield TN22 3QT; 01825 723414; wowo.co.uk
Bodiam Boating Station, Kent
Vanessa Ferrett and Alex Bolton have run a campsite alongside the Lime Wharf Café restaurant and Bodiam Boating Station (which offers kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboard hire, as well as river cruises to Bodiam Castle) for eight years. Lime Wharf Café usually has 60 seats inside and 100 seats outside; the food they serve is seasonal, and there are Spanish influences. They sell Brindisa Spanish produce, and usually run a selection of paella courses and tapas evenings. Plus, there are barbecues in the outdoor kitchen and cocktail bar. Social distancing measures have been put in place; Ferrett says that boat and camping bookings are up tenfold so far this year. There are 25 pitches on the 1.5-acre plot in the High Weald AONB; £30 per pitch per night.
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The Cud Life, Yorkshire
A member of Farm Stay UK (which specialises in glamping and B&B accommodation on farms; farmstay.co.uk), The Cud Life is five minutes from Harrogate, and has two self-catering cottages and a campsite, open all year. The on-site Cookshop (which specialises in food gifts and cookware; cookingfantastic.co.uk) also sells milk, Kendall’s Farm Butchers meat and KD Fruiterers fruit and veg for campfire cookery. £20 per pitch, per night in high season and £15 per night November-April.
The Cud Life, Ripon Rd, Killinghall, Harrogate HG3 2AU; 01423 565855; thecudlife.co.uk
Syke Farm, Cumbria
Proximity to the picture-perfect village of Buttermere and the tranquil old corn mill town of Millbeck is a draw for those who stay at this quiet, relaxed Lake District campsite, as of course are lakes, mountains and walks – but so is the famed Buttermere Ayrshire’s ice cream, served in the Syke Farm Tearoom and prepared fresh each day with milk from the farm’s herd of Ayrshire cows. The tea room also offers a “Campers Full English Breakfast” from £5. Adult pitches from £8 per night.
Syke Farm Cottage, Buttermere, Cockermouth CA13 9XA; 017687 70222; sykefarmcampsite.com
Low Sizergh Barn, Cumbria
Low Sizergh Barn is one of the best-known farm shops in Cumbria, and has just opened a campsite on the 341-acre organic farm – new for 2020. Those who stay at the family-run caravan and campsite can enjoy raw milk from the raw milk vending machine straight from the herd of dairy herd of Holsteins, Swedish Reds and Montbeliardes.
Stock up on free-range eggs with rich yellow yolks, and cheeses made with milk from the herd by Chris Sandham of Rostock Dairy: Kendal Creamy and Kendal Crumbly, raid the deli counter for a picnic provisions and relax over a breakfast of Cumberland sausages in the café. There are 10 pitches for tents, five for caravan pitches and a luxury wooden camping pod, which sleeps four. Camping pitches from £15pp per night.
Low Sizergh Farm Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE; 01539 560426; lowsizerghbarn.co.uk
Peake’s Retreats, Staffordshire
The Mongolian yurts at Peake’s Retreats in Staffordshire offer hot tubs, a picnic area and bar, while the “Finnish BBQ hut” is stocked with a selection of barbecue items supplied to order, direct from the award-winning Denstone Hall Farm Shop nearby (denstonehall.co.uk). The yurts sleep up to six guests, and each has a fire pit and cooking tripod outside, and a portable barbecue available for outdoor use – and a wood-burning stove inside, for heat and for cooking on colder nights. From £140 per night based on two adults sharing, July-October.
Gate Farm, Hanbury Road, Anslow, Burton upon Trent DE13 9QT; 07725 403070; peakesretreats.co.uk
Dale Farm Rural Campsite, Derbyshire
This campsite and working farm nestled in the Peak District’s Great Longstone has fire pits available to rent, while the on-site farm shop sells the farm’s beef, hogget and pork, along with home-made cakes, eggs, firewood and kindling. There are two pubs within easy walking distance: The Crispin Inn and The White Lion.
Moor Road, Great Longstone, Bakewell DE45 1UA; 0333 050 3440; dale.farm