Days out

Pop-up camping

Make the most of the summer and sleep under the stars

Carole Elgueta


Carole Elgueta



National Trust camping sites

his summer the National Trust in London and the South-East is hosting the Big Camp, offering a unique opportunity to camp somewhere truly special. Limited to a few weekends in high summer, or even for one night only, you can take your pick and stay by a river at one of England’s finest arboretums, for instance, in the grounds of Rudyard Kipling’s former home, or wake up in front of the mansion at a Downton Abbey film location in Basildon Park.

The long days of summer are the perfect time to experience one of the National Trust’s 23 camping locations, many of which offer food, live music and marshmallow toasting around a campfire. With each special location putting on its own events there is something for everyone – from den building and woodland craft-making to star-gazing and story-telling.

Some are hosting sporting activities, tours of the garden and you can take part in dragonfly and bat hunts. Make the most of the summer by taking part in the Big Camp, for an experience you’ll remember forever at some of the country’s most special places and breathtaking landscapes:

Basildon Park Big

Camping weekend.

Saturday, July 18, 5pm. Bring your tent, a packed dinner and set up camp. Toast marshmallows after a night walk. Breakfast is included. Cost: Adult £35, Child £20, family £95. Contact: (0844) 249 1895 nationaltrust.org.uk/basildon-park/

Ashridge Estate B

Big Camp

July 18 to 19. Your chance to camp on the Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns. Cost: £20 per pitch Contact: 01442 851227 nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate/


Big camping weekend

July 17 to 19. Two nights camping by the Temple of Friendship, with activities. Cost: Adult £37.50, child £12.50 Contact: 0844 249 1895 nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe/ Family camping Up to August 30. Overnight camping at the New Inn. Pitches and facilities provided. Cost: £25 Adult, £5 child per night Contact: 0845 257 2267 www.emberscamping.co.uk

West Wycombe

Park Summer solstice Big Camp

Saturday, June 20, 5pm. A family night out under canvas. Storytelling, campfires, star-gazing. Wake up to the earliest dawn chorus of the year. Cost: Adult £30, child £20 Contact: (0844) 249 1895 nationaltrust.org.uk/west-wycombe-park-village-and-hill/


Family camping with moths and moonlight

July 10-11, 11-12, 17-18, 18-19, 4pm-11.30am. Join National Trust rangers for a special overnight camp in the woods. Cost: Adult £25, child £15 Contact: (0844) 249 1895 nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden/

The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

Big camp weekend

Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, July 19. Overnight camp and family activities by the River Thames. Cost: Adult £20, child £10, under-5s £5 Contact: (01793) 762209 nationaltrust.org.uk/buscot-coleshill-estates/

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