Big Camp time again at Ashridge

Supper at Big Camp Ashridge Herts

Summer is here and with it comes the opportunity to camp overnight on our medieval meadow. Bring your family and friends to one of our two Big Camp weekends.

It's Big Camp time again on the Ashridge Estate

This is our third year of offering visitors a chance to camp on the estate and already we have some 'regulars'.

A brief introduction to Ashridge

For those who don't know, the Ashridge Estate is located in the Chiltern Hill's AONB and is a walkers' paradise. The history of the estate goes back thousands of years and incudes many ancient sites in the Ivinghoe Hills.

There is a wide variety of wildlife here including large herds of fallow deer and you are almost guaranteed to see them if you take an evening stroll in the woods.

Because of the historical importance of large areas of the estate we do not generally allow camping so these two weekends are special occasions when we invite campers to come and enjoy Ashridge.

If you do decide to join us you will be supporting our vital conservation work on this unique estate.

What you need to know

  • Dates: July 22-23; August 12-13 2017
  • Times: Arrival time is from 12 noon on the Saturday and you must be off site by 4pm on the Sunday
  • Toilets: will be available all night including extras for the occasion. Please note that there aren't any shower facilities
  • Activities: These are family occasions and there will be activities to suit everyone
  • Information: You will receive all the above and more before you arrive at the meadow

Prices and booking

The cost of one pitch, which accommodates one tent housing up to four people is £40. Each pitch can take up to eight people but each person over the basic four will be charged at £5 per person. Children under five are free as is one well-behaved dog per pitch. Please note that there can only be one tent on each pitch.

To book please call us on 01442851227, any time between 10 am and 5 pm but preferably not weekends when staff are rarely able to take calls.


Weather permitting, the Bridgewater Monument will be open free for all campers who would like to climb the 172 steps to the top to watch the setting sun - a memorable experience.

Campers watching the sunset from the top of Bridgewater Monument at a previous Big Camp
Campers watching the sunset from the top of the monument at Ashridge Herts

Children will be able to toast marshmallows - always a popular activity - but need to have an adult with them at the time.

There will be lots of family activities such as lantern making and Nature Bingo. You will be able to use the lantern on the late evening Tree Trail. There will be a walk with the rangers on Sunday morning before you leave the camp.

Feeding the family

The Brownlow cafe will be staying open so that you can order food from them if you wish. They cater for vegetarians and vegans and also have some gluten free products. If you would rather cook for yourelves you can bring a camping stove but, unfortunately, we can't have BBQs on the meadow. The cafe will also be open on Sunday from 8 am if you would like one of their renowned breakfasts.

An added bonus

If you're in need of new camping gear or some expert advice on where to start, our official outdoor partner, Cotswold Outdoor, is here to help. Combining their excellent brand knowledge with real world experience, their friendly store staff can offer you first-hand advice about how their products perform - not just what's on the label. Plus, as a National Trust member, you receive a 15% discount*. Show your National Trust membership card in store to use your discount.

To find your nearest store visit:

*Full T&C's apply. Offer expires 31.12.17