Big Camp at Ashridge

Supper at Big Camp Ashridge Herts

This event was in 2019 and is now finished. Check again in 2020 for details of our next Big Camp. Summer is here and with it comes the opportunity to camp overnight on our medieval meadow. Bring your family and friends to our Big Camp weekend on Sat 17 - Sun 18 August.

It's Big Camp time again on the Ashridge Estate

We're offering visitors a chance to camp on the estate again this year. This popular event is great for families looking to immerse themselves in nature while taking part in a number of fun activities.

A brief introduction to Ashridge

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 this weekend is a special occasion 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: Sat 17 - Sun 18 August 2019
  • Times: Arrival time is from 12 noon on the Saturday and you must be off site by 3pm 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 £50. Each pitch can take up to eight people but there is a charge of £5 for each additional person once the number of people using the pitch has exceeded four. 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 01442 851227, any time between 10am and 5pm but preferably not weekends when staff are busy manning the visitor centre and sometimes unable 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  - 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
Campers watching the sunset from the top of Bridgewater Monument at a previous Big Camp

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

We're also planning other special family-friendly activities for the day. Details will be sent out to campers closer to the time.

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 yourselves 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 8am if you would like one of their renowned breakfasts.