Big Camp at Ashridge

Family camping at Ashridge, Herts

This event has been cancelled. Please check next year for more information about Big Camp. Bring the whole family for a fun-filled night at Ashridge. This is a rare opportunity to pitch your tent in our meadow, surrounded by acres of ancient woodland from Sat 15 - Sun 16 Aug.

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 15 - Sun 16 August 2020
  • Times: Arrival time is from 12 noon on the Saturday and you must be off site by 12 noon on the Sunday
  • Toilets: Available all night including extras for the occasion. Please note that there aren't any shower facilities
  • Activities: There will be a range of activities for families including a craft for kids and a night-time trail.
  • 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. Please leave a message if we're unable to answer the phone and we'll call you back when you can.

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

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.