The Apple Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon

We love that everywhere we have been this summer has something different to offer. In the case of The Apple Farm it was pigs and the best farm shop ever! Intrigued?! You should be…

The clue is in the name, this site is set in an orchard, with bell tents for the glamping options. There is then a separate field for tent pitches, and one pre-erected bell tent there if you don’t quite want to glamp but can’t be bothered to put your own tent up! (I have definitely got to that stage this year…) The orchard is stunning, and the kids absolutely loved collecting apples to feed to the pigs! Owner Charlotte was very friendly and we chatted whilst our children threw apples at the pigs (sometimes literally, which we did not endorse at all). Don’t worry, pigs were very happy and well fed!

The glamping tents each have a BBQ, fire pit, stove and kettle, and you have your own toilet and shower a short walk away. There are also tables and chairs so you can pack a little more lightly, but make sure you check on their website or with the campsite on what they provide. It isn’t as extensive as some other glamping sites we’ve visited, so you will need to make sure you don’t forget some essentials (such as crockery and cutlery!)

The camping at this site is off grid, on a large field with plenty of space for each camper and mowed out pitches. Again, each pitch has a fire pit, and, at the time of our visit, it’s own portaloo to ensure covid measures were in place. There is a little honesty shop selling firewood and some local produce.

During the times of covid businesses have adapted to reduce contact and remove information packs from accommodation. The Apple Farm have started to use an amazing app, where you can get plenty of information on the site and local area prior to arrival. This was a great touch and may be something we start to see more of. Since we stayed there we have come across the same thing at another glamping site too.

The highlight of our visit to The Apple Farm was spending a good few hours at the Farm Shop, just a 10 minute walk straight from your tent. This place only opened up a couple of years ago, and I am sure it has added a lot of attraction to The Apple Farm too. It is a beautiful, family run Farm Shop, with sustainability at it’s heart, full of ethical and eco friendly products and local food. Plastic free fruit and veggies, a butcher and bakery, even a chocolatier! All you could need when campsite cooking can be found here.  You can even find recycled, sustainable coffee logs for your campfire and eco friendly fireligters at the farm shop. I love finding things that aren’t easily available in supermarkets, or discovering small brands you otherwise wouldn’t have heard of. This shop is full of them, so take your pocket money! You may also want to stock up on some zero waste products whilst you are here if you don’t have a zero waste shop locally.

The Farm Shop is almost a day out in it’s own right, with a great little wooden playground and a cafe serving truly delicious food. We were so lucky to go during the government scheme and be able to feed 4 children so cheaply, because usually this would feel a little bit more of a treat (worth it though!) After lunch we had a little wander around the market garden, helping the children to identify veggies and herbs, which are used in the café kitchen. You might even want to join in with one of their cookery classes! To find out more about this great place go to www.thefarmstratfordshop.com. It is also worth mentioning that there is a very well stocked village shop 2 minutes away which sells all sorts, including some local wines. Between the two shops, you will have no need to visit a supermarket at all during your stay.

Our other little venture out from the campsite was to a local river for a spot of wild swimming. It was a very hot day so it was very busy, but everyone still had a great time. The place had parking and was about a 10 minute drive from the campsite. Look up The Old Bathing Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. Of course, you are also in the perfect location to explore Stratford itself, with its many quaint eateries and shops, rowing boats to hire, butterfly farm and various Shakespeare attractions. A lovely place to visit on a Summers day!

Prices for Apple Farm Glamping are around £100 per night. Camping starts from £15 per night.

For more information and to book this campsite go to www.theapplefarmsnitterfield.com

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