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Wild Canvas Camping

· Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, England
25 acres hosted by Serkan C.
5 glamping pitches · 18 motorhome/tent pitches · 2 motorhome pitches
A pop-up campsite on the banks of the River Great Ouse, with workshops, music, good food and a festival vibe

These days, you don’t have to head to the big music festivals to find a campsite with a family-festival atmosphere. You can find it on the banks of the River Great Ouse instead — specifically on the stretch that meanders through the stately parkland of Bedfordshire’s Turvey House Estate. When early August arrives here, so does Wild Canvas Camping. Their pitches and tipis (the same ones you’d see in Glastonbury’s Tipi Field) arrive in this riverside setting and, thanks to a concoction of delicious on-site food, bar, activities for all ages and small-scale DJ sessions, they manage to create a family festival feel — without the festival crowds.

Weekdays on site are quiet and peaceful. At weekends, things ramp up a notch. There's an ever-changing rota of things to do but typical activities include yoga, paddle boarding, kids nature clubs and arts & crafts sessions with impromptu live acts occasionally turning up to entertain too. Some activities are free, others are paid for and you can keep the family fed thanks to the pop-up ‘Riverfront Kitchen’ on site. But, of course, you don't have to take part in anything if you don't want to. You can simply kick back and enjoy the space of the campsite and, of course, an evening around a campfire, which are happily welcomed here provided they're raised off the grass.

The setting itself takes some beating. These riverside meadows have been out of bounds to the public for hundreds of years and wildlife flourishes here. Kingfishers flash past, dragonflies flit across the water and swans glide noiselessly by. The river, which flows languidly along the edge of the campsite, is great for a dip on a hot summer’s day and there are several good footpaths on the doorstep, including the North Bedfordshire Heritage Trail. When the sun's out and the kids are larking around by the river, when it's setting and you're listening to chilled out tunes by the bar or when it's gone to bed and you're enjoying the campfire, you'll be grateful that canvas camping has gone wild in Bedfordshire.

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22 Ratings · 15 reviews
Shea H.recommends
September 4, 2023
Camping Pitch
Festival nights with river by day!
Wild Canvas is absolutely beautiful. We loved the location and the river was blissful- the whole family loved the wild swimming and the splashing about. The bar and music were great too- such a lovely atmosphere. There were a great variety of workshops and activities and we really enjoyed those we got involved in. Disco pilates and family yoga/sound bath were highlights of our whole visit. But some of the activities priced a bit high especially if you have multiple children. The food offering was also a bit of a let down- the main meals were tasty enough and a great variety but weren't really as they were described- 'rotisserie' chicken and hog roast were just bits of bbqd meat. The orders were wrong a few times too. However our main issue was breakfast- the coffee was really overpriced for weak, half cups of foam and the 'pastries' were being unwrapped from Tesco long life plastic wrappers in front of the queue- really disappointing. Perhaps a new caterer should be looked at for next year. There were a couple of organisational things we found frustrating too- the system of wheelbarrows or pay for a lift in the golf buggy is a good idea but there aren't many wheelbarrows and we got forgotten when we asked for the lift- we waited over an hour on checkout day and never got acknowledged. It was a sad end to an otherwise beautiful time. Overall, we loved the experience- it's a beautiful escape with fun and chill in equal parts, just expect to pay a bit on top of the booking!
Claire G.recommends
August 28, 2023
Camping Pitch
Such a beautiful site, with an amazing vibe. Space for gentle ‘adult fun’, and lots of activities for children. The campsite was full, but didn’t feel crowded at all…
Rhiannon M.recommends
August 28, 2022
Camping Pitch
Wild Camping in Bedfordshire
I have already recommended this to friends. A lovely surrounding and set up, which attracted seemingly lovely people and families. It felt like we’d stumbled onto a bit of a gem. Thanks so much for putting this all together and for a wonderful weekend. So lovely this exists. Very well done.
Tim M.recommends
September 2, 2021
Camping Pitch
This is a really interesting idea - mixing up camping with just a hint of festival - adding a touch of spice to the whole thing. Access to the river was a brilliant bonus. Site was clean and well spaced out. Facilities just about enough. I'd definitely go again - hope they come back to the Turvey site next year.
Rachael H.recommends
September 1, 2021
Camping Pitch
We had a great time at Wild Canvas Camping this summer. We camped with our two children (4 & 7), who loved the open space, the wild swimming and all the activities. There was something for the adults too. Would highly recommend the stand up paddle boarding and pizza at the Luna cafe. Really chilled out atmosphere, very safe and kept tidy and clean throughout our stay.
Hannah G.
August 30, 2021
Arrived on my first ever camping trip with my mum and 6 year old daughter. I LOVED this place. So friendly, clean, best pizza I’ve ever eaten. If they do the same next year, we’re in!!!!
Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Serkan C.Joined in July 2020
From the host
A pop-up camping experience with a family-friendly festival spirit, gorgeous Traditional Furnished Tipis, Modern Yurt-Tents, Star Bell Tents and generously-spaced grassy pitches for camping. Wild Canvas takes place from 25 July - 27 August 2024 The camping fields are set in beautiful riverside meadows, bordered by ancient woodland and historic park land. Out of bounds for hundreds of years, the banks along this stretch of the river Ouse have been virtually unvisited by the public, and are still home to vibrant Kingfishers, flashes of dragonflies and a family of swans. Enjoy swimming in the river, kids playing in the long grass, and at night, sitting around camp fires under big open skies. With ample flat and grassy park land, the grounds of Coppey Moor offer comfortable camping along the banks of River Great Ouse, perfect for a cool summer dip. Wild Canvas is a place to experience the freedom of simple living, comfortable yet connected to the elements, a festival spirit, quality local food and drink. On weekends we offer family-friendly workshops, a range of wellness activities and a very gentle summer soundtrack at Wild HQ - our on site bar and court yard. Weekdays are more relaxed, time to really enjoy quiet camping and the natural setting. Workshops and activities program can be seen and booked on our own website; and include Kids Clubs, Yoga, Paddle Boarding, Arts and Crafts and much more.
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Bring bikes to make the most of the area. The relatively flat Ouse Valley provides extensive opportunities for family cycling. In the nearby village of Olney, Emberton Country Park (nine miles away; 01908 252570) has some family-friendly routes around lakes, glades and meadows with cafes and play equipment too. Box End Park (10 miles away; 01234 846222) offers water-based fun on two purpose-built lakes. There's an aqua park playground (suitable for ages six and up) or, for older kids and adults, the opportunity to water ski, wakeboard or enjoy open-water swimming. Woburn Safari Park and Whipsnade Zoos (0344 2251826) are both possible day trips by car (22 and 40 miles from the campsite respectively).

Food and drink

If Wild Canvas is about offering festival-style camping then, of course, that means a bit of festival food too. In Wild HQ there's a pop-up café serving a selection of camping staples and good quality coffee and pastry offering. Plus, there is a bar, where you can sample the local ales to the mellow sounds of Wild Canvas Radio.

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