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Fire and Stars Woodland Camping

· Ibstock, Leicestershire, England
47 acres hosted by Fire & Stars W.
5 tent pitches
Off-lead friendly
Pets can be off-lead at this Hipcamp.
Best in Central England: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
Fire & Stars is a Star Host
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Wild camping in the woods with campfires, starry skies and a pub just across the road

Camping in the woods has always appealed to the wilder kind of camper. There’s something blissfully primitive about bedding down amongst the trees, lighting a campfire and listening to the wind as it rustles through the leaves. We're not blessed with as many forest campsites as those in North America but it makes the ones we do have in the UK very special indeed. Sites like Fire & Stars in Leicestershire’s National Forest, where camping is very much of the back-to-basics kind. And all the better for it.

In fact, there are two ways to camp in this 47-acre stretch of woodland. You can pitch your tent in one of the 21 leafy clearings, each with a stone firepit and ample space to pin out your guy ropes or you can go even wilder and hang a hammock instead, or even build your own shelter for a seriously off-grid experience. Yes, you can come here with nothing but a sleeping bag and a box of matches and craft your very own accommodation out of sticks!

Privately managed in partnership with the National Forest and Forestry England, Fire & Stars is a leafy haven that offers different colours, not just through the seasons, but seemingly at different times of the day, as the sunlight breaks through the canopy on shifting angles. Money generated from the campsite goes into the upkeep of the wood, a heart-warming benefit of camping here. It’s also pretty unsurprising, given there aren’t exactly heaps of facilities to maintain. There are portable toilets dotted around at convenient locations and the pub across the road, The Old Crown Inn, has a small shower block campers can use for a small charge. But there’s little else besides (including mains water, so make sure you bring some bottles or a pre-filled tank with you).

A big part of camping here is about kicking back beside the campfire, climbing trees or building the mother of all homemade shelters. If you do find the time to escape the trees (and the pub), though, there’s a decent bit to do on the doorstep. Families will love Twycross Zoo (four miles), history lovers can ride the Battlefield Line Steam Railway (three miles) and walkers will enjoy striding along sections of the 75-mile-long National Forest Way. Afterwards, back at basecamp, you can rekindle the campfire and rest the feet again. Or start building up your shelter for the night.

Each pitch is extra large to accommodate any size of tent and is ideal for families or groups who wish to get together. Each pitch has its own wild woodland fire pit (an essential part of the wild camping experience). Wood packages can be ordered with your booking so that you can light your campfire under the stars.
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35 Ratings · 32 reviews
Chris L.recommends
March 2, 2024
Woodland Camp Pitch
Great campsite!
Had a great time at Fire & Stars, just stayed the one night and although it rained a lot, it was definitely worth the drive. Site is easy to find, Andy was very welcoming and pretty much gave me choice of pitch. He had the firewood and kindling ready for me. There were a couple of other people camping but couldn't really tell they were there until the fires were lit. Pitches are really spaced apart so you almost feel as if you're wild camping. I'll definitely be returning with my daughter when it warms up a bit.
Daisy M.recommends
February 25, 2024
Woodland Camp Pitch
Magical woodland camping experience
We had the most wonderful time at Fire and Stars campsite. It really does feel like you are in a fairy tale amongst the trees! My partner and I camped with our 3 young children. They loved the car track and climbing trees and toasting marshmallows around the fire! We will definitely be returning in the warmer months. Andy was warm and welcoming and helped with any questions we had. Can’t wait for our next stay!
Luke C.recommends
February 18, 2024
Woodland Camp Pitch
Will be back!
Fantastic camp site in a great location. The owner, Andy, was very helpful and welcoming. Even though the weather wasn't on our side, we'll definitely be back
Joe L.recommends
January 28, 2024
Woodland Camp Pitch
Lots if space between pitches, campfires allowed - what's not to like? :) I plan to return.
Samuel C.recommends
January 14, 2024
Woodland Camp Pitch
Quiet spot, lovely walks and pubs around. Spacious plots easily room for two hammocks and a tipee.
Michaela ?.recommends
October 16, 2023
Woodland Camp Pitch
We had a really lovely time at fire and stars pitched amongst the trees. Andy was super friendly and helpful. It was easy to get to. Being able to have a fire was brill, given the temperatures. Lovely walks to be done in the area, and plenty of pubs to choose from too. We heard tawny owls and the dark starry skies were amazing.
Ibstock, Leicestershire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Fire & Stars W.Joined in August 2020
From the host
Set in the heart of England in National Forest woodlands, Fire & Stars offer a unique woodland camping experience. We offer an opportunity to do camping differently! We have spacious forest floor pitches, set within 47 acres of woodlands creates a unique adventure, away from the usual crowded campsites and caravan parks. Our pitches are spacious and secluded, set out in an area of the woodlands, where you can choose to camp within the woods or out on the open rides. Enjoy a woodland camping experience with your very own private stone fire pit, where you can sit and toast marshmallows, cook, or just relax for the evening. The income generated from Fire & Stars Woodland Camping directly contributes to the management and enhancement of our woods, protecting them for future generations to enjoy. Our guests contribution makes all the difference.
Nearby attractions

Walkers might enjoy parts of the 75-mile-long National Forest Way, which runs between the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire, but if you’re in need of a companion you can find a furry friend at the Alpaca Farm (07870 380013) half a mile from the campsite, where alpaca trekking is possible (though not 75-miles-worth of it). Animal lovers will also enjoy a trip to Twycross Zoo (five miles). The Battlefield Line is the last remaining part of the former Ashby and Nuneaton Joint Railway which was opened in 1873. Shackerstone Station (01827 880754; three miles) is at the northern end of the line, and is the headquarters of the railway with a good museum. It’s five miles to English Heritage-owned Ashby De La Zouch Castle (01530 413343; a tall tower to climb) and around the same to the 17th-century house and garden at Donington Le Heath.

Food and drink

It’s a matter of yards to The Old Crown Inn (01530 270223), a 17th-century coaching inn with a restaurant, garden and play area. They have a petanque court outside and a skittles alley within, plus decent ales on tap (including Sharp's Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor Landlord). For something else, try The Belper Arms (01530 886748; just under a mile), which also has outdoor seating and good food. There are a few small grocery shops nearby, the largest of them being the Co-Op in Measham (two-and-a-half miles).

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