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Bell Tent Village

· Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
1 acre hosted by Kay T.
7 glamping pitches
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home in nature at some pitches — including real toilets, showers, and kitchen.
Glamping on an established campsite next door to the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham

A little Bell Tent Village has sprung up on a campsite on the watery edge of Nottingham. If you know your geography, you’ll know that Notts is landlocked in the East Midlands, so what do we mean by its watery edge? The area we’re referring to is Holme Pierrepoint, south-east of the city, where the River Trent feeds the National Watersports Centre’s 2,000-metre regatta lake and its purpose-built white-water course. It’s all part of the 270-acre Holme Pierrepoint Country Park. Just four miles from the historic city centre, it’s an easy getaway for people wanting to escape the city but equally handy for anyone hoping to explore it.

The big draw, of course, are the range of water-based activities available just a ten-minute walk from your tent. Available on weekends and throughout the school holidays, there’s white water rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding and an inflatable assault course that’s a firm family favourite. But make sure you book in advance as this place is incredibly popular. And when you’ve had enough of getting wet, there are on-land activities too: archery tag, a sky trail (of rope walks and daredevil swings) as well as the more sedate mini golf course.

The Bell Tent Village at Holme Pierrepoint is within the larger campsite but kept slightly separate by a young laurel tree border. That means that once you’ve entered under its wooden archway entrance, there’s no setting up of tents: everyone here is a glamper and staying in one of the pre-pitched tents. And despite the name of the place, there’s actually a choice between bells and safari tents, with the latter offering more space to spread out and beds for up to six. The glamping enclave has 10 pitches in total with a communal campfire pit that’s available for all to use and a bit of its own space to run around.

It’s a pleasant place to bed down in, thanks to the spacious tents and the relaxed atmosphere on site. All are welcome here but it’s more than likely families and groups who will enjoy it the most, with the range of activities seemingly designed to stop boredom before it begins. And if the almost-on-site activities aren’t quite enough, or if the rain sets in, there’s always the city just a few miles away with its castle, caves, historic pubs, shops and restaurants.

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7 Ratings · 3 reviews
Katie A.recommends
August 15, 2023
Apartment Living
Hen party in the bell tent!
Incredible stay at the apartment bell tent! Our host Kay was very helpful in the lead up to the event, went above and beyond to make the tent look welcoming for our hen party too. The beds were comfy with plenty of space to socialise inside and out of the tent. The toilets were clean and convenient. So impressed with the whole booking and would highly recommend anyone who is thinking of staying here. Thanks Kay!
Becky J.recommends
August 31, 2022
Deluxe Living - 33a2
Cute & cosy glamping
The Bell tents and their area was very cute with bunting, low lighting, fire pit area and wild grass areas between tents. The interior was cosy and comfortable with lights, small tables, tea & coffee making facilities plus small heater (that worked a treat!). Could have done with some seating outside the tent but luckily we had brought our own chairs. Also there was a few mix ups with the bookings for us & all the other people staying that night but all got sorted pretty quickly and efficiently.
Shantal P.recommends
August 7, 2022
Deluxe Living - 33a2
Cute little stay
The tent was decorated really nicely and the fire pit was a great addition and we toasted marshmallows on there. The only thing I would say to improve would be to have a clearer direction as to where bell tent village was.
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Kay T.Joined in January 2022
From the host
Nestled within the home of the National Water Sports Centre you will find our serene location. You will be pleasantly surprised by how close the tranquil area is to all the local Nottingham attractions, with the Nottingham Castle only 3.5km away. The country park itself cascades over 270 acres of land and water, allowing for miles of unspoiled walks in nature. Relax in a touch of luxury which will rival any hotel room, with the added bonus of being surrounded by the great outdoors. Take the hassle out of camping in our fully furnished home in nature and unwind in style. Nestled in the middle of an 18 acre campsite at the Holme Pierrepont country park, close to Nottingham city central amenities makes this a perfect location for a family getaway, the site has an abundance of activities which are available Saturday and Sunday’s or seven days a week during the school holidays. Experience an exciting day out for couples, families, and groups. Holme Pierrepont Country Park is an ideal location for adrenaline-pumping activities through to family-friendly fun, nestled amongst 270 acres of beautiful parkland.If you don’t fancy plunging into the foamy depths of the white water course, why not tackle the Outdoor Adventure Zone, here you will find the Sky Trail, Miniature Golf,  play park, archery tag, country walks, and wild nature areas.
Nearby attractions

The campsite is within Holme Pierrepont Country Park which is also home to the National Water Sports Centre. The facilities are a ten-minute walk away and there are plenty of activities (weekends and school holidays only), including white water rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding and an inflatable wipe-out style obstacle course. On dry land there's mini golf, archery tag and a sky trail. The 270-acre country park is great for walking, cycling and jogging too. Nottingham's famous Trent Bridge cricket ground and Nottingham Forest football ground are both within three miles and the city centre is four miles away. There, you can visit Nottingham Castle, explore the underground network of tunnels at the City of Caves (0115 952 0555) and visit the city's galleries, museums and shops.

Food and drink

The Gamston Lock (0115 998 9507) is a mile-and-a-half from site, walkable and 20 minutes or a five-minute drive away. You will also find The Lady Bay (0115 981 1228) pub and The Poppy and Pint (0115 981 9995) within two miles of site. The city itself is only four miles away with plenty of options for eating and drinking out including Yamas (0115 950 1000) which offers Greek tapas and Piccolinos (0115 947 2169) a recommended Italian restaurant with an amazing ambiance.

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