Stonehenge Campsite is somewhere that had winked at me for a while, but its popularity has meant it was always fully booked so we hadn’t had the chance.
We regularly drive between Leicestershire and Dorset to visit family, so usually look for somewhere to stay for a break in the drive or to explore somewhere along the way.
We’ve enjoyed Airbnbs, staying in some beautiful wooden pods, eco sheds and shepherd’s huts, depending on which route we take and the time we have to explore the areas, but I’d not yet found “the one”, until now.
Stonehenge Campsite is a family-run, award-winning, family-friendly campsite, open all year round, surrounded by stunning scenery and with all the facilities you could need for an amazing stay.
The warden told me that as soon as lockdown lifting was announced, they were booked up the entire summer – fantastic news considering what a difficult year it has been.
We were heading again in October to Dorset, so finding a last-minute slot on the campsite made me super excited, and I booked straight away.
Campsites are great in autumn anyway – so much quieter and so beautiful to explore, so we couldn’t wait to head to Stonehenge Campsite.
Stonehenge Campsite is situated just off the main A303 which leads past Stonehenge itself. It is so well signposted and is just 5 minutes down the road from Stonehenge, as well as a great base for exploring Salisbury, Bath, Longleat, the New Forest and more.
We had driven through drizzle and cloud all the way, however as we drove down the A303 at around 6pm on an October evening, the sun broke through the clouds and left a golden glow across Stonehenge as we passed it on our right, making it to the campsite for the most beautiful of sunsets across the countryside.
Check in is between 3pm and 8pm, however the team ask you to call them if you arrive after 6pm. We arrived at the family-run campsite at around 6pm, in time to be greeted by such a friendly member of staff.
She showed us the facilities and then led us to our pod. The reception is in the campsite shop, a wooden lodge filled with camping essentials, toys, basics as well as the fresh scent of croissants in the mornings too! If you have forgotten anything, they are likely to have it in the shop.
The staff were also so friendly and welcoming – Lily was more than happy to chat away to them, and we were given all the information we needed for our stay.
After such a long drive and being solo with a young child, we felt instantly safe and welcome on the campsite, which was just what we needed – we felt so at home!
We booked in mid-October to stay in the Festival Pod. I wouldn’t usually mind taking the tent any time of year, but for this journey we just didn’t have the room in the car to take it, especially just for one night, so we were looking for something simple but homely for the night.
For just £40 for the night including electricity, the Festival Pod was a great alternative as it wasn’t much more than an electric pitch on some campsites, but still gave you a basic roof over your head.
Although the Festival Pod inside isn’t your typical luxury when some think of “glamping”, it was just perfect for us. Despite being no different in size to a wooden wendy house (I couldn’t fully stand up but could sit up on the bed), the Festival Pod had its own homely feel thanks to its sweet little touches, such as campervan curtains, little round windows, fairy lights and flags. Lily was in awe!
It had its own little gate leading up to the pod, and was surrounded by its own little fenced off garden, with picnic bench and fire place. There is no heating, but we were so cosy with our blankets.
Being autumn, the surrounding trees were stunning colours, the same yellows and oranges of the flags on the pod, making it feel so welcoming. I couldn’t help but smile.
You can park just behind the fence, so it was easy to pass all your things over the fence, rather than having to walk all the way round.
With the festival pod being basic and containing just two simple wooden beds, we took all our standard camping kit that we would in the tent – sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, cooking items, kettle, washing up bowl, cups/bowls etc.
Aside from the bedding, everything lives in my camping box anyway, so it was nice and easy to bring along – just with a few extra blankets and layers being October!
We both slept so well as it was just so quiet on the campsite, plus with being just me and Lily, it is important to feel safe, otherwise I’m awake most of the night! We could not have felt safer – it was just perfect for us and Lily could not have been more excited.
The toilets and showers
The main heated toilet and shower block is right across the path from the Festival Pod and at the bottom of the Meadow Field. I have genuinely never seen such beautiful facilities and was wowed by their main toilet block.
With Covid measures in place, only one family is allowed in at one time, with an “in use” sign at the entrance and sanitiser before you go in, making it feel even cleaner as you had it to yourself too.
There were plenty of clean places to put your things on while you wash (unique as many campsites are wet by the sinks with nowhere to put things!), a baby changing table if needed, mirrors, and cleaning materials to clean up. They were pristine, warm and we felt so safe with the measures in place.
To the side, there is also a separate little toilet and shower, which Lily fell in love with thanks to the cow seat!
There are also showers and portaloos available in the main fields.
The kitchen is just beautiful – nestled among the trees, surrounded by nature but still with everything you need, including sinks, fridge, microwave and more.
There are separate sinks and signs to remind people to stay apart, however everyone who was staying there was just so friendly anyway and clearly respected the rules.
Even the recycling and bin areas were beautiful, surrounded by trees and kept perfectly tidy, with a clear one-way system.
The campsite welcomes families, dogs and groups, in tents, campervans, VWs, and motorhomes, with various options with/without electric, as well as a choice of fields depending on what you’re looking for.
Hardstanding pitches are available in the bottom part of the campsite, each bordered by their own hedge to make you feel like you have your own private area. Each have electric hookups included and their own picnic bench too.
The Meadow Field overlooks the village church and has large spaces with electric hookups for tents and campervans.
The campfire field has two large campfires available to hire for large groups as well as picnic benches for campers to use for their stay.
There are 15 electric hookups around the field with space for families to play in the middle.
Alongside the camping options are also a variety of glamping options too, from the basic Hobbit Pod and Festival Pod through to luxury glamping options in the Eden & Moon Pods.
We brought our own bedding, cutlery and camping gear for the Festival Pod, but for those looking for something more special, the luxury pods have everything you need, including heating and a breakfast hamper too!
Dogs are also welcome in the Hobbit and Festival pods.
This is definitely now among my top family-friendly campsites, from the incredible facilities and friendly staff through to the peaceful nature and well-maintained site.
We can’t recommend it enough, whether you’re looking to explore the beautiful local area, visit Stonehenge, or are just looking for inspiration for a great campsite.
We also felt so safe, both staying as a solo parent with a young child, as well as with the covid-secure measures in place too.
We can’t wait to head back already and both my daughter and I have our eyes on the Hobbit Pod to try out next. We just need to remember to book up as soon as we can, so we don’t miss out again 🙂
See you again soon, Stonehenge Campsite!
Stonehenge campsite address
Berwick Rd, Winterbourne Stoke, Salisbury, SP3 4TQ