We have had our eye on Brook Meadow campsite for a while, so were very excited that lockdown eased in time for us to visit.
At the time of visiting, the communal facilities weren’t yet able to reopen, but we were so happy that we finally managed to visit and pitch our tent at this beautiful East Midlands campsite.
What is Brook Meadow?
Brook Meadow is an award-winning lakeside campsite on a working farm, situated near to Market Harborough.
With camping and glamping options as well as spaces for campervans, caravans and fishing, it is a truly special place for a family staycation, whether you’re looking for a weekend away or a week-long holiday!
Glamping options include luxury lodges, a lakeside cabin and a safari bell tent.
There are hard standing and grass electric hook-up pitches for camping and caravans, however what drew us to Brook Meadow were the lakeside grass camping options. They’re non-electric, but run alongside the beautiful lake.
There are plenty of beautifully-clean facilities on site, with showers and toilets and an accessible wet room up by the main fields, and a fishing lodge with toilets and laundry facilities by the lake.
There are taps for drinking water, washing up sinks, and different areas that are privately separated by hedging.
Fire pits are permitted on site and available to hire, and it is a family-friendly and dog-friendly campsite.
The lovely reception area at the entrance to the site has a little shop with food, refreshments, fresh eggs, milk, ice cream and more to help you enjoy your stay – plus the most lovely of staff too, who are more than happy to help with any questions.
Things to do on site
One of the absolute beauties of Brook Meadow is that everything is natural, including the organic play areas for the children to be able to use their imagination and explore the outdoors in their own way.
There is also a popular rope swing among the trees by the lake, and plenty of space for children of all ages just to run around and play.
The wildlife was definitely a highlight and Lily loved feeding the ducks as we camped out by the lake.
Fire pits are also allowed, so we enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the lakeside in the evenings while watching the sun set – it was just beautiful and so relaxing.
There are also some lovely walks on the site including dog walks and woodlands, and a 5 acre fishing lake, with everything you need for fishing trips in the shop and fishing lodge too.
It was really lovely watching families and individuals set up camp by the lake to spend the weekend fishing together.
Egg collecting is a lovely experience at Brook Meadow, where Mary introduces you to her chickens, tells you about them, and lets the little ones collect the eggs.
Lily had an amazing time doing this and could not stop talking about it when she got home! Mary was so friendly and it was lovely to learn about the chickens as well as other information about the farm too.
You simply tell the lovely reception team that you’d like to join in some egg collecting, then they will book you in the next morning. Thank you Mary for such a lovely experience on the farm – the eggs were delicious too!
Throughout the summer months, Brook Meadow is famous for their weekend outdoor cinema experiences in the cowshed. They’re family friendly and free for guests – just bring your own blanket! Keep an eye on their Facebook for dates – you may even be lucky enough to catch one of their special pizza nights too!
At Brook Meadow you can now hire out the Pirate area in the ring of trees for groups and parties (Covid guidelines permitting) for just £50 on top of your camping prices. You can even add on a treasure hunt to your package, where children can search for clues and find the buried treasure. Find out more here.
Nearby to the campsite are Avalanche Adventure, including quad biking safaris, clay pigeons shooting and more.
You also regularly see gliders overhead from the local gliding centre next to the campsite.
You are nearby to the market town of Market Harborough with shops, supermarkets and more.
There are also plenty of local pubs and restaurants for food and drink – find out more here.
We had an absolutely fantastic weekend at Brook Meadow. The stunning lakeside location coupled with natural play areas, meant it was just lovely to let Lily be a kid again after this crazy year of lockdowns – running around and dancing, climbing trees, scavenger hunts, and playing in the woodlands with her new campsite friends.
Everything you needed was on site and the staff were just so friendly.
The whole campsite set-up meant it was well spread out from other people and beautifully designed to maintain the beauty and tranquility of this unique lakeside camping location.
Thank you to the very lovely team at Brook Meadow who were so supportive at every step of the way, from initial messaging through to booking and then throughout our stay too – they were always more than happy to help, were so genuinely friendly, and really helped me feel safe and welcome staying on my own with a young child.
We have our eye on their Safari bell tent for a special future visit, but whatever type of accommodation you choose to stay in, from glamping to canvas or your own caravan, you will be sure to have a truly special experience at Brook Meadow.
If you are looking for a beautiful campsite suitable for all the family, I would not hesitate to recommend Brook Meadow. Stunning lake views, relaxing location and plenty to do outdoors for everyone. We already can’t wait to go back again!