Finchingfield Camping The Greener Camping Club

UK England East Anglia Essex Halstead

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Distance markers in shared facilities
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Family-friendly camping in one of South-East England’s most idyllic villages

Finchingfield village is undoubtedly one of the loveliest in all of England. With its village green, duck pond, windmill, and mix of medieval and Georgian chocolate box houses, all presided over by the distinctive cupola of the village church, this Essex outpost is the very definition of idyllic. At just an hour-and-a-bit up the M11, it’s eminently reachable for tranquility-starved Londoners seeking a healthy dose of fresh air and star-studded night skies. And now with the opening of a nine acre field for a handful of lucky campers, the dream of the good life beyond the big city is within reach (if only for the weekend).

Set on a working lavender farm, Finchingfield Camping is the creation of Julia Dimmock who – setting aside nine wildflower-filled acres – welcomes space for just eight individual camping pitches. The setting couldn’t be any more captivating, with fields of fragrant purple lavender enlivening the horizon. Deer are frequent visitors, while rabbits emerge at dawn and the hooting of owls signals dusk. It’s all very Instagramable (if that’s your thing) but something tells us the phone will remain firmly in pocket as you fully embrace the digital detox here.

Facilities-wise, each pitch is provided with a picnic bench and firepit. Charcoal can be purchased for your barbie from the onsite honesty shop, where you’ll also find a fridge with your own dedicated compartment. There are a couple of eco-friendly gas-powered showers and several loos (also the eco variety) and ample recycling facilities. Best of all, because the camping field is a vehicle-free zone (that includes campervans and caravans), there’s space aplenty for little ones to explore safely.

Offsite, there’s lots to do in the local area. Julia can advise you on all the best walking trails, such as the peaceful 15 mile Flitch Way or West Wood at Little Sampford – an ancient 24 hectare woodland, now a SSSI that buzzes with birds and butterflies. Cycling fans can follow in the tyre tracks of the world’s finest who passed through Finchingfield village itself during the peloton of the 2014 Tour de France. Then again, you may just content yourself with a cream tea or a lazy pint in one of Finchingfield’s various tea rooms and pubs – like any village worth its salt, there’s three of each to choose from here.

Details

Facilities

There are 2 gas-powered showers, 4 eco-toilets, a washing-up area with large sink and cold-water tap. Each pitch comes with a picnic bench and firepit. BBQs are permitted but not provided. Charcoal is available to purchase in the honesty shop where you will also find charging points and a fridge with a dedicated compartment for each pitch. Ample recycling bins provided. No vehicles permitted in the camping field but a trolley is provided for shifting your camping gear (the farm tractor and trailer is available on request for larger items).

Suitable For

Tent campers only. No dogs, campervans or caravans. 1 pitch per booking and stag/hen dos are not permitted.

Nearby

Kids will love meeting the friendly animals at Boydells Dairy Farm (01371 850481). Join the guided tours and have a go at milking a cow, feeding the hens, riding a donkey cart or out-staring a llama. Great Notley Country Park near Braintree boasts a huge playground as well as Sky Ropes (0345 603 7624) high line adventure. There are courses suitable for all ages and the lovely Lily’s at Notley (01376 329303) cafe for lunch or a sweet treat afterwards. Wethersfield Air Museum (01371 854584), 6 mins drive away, offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of this former airbase, once used by the US Air Force throughout World War II and the Cold War. It is still used by the MoD so admission is by prior arrangement only and bookings must be made one week in advance. Audley End House & Gardens (0370 333 1181) is an elegant Jacobean mansion with stunning ‘Capability’-Brown-designed gardens, a Victorian stable yard, and costumed-guides to talk you through the estate’s fascinating history. Check out their calendar for regular events such as concerts, historic re-enactments and open-air cinema. Over the road, you’ll find Audley End Miniature Railway (01799 510726) a charming little steam engine that chugs through the woods – be sure to explore the Enchanted Fairy & Elf Walk too. Finally for a spot of pampering, Gainsborough Health Club & Spa (01787 279009) lies just outside the lovely medieval Suffolk village of Clare, home to antique shops and cafes.

Food & Drink

Finchingfield village boasts a trio of lovely tea rooms – The Greedy Duck (07904 547829), Picture Pot (01371 811009 ) and Winners Tearooms (01371 810605). There are also three pubs to choose from – The Finchingfield Lion (01371 810400) is famed for its ‘10-hour BBQ meats’; The Three Tuns (01371 810165) shows the sport; The Fox Inn (01371 810151) boasts the best views of the village green and is renowned for its cask ales and hearty pub grub. For a special occasion, your hosts recommend The George (01787 280248) in Cavendish (just under half an hour’s drive away). Set menus available and booking recommended in advance. If you’re cooking your own back at the campsite, Julia will supply you with information on all the best local suppliers before your arrival.

Opening Times

April–October.

The Owner Says

Set within 9 acres of wildflower meadow and a Lavender field, this Essex hideaway is perfect for a country camping retreat under the stars.

Located on a Lavender Smallholding 1 mile from the picture postcard village of Finchingfield and just over an hour away from Central London. With only 10 pitches cut within the wild flower meadow you are spoilt for space and scenery. 

Proudly part of the Greener Camping Club we are an off grid eco camping site offering low impact, environmentally friendly camping holidays.

Location

Contact Finchingfield Camping, Finchingfield Camping, Howe Street, Essex CM7 4JB

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Getting There

Follow the postcode CM7 4JB. As you pass through Finchingfield village, continue for 1 mile until you see the hamlet sign for Howe Street then take the first turning on the left after the sign. The nearest train stations are Audley End (30 mins away) or Braintree (25 mins away).

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