Popcorn Camping Topsham Popcorn Camping

UK England South West England Devon Exeter

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Beaches nearby
A simple pop-up campsite in the grounds of a South Devon rugby club

When you strip back to the basics, what do you really want from a campsite? A good location. Clean, modern facilities. And a flat, well-drained grassy space that’s been well looked after. Cue the idea to create a pop-up campsite in the grounds of a rugby club in South Devon, where groundsmen have spent months making sure the grass is perfect and the beach is just a 15-minute drive away. Facilities, meanwhile, come in the form of the long wood-clad clubhouse, with modern toilets and shower cubicles. It’s a ready-made recipe for a campsite, all you need is the tents, the kids and the campfires, all of which are welcome at Popcorn Camping Topsham.

Three miles from Exeter city centre and just a few hundred yards from the River Exe, Topsham Rugby Club was never designed as a campsite but it certainly has a handy location. The immediate surroundings, shielded by a perimeter of trees and shrubs, is, admittedly rather suburban – houses overlook the far end of the meadow and there’s some very distant noise from the M5 – but the road beyond the entrance is part of a national cycle trail and the upshot of being in a more built-up area is a pub less than five minutes stroll away and a train station within 10 minutes walk. The best route to cycle involves a half-mile roll down to the Topsham Ferry and then novelty of hopping aboard for £1.30 per person (and 70p for a bike) and shuttling across the River Exe to the car-free cycle way on the opposite shore.

By car it’s a 25-minute drive to Exmouth Beach, Sandy Bay and Dawlish Warren, perhaps visiting 14th-century Powderham Castle on the way to the latter. When the weather’s no good for the beach, drive in to Exeter to visit the magnificent cathedral and dine in the restaurants in the regenerated old quay area that makes for a pleasant place to sit. It’s all on the doorstep. Or, of course, you can stay put and enjoy the space of the campsite, flinging a frisbee and, perhaps, throwing a rugby ball around.



The campsite makes use of the rugby club facilities, with separate ladies and gents changing rooms, with toilets, showers and basins, plus a separate family washroom. Campfires are permitted but must be raised well off the grass – firepits can be hired at the site and logs and kindling are sold. There is no parking beside your pitch; campers are asked to park in the adjacent car park.

Suitable For

Tents, families, well-behaved dogs (on leads) – yes. Campervans, caravans, noisy groups – no.


Walk down the River Exe and pick up the waterside footpath or take the Topsham Ferry (07801 203338; half a mile from the campsite) across the water to the car-free cycling and walking trail on the far side of the river, next to the canal. The nearest beaches on the Topsham side of the river are to the south at Exmouth and Sandy Bay (the latter an award-winning Blue Flag beach), while, on the opposite side of the river, it's a half-hour drive to Dawlish Warren beach, backed by sand dunes that make for excellent walking. En route, around 20 minutes from the campsite, is Powderham Castle (01626 890243), a lavish castle filled with antiques and tapestries and surrounded by a beautiful deer park. The castle was first opened to visitors in 1959 and, alongside the Victorian glasshouse and the rose garden, today it also boasts a play area, a café and guided safaris around the park. The most obvious attraction on the doorstep of the campsite is Exeter city and the cathedral (01392 285983), properly known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter, in particular.

Food & Drink

The small, thatched Exeter Inn (01392 873131) is the closest pub, a two-minute walk from the campsite. It could easily be mistaken for a house if it weren't for the hanging pub sign outside. The more modern Lord Nelson (01392 660374) is only a fraction further, while, down near the Topsham Ferry, The Passage House Inn (01392 873653) has views over the river and is our pick of the locals.


July and August only.

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The Owner Says

An ideal location to explore the Devon coast. The town of Topsham itself is delightful, with the river Exe running just a stones throw from the campsite.

All pitches are 10m by 10m, giving you lots of room, and allowing you to bring an extra pup tents plus 1 gazebo or awning. We allow 1 car per pitch, which will be parked close by, and up to 2 dogs per pitch (on a leash). Quiet time is from 10:30pm until 8am, to allow for a peaceful nights sleep.

Firepits and BBQs are allowed next to your tent as long as they are off the ground. We offer firepits for hire, wood for sale, and provide grass protection boards for free, which must be used.

We love dogs, and they are welcome on this campsite, but must be kept on a lead at all times, and should not enter the buildings.


Around 30 tent pitches.

Grass Pitch, Non-Electric, Max 6 people

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 5 Available
Large grass pitch (10m by 10m) in a very spacious field. Parking included near to the pitch for 1 car, and you may have 1 pup tent plus 1 awning or gazebo per pitch.

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Contact Popcorn Camping Topsham, Bonfire Field, Exeter Road, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0LY

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