The world famous Wookey Hole Caves, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has been used by humans for over 45,000 years. But it’s only in the last couple of decades that the limestone caverns have also prompted an array of other attractions. Wookey Hole’s website now points you to the 4D cinema experience, pirate adventure golf, Valley of the Dinosaurs and a scale model village, among many others. The latter replica doesn’t show a goat farm anywhere on the map. But, back in the real world, it’s little over two miles from the caves that you’ll find one – a sweet little smallholding on the edge of Wookey Village. The farm boasts a cracking campsite too.
Established by friendly proprietors Ian and Sarah Davies, the two-and-a-half acre meadow is a veritable camping haven. Their aims – to keep things basic, eco-friendly and sustainable – have resulted in a campsite that’s green in every sense. Flat grassy pitches are spacious and bordered by bushy shrubs and long wild grass, while the centre of the meadow is left open for kids to play ball games and run free. Campfires are permitted and facilities are basic – there’s electricity at most pitches along with private recycling bins at each, but there are no showers at the campsite… you’ll have to take a dip in the River Axe if you’re truly desperate for a wash. The river, which ambles around the adjacent meadow, is great for paddling and dam building, while tire swings hang from a couple of large oak and ash trees by the banks.
Yet while Sarah and Ian have worked hard to craft the perfect family campsite, there’s no denying that their first love at Wookey Farm is still the animals. Their herd of near-150 goats – curious British Toggenbergs with white stripes down their faces and a tendency to nibble toggles off your overcoat – is milked twice a day (watch in the milking parlour at 8:30am or 5pm). There’s also a pair of Gloucester Old Spot pigs, a clutch of egg-laying hens and a bashful donkey named Mr Pickles who, once befriended, is exceedingly fond of a rub behind the ears.
In summer, Sarah supplements the farm’s usual cheeses with homemade halloumi – a superb treat when toasted over the campfire – as well as goats’ milk ice-cream, which is only available to campers. Their other cheeses are also sold at markets around Somerset, including in nearby Wells on most Wednesdays. It’s well worth popping there anyway to marvel at the grand gothic-style cathedral (daily free tours except Sunday) before venturing into the nearby Mendip Hills for a good walk. It’s also a 15-minute drive to Glastonbury and just over half an hour to the Somerset coast. That’s all if you get past the endless list of attractions at Wookey Hole, of course.
The campsite owner saysWookey Farm campsite is situated near the famous Wookey Hole Caves, in the sister village of Wookey. The level 2.5 acre site is part of a small family-run goat farm, where children can pet the animals and campers of all ages can learn about the day-to-day running of a dairy goat farm. We also have lambs, Mr Pickles the donkey, rare-breed pigs and piglets at certain times of the year and a few hens.
- we welcome tents, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, trailer tents
- mains drinking water
- chemical disposal point
- electric hook-ups on the larger pitches
- compost loos
- well behaved pets are welcome
- campfire areas next to pitches and logs for sale
- rope swings by the river
- individual recycling bins on pitches
- a round house where campers can shelter from any downpours
- a farm shop selling our products (goats cheese and goat meat, lamb and pork)
- electric car charging point
- 3 village pubs
- the Wookey Hub (cafe and small shop in the village)
- village church
- suggested walks
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