Mendip Basecamp

UK England South West England Somerset Cheddar

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Family-run, adventure-packed basecamp in the Mendip Hills, half an hour from Bristol

As the name suggests, Mendip Basecamp is the ideal base for adventurous campers looking to explore the Mendip Hills. But, to be honest, it’s also a real attraction in its own right. The campsite is so full of activities that you may never want to leave and when they recently opened their doors to the general public, after years reserved for private scout and school groups, they were overwhelmed by the response. Previously an adventure centre, Basecamp is now also being appreciated for its space, freedom and natural beauty too. And, with over twenty different activities to choose from, it’s guaranteed to be a worthy match for even the most energetic of kids.

Located in the north of the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty just south of Bristol, the spacious campsite is surrounded by ancient woodland on almost all four sides. The style is pleasantly relaxed; there are no specified pitches, just choose a place to pop your tent and settle in (the field is massive, so there are loads of options). The open, relatively flat space is wonderfully sociable in the hight of summer, with kids making friends and parents relaxing by their tents, and the high surrounding trees give good shelter from the cool night breezes of summer. Campfires are allowed, too; their hazy smoke adding the essential scent of camping to the scene.

A short walk from camp, through a beautiful illuminated woodland path, you’ll find the main lodge where there’s a pop-up tavern, serving local ales and ciders, cooked breakfasts, pizzas and more. There’s also a small shop onsite for BBQ essentials and ice lollys. Then, of course, there’s the activity centre: A stay at Basecamp gives you access to a huge range of activities, like rock climbing, dry-slope skiing, canoeing and caving, to name but a few. Instructors are friendly and fully trained and cater to all ages and levels, from experienced rock climbers to those who’d struggle to climb the stairs.

The campsite is handy for those that live in Bristol, but also good for ‘outsiders’ who fancy popping into the city for a day trip. 25 minutes in the car will allow you to walk over Clifton Suspension Bridge, followed by drinks at The White Lion, or explore the quirky bars and restaurants of Gloucester Road. The Somerset coast around Weston-Super-Mare, meanwhile, is also eminently reachable from camp. Though it makes the perfect base for campers wishing to explore, however, with all the options the site has to offer, you may never find yourself getting beyond basecamp at all.



Our activity and snowsport centre is a short woodland walk from camp. We have been providing exciting, challenging and fun activities to families and individuals for 30 years. Mendip instructors are the best- they’ll make sure that whatever your age and whatever your experience, every session is fun, exciting, and engaging!

Take a short walk over the hill to our private limestone rocksports quarry. Try exploring the historic cave beneath the hill. Fly down the toboggan slope.

Test out your aim with archery, air rifle, axe throwing or frisbee golf. Have a go at skiing or snowboarding for the first time. Go for a splash at our watersports site, a short (15 minute) drive away.

Suitable For

Our site is perfect for families seeking a camping adventure. Basecamp is a family campsite. Small, mixed gender, adult only groups over the age of 25 are accepted on the understanding you respect our noise and behaviour policy at all times.


Basecamp is the perfect base to explore Bristol, Somerset and the South West.  We have a 250 acre activity centre on site so you can make your stay a real family adventure camp! Nearby there are the wonderful Mendip Hills, Glastonbury, Wells, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and the entirety of the south west!

Enjoy exploring our neck of the woods. Our team love to chat, so if you have any questions or would like a local recommendation just ask!

Food & Drink

We have our own onsite- cafe-bar, Mendip Lodge. It's a short walk from the campsite through a magical, illuminated woodland path. The cosy, country lodge overlooks our floodlit ski slope. There's a licensed cafe-bar, ten ensuite bunkrooms, and a beautiful beer garden.

Enjoy some local brews including our favourite Somerset ales, beers, ciders and soft drinks from Butcombe Brewery, Thatchers Cider and Hullaballoos. The team behind the Alpine Lounge will be serving their infamous full English breakfasts, loaded fries, jacket potatoes, paninis, stone-baked pizzas and home-cooked meals.

The Lodge cafe-bar and beer garden is open to all our campers and visitors to the activity centre. All our en-suite bunks rooms have recently been refurbished and sleep from between four and nine people.



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The Owner Says

Basecamp - our hidden, secret camp is once again in 2021.

Basecamp is usually reserved for schools and groups staying with us for outdoor adventure camps. Last year, Covid prevented our groups from visiting so our team set to work opening Basecamp to the public for the very first time in our 35 year history. The response was overwhelming. We quickly sold out and families loved the space, freedom and adventure.

We may be an off-grid, wild campsite - but we still have hot showers, clean flushing toilets, a camp shop and a cosy country lodge which serves great value food and drink. Plus, with a 250 acre activity centre on site you can make your stay a real family adventure camp!

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There’s plenty of room and no pitches are designated (just pitch where you like).


Grass pitch Sleeps 20 60 Available
Freedom to camp where you like. Choose this option if your group are camping in tents and or campervans (up to 2.7m high).

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Contact Mendip Basecamp, Mendip Activity Centre, Lyncombe Drive, Churchill, Somerset BS25 5PQ

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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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