Wookey Farm

UK England South West England Somerset Wells

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Eco-friendly, campfire-friendly, family-friendly camping on the farm – plus Somerset's famous Wookey Hole caves on the doorstep

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.

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Facilities

11 electric hook-ups, drinking water taps, washing up areas, compost toilets and chemical disposal point for caravans and motorhomes. No showers. Campfires permitted in designated areas next to each pitch and logs for sale (£5 per bag). The adjacent field is bordered by the River Axe – great for paddling in and dam building – plus some rope swings for kids. Campers are welcome to help out on the farm (a working goat dairy), meeting the animals and getting involved with milking and feeding.

Suitable For

Tents, trailer tents, caravans, campervans, (well-behaved) dogs – yes. Large groups and noisy folks – no.

Nearby

It's 2½ miles to Wookey Hole (01749 672243; Wookey Hole and Wookey Village are separate places), where there really is a wealth of attractions: The Wizards Play Castle, the Mystic Fairy Garden, the Penny Arcade, the Cave Museum, Wookey Model Village, Pirate Adventure Golf and 4D cinema, to name but a few. Plus, of course, the caves, which are by far the most deserving point of interest. The full extent of the cave system is still unknown, but around 4,000 metres, including 25 chambers, having already been explored, and include one cave noted for 'the Witch of Wookey Hole' – a human-shaped stalagmite that legend says is a witch turned to stone by a monk from Glastonbury. Talking of which, it's 5½ miles to mystical Glastonbury itself, where a walk up to Glastonbury Tor is practically mandatory if you're visiting the area. Wells is also on the doorstep – daily cathedral tours except on Sundays and a regular market – and, just north of the town, the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty begins.

Food & Drink

Visit the site's farm shop to buy their own produce, including their excellent goats cheeses, as well as goat meat, lamb and pork, or head to one of the three pubs in the village. The Ring of Bells (01749 678079) is closest (easy walking range) and is a lovely old spot with white-washed walls, low beamed ceilings and open fires. There is also a good café and small shop – The Wookey Hub (01749 672784) – which comes highly recommended by the campsite owners and is also an easy walk away in Wookey Village. Wells' (3½ miles from the campsite) has a Farmers' Market every Wednesday and a regular market on Saturdays.

Opening Times

Late March – early November.

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The Owner Says

Wookey 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.
The site is quiet and spacious with a large grass area in the middle and has stunning views of the Mendip Hills. The river Axe runs through the next field and campers are welcome to paddle and relax along the banks of the river.
What we offer:
  • 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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Pitches

11 large pitches with electric hook ups, plus 4 smaller pitches (only suitable for tents) without. 1 camping pod also available.
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Location

Contact Wookey Farm, Wookey Farm, Monks Ford, Wookey, Wells, Somerset BA5 1DT

Getting There

The farm postcode is BA5 1DT but if, for any reason, this doesn't work, then BA5 1LL will take you to the end of the lane. If you're travelling from Wedmore on the B3139, don't turn left at Yarley Cross into Wetmoor Lane as you will end up in a river! Instead, take the next left turn into Preywater Road and follow the directions: From Wells, take the Cheddar road (A371) west out of Wells. Just as the houses on your left end, bear off to the left onto the Wedmore road (B3139). After 1 mile, take the second right into Preywater Road. Then take the 3rd left into Knowle Lane (where the road sharply bends to the right). After 160m take the left fork (Monksford lane where the brown Wookey farm camping sign is). Continue for ½-mile and the campsite entrance is on the right, on the sharp left-hand bend before the ford.

You can get a bus to Wells bus station, from there Wookey Farm is about 2 miles – if you're a keen walker it takes about 45 minutes. There's also a bus which goes directly to Wookey but it only runs once a day.

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