Readyfields Farm

UK England East Midlands Nottinghamshire Newark on Trent

  • Children’s playground
  • Groups welcome
The bloodhounds are bred on the farm and provide puppies between April and June

If you've ever wanted to be part of a Bloodhound Gang, then Readyfields Farm might just be the place for you. Don't worry, you won't need to perform a dubious rap song on MTV, but you will get the chance to hop on a bike and ride around the village of Caunton with a healthy pack of hounds in tow. It's a real spectacle and a firm favourite with guests, especially since the evening rounds off with slices of homemade pizza from the wood-fired oven.

The bloodhounds are bred on the farm and provide puppies between April and June. Owners David and Lesley have built a huge playpen so that guests all have a chance to pet the pups.

As this is a working farm, there's quite the extended family. You'll meet Digger the Jack Russell; horse Brian; Snuffles the pig; and Dinky, Dash and Daisy, the donkeys. During the summer months, expect to see sheep shearing and lamb-feeding. Lottie's farm tour is the best way to get a feel for the farm, and a real educational experience. It's a great way for the kids to see first-hand that cheese doesn't just come from the deli counter at Waitrose.

There are five beautiful safari-style tents on site, all of which come fully equipped with the main essentials for any camping trip: flushing loo, wooden floors, double bed. Yes, this isn't an ordinary campsite. This is a Feather Down Farm campsite. Expect all the luxuries of home, with the added bonus of having of 500 acres of Nottinghamshire playground.

Once you've woken up to the gentle sound of woodpeckers, it'll be time to start exploring the surroundings. The farm sits in the middle of Nottinghamshire’s prettiest spot and is set in some of England's most beautiful walking country. An array of walks can be taken from the doorstep of the campsite; pick up a leaflet from the onsite shop for further details. Alternatively, head to nearby Newark; a thriving market town and home to Newark Castle (01636 650000), famed for its role in the English Civil War.

Sherwood Forest is an easy 20-minute drive away. Although the name will always go hand-in-hand with Nottinghamshire's most famous heroic outlaw, Robin Hood, the area offers plenty more besides. Dendrologists will be in their element here – the 450-acre woodland is home to some of the most spectacular trees in Europe, including The Major Oak, which is thought to be around 800 years old.

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Facilities

Five large safari-style tents onsite. Each tent can sleep up to six (maximum five adults) and has a large, well-equipped living area, flushing toilet, running water, plus a wood-burning stove, fire-pit BBQ and two deck chairs. A reasonably-priced honesty shop sells everything you'd need for your stay, including bread, milk, chutneys and – the ever-favourite camping essential – cans of Pimms. There's a swing and trampoline for kids. Shower block is clean and hot and has electricity points for phone charging/hairdryers.

Suitable For

Dogs – No. Big groups, single-sex groups – By arrangement only, please call 01420 80804 to discuss your requirements.

Nearby

One of the best ways to explore the local area is by foot. There are plenty of walks nearby – pick up an information leaflet from the shop.

Southwell Minster (01636 812649), known as the Mother Church of Nottinghamshire, is a beautiful Cathedral and Minster Church which dates back to the 12th century. It's also a quaint and beautiful town in its own right, and home to the beloved Bramley apple.

For a taste of bigger city life, Lincoln in under 30 minutes away and is a city that's steeped in history; Lincoln Cathedral is home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

Thrill-seekers can head to Go Ape's adventure playground in the heart of Sherwood Forest (08432 497435). Here you can swing from Tarzan ropes and whizz down epic zip wires, or hop onto a Segway and take an adrenalin-fuelled tour of the forest.

Food & Drink

There are two friendly local pubs nearby: the Caunton Beck (01636 636793) and The Plough (01636 636208) at Norwell, which is just three miles down the road. Pick up a delicious ice-cream from the Newfield Dairy (01636 636600); it's handmade in their parlour using fresh cream from their dairy herd. The Hearty Goodfellow (01636 812365) pub in Southwell (between Nottingham and Newark) has an award-winning garden which is great for enjoying one of their fantastic local ales.

Opening Times

Easter-end October.

Location

Readyfields Farm, Readyfields Farm, Maple Beck Road, Caunton, Newark, Notts NG23 6AS

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Getting There

From the A1:
Exit at North Muskham. Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout on to the A6065. At the next mini roundabout, take the 4th exit onto the A616. Follow the a A616 for 4 miles, then turn left towards Maplebeck and Eakring. Follow for ¾ mile, and the farm is on the left – look out for the cream gate.

From the M1:
Exit Leicester junction 21A. Follow the signs for the A46 Newark. At Newark take the A6065 to the mini roundabout and take the 2nd exit onto the A616. Follow the A616 for 4 miles, then turn left towards Maplebeck and Eakring. Follow for ¾ mile, and the farm is on the left – look out for the cream gate.

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