Nature's Spectacular

UK England South West England Somerset Bristol

  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Tipi encampments in the woods with campfires and a festival spirit on the edge of Somerset's Chew Valley Lake

Nature’s Spectacular is the new campsite from Arcadia. If you know, you know — and you can head straight to the booking page. And if you don’t know, the word Arcadia might still be familiar, but perhaps you can’t quite put your finger on why. It might be that you simply know it as another word for Eden, a pastoral paradise. Or it might be that once, late at night at Glastonbury Festival, you stumbled into Arcadia; an otherworldly sound, light, and fire show. The creative team behind this experiential show were left without a festival space to create this year and, instead, put their energy into something altogether calmer: an off-grid campsite in Somerset’s Chew Valley.

The result is just as immersive and no less spectacular but here it’s nature that’s the star of the show. The Arcadia team has taken over 35 wooded acres on the edge of Chew Valley Lake and set up encampments for people to escape to. There’s a disparate mix of accommodation styles that lend the place an organic, bohemian vibe: a showman’s wagon here, a cabin over there, and a smattering of tipis across the place. It’s these that we’re interested in.

You can choose to book a single tipi with views across the lake (Beech View or Hawk’s View) or come with friends and camp out in the woods. Wise Oak, Woodland Camp, and Fire Circle are the group pitches with ever-increasing numbers (from two tents together up to four). Each tent sleeps three on low futon-style mattresses, you just bring the bedding. Importantly and unsurprisingly fire plays its part. Each encampment has a fire pit outside with a provided supply of firewood and more to buy on site.

With the campsite’s origins in the festival scene, it’s not surprising that there’s an area for people to come together if they want to. There’s a communal fire pit, a covered kitchen and dining area, and a state-of-the-art sound system which means you can listen to music without disturbing other campers. There’s also a touch of magic in the woods which are lit up with coloured lights at night. Apart from the views and the immediate surroundings, the fact that all this is in a beautiful part of Somerset is almost incidental. It’s the very top of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with great walks, not least around that lake. Cheddar Gorge is 10 miles south but the trip festival fans might want to make is the 17-mile one to Glastonbury for a poke around its quirky shops and to the famous tor. For the festival and Arcadia’s next spectacular gathering space you’ll have to wait another year but, for now, Nature’s Spectacular will more than do.

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Facilities

On-site Facilities
Compost loos and washing up facilities near each camp. Centrally located ‘posh wash’ showers. Communal area with fire pit and kitchen (sink, hob, fridge, washing up facilities).

Fires and BBQs

Bring a grill to cook on the fire or bring your own BBQ - we do ask that BBQs are raised off the ground. We also have a communal BBQ on site but we ask that you keep it clean after use so that others may enjoy it. We also have a communal space at the top of the hill which might provide a nice change to sit and enjoy the sunset while taking in the view. There are fire pits here which will be stocked with firewood. We do provide logs to sit on around the fire but be sure to bring some camping chairs if you like something a little softer under you while you stoke the fire! Each pitch has its own fire area and a pile of logs to get you started. You can bring your own firewood or purchase more on site - please let us know if you intend to when booking.

There is also a state of the art Minirigs sound-system which all guests are welcome to use up until 11pm. This is a specially designed system which will allow guests to enjoy music in the communal area without sound travelling across the site.

Nearby

Local things to do

You could easily lose several days here just reading, cooking and living in the moment with local wildlife and breathtaking views. The local area also offers incredible walks, birdwatching, world class fishing, caving, climbing and great local restaurants within walking distance.

Chew Valley Lake

Your accommodation overlooks one of the most beautiful lakes in the South West with lots of activities to do in and around it. There are some fantastic hiking trails, fishing and sailing.

Sailing club

Chew Valley Lake is the biggest inland waterway in the south-west of England and a great place to sail. The lake is situated on the northern edge of the beautiful Mendip hills, eight miles south of Bristol

The Mendip Hills

This is one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. It is great for walking, cycling and has many amazing walks and paths.

Cheddar Car Boot

On every Sunday starting at 6am, finishing at around 2pm (worth getting there early to grab an interesting bargain), Cheddar Car Boot is one of the South West’s finest flea markets.  It also sells fruit, veg and meat.

Glastonbury Village and Tor

Glastonbury one of the quirkiest towns in England. It's known for its ancient and medieval sites, many rich in myth. Glastonbury Tor is a tower-topped hill linked to Arthurian legend, overlooking the marshy Somerset Levels. Once said to be King Arthur’s burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century. Nearby, centuries-old Glastonbury Tribunal has a museum with Iron Age artefacts.

Food & Drink

There are no shops or cafes on site, but we can help you pre-order food (eg: BBQ packs) for delivery. There is also a pub within walking distance which also sells some sundries.

There are several restaurants, cafes and pubs locally which can be accessed either on foot or by car. There are also many activities and local attractions to enjoy. If you would prefer to relax on site there are also food delivery options which we can help arrange.

Open

Summer only.

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The Owner Says

Our seasonal campsite is located on 35 acres of enclosed land with total privacy. Covered in thick native broadleaf woodland, bursting with undisturbed wildlife. Spellbinding views where the rolling valleys and endless skies dance together in perpetual motion, reflected by the giant lake below. Our camps are surrounded by lovely illuminated woodland which guests are welcome to explore. At night, paths between camps become illuminated with coloured lights creating an enchanted lit woodland to wander through.

Guests can enjoy a change of scenery and the opportunity to socialise with other like-minded people in our new area with picnic benches and fire pits. There is also a kitchen which everyone on site is welcome to use, or you can pick up food from the pub a short walk away.

Accommodation

Eleven tipis, two living trucks, a cabin and a yurt.

Beech View

Tipi Sleeps 4
Peaceful private camp with a great view looking out across the lake and right by beautiful woodland to explore.

Hawks View

Tipi Sleeps 4
Peaceful private camp with a great view looking out across the lake and right by beautiful woodland to explore.

Wise Oak Camp

Tipi Sleeps 6
A secluded hidden camp in the woods with a designated fire pit and your own slice of the night sky. Ideal for groups wanting to get immersed into nature.

Woodland Camp

Tipi Sleeps 9
A secluded hidden camp in the woods with a designated fire pit and your own slice of the night sky. Ideal for groups wanting to get immersed into nature.

Fire Circle Camp

Tipi Sleeps 12
A secluded hidden camp in the woods with a designated fire pit and your own slice of the night sky. Ideal for groups wanting to get immersed into nature.

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Location

Contact Nature's Spectacular, Woodford Lane Chew Stoke, Chew Stoke, Somerset BS40 8XR

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Getting There

The closest airport is Bristol Airport, only 5 miles away. The closest main train station is Bristol Temple Meads, 8 miles away. Uber operates in and around Bristol, and we can provide you with detailed information about local taxi firms.

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