Amber's Bell Tent Camping at Bells Farm Amber's Bell Tent Camping
- 6 Bell Tents
- Perfect for Families
When Bells Farm Shop first opened in the 1950s they were seen as pioneers of this new fangled 'pick your own' thing. Nowadays that may seem old-hat but, with some 40 acres of fruit and vegetables and over 200 different varieties, they remain perhaps the most diversely stocked farm shop in the country. Not only that, they have a collection of 6 bell tents, set in a six-acre meadow, surrounded by orchards of English apples, with wonderful views across the Severn Valley and masses of space beyond to roam free.
Bell's Farm is part of a group of glamping sites within the Amber's Bell Tent brand set up by Amber Wykes, most of which are in Norfolk and tend to be situated in stunning locations on working farms or country estates. They all offer the same plush and stylish bell tents, with interiors that feature a a proper bed, a wood-burning stove and a box of cookwares that help you cook up a storm with your freshly picked vegetables. This is a real food lovers' haven, with a great butchers and an award-winning farm shop just down the track stocking farm and local produce, making it possible to create real gourmet campfire cook-ups – the perfect complement to a Worcester Oldfields cider or a Bells’ own apple juice. If this is too much work, you can pre-order food hampers from the farm shop ready for your arrival, or enjoy one of many food experiences on offer, from pizza to chocolate.
There's a fresh and new purpose-built bathroom building nearby with 4 luxurious cabin bathrooms and a washing up station outside, plus an honesty shop and wood store. For little farm enthusiasts, you’ll also find educational packs on the site, and also farm experiences available for budding growers and tractor drivers alike.
Among more energetic activities, the site has pedal go karts and miniature tractors for the kids down at the farm shop, plus an amazing new playground. There are also plenty of attractions in the surrounding Worcestershire countryside, not least Wyre Forest, 15 minutes away by car, where there are endless trails on which to stretch little legs. The ruined Italianate mansion of Witely Court, and the national Trust's Hanbury Hall and moated Harvington Hall are all within a 20-minute drive, or you can stop off at the village of Bewdley, where a steam train puffs its way through the Severn Valley to Kidderminster or Bridgnorth.
The cotton canvas bell tents are fully furnished, featuring single and double beds (depending on your needs) and all bedding and linen included. Wood burners, storage and soft furnishings inside, plus a kitchen box equipped with utensils and vintage dishware. Outside each tent, you'll find a picnic table and fireside log seating and a firepit (with grill). Private, lockable shower and toilet for each tent, plus a general washing station in the field for dirty dishes. There's also an onsite honesty shop for fire essentials, such as kindling, charcoal, firewood and candles. Set just up the hill and within the grounds of Bells Farm Shop, you can pick your own fruit and veg from 200 different varieties (not all in season at once!) and kids can play on the pedal go karts and mini tractors beside the shop. Food hampers delivered to your tent are available. Nature packs and farm education packs also provided.
Glamping only. Dogs not permitted. Large groups, corporate hire, birthday celebrations and (chilled out) stag and hen gatherings available by prior arrangement.
Bring your bikes and head west into Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve, one of the largest, semi-natural woodlands in the UK and home to family-friendly hiking and cycling trails, or get really in amongst the trees at Wyre Forest's Go Ape! (01603 895500) where you can walk rope bridges and zip-line between the branches. It's 6 miles to Harvington Hall (01562 777846), a moated medieval and Elizabethan manor house that runs 'living history' days during the school holidays, with actors in period dress and family activities. The National Trust's Hanbury Hall and Gardens (01527 821214) is also 25 minutes away, while ruined Witley Court and Gardens is 20 minutes. Worcester is great for heritage too – home to a magnificent cathedral and the Royal Worcester Museum (01905 21247), to name but two – or hop on a vintage steam train from nearby Bewdley, following the Severn Valley railway line (you can also hike back along the Severn Valley Country Park route). While you're there, Bewdley is also a good place for hiring canoes and taking guided canoe trips on the River Severn. Animal lovers should also consider West Midlands Safari Park (01299 402114; 6 miles) and the Little Owl Farm Park (01905 620325; 3 miles).
Food & Drink
How many farm shops can lay claim to some 200 different varieties of fruit and vegetables you can pilfer? Pluck your own fresh strawberries from the earth to go with your campfire pancakes and grill freshly picked sweetcorn over the coals of your BBQ. Just take your pick, then head into Bells Farm Shop (01299 251364) to pay afterwards. If you're too lazy to pick your own, you can just go straight to the shop and get the pre-picked stuff, along with jams, chutneys and other local goods (including a butchers and a wide range of drinks from local breweries). For a meal out, there are no fewer than 15 different pubs in Stourport-on-Severn, 2½ miles down the road.
OpenMid-April to early-October.
Bell tents from £95 a night.
The Owner Says
Russet Meadow is six acres of open grass meadow set on beautiful Bells Farm, where six of our cosy stylish bell tents reside, surrounded by farmland and with views of the rolling Worcestershire countryside.
Enjoy all there is to offer on the doorstep of this slice of middle England – historic towns, industrial heritage, spectacular natural beauty to hike and cycle through – then head back to camp to cook up a feast. The rich farming backdrop here offers children the opportunity to engage with the English farming traditions and enjoy the diversity English produce has to offer.
Bells Farm Shop owners were pioneers of 'pick your own' in the 1950's and today offer a huge variety of pick your own produce across the seasons. Stay here, and you can pluck your own fresh strawberries from the earth to go with your campfire pancakes and grill freshly picked sweetcorn over the coals of your BBQ. With over 200 varieties of fruit and vegetables across 40 acres, you won't be able to stay long enough to sample all the wonderful fresh harvest offerings.
Too busy relaxing to pick your own? Not to worry – Bells Farm Shop is a stroll down the hill from the camp and is bursting with their own and other local produce to make your camp trip a real foodie fiesta. There's an award winning butchers for your BBQ fayre, freshly made bread, biscuits, cakes jams, farm milks, butters and cheeses, and even award winning locally produced wine, beers and ciders for your camp fire tipple.
This site offers a fantastic wholesome base for foodie families and groups. With the farm shop and pick your own open every day of your stay, you can make this into a real gourmet adventure.
Social Distancing Measures
Bells Farm is located on the south side of the A4025, ¾-mile from the roundabout on the A449 or, if you're coming from the other direction, it's 1½ miles after leaving the town of Stourport-on-Severn. It's well sign posted when you get there, with a big white sign that says Bells Farm Shop.
The nearest train station is in Hartlebury 2¼ miles away but for any long journeys the train from there will take you straight to Kidderminster (6 miles) where you'll have to change, so, for the sake of speed, you may be best off just going straight there. There aren't any frequent buses to the glamping site.
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