National Trust Big Camp 2016

As part of the National Trust’s nationwide Big Camp you are permitted to camp in the middle of beautiful, peaceful Newtown Nature Reserve for one night only from the night of Saturday July 16th until the morning of July 17th.

Arrive from 12 noon on Saturday and you’ll be able to pitch your tent in the secluded meadow beside Newtown Old Town Hall, opposite the Visitor Centre – each pitch has room for a three metre family tent and room to park your car. Toilets and hand wash basins are available in the Visitor Centre.

If you have children they can tick off some of the “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities on offer and at around 7pm BBQ food of a meat or vegetarian burger and sausage with salad and hot and cold drinks will be on offer.

As it gets dark Vectis Astronomers will be setting up their telescopes and you’ll have the chance to explore the night skies. You might like to take a Night Walk with one of the National Trust Rangers to hear the birds settling down for the night, see bats flying overhead and even a Barn Owl if you’re lucky and glow worms have been seen in these parts. Children do have to be accompanied by adults at all times by the way.

After a memorable evening, settle down for a night under the stars and awake to bacon or egg butties for breakfast, cooked by the National Trust. But please don’t bring your own barbecue or gas fires, as the only fire permitted is that of the barbecue in the car park.

Everything has to be packed up by noon on Sunday but you could then explore the surrounding nature reserve – pay a visit to the bird hide, wander through the hay meadows to the estuary or walk in the ancient woodland.

A limited number of pitches are available at a cost of £25 per adult, £10 per child, which includes the barbecue and breakfast.  No dogs though, only assistance dogs will be permitted in the camping area. If you’d like to book, please call the National Trust on 01983 741020 by Friday 8th July.

Jo Macaulay

31 May 2016

By Jo Macaulay in Articles