The best camping and glamping in Cambridgeshire

From working farms to expansive nature reserves.

Gayton Farm

Clayhithe Rd, Horningsea

Working farm with a small, peaceful camping/caravan site, overlooking open countryside and paddocks. They also have glamping domes with wood burner, double bed and electric lighting, plus a gypsy caravan made by a local craftsman. The farm has a pedigree herd of Lincoln Red cattle and is only four miles from Cambridge.

Highfield Farm Touring Park

Long Rd, Comberton

Award-winning touring park and campsite on an arable farm, a few miles from Coton Countryside Reserve, the American Cemetery and Burwash Manor. Along with all the usual facilities, they have a lending library, regular flower displays, a dog exercise area and a 1½ mile walking trail around the farm. The nearby village of Comberton has shops and a pub. Open Easter to October.

Grafham Water Caravan Club Site

Church Rd, Grafham

Six-acre site next to the cycle tracks, sailing and angling at Grafham Water. The site is home to a 350-year old cottage and moat that belonged to Oliver Cromwell’s family. Open to caravans, motorhomes and Caravan Club members only – you can join on the website.

Quiet Waters Caravan Park

Hemingford Abbots

This caravan park has been in the same family since it was founded in 1935. Furnished static holiday homes are available with park or river views, or you’re welcome to bring your own motorhome or caravan. Boating and fishing is available on an exclusive stretch of river, with boats available to hire.

Waterclose Meadows Campsite

Houghton Mill

Stunning spot beside the River Great Ouse and historic Houghton Mill, just a few steps from Houghton village (where there’s a community-run shop) and a walk/cycle across the meadows to St Ives or the Hemmingfords. Open March to October for tents, caravans and motorhomes. Fully equipped camping pods also available.

Willows Park & Marina

Bromholme Ln, Brampton

A few steps from Brampton Mill pub/restaurant, this riverside camping and caravan site is open year round. Just off the Ouse Valley Way footpath, it has a heated shower block, washing machine and Wi-Fi. Lovely walks to Brampton village and Portholme Meadow.

Nene Park

Ham Ln

Tent pitches and bell tent hire available beside Gunwade Lake, surrounded by the sprawling meadows and woodland of Nene Park. The bell tents sleep up to six and are set on wooden platforms (you’ll need to bring your own bedding). Both campers and glampers have access to an undercover dining area, campfire pit and barbecue stands. Showers and toilets are at the nearby activity centre, where you can also get involved in watersports or use the lakeside café/restaurant and farm shop. The site can be booked exclusively for small groups.

The Nest

Southorpe

Three six-person wooden lodges set beside a private lake on the Cambridgeshire/Lincolnshire border, near to Burghley House, Peterborough Cathedral and John Clare country. Each luxury lodge has a wood-burning stove, fully-equipped kitchen, dining space for six, comfy sofa, board games and a deck with sunset views. You can order from a menu of homemade meals, nibbles and breakfast goods.

Fourwinds Leisure

113 Whittlesey Rd, March

Just outside March, this riverside campsite has plenty of space for tents, plus a choice of shepherd’s huts, a log cabin for four and an annex for five. You can also hire Canadian-style canoes, join an archery session or go fishing on the River Nene.

Rivermill Caravan & Camping Park

Mill Drove, Factory Bank, Ramsey

Small, family-run campsite by the river, surrounded by fens and within walking distance of Ramsey. Open all year to tents, caravans and tourers, and they also have two shepherd’s huts sleeping four to five. A footpath leads beside the river, and anglers can enjoy seasonal fishing. There’s no website but you can find them on Facebook.

Secret Garden Touring Park

Mile Tree Ln, Wisbech

This exceptional site fully embraces the Slow ethos on its 11-acre site, which has pitches for tents and caravans, plus a glamping pod, tipi and one-bed lodge with a hot tub. There’s a relaxed, rural atmosphere at the camp, with chicken and pigs on site. They also run bushcraft and beekeeping workshops, and there’s a rustic bar area which sells their own liqueurs and flavoured gins, along with local beer and fenland produce. Open March to October.

St Cyriac’s

High St, Swaffham Prior

Somewhere between camping and glamping, ‘champing’ involves sleeping overnight in decommissioned churches. St Cyriac’s sits on a hill in the quiet village of Swaffham Prior, next to the Church of St Mary’s. It has a beautiful Georgian interior, which will be kitted out with camp beds, seating and other comforts to make you feel at home. The village pub is nearby or you could order a takeaway to the church door. Available for exclusive hire, sleeping up to ten people (or more on request).

Mad Hatters Campsite

Clayway Farm

Mad Hatters camping Cambridgeshire
© Mad Hatters Campsite

Set between Ely and Littleport, and surrounded by fenland, this fantastic campsite has a strong environmental ethos which includes using 100% renewable energy and recycling as much waste as possible (around 90%). Pitches range from ‘wild camping’ spots, electric hook-ups and furnished yurts (Easter–autumn) to the Queen of Hearts cabin (open year round), complete with log burner and en suite. They’re all set within five acres of grassland, wild flowers and trees. Bird boxes and feed stations encourage birds and pollinators, and the whole site has a Mad Hatter theme, with quirky signposts and a kids’ play area.

© Mad Hatters Campsite

There’s a coffee room to warm up on rainy days, and the shop sells strawberries from the owner’s nature-friendly farm. They also run eco-workshops and have been known to host summer eco-festivals. Footpaths lead into the Fens and along the river to Ely or Littleport. 

Wicken Fen Back to Basics Campsite

Wicken Fen, Lode Ln, Wicken

A wild camping site within the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve, consisting of four open-fronted shelters, available for exclusive bookings only (you’ll have the site to yourself). Facilities are very basic – expect a firepit and compost toilet but you’ll need to bring your own water, bedding and other home comforts. The site is only accessible on foot or by bike, and you can explore the reserve at night – bring a torch. Each shelter sleeps six adults or eight children but prices are affordable enough for smaller groups.

Guilden Gate Glamping

86 North End, Bassingbourn

This ecologically built smallholding has a choice of two private glamping areas: The Secret Garden has an earth sheltered ‘Hobbit hole’ with king-size bed, while the Coppice Woodland includes a renovated 1973 VW camper van with a double bed and kids’ bed, plus a woodsman’s yurt living area or extra bedroom. Both sites have sheltered dining areas, compost loos, solar showers and wood-fired hot tubs.


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