Secret campsites – Dernwood Farm

Our second visit to Dernwood Farm in the heart of the Sussex Weald offered a completely different perspective to this wild campsite from our first; at the Lovewood festival we pitched beneath a pylon at the wrong end of the field. On our return, we pitched at the entrance of a glade, a patch of…

Laughing my head off around the campfire

It had been years since I laughed so hard. There were four of us around a campfire set on a hill overlooking Glastonbury festival. It was Saturday night and the vale was a constellation echoing with music, a party that our small children precluded us from attending.

Camping in the rain

We have been on a camping tour of South West England, beginning at the Port Eliot festival, moving onto South Penquite Farm atop Bodmin Moor, then up along the coast and over Exmoor, descending steeply at Cloud Farm in Doone Valley. It rained all the time. It rained in the morning when the children screamed…

Britain Goes Camping on BBC2

Britain Goes Camping documentary for BBC4

Britain Goes Camping is a new BBC documentary from Brian Henry Martin and Doubleband Films, showing Tue 20 July at 9pm. Earlier this year, Cath and myself spent a day filming with Brian and his small crew, and some of that interview footage is included in the programme

We Are Camping at Port Eliot

I unveiled my We Are Camping project at Port Eliot festival this year, 23rd-25 July. The event took place on Sunday 25 July in the camping field at 2pm. I am a big fan of the Port Eliot festival, being their very first paid customer way back when. I have been researching We Are Camping…

Tom’s Field campsite

Tom’s Field is a popular campsite on the Southern end of the Isle of Purbeck, which is not really an island so much as a hearty peninsula situated on a turn-off from the holiday traffic crawling West through Dorset. Like so many of the Cool Camping selections, Tom’s Field struggles to maintain its allure now that the secret is out.