Camping as it should be

Back to basics, off-grid, family adventure camp

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Mendip Basecamp

Our Story

Basecamp is a family-run campsite in the heart of the beautiful Mendip Hills, just outside Bristol, five minutes from the M5. Surrounded by ancient woodland, our spacious campsite is perfect for families, small groups and adventurers.

We are proud of Basecamp's friendly, community-fuelled atmosphere, that has people coming back year after year!

We may be an off-grid, wild campsite - but we still have hot showers, clean flushing toilets, a camp shop and a cosy country lodge which serves great value food and drink. Plus, with a 250 acre activity centre on site you can make your stay a real family adventure camp!

Following the overwhelming success of previous years, we will open once again in 2022 and offer families space, freedom, and adventure.


9.2 Superb Based on 171 reviews
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Lisa J - Summer 2020:

This place is just amazing. We had a fantastic stay, one of the best camping breaks we’ve ever had. The campsite is immaculately clean and the staff are amazing. Being able to have a fire pit was great - there’s nothing like watching the sunset whilst the kids roast marshmallows! The activities were all fabulous, super instruction and lots of fun. The bar and food were great. It’s hard to believe that this place hasn’t always been open to families. Congratulations to all of the staff team for creating something so amazing from such a difficult situation. You have made our summer!

Rohan W - Summer 2020:

Can not recommend this place enough. Friendly staff, quality atmosphere, awesome place to recharge the batteries! From beginning to end of our 3 day adventure our children have not stopped smiling! This place has it all. Very clean and well thought out camping area! Tobogganing and having a few beers at Turners Tavern were the highlights! Well done to all the team @mendip. You guys are doing a cracking job! We will be returning!!!

Nicki D - Summer 2020:

Just spent an amazing few days at Mendip basecamp. The activities were brilliant and the instructors all experienced, friendly and great with all ages. The facilities were spotless and regularly checked. The shop, bar and food was all reasonably priced unlike other sites I have been too and everything is overpriced. We are already planning a return trip next summer if they re-open to the public. Well done to every member of the team at Mendip Basecamp.

Jessica D - Summer 2020:

Changed our plans for Wales to go just 25miles down the road and absolutely thrilled we did! Simple, unplugged Somerset bliss. Tobogganing was hilarious and very highly recommended. We also tried our hands at rock climbing. Leonie was an amazing instructor. The Lodge is comforting and friendly and the pop up shop is just the job. The whole team are so friendly - Can’t wait to come back (hopefully!).

Sarah S - Summer 2020:

Our family have just returned from five fabulous days at Mendip Basecamp. Highly recommend the campsite and all it’s activities to others. Beautiful site, with incredibly helpful staff, great activities with real family feel. Campsite looks amazing at night too, with everyone’s fire pits and fairy lights. We will return....

Beck R - Summer 2020:

We've just had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend as a family. Our girls loved it and we thought the site itself was absolutely fab. We love the fact we didn't have to go off site for food with our wee ones once we've had enough of cooking on the camp cooker, the pizzas and chips from the Lodge were such a welcomed break. We would highly recommend and would love to come back.

Carl S - Summer 2020:

we had a 2 night stay here for camping, with children (6,14,15) to keep occupied this place nailed it. we really loved our stay here. 5 STARS

Isla and Siobhan - Summer 2021:

WHAT A WEEKEND at Mendip Basecamp. Massive shout out to Ollie- our rock climbing instructor on Friday. Canoeing on Saturday for our tribe- Joe lead an awesome session . His inspiring, fun energy and knowledge was a perfect pitch for all ages. We loved meeting so many of the staff and their smiley faces added a great buzz around camp. Our bunkhouse tents worked so well for the 5 off us . Loads of space . Mendip, we will be back!

Ruthie - Summer 2021:

It is frankly the best campsite I have ever been to, and we will probably go back every single year. The facilities are outstanding. The campsite itself is well placed on the top of a view. One side has views and the other is next to the woodland walks. The basecamp itself has a marquee with a small shop that sells essentials of food and camping. There are comfy sofas, phone charging facilities, a small kids play area and other activities. The best part of this site for kids, is the variety of activities on site. There is also a 'pub' on site that does a range of reasonably priced food. There are lots of walks straight from the campsite, and overall the place has a great community feel. It is absolutely worth a visit.

Amez - Summer 2021:

Love this site! Have stayed a few times and don't think I've been anywhere like it. A really unique camping experience with a chilled vibe. The site is a lovely balance of natural, wild beauty but with a well structured set up for easy-to-book activities and basic convenience. The staff are so friendly and professional. The kids loved; bushcraft, toboganning, frisbee golf, the shop and playing in the massive woodland. Highly recommend!


Covid promise

We want you to book with confidence and have something to look forward to this summer. If we cannot open as planned we will refund or rearrange all bookings.

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