Mendip Basecamp


All your questions answered...

Book your stay

Friendly, quiet dogs are very welcome to join you camping and are charged at £5 per dog, for the duration of your stay. Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst onsite. Customers are responsible for their dogs at all times and are asked to please clean up after them. Irresponsible dog owners are not tolerated. There is livestock in adjacent fields so please keep dogs under control at all times.

Regrettably, dogs are not allowed in our Nomadic Bell tents, Glamphouse Safari tents or in the Lodge accommodation.

Dogs are unable to join you on any of our activity sessions, other than frisbee golf. If you are bringing a dog with you, one of your party will have to not take part in activity session to stay with the dog.

Fires and barbecues are what camping is all about! You are welcome to bring off ground fire pits and barbecues with you. We also have fire pits available to hire from our onsite shop. Hire is £10 per stay and this includes a fire-starter kit which includes matches, firelighters and kindling.

Firewood, kindling and firelighters are available from the shop. We kindly ask that you please do not bring firewood with you or collect from the woodland. Marshmallows are available from the shop! Perfect for toasting around the fire!

Yes, fire pits can be hired for £10 for the duration of your stay and include a basic fire lighting kit to get you started. You can add one to your booking now or pick one up when you arrive (subject to availability). 

We do take a fully refundable £10 deposit on hire which must be paid by card. 

We have free, high-speed wifi at our activity centre and in The Lodge. There is also a great 4G mobile connection and phone signal at the campsite.

We have a simple pricing structure for all of our accommodation options. 

Tents, Campers and Campervanners

Children (4- 15)
Infants (0 - 3)
Mon to Thur nights £10Mon to Thur nights £6Free
Fri - Sun* nights £12Fri - Sun* night £8Free

*Bank holidays are priced at weekend rates

Rental Tents 

We have two types of rental tents: 

Nomadic Bell Tents - Sleeps up to 6 people on foam mattresses. Each tent will have a picnic bench outside the tent. Sleeping bags/bedding are not included.  Priced at £85 per off peak night and £95 per peak night. Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. 

Glamphouse Tents - Only 2 available! Exclusive tent, sleeping up to 6 people on foam mattresses. Each tent includes an indoor picnic bench. Sleeping bags/bedding are not included. Priced at £115 per off peak night and £125 per peak night. Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights.

Lodge Bunk Rooms 

Lodge bunk room prices are based on the number of beds. Bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. 

Number of beds
Price per night
4 - 6 bed bunk room
7 - 9 bed bunk room

We are open all weekends and school holidays from 26th May 2022 - 2nd September 2023. 

Yes, we do have a basic wash up area. Please bring your own washing up liquid and tea towels. 

Mendip Activity Centre, Mendip Lodge and Mendip Basecamp are all cashless. 

We accept all major credit and debit cards (excluding American express). 

Mendip Basecamp is located within the grounds of Mendip Activity Centre. 


Mendip Activity Centre, Lyncombe Drive, Churchill, BS25 5PQ. 


Follow signs up the drive, keeping to the right rather than entering the main carpark on the left. After a hairpin bend, you will go under the ski slope bridge. Continue driving past Mendip Lodge.  Continue to follow the signs to Mendip Basecamp which will take you up the hill up a track to the camping field.

Basecamp check in takes place in the huge white marquee in the middle of the field, the Pavilion.

Click here for a Google maps link.


We ask all customers to please not bring generators with you. 

There is USB charging available in the Pavilion for all customers to use. 

Are you accessible?

We are very fortunate to be situated in such a stunning location set in the Mendip Hills. Unfortunately, this does come with its limitations. We pride ourselves as being as accessible as possible; however, we do not have any accessible toilets in the campsite.

The paths leading to our onsite activities can be fairly muddy and uneven. Pushchairs/wheelchairs/mobility scooters may struggle depending on what part of the site they are trying to access.  We have recently installed a lift in our main centre which allows disabled access to our cafe-bar. Our main activity centre has accessible toilets. The Lodge has an accessible room and you can access the campsite by a concrete track. 

Please view our full accessibility statement here:

Yes, you can view our full campsite guide here: 


Check in for campers is between 2pm and 8pm (9pm on a Friday) on your day of arrival. We do limit vehicle movements after dark.

If you have rented a Bunkhouse tent or a room in Mendip Lodge, check in is between 4pm - 8pm (9pm on a Friday). 

Camping and bunkhouse tent check in is located at the Pavilion, the large white marquee in the middle of the camping fields. 

Bunkroom check in is at Mendip Lodge. 

If you are camping, you are very welcome to make the most of your final day. Please decamp and leave site by 5pm on your day of departure. 

If you have booked a Bunkhouse tent or Mendip Lodge bunkroom, we will ask you to check out of your accommodation by 10am however you are welcome to stay onsite all day.

Check online to see if there are any spaces left and book for any extra guests or any extra nights. You will all be able to camp together even if you have separate bookings.

If there is no availability on the dates you are staying that unfortunately means we are at the site capacity for pitches and facilities for those dates. Unless previously agreed, we are unable to add people to your booking or extend your stay.

Every guest will receive a Basecamp wristband on arrival so we know you have booked in.

Yes. We allow day guests to visit our campsite for £3 per person. Day guests must leave the Basecamp site by 9pm.  They must come to the Camp Check where they will receive a writstband.

You are more than welcome to meet day guests at the activity centre, our onsite cafe-bar or on the activities you book for no additional charge. 

Basecamp is a very family-orientated campsite and we would love for you to visit with groups of friends and families of mixed ages.

Small adult-only groups are accepted on the understanding you respect our noise and behaviour policy at all times. Please understand that this is a family campsite and we have a zero tolerance towards anti-social behaviour. We have a no noise/music policy in place after 10pm. 

Sorry, groups of adults of any size under the age of 25 are not permitted.

When making a booking, any campers aged 16 and above are adults

If you click on Book Now at the top of this page you'll be able to check availability live. If it lets you book then we have space and your booking will be confirmed.

We will always do our best to accommodate changes to bookings. However, weekends are extremely popular so moving your booking to a different weekend may not be possible. Please give us as much notice as possible. To amend a booking, please contact us via email to with details of your booking and when you would like to try and move it to. 

If you do need to cancel your booking please let us know by emailing as soon as possible. Your booking will be cancelled with effect from the day we receive your email notification and subject to the following cancellation charges:

- Up to 4 days prior to the booked event: you may cancel your booking and receive a full credit voucher for the full value of the booking valid for 12 months for any of our activities, minus a 5 pound admin fee. Alternatively, you may move your booking to an alternative date, minus a 5 pound admin fee. Please note, if you have booked through a third party they may withhold your booking fee.

- Within 4 days of the booked event: you will not be entitled to cancel or move your booking or receive any refund or credit voucher.

If you cancel your booking after the booking start date, we cannot issue any refund for any remaining nights of your booking. This does include where you need to cancel your booking for any reason outside of your reasonable control, including without limitation, inclement weather and illness. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance to cover you in these circumstances or should you need to cancel for medical reasons or due to a period of enforced quarantine. 

If for whatever reason, you do not turn up on the arrival date stated on your booking confirmation, without prior notice this shall be considered a cancellation. 

Basecamp is a family campsite. Children are not permitted to camp without an adult.

If you do not have children as part of your booking, we can only accept small, adult only groups of up to six over the age of 25. Please understand that this is a family campsite and that we have a zero-tolerance towards anti-social behaviour. We have a no noise/music policy in place after 10pm.

Sorry, groups of adults of any size all under the age of 25 are not permitted. 

We are now taking bookings for camping in 2023! 

Basecamp will be open for all weekends and school holidays from 26th May 2023. 

Click here to book


Yes! We want to keep things as relaxed as possible so we don’t have pitches. Our camping field is massive so there will be plenty of options of where to pitch.

We want to keep an area for kids (including big kids) to be able to run around in, and obviously, we wouldn’t recommend setting up camp on any of the tracks but we will give you a map on check in to show any no-go areas.

If you are camping with friends or another family you are welcome to pitch together but please keep at least 3m between tents of the same group and 6m of tents from different parties.

Yes! We don't have pitches, just various 'zones'. It does not matter if you book at the same time or together, just find each other on-site.

Yes, you can park next to your tent. Our field and track can be quite bumpy and uneven in places so please take it steady and driving in the camping field is done so at your own risk.

We do limit vehicle movement after dark. If you’ve been out for the evening and get back after 10pm there is an overnight parking area near the entrance to the field. You can park up here for the night and walk back to your pitch.

Please always drive very carefully and with the assumption that children are playing nearby.

We have a strictly enforced, zero tolerance, 5mph speed limit.

Basecamp is a basic, off-grid camp without the facilities and services caravans and motorhomes usually expect.

Our camp can only be accessed by a steep road with a tight hairpin bend which is not ideal for towing vehicles. There is also a low, sloping bridge with a low point of 2.7m which restricts access to tall vehicles. Trailer-tents are welcome if you are confident your vehicle has the torque to get up to the camp and understand the limited facilities available.


We offer a range of activities with self-led activity prices from just £4 per person!

Activities available onsite include: frisbee golf, orienteering, tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, archery, axe throwing, air rifles, climbing, abseiling, bushcraft, archery active, field archery and caving.

We also use a couple of other sites in the local area where we can offer: canoeing, kayaking and caving.

Our activity and snowsport centre is just a short woodland walk away where most of our activities take place. Our watersports site is a 15-minute drive from the campsite and our private rocksports quarry is a 15-minute drive or a beautiful 20-minute walk.

Click here to view our activities and availability 

Activities can be booked on our website here -

We strongly recommend booking all activities in advance as we regularly sell out of our instructor-led activities, especially during peak times.

Activities that do not require an instructor (frisbee golf and orienteering) will always be available wihtout prebooking.

All activities can be booked online -

Tobogganing is available for ages 4+

Skiing is available for ages 5+

Snowboarding is for ages 8+, but must also have at least a size 2 adult shoe and be 1.2m tall

Frisbee Golf does not have an age restriction and under 6's play for free!

Our outdoor activity sessions can be run in two ways, with different minimum ages:

If you are booking individual spaces on an activity session, the minimum age is 8.

You are also able to book a session privately just for your group. If you book the session exclusively we can real the age restriction and you can bring up to four children aged 6 or 7 - everyone else must be eight or over. If you have anyone under eight in your group, at least one adult must take part.

Not at all! You are welcome to use our site as a base to explore the local area or just to enjoy the beautiful Mendip Hills. There is no obligation to book activities with us during your stay.


Yes! The large white marquee is also our camp shop. We stock all the essentials plus lots of treats! 

The shop sells:

  • camping essentials including storm pegs, air beds, disposable BBQs, charcoal, camping has, mallets, foot pumps and even a few sleeping bags!
  • farm shop items including local burgers, sausages, bacon, cheddar, halloumi, bread, milk and eggs. 
  • a selection of dried foods (e.g. pasta, sauces, porridge pots) and essentials such as ketchup, olive oil and tea and coffee!
  • toiletries including sun cream, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper and sanitary products.
  • a wide range of snacks, treats, crisps, ice creams and S'more kits!
  • camp games and toys such as frisbees, rackets, footballs, kits and card games and colouring books
  • a range of Mendip Acitvity Centre and Basecamp merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies, caps, wristbands, pencils and mugs!

    Top tip, if you purchase a mug, we'll throw in your first barista hot drink for free! 

We have a small coffee shop within the Pavilion marquee at the campsite. This serves barista coffee, breakfast rolls and pastries and cakes.

Mendip Lodge, our onsite popup pub, is a three minute walk from Basecamp, down a magical illuminated woodland path. Our bar staff have curated their favourite Somerset ales, beers and ciders from Butcombe Brewery and Thatchers Cider.

The Alpine Lounge team, our dedicated cafe team, will be setting up a canteen within the pub, serving Pieminister pies, loaded fries, jacket potatoes and stone-baked pizzas. Come and enjoy some local brews, share a pizza, find a sofa and enjoy some music or join us around the fire to watch our centre manager do some real work and lay on his inimitable northern hospitality! Fancy a ice-cold beer back at camp? We also sell cans of beer and cider in our off-license!

See for more info 

Ticks are present in the Mendip Hills. Ticks can be found in long grass, woodland, open country, public parks and gardens. Help prevent tick bites by sticking to paths, avoiding brushing against the vegetation, wearing light clothing so ticks are easier to spot and brush off, and using insect repellent. 

Check your clothes and your body regularly for ticks when you're outdoors and when you get home.  Ticks can transmit bacteria that can cause diseases such as Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include flu-like symptoms and a distinctive circular rash. 

For advice on removing ticks and what to do if you get a bite visit

Yes! You can view Mendip Lodge opening times and menu here:

The Pavilion marquee will be serving breakfast rolls and pastries everyday from 8am- 10am and sells hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice creams all day, every day that the campsite is open!

Bunk Rooms

The Bunk rooms are all on the first floor of Mendip Lodge. The Lodge is just a 5 minute walk from the camping area and within the same site as our multi-activity centre. 

The rooms all sleep between 6 - 9 people are priced by the number of beds. All beds are solid, metal bunks of either two or three tiers. Every room is en-suite with a toilet, sink and hot shower. 

All Bunk Rooms include: 

- Ensuite shower, toilet and sink

- Solid metal bunkbeds with proper mattresses (all single beds) 

-  One double power point and USB sockets 

- Free parking 

We do not provide any linen. Please bring bedding/sleeping bags and pillows. 

We provide toilet roll and soap. Rooms are not cleaned during your stay.

Please note, there are no self-catering facilities in the Lodge or rooms. 

Bunk Rooms are available between 27th May - 4th June and 22nd July - 4th September 2022.

All Bunk Room bookings are for a minimum of 2 nights. 

Bunk Tents

Our rental bunk tents are located in the heart of the Basecamp camping field. 

You are able to park next to your tent and they will be just a few minutes walk from the toilet and shower blocks. 

Rental Tents are all equipped with the following: 

- Six foam mattresses 

- Picnic bench 

Linen and bedding is not included. Please bring bedding/sleeping bags and pillows.

Basecamp rental tents are available to throughout the Basecamp season which is all weekends and school holidays from 26th May - 4th September 2023.

Rental tent bookings are only available for a minimum of 2 nights. 

Sign In