What's on Around Whichford
Perhaps the most wonderful amenity is Whichford Wood. There is access to the woods if you follow the public footpath from the Church. Please click here for a link to the public footpaths. The Deer in the woods are currently being culled due to the population growth as a result, we suggest you stick to the public footpaths to ensure you do not endanger yourselves.
You will definitely need your wellies for this. In early May there is a sea of bluebells, in autumn there are chestnuts and hazelnuts and quite often, if you are quiet, you will see muntjak and deer.
The award winning village pub, The Norman Knight, serves good meals and has a lovely view over the village green. They also have excellent live music nights. The pub is open every day except Monday lunchtime (open bank holidays).
Whichford Pottery is also a wonderful place to visit, where there is a stunning garden full of inspiring pots, the Octagon gift shop and the marvellous Straw Cafe. The food is seasonal, locally sourced, hand made, hand baked and even home grown when possible. They have gardening master classes and adult pottery workshops.
There is no shop in the village, but there are some very good shops nearby. The village shop in Long Compton has basic foodstuffs and sells papers. Wyatts Farm Shop near Great Rollright has a good selection of meat, vegetables, gifts and plants, wine and a cafe. The Village Shop, Hook Norton, is open until 8pm. Taste of the Country, Shipston-on-Stour, sell delicious handmade foods. You can find larger shops - Aldi, Co-op and Sainsburys - in Chipping Norton, 5 miles away.
Alternatively we have a cafe in the village - The Straw Kitchen - visit for a delicious, wholehearted brunch and coffee. For dinner you can visit the pub - The Norman Knight serving great food & local brews.
The Rollright Stones
The Rollright Stones is an ancient site, consisting of three elements, The Kings Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights. It is well worth a visit and is just up the road.
Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre
There are a number of alternative treatments on offer at Holycombe, such as Massage, Reflexology and Hypnotherapy whilst you are camping, however these need to be arranged with individual therapists prior to arrival. To do this see the Therapies page under What's on tab for contact information.
Activities in the local area
Nearby are some lovely historic Cotswold villages and towns – such as Shipston-on-Stour, Chipping Norton, Moreton-in the -Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, the Slaughters, the Tews, the Swells, Bourton-on-the-Water, Burford and Broadway. About 13 miles away are Hidcote Manor Gardens and Kiftsgate, and many beautiful places to visit such as Batsford Aboretum and Sezincote. Further afield, Stratford-upon Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company and boating on the River Avon is 15 miles, Banbury 12 miles and Oxford 25 miles. We are also located on the Macmillan Way, a long distance footpath, and the Cotswold Way. Broadway Tower is another exciting place to visit.
There are several good restaurants and takeaways in the local area. In Chipping Norton we have - Cafe Le Raj (possibly deliver to the campsite), The Thai Shire, Arctic Fish Bar. In the village we have the exceptional Straw Kitchen (for breakfast and lunch). In Shipston-on-Stour there are lots of restaurants click here for a list. Also in Moreton-in-Marsh there are lots of restaurants (here)
You can hire Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards and Pedalo's at the Cotswold Water Park (34 miles). There is also a man made beach there and an inflatable adventure course on the water (visit Cotswolds Country Park & Beach)
There are three places where you can find swimming pools locally; Shipston-on-Stour Leisure Centre, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, and Sibford School Swimming Pool and the Crown Plaza Leisure Centre near Heythrop. (All within 3-15 miles)
To find spots for wild swimming locally, please use this link.
There are plenty of seriously good pubs locally. To check out great pubs in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, please see the Good Pub Guide, and search by region. On the way to the nearby villages of Stourton and Cherington is the Cotswold Distillery that does tours, and in the other direction there is the Hook Norton Brewery to look round.
Ty Cycles actually deliver bikes to the campsite. Their email is , tel no 01608 238150. You can also hire bicycles locally, at Bourton-on-the-water, Bibury, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Chipping Norton and Chipping Campden. Please click on this link for further details.