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    Another request for camp site ideas for group camp - Bristol/S West

    Reading the other thread looking for camp site suggestions, I thought Id throw a similar request out here. Our group runs a group camp every other year, the next one will be in 2020. We usually get around 100+ YP across all sections plus ~20-25 adults camping and many others, including parents coming along at various times during the day to help out as needed

    Now were a bit spoilt in one way in that were 15 minutes from Woodhouse Park, so thats our default site. It has its benefits in we all know it, it has plenty of onsite activities we can buy in, easy to get to and the closeness means we do get many helpers coming just for the day or when we need more bods around (or we've realised we've forgotten something!). However, this familiarity has bred a bit of complacency. Additionally all the kids know WHP, we use it a lot for section camps, evenings and weekend activities so most have done it to death. Its been agreed we should look further afield before booking WHP again.

    Ideally wed like a site that can accommodate in the order of 120 campers on one pitch, has a building with kitchen (feeling is its easier for catering at this scale than in a camp kitchen), maybe some inside accommodation as the beaver leader does not like the beavers in tents or staying more than 1 night,* (though we had them all in tents for a night last time, so hope this has set a precedent), space for our own activities, which includes the usual things such as pioneering, wide games, etc, but also several onsite staffed activities we can use ie climbing, archery, kayaking or whatever is on offer

    Weve discounted Brockmead largely due to the access logistics and limited site led activities. So, what would people recommend as a suitable site for a large group camp, say under 2 hours from Bristol? There is a faction that does not want to go too far as that may limit the number of day helpers we can call on, but that may be a luxury we have to forego, though I dont underestimate how this helps the camp run smoothly.

    * This is a different bone of contention, maybe for another time.

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    Longridge - water activities specialist near Marlow
    Left field suggestion - Escot, but doesn't tick many of your boxes, I just like it there. it's got the "feels".
    Torquay district site - not been myself but looked at it for summer camp, but our Network have and liked it. would fit the bill I think plus a sea view/walk to the beach
    Crai activity parc - Newbridge, Gwent. again, looked at for summer camp but not been. Would need passports to get over the bridge.
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    Have you looked at Huish Woods near Taunton? Lots of separate 'group' sites, very big field for District-size camps and activities, indoor accommodation with kitchen (not adjacent to the camping sites but not far away), decent and recently extended climbing wall, zip wire, archery, artificial caving in tunnels, etc. Oh and woods.
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    Had a bad experience at Huish Woods last year and the previous year, booked activities 3 months in advance only to be told that they could not offer any of them one week before the camp. Went To Buddens in Dorset two years ago just after Scout Sctivities took things over and they flew a kayaking instructor down from Newcastle as we had booked that activity before they took over the site and they discovered our booking had no instructor. Most impressed with Buddens and have been back there again this year. No indoor accommodation or kitchen though.
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    Buddens is one of my favorite campsites, lots of activities including day trips to Brownsea Island and Weymouth. Large level pitches and as it used to be a sand quarry, good drainage.

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    Thanks for the replies. Some places I've never heard of before so some ideas for where to start researching.

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