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busydaffodil
03-05-2010, 16:29
Bank holiday weekend - suggestions

SPEECH HOUSE - carpark opposite
Speech House, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16, United Kingdom - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire+GL16,+Un ited+Kingdom&sll=51.046809,-4.129794&sspn=0.110295,0.308647&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FcF-FgMdSg7Z_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire,+Uni ted+Kingdom&ll=51.809252,-2.547348&spn=0.00339,0.009645&t=h&z=17)

ANCHOR PUB TINTERN
Speech House, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16, United Kingdom - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire+GL16,+Un ited+Kingdom&sll=51.046809,-4.129794&sspn=0.110295,0.308647&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FcF-FgMdSg7Z_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire,+Uni ted+Kingdom&ll=51.809252,-2.547348&spn=0.00339,0.009645&t=h&z=17)

Barry Knap - South Wales
Speech House, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16, United Kingdom - Google Maps (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire+GL16,+Un ited+Kingdom&sll=51.046809,-4.129794&sspn=0.110295,0.308647&gl=uk&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=FcF-FgMdSg7Z_w&split=0&hq=&hnear=Speech+House,+Coleford,+Gloucestershire,+Uni ted+Kingdom&ll=51.809252,-2.547348&spn=0.00339,0.009645&t=h&z=17)

kangooroo
03-05-2010, 17:36
I could do any of those but my strong preference would be for Tintern or the Forest.

I think the Tintern venue is excellent with lots of space and would take some beating on a busy Bank Holiday. Alternatively, the shaded seclusion and tranquility of the Forest of Dean at Speech House (or Cannop Ponds) would be perfect for a smaller gathering on a sunny weekend. I'll take a look at Wenchford next time I'm passing. If there's not barrier, that could be good too - flat parking, loos, BBQ sites, picnic benches, stream to paddle in, good for dogs and children...

I'm much less keen on Barry. I was there on 10th April ie at the end of the Easter Bank Holiday period and it was very crowded, very noisy - boy racers, stereos blasting, engines revving (and other motorhomers asking them to keep the noise down) hence eventually moving to Nash Point, and there's no shade if it's a hot day. On this weekend it might have been a squeeze to accommodate the number of vans who made it to AJ & Nicole's bash at Tintern and my guess is that it could become even busier on Spring Bank Holiday weekend - something you won't get in the Forest or at Tintern. My feeling is that Barry is better-suited to a quieter period.

biggirafe
03-05-2010, 19:39
I'm with Kanga on this, being a bank holiday Barry Knapp will be very busy. Also you will have problems in the forest if there are too many people. Over nights will not be a problem once people go home but we may not be able to park together until people leave in the early evening as the forest does get very busy at Bank Holidays. TBH we may be better trying to find a cheap field or maybe a CC&C DA meeting somewhere to invade :)

busydaffodil
03-05-2010, 19:42
where will I find the CC&C campsites?

rach-chavette
03-05-2010, 20:02
Campsite-Beeches Farm (http://www.thehappycampers.co.uk/campsitedetails/71/)

'No frills, just a toilet block, sinks and a expansive, undulating field overlooking Offa’s Dyke. Collect firewood from the wood at the bottom of the site on your way back from the pub. Cost is just 2.50 a night – there’s an honesty jar inside the farmhouse door. Beeches Farm'

;)

http://www.thehappycampers.co.uk/photo_gallery/525_mid_9589692814097483_88252da10f.jpg

http://www.thehappycampers.co.uk/photo_gallery/525_mid_8044232814536512_e1495b836f.jpg

http://www.saltfreedivers.com/images/camping.jpg



http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&gl=uk&hl=en&q=BEECHES+FARM+chepstow&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Beeches+Farm,+Tidenham+Chase,+Chepstow,+Gwen t+NP16+7LZ,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=16

busydaffodil
03-05-2010, 20:47
So, we've kind of ruled out Speech House due to daytime parking issues on the Bank holiday weekend & ruled out Barry Knap.

We've Tintern left in the loop & Rach's Beeches Farm which looks interesting.
Anyone else have any ideas?

mrsBiggirafe
03-05-2010, 20:53
Rachs field looks very good and very cheep :)
both things we like, also looks like we could have a BBQ for all.

Nic x

kangooroo
03-05-2010, 21:05
That looks like an excellent site but, it could be a big BUT... there's a DJ camp arranged there for late-May with a lot of noise planned. I'm not sure which weekend it is but if it's the Bank Holiday, then I think it's one to avoid, otherwise - excellent.

If so, how about simply returning to Tintern if the landowner is happy with this. Because it's a Bank Holiday weekend, I think options are going to be more restricted with other events planned. At least we'd know we had the Tintern site to ourselves which is something we can't be certain of elsewhere and would avoid a potential last-minute venue change on the day if we found another group had also had a similar idea and hogged our chosen spot.

busydaffodil
03-05-2010, 21:09
very true Kangooroo.
At least with Tintern we could do a meal in the pub on the saturday and perhaps a BBQ on the Sunday night when the pub doesnt do food(or the very lovely Indian takeaway delivery)
I think they would be happier with it that way around.

Geoff.W
03-05-2010, 21:31
That looks like an excellent site but, it could be a big BUT... there's a DJ camp arranged there for late-May with a lot of noise planned. I'm not sure which weekend it is but if it's the Bank Holiday, then I think it's one to avoid, otherwise - excellent.

If so, how about simply returning to Tintern if the landowner is happy with this. Because it's a Bank Holiday weekend, I think options are going to be more restricted with other events planned. At least we'd know we had the Tintern site to ourselves which is something we can't be certain of elsewhere and would avoid a potential last-minute venue change on the day if we found another group had also had a similar idea and hogged our chosen spot.

I must agree about Beeches farm, could be good out of season but I did read through the revues and think it may be best avoided on bank holidays and in peak season.

ajs
03-05-2010, 21:56
I must agree about Beeches farm, could be good out of season but I did read through the revues and think it may be best avoided on bank holidays and in peak season.

looks like a place for drop outs and dead beats... :eek:
should suite us fine:rolleyes:...not :p

regards :o
aj

not for me...

biggirafe
03-05-2010, 22:01
won't be many official sites that are quiet on a bank holiday. We need a friendly farm or place such as tintern. Somewhere new would be nice though. Lets see what we can find and come back to it :)

bevdrew
04-05-2010, 08:10
I know its t'other side of country but, how about here: Haxey Quays (http://www.haxeyquays.com/)

Stayed one night on way back home in early April.


Lovely site beside river
Seperate large grassy fields
Big tractor on site
Basic but has drinking water taps and new loo disposal points.
Pub across the road
In coutryside but village with (another!) pub, takeaway and food shop about 1 mile away

Met owner and he friendly and keen for us to visit - can put us in seperate field as has acres of space.

** Forgot to say - only 3/van per night for meets **

busydaffodil
08-05-2010, 14:37
I've not come up with anything different as yet.

kangooroo
19-05-2010, 12:21
Has anything further been arranged for the Bank Holiday weekend?

Tintern or elsewhere?

I'll have itchy wheels again by then so hope to take off somewhere.....

busydaffodil
19-05-2010, 17:13
If I had name & number,I'd phone tintern Abbey.

Anyone have details or want to do it?

Suggest we off to eat in the pub for the Sat night? Not sure we should push our luck again with the BBQ request for the Sat night.

kangooroo
19-05-2010, 17:17
I think AJ has the contact details. Didn't he arrange it all last time??

busydaffodil
19-05-2010, 18:37
yep AJ did. I'm sure he'll be along shortly with the details :D

bill scouse
19-05-2010, 19:17
hi. try Welcome to The Anchor in Tintern, an historic inn set in extensive grounds dating back to the twelfth century and situated alongside the River Wye with the stunning backdrop of Tintern Abbey - An ideal location for visitors from Monmouth, The Wye Val (http://www.theanchortintern.com) bill

busydaffodil
19-05-2010, 19:38
Thanks Bill
I've just spoken to the owner.
There is nothing going on for that weekend so we are more than welcome to use his field.
I'll start a fresh thread on it now.

Sooty 10
24-05-2010, 21:53
Anyone in the north west, we are off to a farm near Garstang. 5 a night or 8.50 with electric. Maybe a bit noisy as some of us are taking our guitars. Only 14 of us so far so room for a few more.

Sooty


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