A peaceful haven in the Wiltshire countryside sandwiched between the Wiltshire Downs and the quintessential village of Bishopstone, just over an hour from London, walking, cycling, horseriding, and now the chance to wake up to the sound of yawning pigs. This is what the Camping with Pigs weekend, 16-19 August, on Helen Browning’s Eastbrook Farm promises to offer.
Visitors can bring tents or motorhomes and there will be several pig arcs available. “Not glamping as you would recognise it”, says Tim Finney, self-styled camping supremo on Helen’s farm , “but campers can expect the luxury of huge space and sky, some of the best countryside in England with Britain’s oldest road The Ridgeway trail running through the farm, daily farm tours, clean straw every day, noisy piggy neighbours, pigs’ playtime, and an easy walk to and from Helen’s Michelin recommended pub The Royal Oak in the heart of the village".
The novel adventure ties in with the annual Pigstock mini music and beer festival (Saturday, August 18) with headlining act, the bluesy singer/songwriter Caitlin Bowles, and featuring local rock and soul bands. Real ales and great fast food will be served from 6pm in the glorious garden of The Royal Oak.
“You will wake to the sound of about 1000 pigs yawning,” says Helen Browning, who farms Eastbrook Farm and whose sausages and bacon can be found in online supermarket Ocado, and major supermarkets. “And at night you will see, or hear, or feel, badgers, bats, deer, rabbits, foxes, mice, weasels, stoats – and livestock. If the sky is clear, the stars will amaze you. And it’s actually very relaxing to watch the pigs. They run around all day, then sleep, then escape, then go home. Bring a deckchair, just sit and watch them.
“This is perfect for families and ought to be a do-nothing break – space for walking, talking, riding bikes, reading books, lying around, eating and drinking.”
Camping £12 per person per night, £6 for children. Toilets, running water (standpipe); Facilities include 30 grassy acres, enough space for several simultaneous games of football/cricket or beach volleyball.
Free entry to Pigstock.
Phone the farm office: 01793 790460, or email email@example.com
More information at www.royaloakbishopstone.co.uk
Location : Eastbrook Farm, Bishopstone, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN6. Bishopstone is midway between Wantage and Swindon, on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire county border.