FAQs

LOCATION & TRANSPORT

WHERE IS WILD CANVAS?

We are located at Coppey Moor Cottage, within the grounds of Turvey House, Bedfordshire MK43 8EQ

WHEN IS WILD CANVAS?

Opening Weekend: 29 July to 1 August 2022.

Main Summer Camp: 5- 30 August 2022

HOW TO GET THERE?

The village of Turvey is located in Bedfordshire. If driving, use postcode MK43 8EQ in your navigation device. This will take you straight to the campsite. Please note that there is no thoroughfare to the campsite from the Turvey Estate main entrance.

 

The nearest, main line train station is Bedford (Thameslink) with regular trains from Kings Cross. From there, you will be able to take buses (No.41) to the village of Turvey (direction Northampton). Otherwise, taxis are available at the train station and cost around £15 for a 15 minute journey. 

WHERE ARE THE NEAREST SHOPS?

Turvey itself has two general village shops (one includes a Post Office), an excellent butcher’s shop, and two pubs. There is a footpath that connects the campsite to the village (15 minute walk). Please shop locally where possible. 

 

Olney, only four miles away, is a lovely small market town that has a Co-Op, a small Sainsbury’s, a market on Thursdays and a really good deli, plus several restaurants and takeaways and many other interesting shops. 

 

There are several market towns and historic villages in the area that offer good options for food and general shopping and also for exploration. These nearest, Bedford (8 miles), has a large Sainsbury’s on our side of the town. Slightly further afield, the village of Ampthill (15 miles) has a Waitrose. Further afield, Dunstable (28 miles) is another historic market town.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Local attractions include Woburn Safari Park, Whipsnade Zoo and Dunstable Downs within the Chilterns (AONB), the highest point in Bedfordshire. 

 

Also;

– Harold Odell Country Park: 10 minutes’ drive

– Castle Ashby and Gardens: 15 mins

– Gullivers Dinosaur and Farm Park: 25 mins

– Salcey Forest: 25 mins

– Milton Keynes (for indoor karting, climbing and Snozone snow activities): 25 mins

– Stanwick Lakes (for walks and kids’ activities): half an hour

– Ride Leisure (inflatable water park): half an hour

– Bletchley Park: half an hour

CAMPING, VEHICLES & PARKING

DRIVING / PARKING ON SITE

Please follow the signs when you enter the site and park your vehicle in the dedicated car park. Parking is unmanned and the vehicles are left at the owners risk. Please observe the 5mph speed limit and the one-way signs once you have entered the venue and avoid driving at night and under the influence. The camping fields are vehicle free.

HOW FAR IS THE CAR PARK FROM THE CAMPING FIELDS?

Approximately 120 meters minimum to 750 meters maximum depending on where you pitch. We will provide a limited number of trolleys to transport your tent and belongings to your pitch. We recommend guests bring their own trolleys as wait times can ve variable on busy check-in days.

CAMPERVANS

There will be a limited number of pitches for camper vans in the main field, but there are no hook-ups. We do not provide facilities for cassette toilets. Any camper van must be under 8 meters long and this includes an awning / child tent. All camper vans need to be escorted into their spot by a member of staff.

CAMPSITE INFO

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT TIMES

Standard check-in times are between 2pm-8pm for Tipi Guests and 10am-8pm for Campers and Camper Vans. We request that you check out by 11am, but please let us know if you have any specific requests. Prior to your booking, you will receive an info pack detailing the arrival procedure.

FACILITIES

There are flushing toilets in the main field as well as portable toilets at various points on the camping fields. Hot showers and hot water washing-up sinks are located in the main field. 

DRINKING WATER

Drinking water will be available from stand pipes at the hand basins.

RECYCLING AND RUBBISH

As stewards of the land we operate upon, we strive to have a minimal impact and aim to “Leave No Trace”. 

 

Please make this possible by placing your rubbish in the bins provided and leave nothing behind – this includes any food and packaging bits around your tent or any bulky items such as broken camping equipment!  

 

Please be mindful of bringing unnecessary packaging / single use plastic. 

 

All rubbish collected at camp goes to a specialised Materials Recycling Facility, where all recyclables will be extracted, ready for second life uses. Therefore, we do not have separate bins.

WI-FI AND PHONE SIGNAL | DEVICE CHARGING

Phone reception is good. There is no public Wi-Fi.

There will be a limited number of charging points at Wild HQ, at £1 per charge.

PAYMENTS ON SITE

Contactless and cash payments accepted.

ACCESSIBILITY

Unfortunately, due to the pop up nature of the camping event, we are not able to provide a fully accessible site. Please get in touch if you have any specific requirements and we will try and place you in a suitable location.

SITE & RIVER SAFETY

Our campsite is situated next to the River Great Ouse. It is not possible for us to fence the banks of the river to prevent access. Whilst the river is generally calm and gentle, there is still a risk to younger children and therefore children should be supervised at all times.

 

The river is deep enough to swim in at points, with a shallow area for wading. Guests are welcome to swim from the designated beach area, but do so at their own risk. Wild Canvas is not responsible for the safety of those using the water and will not be providing a lifeguard. Life buoys will be situated in each field.

 

The river is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Please respect this beautiful environment and its inhabitants and do not remove any wildlife or flora. As the river is home to wildlife, please avoid submerging your face or swallowing as this could cause illness.

CAMP RULES

CAMPFIRES AND BBQS

We believe campfires and BBQs are an integral part of your camping experience. However, open fires are only allowed in raised fire pits and a limited number will be available to rent on-site. All tipis come with fire pits. Disposable BBQs are not allowed on the ground. No fires on grass and next to tents. Logs can be purchased on site or at the point of booking.

NOISE

Portable speakers are allowed as long as the levels do not disturb your neighbours. No amplified music, drumming and very loud conversations between 9pm-9am please. We are a family friendly site and ask everyone to be respectful of that. 
Music at the bar will stop at 11pm.

CHILDREN

Children are free to explore the site, but they remain their parents’ responsibility at ALL times and must be supervised!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

There is minimal lighting on-site, bring torches for yourself and any little ones. Warm clothes, rain gear, swimsuits and sunscreen are advisable. Life jackets for the little ones and river shoes might also be useful.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Unfortunately, as livestock graze on the fields when they’re not being used as a campsite, dogs are not allowed on site except guide / support dogs.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING!

Any illegal drugs or substances, any weapons, alcohol in possession of under 18s, glass bottles and jars as animal graze on these fields and children play barefoot on grass, fireworks / flares and Chinese lanterns, sound systems, megaphones and lasers.

FOOD AND DRINK

FOOD

Local chef Kate Bliss will be serving a daily changing menu of wholesome and delicious food using seasonal, local ingredients.

The Coffee Van will be open daily between 8am-12pm with barista coffee and a selection of breakfast items including pastries, egg and bacon baps, yogurt & granola pots and fresh fruit.

Supper service is from 5:30 – 9pm everyday except Mondays. There will be a daily changing menu including lasagna, curry, jerk chicken, salads, pizza, burgers and Hog Roast on Saturdays.

Vegan and GF options available.

WILD HQ BAR AND SHOP

The bar is located at WILD HQ, serving a selection of craft beer, wines, and mixed drinks with cocktails at weekends. You can also purchase award winning local ice cream from Riverside Dairy, logs and kindling, snacks and other treats here.

ACTIVITIES

FREE ACTIVITIES

For free drop-in activities, please check the board at Wild HQ for times and locations. Spaces are limited and there will be a first come, first serve policy.

PAID ACTIVITIES

For paid workshops and activities, it is essential to pre-book these on our activity and wellness pages ahead of time as spaces are limited. Remember to check the board at Wild HQ to reconfirm the time and location of your activity as last minute changes may occur. 

Wellness classes will take place mainly in or around the “The Nest’, our wellbeing Tipi in the Top Field. Craft activities will be in or around “The Den”, our large Yurt in the Main Field. 

CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS

We hope you don’t have to cancel, but if you do, all cancellations must be sent to the event organisers by email (camping@wildcanvas.uk) and are subject to the following conditions:

 

Cancellation 28 days or more prior to event commencing = 10% non-refundable

Cancellation 7 to 27 days prior to event commencing = 50% non-refundable
Cancellation 0 to 6 days prior to event commencing = non-refundable

 

Wild Canvas is not liable for refunds if the event is cancelled due circumstances beyond our control such as war, terrorism, riots or civil unrest, industrial action, flooding, natural disaster, or such similar events (“Force Majeure”). 

CONTACT

We are always happy to answer your questions and help you organise your camping arrangements. Please feel free to drop us a note using the contact form.

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