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Greenacres Camping, Barrow Lane, North Wootton, nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset
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Greenacres Camping, Barrow Lane, North Wootton, nr Shepton Mallet, SomersetOnce upon a time, an enchanting couple created a peaceful outdoor living area that was both safe and comfortable for young families and lots of fun for children.They called this place Greenacres - a gigantic 4!4-acre field with just 40 pitches spread around three sides of the perimeter, while the entire central swathe is reserved for various dragon-slaying and spell-casting playtime activities. There's no visual electronic entertainment here; but a host of classic old-fashioned toys and activities, such as Wendy houses, see-saws, swings, and plenty of bikes for hire. There are even a couple of valiant battery-powered quad buggies.

If all this has left you imagining a site full of spellbound kids chaotically running through the site among all the cars and tents, then relax. All the magic takes place in car- and tent-free zones.

There's plenty of tun to be had in the environs of this fairy-tale campsite, too. The moody Somerset Levels provide excellent walking, or if you fancy something that doesn't require wearing boots then hippy-central Glastonbury is only three miles away -just the spot for picking up a magic wand...

Greenacres Camping, Barrow Lane, North Wootton, nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset


COOL FACTOR Spellbinding family campsite.

WHO'S IN? Tents, small campervans, groups - yes. Caravans, motorhomes, dogs - no.

ON SITE Forty jumbo pitches; electric hook-ups. Retro wash-block with WCs, clean showers, washbasins, fridge/ freezers, washing-up sinks, iron, ironing board; hairdryers on request. Nearby bike hire. No campfires. BBQs off ground.

OFF SITE Head witch-spotting and explore the famous caves at Wookey Hole (01749 672243; www.wookey.co.uk), 5 miles away. Check out the myths and legends at the Glastonbury Tor (www.glastonburytor.org.uk).

FOOD AND DRINK Two fantastic local producers sell their fare on site in high season. The Pilton Pig (01749 890252), a 5-minute drive, has a tea room and produces exquisite home-cured bacon and sausages. For a special dining treat try the 6-course tasting menu at Goodfellows Seafood Restaurant (01749 673866) in Wells.

GETTING THERE Take the A361 towards Glastonbury. After Pilton, turn right at the brown campsite sign. Pass North Wootton and the site's 2 miles further, on the left.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT Train to Castle Cary, then taxi.

OPEN March-October.

THE DAMAGE Adult £ 8 per night; child £ 2.50.




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