Fancy camping at Badminton Horse Trials? Here’s what you need to know…

  • Staying on the campsite at Badminton Horse Trials (8-12 May 2024) is a great way to experience the five-star event. Here we bring you all you need to know about Badminton Horse Trials camping and how you can make the most of it…

    Where is the caravan park?

    The caravan park is located to the south of the main Badminton site, opposite the main entrance.

    How far is it from the main showground?

    It is approximately a five-minute walk to the main showground.

    How much does Badminton Horse Trials camping cost?

    Costs of camping vary, depending on the size of pitch you wish to reserve. You are allowed to stay in a caravan, motorhome, horsebox or a tent, and each camping ticket includes admission to the public car park plus two campsite/personal admission badges.

    • Small pitch (4m frontage x 5m depth) to include a car pass and two campsite/personal admission badges – £350
    • Standard pitch (7m frontage x 8m depth) to include a car pass and two campsite/personal admission badges – £400
    • Large pitch (12m frontage x 8m depth) — to include a car pass and two campsite/personal admission badges – £435 (N.B large pitches can only be reserved by telephoning the box office)
    • Additional campsite season (whole event) public car pass — £71 if booked by midnight on 30 April
    • Additional campsite/personal admission (whole event) badge — £117.50 if booked by midnight on 30 April

    Additional campsite/personal admission badges may be purchased from the box office in advance.

    All persons (including the driver of car/motorhome/horsebox) require campsite/personal badges, except for children 12 years old and under, who gain entry free of charge.

    No specific pitch locations can be guaranteed and all camping pitches are subject to availability.

    Fancy something different?

    If a standard tent doesn’t float your boat, maybe glamping at the Badminton Retreat will interest you instead?

    Can I bring my dog?

    Yes, but they must be kept on leads at all times and you are required to clean up after your dog too. It is worth noting that dogs are not permitted into the main arena grandstands, the Badminton members’ enclosure, nor any restaurant.

    When can I arrive?

    The caravan park opens on Tuesday 7 May, and all caravans must have left the site by midday on Monday 13 May.

    What facilities are on offer?

    The site provides water facilities, lavatories, showers and rubbish disposal. There are no electrical hook-ups or public telephones. There is a shop in the village which is a grocers and off-licence that also stocks camping gas and newspapers. A takeaway food van will visit the site daily. Water is available together with lavatories and rubbish disposal, plus there is a Calor Gas and Camping Gaz compound on site with daily deliveries. The campsite will be open daily during the event from 6.30am – 11.00pm. ‘Quiet’ time will be observed outside these hours and all generators must be switched off from 11.00pm – 6.30am. The campsite on-site office will be operational from 7am – 8pm daily.

    Are BBQs permitted?

    Yes, but the barbecue grill must stand off the ground, to avoid singeing the grass. Campfires are not permitted.

    What about going out for food and drink?

    There are a number of good pubs and restaurants in the area surrounding Badminton, but obviously a great place for food is within the Badminton showground with a huge range of options available. Come the evening, there is an excellent bar, with a party atmosphere, situated next to The Lake, and there is always a good party here after the cross-country on Saturday.

    For tickets and further information about camping at Badminton, visit: badminton-horse.co.uk

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