You will always find a warm welcome at Barn Farm. We are in the heart of the Peak District and we provide an idyllic location for camping. We are located 7 miles south of the historic market town of Bakewell and 3 miles west of Matlock. Barn Farm is ideally situated to access the diverse array of local attractions.
Offering 4 star facilities and a picture perfect scenery you will be able to relax and enjoy your stay whether it's a weekend break or holiday! Many of our guests visit year after year. We do not charge extra for bank holidays nor do we have a low, medium or high season, our prices remain the same all year round.
The Limestone Way passes close by the farm, which is situated on the junction of no less than 4 major footpaths throughout the area. Bordering the farm is the mystical Stanton Moor with its ancient 'Nine Ladies' stone circle. A little farther afield the River Lathkill provides the focus of a pleasant walk through the Lathkill Dale. Robin Hood's Stride and Catcliffe Rocks are just 2 of the local climbing areas.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are close by. Matlock Bath boasts the children's attraction 'Gullivers Kingdom' and a cable car to the Heights of Abraham. There is also the Derbyshire Wildlife's Whistlestop Centre and Mining Museum.
From noon, Bakewell Silver Band and carnival acts entertained the crowds outside the Druid Inn and Red Lion and at 12.45 pm the Carnival Queen (Hannah Saxton) and her attendant (Emily Saxton) led the procession in their Pink Castle, guarded by the Spectacular Knights of the Crusades.
Ashover Brass Band, The Breaston Highlanders and Bakewell Silver Band mingled with a colourful procession through Birchover Main Street to the playing fields where there was further entertainment for the crowds.
Barn Farm were fully booked for camping, with over 1500 people arriving to stay in the village for the weekend and by Friday morning no further reservations could be taken.
There were many side shows, fair rides and stalls including The Derwent Bowmen and Patrick Cooke with his musical monkey and barrel organ, a vintage rolls royce and fire engine. The Winster Morris Men encouraged participation with their dancing while Cool Science attracted guests with their explosive experiments!. Wild and Wicked Entertainment and Paul Derry’s Fair rides added to the fun.
There was also a 40 minute show set against a backdrop of castle scenery, from The Spectacular Knights of the Crusades, who acted out The Legend of King Arthur, with Dante Frau taking the sword and crown and leading the Knights around the arena.
The event concluded with a marching display from the colourful Breaston Highlanders.
Stanton in Peak Primary School’s PTA served refreshments and a BBQ food, raising money for new IT equipment at the school.
The Carnival Committee was helped this year by staff from Dales Housing. This assistance formed part of a successful community project and all those taking part thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, with lasting memories of a very successful day helping out in the Derbyshire Dales.
The evening entertainment then moved to Barn Farm Campsite for a night of live music and a firework and light finale by Pryotex Fireworx and a selection of food by Italiano Forni, The Shalimar and Barn Farm’s regular Fast Food outlet.
The Carnival Committee would like to thank everyone who helped and supported the event and to Barn Farm campsite for the use of their facilities, assistance from their staff and kind cash donation.
Thank you also to Dave Kennedy of Bakewell Music Shop for helping to organise the music in the evening and to the many local businesses who donated funds (Birchover Parish Council, Birchover Stone, Enthovens, Catherine’s Green Farm Plants, Dales Housing and the stall holders).
The raffle will be drawn at the next Carnival meeting on Thursday, 17 July and a list of winners and companies who donated prizes will be available on Barn Farm Campsite’s Website.
The Committee have received so many positive comments about the event and will continue to fund raise to ensure the 2015 carnival is as successful. Plans are already in place to host a Tug o’ War evening at Barn Farm Campsite over the August Bank Holiday weekend. (Clips/photos of the 2014 Carnival are available on Birchover Carnival’s website, youtube and Barn Farm Campsite Website
Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites
We are once again taking part in the Practical Caravan Top 100 sites 2015! If you are visiting us this year please do not forget to vote for us. Voting starts Easter and ends on 31 October 2014. Click here to vote!
Over the winter months we have improved 13 touring pitches which will be good news to all our caravan, campervan, trailer tents and motorhome owners who visit us! All pitches are gravelled hardstanding and as the pitches may be uneven, levelling blocks will be required as well as heavy duty pegs for the awning areas, grass pegs will not be sufficient.
Camping and Caravanning Club
We are now affiliated with the Camping and Caravanning Club as a listed site. We are not a club site and as such no discount is offered to members.
The 10 best campsites for wildlife as voted by the Guardian. We are on this list :) We are in the top 5 best British family campsites as voted by the Telegraph.
We are in the top 5 best British family campsites as voted by the Telegraph.