WELCOME!

Opening Months:
Easter holidays through to the October half term.

The Site

Is a 5ac grassy field with a pond, wild flowers and nectar mixes, and over 3 acres of newly planted trees and hedges. We have various bird boxes and feed stations in the mixes to encourage wild birds and pollinators. There is a Mad Hatters theme and signs scattered around the site with a trail and a small play house. Each pitch is named with its own sign. Over the next 12 months we are planning a comfy rainy day coffee room. There is a small pond with benches scattered around it and several public footpaths close by. The walk to Ely is along the River Ouse with amazing views of Ely Cathedral.

Pitches

All of the pitches have tall tussocky grasses with wild flowers growing in them as their border. The tent pitches are higgledy piggledy with twisty paths cut into the tall grasses. Each pitch has its own fire pit and name. We have electric hook-ups for caravans and motorhomes. We also have glamping bell / luna tents, which sleep 4 with a double bed and a day bed with a trundle bed. They come complete with all bedding, throws for cold nights, crockery, small stove for outside, colourful rugs and a cosy table and chairs.

Recycling

We are striving to be as green as we can on the campsite and on the strawberry farm, with a target of 90% recycling. We have installed 6 bins for glass, paper/magazines, tins/ cans, plastic and foil. There is also a dedicated composting bin for all food waste, coffee, tea and egg shells.

We also ask that doggy bags used are compostable. We would welcome any thoughts and feedback on how we can further limit waste and useful tips on recycling packaging that isn’t recyclable.

Pitches & Pricing

Alice, Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, King of Hearts, White Rabbit,
March Hare, Caterpillar, Frog Footman, Mock Turtle, Duchess, Dodo, Knave of Hearts,
Mouse, Gryphon, Duck, Pocket Watch, Card Guards, Tweedle Dumb, Tweedle Dee

£18 /night/pitch (for up to 5 guests) for tent pitches

Caravan / Motorhome pitches £18 / night/pitch (for up to 5 guests) increasing to £20 night in the Summer holidays

Electric hook-up is an additional £5/night

Glamping from £60/night with a minimum 2 night stay includes all bedding

August Bank Holiday minimum 2 night stay for all pitches

Arrivals from 2.30pm

Departures by 11am

Call us on 07796 261211 or email info@madhatterscampsite.co.uk to check availability & book your camping break!

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Wash facilities

There are 6 toilets,  2 large family showers, and 1 smaller shower area – I know how difficult it is to keep your clothes dry and shower a child when camping so we made sure there is enough space, with hooks and a bench. Heated towel rails keep the wash facilities warm during cooler weather.
The washing up area has stainless steel sinks under cover near the wash facilities, and of course there is a tap with an old sink to wash down muddy clothes, boots and dogs!

History of the site

The site is situated on an arable farm, growing milling wheat, oil seed rape, potatoes and sugar beet depending on the rotation. We have a variety of pets including dogs, ponies and chickens. I really want some pigmy goats – or some Alpacas but I’m working on that one!

Originally the site had some lovely oak trees and hedges which surrounded the fields, but disease killed most of the trees and the hedges were taken out to allow for tractors to move easily. We are now reinstating many of the hedges, grass strips and trees to help the local natural wildlife, creating wildlife corridors connecting other farms and features for increased biodiversity. I have also added some bird feeders, owl boxes and we spread bird feed during the winter into the wild bird grass mixes. We are monitoring these with the help of the RSPB.

We also grow and sell fresh strawberries, Only sweet ripe strawberries are picked directly into the punnets to guarantee the perfect sweetness and smell. They are available to purchase from the campsite when in season. Click the image below to find out more.

Strawberry

As an active member of Ely Nature Friendly Farming Zone, we are striving to increase the biodiversity of the farms, and connect our wildlife habitats with our neighbouring farmers. If you are interested in more information on the group of farmers and the wildlife currently residing in the area, with regular updates and local photographs which we have all taken please visit our facebook page Ely nature-friendly farming zone. Our main drivers are to not only increase the number of endangered bird species, but also other native species which are under threat such as water voles and pollinators. The RSPB have been a huge help in creating the group, and attend our meetings.

By clicking on the facebook icon you will be able to see recent photos and updates on wildlife spotted on the farms.

Getting Involved with Wildlife and the greater environment

There is a wealth of information on the internet on how we can all help our local native wildlife, and reduce our environmental impact – one simple way to reduce our carbon food print is to support locally grown and produced food – which will be fresher and seasonal, and allowing wildflowers to grow in our gardens and field boundaries.

Tropic Skincare available @ Mad Hatters Campsite

Tropic products not only feel and smell amazing on your skin (as a family we all use them), but they are never tested on animals.

If you forget any travel essentials we always have a few bits to hand if you want to try them.

Out and About

Walks from the doorstep
• 2 miles to the centre of Ely walking next to the river
• Various walks around Ely – Eel trail
• Walks along the river
• Prickwillow Pump house – 2.5 miles – walking next to the river
• Littleport – 2.8 miles
• Cambridge – 19 miles
Local Attractions
  • Ely Cathedral – beautiful building and setting in the centre of Ely
    Ely Museum – small but plenty to see
    Oliver Cromwell’s House – set up as a traditional house from the 1700’s in Ely centre including tourist office
    River Cruise – boat trip around Ely – Liberty Belle – we have never used it but the feedback we have heard is very positive
    Riverside Antiques – 3 floors of loads of bits and pieces – we often have a mooch around here
    Ely Train station – 2 miles walk – multitude of trains to Cambridge every day
    Cycle Route – 11 and 51 to Cambridge – never done it but friends said on a summers day it was lovely – and exhausting.
    Cambridge – if you have never been you must take a guided punt along the river Cam – the bridges between the universities are wonderful. Universities, punting, historical walks, great shopping – 19 miles
    Newmarket Horse Racing Museum and Races – 15 miles
    Denny Abbey and Farmland museum – 11 miles – CB25 9PQ
  • Cambridge Aqua Park – Inflatable water fun and wake boarding – 9.4 miles – CB6 3LU
  • Cineworld – 3.5 miles – CB6 2WH
  • Milton Maze  – fun outdoor day, with large Maize Maze, carts, general play area and shop – CB24 6DA

Linton Zoo – Lemur experiences are brilliant if you love animals and only £10 – we have done it twice and loved it. The keeper experience is also very good, but the lemurs are our favourites – 29 miles – CB21 4NT
Duxford Imperial War Museum – 31 miles – CB22 4QR
National Trust
• Wicken Fen – 11 miles,
• Anglesey Abbey 19 miles,
• Oxbrough Hall – 21 miles,
• Wimpole Hall – 30 miles,
• Blickling Hall – 60 miles,
Welney Wildlife Trust – 10 miles,
RSPB – Needlingworth 19 miles, Titchwell Manor 45 miles
Thetford Forest – Go Ape – 23 miles – IP27 0AF
Santon Downham – peaceful walks and shallow river for swimming and paddling in the summer – 20 miles – IP27 0TJ
Norfolk coast and Beaches – all within 45 miles
• Brancaster is our favourite – with miles of gorgeous sandy beach, with only a beach hut serving teas, snacks and ice creams – PE31 8AX
• Wells-Next-Sea – NR23 1DR – is a lovely sandy beach, with very pretty colourful beach huts, and a small train taking you up to the town centre from the beach. There is a lovely coffee shop and toilets at the beach. There is a great hut which sells seafood in the habour and an old boat restaurant on the water in the quay.
• Old Hunstanton – sandy beach and lovely walks
• Hunstanton – excellent fish a chips, arcades and small fair
• Holkham Hall and Beach – again lovely sandy beach, sometimes you may be lucky enough to see the house hold cavalry exercising their horses on the beach
• All along the coast from Thornham to Cromer there are excellent huts selling various fish depending on the season and amazing restaurants.
o Our favourites are the Dunn Cow at Salt Marshes, The Orange Tree at Thornham, the Deepdale Café, and The White Horse at Market Deepdale – to name but a few – there are loads which we haven’t tried.
Burnham Market – great for a general browse, art, café’s and you might even see someone famous! 43 miles – PE31 8HD
Sandringham House & Estate – beautiful grounds and a chance to see part of the house – 32 miles – PE35 6EN

For more information around Ely visit Ely Tourist Information website

Places to Eat – Almost too many to mention….

Ely
Tea rooms for lunches & snacks
The Almonry is lovely and very traditional, sitting next to the Cathedral

Lemon Tree Deli & Cafe on the market square, with great homemade, and made to order sandwiches, cakes and loads of cheese
Cathedral Café- is within the Cathedral itself
Peacocks tearooms is a must if you love afternoon tea – it gets incredibly busy – very often people queue to get a seat! But it’s worth it.

Costa, Starbucks, various other small tea rooms

Ely Restaurants – plenty of choice – here are some of the ones we have tried
Royal Standard great food and atmosphere
The Almonry – again lovely food
The Cutter – on the river – beautiful setting and great food
Arbuckles – similar to a diner – great with children
The Old Fire Engine
Grand Central
Italian – Prezzo’s & Pizza Express
Wildwoods

Directions

Mad Hatters Campsite

Clayway Farm

CB7 4UE

From Ely head towards Queen Adelaide on the B1382. Half way through the village at the cross roads take the road marked Branch Bank heading towards Littleport. This is a straight road for approximately 1 mile, then goes through a bend and after approximately 200m turn right into the drive for Mad Hatters Campsite.

From Littleport on the large roundabout with signs for Mildenhall (A1101), Downham Market (A10) head towards Ely along Branch Bank. This road is quite bumpy – but stay on it for approximately 2.5 miles (go over the river staying on the main road). The campsite is on your left before the bend.

Send me your contact details, the dates and preferred pitch for your stay via email or over the phone. I’ll then be in touch to book your Mad Hatter’s camping break!

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