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Mad Hatters Campsite, near Ely

Cool camping and glamping for couples, families or groups in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside

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Five acres of flower meadows and grassy fields is the setting of this fun-packed, magical escape which lies a couple of miles outside Ely and has way more character than your average campsite. 

There’s something to suit everyone here, whether you want to pitch your own tent or glamp in style in one of the extraordinary accommodation options. Choose from canvas pods or circular timber tents named King of Hearts, Mad Hatter and Caterpillar, which sleep between 4-5 people and come with wood walls, canvas roofs, double beds and brightly coloured furnishings. 

Muddy fave for couples is the cosy Queen of Hearts cabin, kitted out with a log-burner, ensuite bathroom, stove with saucepans, plus outdoor beanbags and barbecue and, of course, a scattering of decorative hearts.  

As well as romantic weekends and family holidays, it’s also a great spot for groups. You can hire the whole campsite, past celebrations have included hen, birthday and anniversary parties and even weddings. The whole shebang holds up to 17 guests, in addition family and friends can bring their own tents and pitch in a nearby wild camping field. 

We love all the extras here, like a playhouse, adventure trails and occasional events such as willow weaving workshops or theatre productions (see the website for what’s on). Don’t miss a Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea in the party gazebo, which looks like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland (if she drank Prosecco!). 

Other additions that can be arranged for party people include goodie bags, in-tent massages, celebration cakes, hampers and catering. And if there are any gin lovers (er, that’s a yes from Muddy), how about a local Ely Gin tasting session? 

This fun spot even has its own annual eco Mad Hatters Festival taking place this year 1-3 July, with live music from 20 bands, food and drink. 

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Mad Hatters Campsite, Clayway Farm, CB7 4UE
07796 261211

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