Spent 4 days camping here. The site is quite open and has the option of lots of grass with or without electric pitches. Also they will accept large family tents (6 x 8m). None of the pitches are allocated but the GWE ones are clearly marked and the spacing ensures decent privacy etc. The do have a strict 6m rule – fair enough.
Suggest getting there early so you can have the most choice. We had a premium pitch (due to tent size) and this was on a flat area within a low railed off area. Mainly other large tents and caravans / campers. Electrical hook ups were plentiful as were the water taps and seemed like a good few waste disposal points too.
Shower/ Toilet blocks were very good: Reasonably up to date, cleaned every day and plenty of stalls / showers – and hot water whenever we needed it. Likewise the wash up area was very good (part of the shower block.) Great staff on site – helpful and friendly at all times.
There is a very good shop up the road at the Christchurch site. (cold Perroni on tap- just saying…)
It is a big site and I can imagine it gets really busy over some weekends.
Very dog friendly on site. There is a great walk the whole way around the site, but outside the site so the dog can be off the lead. There is a large field to the North – through the style at the top corner of the furthest corner of the site, for a quick run if needed too.
You are in the Forest of Dean – so I met a herd of deer in the site one night (yep wandering around between the tent and the toilets), heard owls and other beasts most other nights too. If the night is clear you will get to see the Milky Way as there is no light pollution. The site faces South West so you can watch the sun set in the evening over the woods that surround the site on all sides.
Walk to Symonds Yat via the river (via pub) and then up the hill and back, all off road on paths, start and finish at the site. Cycle around the forest on family friendly paths – try to see all the sculptures on the trial too (cycle hire from pedalabikeaway.co.uk). Spend a ½ day on the river Wye (monmouthcanoe.co.uk) – bring change of clothes for all participants – mums and dogs can both take part so no excuses! Also Archery / GoApe / Bracelands Adventure / Puzzlewood / Tintern Abbey/ it would take a significant effort to get bored in this area. Avoid – Lydney train ride – suggest just going to the main station North of Lydney to see the trains etc.
Use trip advisor to find the best local pubs for lunch and dinner (see my other reviews) - needless to say we’ll be back here again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wonderfully spacious, perfectly placed and incredibly enticing, Bracelands campsite is just waiting to welcome you. Located on the edge of the Forest of Dean, Bracelands is open all year, allowing you to pitch your tent in nature's best surroundings whenever you like. As soon as you enter the grounds of Bracelands campsite, you'll be immediately impressed with its size and ability to encompass you in the wonderful landscapes of the forest. One of the largest Camping In The Forest sites, Bracelands boasts 520 pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes plus five new camping pods, perfect for protection from the elements all year round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bracelands Campsite Hotel Coleford
- Bracelands Campsite Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Coleford