New Somerset Pop-up Campsite with a Festival Vibe

Wild Canvas Camping is a pop-up camping experience opening 13 August for summer breaks with a family-friendly festival vibe in Somerset’s Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For 12 fabulous days the wildflower meadows at eco-conscious Fernhill Farm will host Wild Canvas’ gorgeous traditional Tipis and modern Tipi Tents suitable for couples and families.

The luxurious Tipis are all made locally by Glastonbury favourite Hearthworks, using responsibly sourced materials. Hand-woven rugs, mattresses and wool blankets, LED lanterns and low tables deliver cosy comfort, with rustic seating just outside.

People who have their own tents are also very welcome, with generously-spaced pitches for ‘DIY’ campers.

Shower units and compost WCs are located in central facilities, will be cleaned at least three times a day and all Government advice on Covid-19 hygiene and distancing will be followed.

The festival vibe is provided by Wild Canvas Radio which will ooze out a gentle summer soundtrack from the Barn HQ and feed the soul for those missing Glastonbury.

Socially-distanced entertainment and wellness offerings – virtually all of them free of charge – range from yoga sessions (including specific sessions for kids) to morning Taiji and Qi Gong classes, plus farm tours, lettering/sign painting workshops and outdoor cinema screenings at weekends. Additional crafting workshops, such as wool felting, are at extra cost. The boutique campsite also has a stone circle chill out zone and a central fire pit.

Home-made takeaway food, ranging from vegetarian meals to the farm’s Mendip mutton Curry, is available from the onsite café. Guests can also enjoy local ales and ciders in the pop-up Baa Rum Baa. The farm has a well-stocked shop with local produce, farm-reared meat and basic amenities. A dedicated Concierge Service means Tipi guests can pre-order breakfast hampers for ‘tent delivery’.

Wild Canvas Camping is organised by festival veteran Serkan Cetin and friends, previously responsible for Turkey’s SunSplash music festivals and holidays.

“All through lockdown in London my family fantasized about getting out in the fresh air, sleeping in a field, listening to music and hanging out with friends round the fire,” says Serkan. “Wild Canvas is our lockdown dream made real.”


A deluxe furnished Tipi costs £175 per night for a couple, or £200 per night for four people, with a minimum stay of four nights.

Modern Tri-Lodge Tipi Tents are also available, both ‘bare’ with just floor covering or ‘furnished’ with beds: prices from £100 per night with minimum stay four nights.

Tent pitches for ‘DIY’ campers are £22 per person per night (three-night minimum stay), with toddlers free and 3-15 year olds paying £5 per night.

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