Welcome to Biddyfest 2022!

We’re looking forward to seeing you all.

The essential details

Where: Shire Camping, Burland House Farm, Oxhill, Warwickshire, CV35 0RD, you can find it on Google Maps. More detailed instructions below.

Arrival: From 1400 on Friday 12 August, or any time on Saturday

Departure: By 1300 on Sunday 14 August

Food: We have a hog roast and veggie options (for those that have let us know) at 1900 on Saturday, but bring food for yourselves for the rest of the weekend. Please bring a plate, cutlery, a drinking receptacle and a chair even if you’re not camping (we’re trying to avoid any waste).

Drink: We have two casks of beer from the Slaughterhouse Brewery, but otherwise bring whatever you fancy to drink

Cost: Nothing, the campsite and food for Sat night are all paid for

Contact info: Steve 07857 829801, Clare 07545 846337

What to bring

  • Camping stuff as normal
  • Torches and lanterns of all descriptions – there is no lighting at the campsite apart from some solar lights around the loos, so please come prepared for creating light in the darkness!
  • Event shelters or gazebos in case it’s very hot or a bit wet (hopefully we won’t need them)
  • Food and drink - we’ll be providing a hog roast and veggie options (for those that have let us know) on the Saturday night and there will be local beer available too. Please come prepared for all your other meals and whatever tipple you prefer if real ale is not your thing!
  • A plate, cutlery and appropriate drinking receptacles even if you’re not camping (we’re trying to avoid any waste)
  • A camping chair or similar (again even if you’re not camping, as there is limited seating)
  • Games for the children, young people and no doubt everyone else at some point! There is loads of space to play games at the campsite, so if you have games you can bring that will entertain small, medium and large people then please do bring them with you. Maybe don’t bring any family heirloom games that you’d be upset if they got lost (there is a lot of long grass) or broken!

The campsite

The campsite is a lovely spot with loads of space to enjoy. Those with families might want to be nearer the loos and showers. The party area will be at far end of the site from the gate so this should be the quieter spot too. We’ll be able to point you in the right direction when you arrive anyway.

Facilities are fairly minimal - there’s no shop or reception. The loos are spotlessly clean, and showers are good with plenty of hot water (Clare has tested them out when we visited the other week). As with many campsite showers, best not to take anything in with you that you don’t want to get wet or put everything in a waterproof bag.

The campsite doesn’t have facilities for waste disposal so please be prepared to take your waste and recycling home with you. If you’re traveling on to somewhere else where this might be difficult give us a shout and we’ll deal with your rubbish for you.

Dogs are welcome, but may need to be kept on a lead as there are sheep in adjacent fields.

Fires are not allowed at the moment because of the very dry conditions. BBQs should be fine.

The campsite is not well signed from the road, so here’s a picture story:

  1. From the road, follow the signs for “Oxford Hardware”
  2. This is from the opposite direction
  3. Take the left fork after you come off the road
  4. At the house turn left, following the little arrow (the “Oxford Hardware” barn is on your right here)
  5. Drive down the track for about 300m
  6. The campsite entrance is on the right

What’s happening

Friday afternoon and evening

  • Feel free to arrive from 1400, we’ll already be there setting up and chatting to the wildlife.
  • We will stay around the campsite on Friday evening

Saturday daytime

There’s lots of walking to do from the campsite, if anyone wants to plan a walk please let us know and we can update it here.

For those who like relaxed cycling and visiting pubs and tea shops, Steve is planning to follow this route, leaving at about 12ish. It’s just under 25km. Plan is to have lunch in Shipston-on-Stour somewhere and then come back via The Royal Oak in Whatcote and The Peacock in Oxhill.

For those who like a longer road ride, I think Lindsay is planning a longer (~50 miles) route.

For those who like mountain bike marathons, Sophie is planning an 85 km/1400m climb MTB ride.

For those that don’t want to walk or cycle (and/or have little people to entertain) there are loads of places to visit and things to do nearby.

Nearest towns and villages

Tysoe (35 minute walk / 5 min drive)

An excellent village shop with all the essentials, a post office and a pub selling drinks only.

Oxhill (20 minute walk/5 min drive)

Home of The Peacock, a fantastic pub with beer garden. They’ve only just started doing food again, and it may not be available all the time, so call them to check if you plan to eat there.

Shipston-on-stour (15 min drive)

An old market town with a wide variety of independent shops and restaurants.

Stratford-Upon-Avon (20 min drive)

Shakespeare’s birthplace, with performances running at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Moreton-in-Marsh (25 min drive)

Pretty market town in the Cotswolds at the head of the Evenlode valley.

Local attractions

  • Shenington Gliding Club (7 min drive)
  • Strawberry Picking, Red Road Nursery (10 min drive)
  • Upton House & Gardens (10 min drive)
  • Compton Verney (15 min drive)
  • Cotswolds Distillery (15 min drive)
  • Broughton Castle (20 min drive)
  • Burton Dasset Hills (20 min drive)
  • Hook Norton Brewery (20 min drive)
  • Warwick Castle (25 min drive)
  • Daylesford Organic Farm, Gloucestershire (35 min drive)
  • Blenheim Palace (40 min drive)
  • Whichford Pottery (15 min drive)
  • National Herb Centre
  • Motor Museum

Saturday evening

The party starts at about 1800, food will be available at 1900. We are planning music, drinking and good chat.

Sunday

Will no doubt be a relaxed start. We do need to leave the campsite by 1pm. If you fancy staying around a bit longer we can decamp to a pub garden or you are welcome to call at 7 Brownlow Street on the way home if you’re passing. We can decide on the day.

Other stuff

Some people have asked about presents - please don’t worry about presents, your presence is present enough.