Sleep under the stars at Stowe

Camping at Stowe
Camping at Stowe

There’s a chance to sleep under the stars at Stowe next month.

Last year, the National Trust held its first ever one-night camping event in the parkland of Stowe, giving members of the public the opportunity to spend a night under the stars in the grounds of the famous landscape gardens.

This year, by popular demand, the event takes place over two nights and the campsite will be in the formal gardens themselves, close to the Temple of Friendship.

Visitor services manager, Kellie Scott, said: “This a unique opportunity to spend two nights under the stars surrounded by the romantic lakes, temples and statues of Stowe. The event is a mix of organised family activities with plenty of time to explore the magical gardens at your own pace and in your own way.”

The outdoor fun starts on the afternoon of Friday, July 17, when campers arrive to pitch their tents and later toast treats over a campfire .

Childrencan take on the trust’s summer challenge, 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾.

On Saturday, July 18, a hot breakfast will set campers up for a day of optional activities, including swimming or paddle boarding on Eleven Acre Lake, cycling and rounders.

At 6pm the bar opens, followed by a barbecue and a Glow Worm Walk to the Grecian Valley with head gardener Barry Smith.

On Sunday morning there’s time for a light breakfast before the event ends at 11am.

The event is part of the National Trust’s Big Camp initiative, giving people the chance to camp at 25 of the most beautiful and iconic places in London and the south east. Campers need to bring their own tent and camping gear.

The ticket price is £37.50 per adult, £12.50 per child, and booking is essential. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe or call the National Trust ticket line on 0844 249 1895.