Camping near Burnham Market

Author: Mr Robert Culyer

Published on: 23 December 2016

Another good news story! Burnham Breck have just finished their first season of providing camping facilities on five acres of secluded grassland, which has been untouched for generations.

The site offers panoramic sea views, and is available for wild camping, glamping, and small to medium campervans. The site is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with marsh harriers and barn owls flying in the fields below, and yet the site is only a five minute stroll to the centre of Burnham Market. St Margaret’s Church is accessible from the site, and all the churches in the Burnham Benefice are open daily.

Jonathan Hazell told me that they advertised via social media. They set up a communal meeting area with a fire pit available for everyone to use, and there was a parking area to accommodate all cars safely away from the campers. Bookings were made on line and access to the site was through a padlocked gate with combination lock. Portaloo toilets were hired. They charged £10 per adult per night and children under 15 are free. They also offered a discount to church and youth groups. Visitors staying on the campsite are given a warden’s telephone number in case there is an emergency.

They only operated for 28 days, because then they did not need planning permission, but are now looking to apply for change of use so that they can operate for a longer period of time.

This has been a valuable source of income (£5,500 gross) for the Church. Yet again, it is a case of looking at our assets and seeing how we can use them effectively. More information can be found at

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