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Emberton Country Park
Olney Road
Buckinghamshire   (Browse area)
MK46 5FJ
Tel: 01234 711 575  or  01908 691691
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Pitches: 200
Open: 1st April-31st October

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 35 Reviews
                6/10 from 35 Reviews

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 No Statics for Hire   No Statics on Sale   No Seasonal Pitches   No Caravan Storage 
 Electric Hookups   No Hardstandings   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant <1 mile   No Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 Horse Riding <5 miles   No Cycle Hire   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Not Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Coronavirus Update

We are taking bookings , please be assured you can book with confidence. Our toilets are Open. Our showers are Open. Other communal areas may be restricted - please check with us for more information

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Date of Visit: September 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Lisah2 1 review from this member

 As always an excellent stay at Emberton everywhere is clean and well maintained.

Emberton has great parks, walks & space for children to run around.

Our trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all. 
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Date of Visit: September 2019  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 5 Travelling as:  Solo traveller
Reviewer: Damhai 1 review from this member

 Stayed here years ago when it was much more scenic. Blue green algae has taken over all but the boating lake and also the river giving the appearance of stagnation.

Campers and day trippers leave rubbish everywhere which despite there best efforts it is impossible to get on top of.

Facilities are good, did not need to queue for showers or toilets at any time but the water is either scalding hot or freezing cold.

Only 2 sinks for washing up meant long queues. Only grocery shop is in Olney but is well stocked.

Public bridle paths as identified through the static caravan park are inaccessible due to barbed wire, when staff were asked about alternative access they did not know.

The cafe was nice and people were friendly. Mobile phone reception is terrible but free WiFi in the cafe although they don't tell you that. 
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Date of Visit: June 2019 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Glampingnotcamping 1 review from this member

 Just spent a weekend at this site which I have stayed on twice previously. Will not camp here again.

On arrival;

Arrived after 5pm so had to pay entrance fee which is refunded the following day so no big deal.

Grass had been cut but the cuttings left on ground. It gets stuck on feet which the kids hated and made its way into the tent so was pretty much everywhere.

Loo roll had run out in the toilets which also had grass everywhere.

The pitches vary in size and the hook up points were too far away from our pitch so we had to crawl through bushes to get access in the row behind.

No bin in the kitchen area which by the time we left was in a disgusting state as were the loos.

There are ample big bins around the site though.

Showers were terrible, press button, fluctuating pressure and unable to regulate temperature. The building itself was warm enough though.

The site has become a magnet for groups who want to party, by playing tragic music throughout the day and late into the night (early morning) and sit around chatting, laughing, singing, clapping, wooping - anything really which disturbs the peace.

We were kept awake by one group until 4. 30am. Despite asking them twice to stop - they carried on only louder.

There is no warden after office hours so everyone had to tolerate the anti social behaviour.

This group were evicted the following day as 10 complaints were made.

We were updated by pleasant office staff who were apologetic and explained the site was covered by bylaws and we should have called the police!

Saturday night followed the same pattern. Less late night music but as each group plays music the effect is a mish mash of sounds. Groups of people also drinking and talking loudly until gone 1am.

One of our trailers got damaged we found a big dent in the side on the Sunday morning. Have no idea how it happened.

No play equipment in the camping site but large busy park a short walk away.

The country park is very nice with a lovely lake and is extremely busy as also attracts large crowds of day visitors.

Considering the price this is very poor standard of facilities.

If large groups of late night partying and music is what you want then this is the place to be, if wanting a chilled out peaceful, respectful environment then don't bother come here.

On way out staff enquired about how the Saturday night had been but didn't appear too surprised to find out it was much the same as the Friday night. 
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Date of Visit: May 2019 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Extended family
Reviewer: Headgirl 1 review from this member

 We stayed here for 3 nights over the early May Bank Holiday, us in our Motorhome and daughter with her family in a Tent. Both of us paid for Electric Hook Up.

The Caravan/Camping Site is located within extensive and, indeed, beautiful parkland. It is approximately one mile into Olney, where there are some lovely Café and individual Shops.

There are some lovely walks, several well-equipped Childrens Playgrounds and also a Café.

However, there are also some downsides:

1. The Toilet/Shower Block/Pot Washing facilities are very poor quality, as well as being very poorly looked after.

There are 3 Showers in the Ladies side, one of which didn't have a Door (or even a Shower curtain).

Furthermore, there is nowhere to put your Toiletries or Clothes which means everything gets soaking wet.

Temperature control of the water in the Showers is shocking - not ideal for anyone but definitely not when you're showering young children.

Another thing we noted was that there is no door to give privacy to either the Ladies or Gents Toilet facilities from both the Entrance and where people are doing their Washing Up.

A male and female 'cleaner' arrived each day to attend the Shower/Toilet/washing Up facility. I say 'cleaner' since it was virtually impossible to ascertain what they actually did whilst there as the place looked as bad before as after their visit!

Indeed, the soap dispenser in the Ladies Toilets was empty Saturday morning. And still empty on Monday afternoon as we departed.

2. The Cost per night, per unit is £27. 70.

When we have paid £24 per night at other sites for far superior facilities (not unlike hotel standard) this, to us, is extremely over priced.

Furthermore, there is NO Warden on Site after 16. 45 hours.

3. On arrival, we wanted to fill up with Fresh Water - something which is quite normal on arrival at a site. However, the tap is a 'Push Button ' tap and will not connect to a Hose Pipe.

When we raised this with the person in the Gatehouse, she said "I've never been asked for that before - that's anew one"!

What we had to do was drive off our pitch to another which also had a tap, fill our tanks and then go back to our allocated pitch. Never had to do that before!

To visit Emberton Park for the day costs £4. 50 for the day. This is actually very good value for money. As we noted over the weekend, there were numerous large groups of people having Barbecues, Birthday Parties and Picnics. They erected Gazebos, tents, etc all overthe Park Areas.

Another facility within Emberton Park is Grounds Coffee Shop. This is a great asset to the Park for those visiting.

However, we found it to be Overpriced, Poor Service and Poor Quality Products.

This place, as far as being a Caravan/Campsite, could potentially be so very much better all around.

However, at the prices being charged, for what is actually received for the money paid, we will definitely NOT be returning any time soon. 
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Date of Visit: August 2017 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Waelands 3 reviews from this member

 Site is located in the Country Park which has nice walks and views across lakes. There are many kids play areas and cafe etc. However.

The toilets are terrible. Cleaned once a day if you're lucky, no loo roll for hours, only 5 loos and 3 showers for whole campsite. Showers cold even at 8 am. There 2 Council chaps sitting outside in a van listening to music and playing on phones.

I asked if they were here to clean loos as no loo roll for 2 hours. They told me yes, but wouldn't go in whilst blocks were in use!??? On the basis there are no other facilities I told them to just get on with it as they are a disgrace. Puddles on floors, loo roll everywhere, grass everywhere and sinks filthy.

Second issue- no warden, so unless you want to spend £81 for 3 nights for a family if 3 being kept awake until the early morning by groups getting drunk, playing music and being rowdy, do not camp here 


Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Dutters 2 reviews from this member

 We have stayed at this site many times and always had a great time. The Country Park is wonderful and the kids love it. However, after our last visit we will never be going back.

The main issue was music noise from two large groups of campers - one so loud it could be heard all over the country park, and the other group (right next to us) continued their music very loudly until 2am when they then decided to empty all their bottles and cans into the bin!

There are no on site wardens once the park gatehouse shuts at 1700 so no-one to complain to or deal with any issues. The site allegedly has a 'quiet from 10pm' policy, but there is no way that this can be enforced.

The other issues we had on this visit were the state of the toilets and showers - we arrived on Friday and they weren't cleaned until Sunday mid-morning by which time all the toilets had run out of paper and there was water and grass all over the floors.

Finally, the Elsan point was blocked and disgusting.

For £27 per night, I expect a lot more from a campsite. 

Date of Visit: July 2014 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Crowdpleaser 3 reviews from this member

 We visited this site last summer as a try out for the new tent. We only live 20 minutes away and know the area well. Its a short walk into Olney and the site has a small shop selling ices and coffee. Bear in mind this is an open country park.

We arrived and were greeted at the drive up reception where we were given a fob for getting in and out of the park and directed to where we were to pitch.

The pitches are sectioned off into areas of about 10- 12 units. We were in a non elec pitch and there was about 6 other units whilst we were there in our area.

All very flat so no problems pitching.

There is a brilliant playground for the kids and our girls aged 4 and 6 then loved it. The weather was scorching and therefore the park very very busy.

The toilet block needs a good update. Just 5 cubicles in the ladies and 3 showers. Showers are awful. They just soak everything. They are push button style. They got very dirty by evening and run out of loo roll. The worst thing though is when it came to their morning clean around half 9, they were shut off completely. No access at all. So no loos. Nor access to washing up area. With a 4 year old with some toilet issues I felt this was ridiculous.

Would we return? Only if we needed a little weekend break. I didn't feel it was very safe due to it being an open access country park even at night and due to the poor loo facilities, something which is very important to us. Its also one of the priciest sites ive heard of, probably due to its ownership being local council! 

Date of Visit: July 2012 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Karen1068 1 review from this member

 We visted this campsite on 27th-29th July,

What a lovely campsite, lots for the children to do!

The only probity we had was with the toilets. They were nice and clean. But at night the windows in the roof became mirrors.

My 13 year daughter was sitting on the toilet when she looked up and she could see a lady in the showers.

Then a friend in the next toilet called my daughter to look up and they could see each other sitting on the toilet. Which upset them both, and if you was standing waiting to go to the toilet and you looked you could see people in the toilets. Not very nice!

This needs sorting ASAP. Apart from this a great time had

By all. And would 100% come back. 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: RuthnMark 7 reviews from this member

 We have stayed at this site 4 times now, always the same week in August, just before the late bank holiday. Emberton Country Park is very much what it says on the tin, it's a country park and so the actual park area, gets very busy in the good weather.

There are fishing lakes, and a river where you catch Red Signal Crayfish which you must not put back - Freshwater Lobsters by another name. We did try to eat the half a dozen we caught but they weren't really to our taste.

The park is really lovely for children of all ages, take your kids and their bikes and you won't see them for hours on end. There are dens to be built in the trees, and wood to be collected for evening camp fires, Nature trails, long walks around the lakes and easy walking in to Olney which is a lovely little 'well to do' village with an excellent chippy and an equally excellent Chinese restaurant or two, as well as some nice Inns and pubs.

There's a cafe on the park, open in high season, selling mostly fried stuff like chips and bacon butties but good enough.

Whenever we have stayed, because it's around the bank holiday weekend, and close to the end of the school holidays, it's always been busy. It can be a bit noisy fairly late and when the other campers go quiet, the owls begin to hoot! Well, you are in a country park! The pigeons seem to like to dance, very comically I might add, on top of the caravan roof at about 5am as well.

So I can't say we really slept well - but that doesn't matter to us too much. If it rains you may well meet the odd frog or two and discover the occasional toad in the wheel chocks when you pack up. Like I said it's a country park.

The accent is not on first class camping and caravanning but it's a brilliant place to have fun, explore nature, have an evening camp fire to toast marshmallows on and just enjoy it.

If you like luxury then be warned. The washing facilities are basic! You are likely to share the shower with the occasional daddy longlegs or spider, the water has a habit of running hot and cold and if the touring field is busy, you may queue as they are limited but they are thoroughly cleaned daily and adequate.

Yes we'll go there again - it enables us to visit relatives close by and we enjoy it for what it is. 

Date of Visit: August 2011 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Ajazz 2 reviews from this member

 This campsite is in a lovely spot with some great places within walking distance. The kids playground is fantastic, but that is where the positives end.

There were not enough toilets (5) showers (3) or sinks (3) which meant queues just to wash your hands after using the toilet. The water came out of the showers in 10 second bursts and was luke warm at best.

There were not enough hooks to hang clothes in the ladies and most of the mens showers had no hooks at all. Shoes had to be left outside to keep them dry. If you have kids (like I did) then it is really difficult to shower them comfortably.

There were just 2 washing up sinks to serve the campsite so again - queues!

The block was cleaned twice a day, but due to the large number of people using so few facilities they soon got dirty again. This campsite really needs to look into this if it wants people to return!

The noise at night meant that we left a night early, just to get some sleep. Both nights we were there there were people partying late into the night, very loudly, with no thought or consideration for others. The latest one went on until 4am! There was no-one to complain to and no wardens patrolling, so not much we could do except leave.

If you are looking for a clean, quiet campsite with good facilities, don't camp here! If you are looking for a great party spot and lots of grime - this is the place for you! 

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