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Reviews of Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes

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Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
DE12 8HZ
Tel: 01283 763981
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Pitches: 50 +
Open: 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 93 Reviews
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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   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway On Site 
 Kids Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing On Site   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  No Dog Walk 

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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Tent
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Family with young children
Reviewer: Jenclibee 1 review from this member

 Great campsite and lovely clean facilities.

Great play area and lovely family feel.

Fishing on site which partner and children enjoyed. Shop on site for small items and code on gate for access to site. Lovely chip shop 5 mins down the road and coop supermarket 
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Date of Visit: August 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Julie x 2 reviews from this member

 Just returned from a weekend here. Very nice setting and reasonable sized pitches. Only one toilet/shower block area which was filthy at both ends of the day. Didnít look like it had been cleaned in days. Only one tap to get water which was a trek. Area for emptying chemical toilet was grim. Started emptying toilet and waste started coming up a nearby drain right next to our feet. There were a few fire points dotted around with 2 or 3 buckets, most were empty or water was stagnant and green. Clearly not checked very regularly. Play area was nice and it was nice that they had kept a large area of grass in the middle of vans and tents for children to play.

At £25 a night I would expect more, will not be returning. 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Phirefly 1 review from this member

 All in all we really liked this campsite. We selected it based on its proximity to home, the fact it allowed firepits and has a children's play area. An almost unexpected bonus was just how picturesque it is. The photos on the site really don't do it justice. The tree-backed glades have a continental feel and the site is tidy and well maintained. The lake adjacent to our field was a lovely backdrop. We never ventured off site but Rosliston is a nice village with lots of facilities.

We chose pitches in the bottom field as it was my understanding that firepits were only permitted here. During our stay we noticed that people were having open fires all over the site, and this was either not noticed by site staff or the rule actually wasn't in place. I didn't mind so much as the lower field is certainly the quietest and most picturesque, but I did feel a bit misled. There was some debate among our group whether we'd book the lower field again were we to return. On arrival, the pitches we had initially booked right next to the lake were literally covered in bird mess from the resident waterfowl, literally the size of dog mess. Every couple of feet or so. One of our group requested a shovel or other implement to clear the pitch as we have small children (and even if we didn't, it was very unpleasant). The site staff had nothing for us to use but said we were welcome to select alternative pitches. Just a short way back up the lower field there was no bird mess whatsoever. We pitched there and it was fine. I would have liked to have been right next to the lake though but so be it.

Another downside to the bottom field is it was a real trek up to the amenities. Probably the furthest I've ever camped from a toilet block. That wasn't the end of the world but worth bearing in mind for those who prefer not to have such a long walk. They could do with a composting toilet or something in the bottom field. The facilities themselves were regularly cleaned, if a bit fusty. The toilets often didn't have enough water to flush. The water ran out in two of the family shower rooms while members of our group were using them and was off for an hour or so. I never had to queue for a shower/toilet even though the site was quite busy. The showers were hot and well maintained, 50p a shower but the water went on for ages.

There was a nice atmosphere on site. It seemed to attract friendly like minded groups of families. We did have an issue with a group on our field who sat up and talked loudly ALL NIGHT. Had we reported it I'm sure the site staff would have intervened and the next day someone did report them and the site staff asked them not to do it again. The woods we backed on to were great fun for children but the family next to us allowed their very small children to run around unaccompanied screaming through the woods (and running between our cars) until past 11pm. We suspected that had we spoken to the parents we probably wouldn't have had a favourable response so left it in the hope they'd tire out in time. Both of these situations could have been avoided if there had been a 10. 30 patrol of the entire site by staff to ensure people were adhering to a respectable noise level.

On balance, It is a pleasant site and we'd definitely return. 

Date of Visit: March 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Altory 2 reviews from this member

 Beehive Farm is an excellent site, very well located with loads to do, Fishing, Walking, Play area for kids and large playing field for families. Site also looks after the adults that require a bit more peace and quiet with their adult only area. Staff are always pleasant and welcoming, in fact they do what ever necessary to make your stay a pleasurable one. Facilities are cleaned daily and there are a number of water points conveniently positioned throughout the site and a clean waste facility.

We highly recommend this site. 

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: JuliaNeil 3 reviews from this member

 A large site with some great open areas for children and good walks for dogs direct from the site. The shop stocks basics and the facilities are good, however on our visit they seemed to only be cleaned twice during the week we were there.

We spent a week at this site in the Paddocks, the Adult only section. The units are very close together and we could here all the dialogue on our neighbours TV.

A warning - day visitors are allowed and the unit next to us had children during the day, every day (remember this is the adult only section).

This was drawn to the managers attention, he was very co-operative and did say they should not have been allowed in the adult only section, but in spite of this, the children returned the following weekend. 


Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lovepeakdistrict 3 reviews from this member

 A spacious family friendly site with lots of space for the kids to play. Nearby you can walk into Rosliston where there is a local pub, fish & chips, Co-op with the Rosliston Forestry Centre on your door step which is a great location for kids. Plus the National Arboretum in Alrewas is not far to visit. The toilets can be a long walk depending on where your pitch is. Apart from that - a good site! 

Date of Visit: September 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Pablo1308 16 reviews from this member

 My wife and I stayed at Beehive for a long weekend, 3 nights. We found the site to be very friendly and the staff were very helpful. We stayed in The Paddocks, the adult only section. This was lovely and quiet, although don't be mislead, as children do access this area if only to take advantage of the lovely woodland walks around the site. The facilities were clean and well maintained and we never had a problems using toilets or showers, the showers are charged at 50p which we felt was rather steep and the could be reduced, along with the running time of the shower, as I manged to shower, brush my teeth, dry myself and there was still plenty of hot water.

The site is located in a lovely little village and there are buses running into Burton and Swadlincote, so no need to drive. The village has a couple of pubs and a general store (Coop). Do be aware the buses are not very frequent and do not run very late.

The site is surrounded by several fishing lakes and there are numerous woodland walks where the children can play and those of us who are slightly old can enjoy the huge variety of trees and plants.

The site has all the usual facilities fresh water, showers, toilets, potwash, some recycling, chemical toilet disposal and grey waste disposal, unfortunately the grey waste is not suitable for motorhomes as it is 2 to 3 meters from the driveway and raised, so you cannot drain an on board water tank, this is something I would like to see improved on many sites.

Overall we found this was a lovely site and even though it is bigger than we usually stay on it did not feel it. The prices are at the upper end of good value, as you have to add on the cost of a shower every day (or 2 if you're a couple) and we probably would not stay over a bank holiday weekend.

All in all this was a lovely site and we will be back. 

Date of Visit: October 2015 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Susanj 18 reviews from this member

 Just returned from a stay at Beehive. There are positives and negatives:


It's a lovely quiet secluded site in the National Forest, good walks, well situated, nicely laid out, lots of space, flat, wildlife, friendly and knowledgeable staff. They are obviously keen to encourage an interest in wildlife, especially for children. The site is unlit, so it's great for star gazing. There is a barber next door, and a tearoom, and it's a short safe walk into the village where there is a co-op which would deal with all food needs. Also a fish and chip shop with 5 stars. 2 pubs within 5 minutes walk.

There is a small petting zoo.

There are family shower rooms, and although these are in rather ramshackle buildings, they are perfectly nice inside, and very clean.


1. Unheated facilities- You have to pay 50p for a shower, and I don't have a problem with that necessarily, but none of the toilets and showers were heated. The weather was cold for October, so we ended up showering in our van. We paid (£17) off season- equivalent to the Club sites- and I think it's reasonable to expect heated facilities for this price. This would probably put me off coming again, especially in the off season, which is a real shame.

2. Hard standings - these are very narrow and only fit a motorhome or van. You have to park your car on the grass, or have your awning/sitting out area on the grass too. This isn't necessarily a problem, so long as you know to bring a groundsheet etc. 

Date of Visit: May 2015 Unit:  Tent
Reviewer: Lyns 26 reviews from this member

 Friendly welcome from the staff on arrival and they continued to make us feel welcome throughout the duration of our stay. We had to camp amongst the caravans as the site was hosting an event on the campsite while we were there, but having had a good look around the camping field looks great with lots of space for the kids to play, although no play area as such, but lots of wooded areas for the kids to explore.

There are 3 lovely fishing lakes within walking distance, with a few pitches almost overlooking one lake. The lakes make for a great evening walk as the sun goes down and me and my son even bagged a few nice fish.

Toilets and showers were clean and well stocked with family rooms available. These however are a bit of a walk from some of the pitches.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will certainly be back. 

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Annie m 1 review from this member

 Just returned from a few days here including 8 adults and 5 kids with 2 tents, 1 x caravan and 1 x mobile home. Allowed us to all to be sited together( without hook ups ) Very good site with plenty to do for children and adults, lots of space, well run and clean. Care though if you are taking dogs they are not allowed near the lakes so limits the walks 

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