Ashbourne Soapbox Race & Beer Festival 2019

Stay with us for the weekend of 6th September 2019 and there’ll be lots of excitement in the local town of Ashbourne.

Brand new this year, the inaugural Ashbourne Soapbox Race is on Sunday Sept 8th. The race will start on Union Street, turn the corner to go down the hill past the market place, and end on St John’s Street. Up to 60 teams are expected to take part reaching speeds of up to 30mph!

If you fancy entering a team get your application in by 10th May. You can find an entry form on the website. It will be just as much fun to come and watch though!

Taking place the same weekend is the CAMRA Ashbourne Beer & Cider Festival. Pop into the Town Hall to sample a wide selection of local ales and ciders. There’s also live music during the evening sessions.

If you’re looking for a place to stay for the weekend we have camping & touring pitches plus two holiday cottages and an apartment. Ashbourne town centre is within 20 minutes walk.

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Pitchup Review Award

We’re so pleased to have won a review award.

‘Your outstanding average rating is the outcome of months of consistently great reviews from customers, showing that you went the extra mile to provide excellent customer service’ said Dan Yates, the managing director of

We’d like to say a great big thank you to all the guests who took the time to leave us feedback after their stay.

Pitchup Award 2018 Callow Top Holiday Park



Bonfire Night with your Campervan

Most people around the world are focusing on upcoming Halloween, but in the UK we’re all thinking about Bonfire Night! And did you know that one of the best ways to celebrate this festive evening is through a campervan trip? We’re going to tell you all about the best way to enjoy a Bonfire Night camping trip, and the best campsites for Bonfire Night displays. So start reading and preparing for this fun family night!

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

Before we start celebrating with Bonfire Night displays, it is important to understand how this evening came about, and the Guy Fawkes history behind it. Bonfire Night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night, and it is an annual commemoration every 5th of November. It is celebrated mainly in the United Kingdom, although British families abroad often organise similar events for this day. The importance of the day began long ago, on the 5th November 1605 when Guy Fawkes was arrested as a leading member of the Gunpowder Plot. The Gunpowder Plot involved placing explosives beneath the House of Lords as an attempt to assassinate the reigning King James I. To celebrate the Kings life being spared, people lit bonfires across London, which resulted in an annual public day of celebration being named for the plot’s failure. This was the Observance of 5th November Act, but nowadays it is known simply as Bonfire Night. You may be starting to remember this all from Primary school, but just in case that didn’t quite jog your memory, how about the famous poem of “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot…”

Enjoying Bonfire Night with your Campervan

Okay, so now we all understand why we celebrate this evening, but that still leaves us with the question of how we will celebrate… You may think that camping or travelling with a campervan would restrict you from celebrating Bonfire Night, but we believe it only maximises the fun! So before we consider where you’ll celebrate, we’ll give you a few general tips on making the most of festivities from your campervan. Our main piece of advice is to book ahead, as this can be an extremely popular time at campsites, so don’t risk not having a spot! Especially if you’re looking for certain amenities, such as an electrical hook up or the ability to build your own campfire. So don’t risk it, play it safe and book ahead. Secondly, is to make sure you prepare for the cold. Nothing spoils a fun night like shivering teeth, so bring numerous layers to be safe. Bring a cosy blanket along, so you’ll have something to cuddle together under. We advise leaving your pets behind for this trip, as although it is super fun to bring your dog along, the noise and bustle may upset your pet and cause them a lot of distress. As for cuisine, you can still enjoy all the festive delights and treats traditional to Bonfire Night from your motorhome. Plan ahead and bake some delicious goods to enjoy, such as cupcakes or brownies! On the night, you can keep everyone smiling with some campfire food, such as hot dogs or jacket potatoes. S’mores will ensure messy but cheery faces all around, as will baked apples – yum! For more camping food tips, check out this blog full of recipes and tricks!

#1 Woodland Waters, Lincolnshire

Situated in Grantham, Lincolnshire, this campsite is renowned for their annual bonfire and fireworks display. It starts earlier than most other events, beginning at approximately 6.30pm, which makes it one of the great bonfire night displays for young children. The events feature a huge bonfire and firework display, as well as plenty of food and drinks being passed around. The site itself is also lovely to pitch at, nestled in a woodland valley covering 72 acres. The on site bar offers all the amenities you may miss while camping, from flat screen TVs to a pool table. Whilst here, be sure to enjoy the ales of the region, and then head to the attached Lakeview restaurant for some home-made food. This site is also well suited for disabled travellers, as it offers various facilities to cater to them.

#2 Loch Ness Shores Camping & Caravanning Club Site

Celebrating Guy Fawkes history on the banks of Britain’s most famous stretch of water, can you think of anything better? This spectacular display is organised and run by the local fire service, and promises to light up the sky for hours. Get the youngsters excited about catching a glimpse of shy Nessie, or help them settle for seeing the variety of other wildlife present there, such as deer, bats and otters. The campsite offers numerous facilities, such as a reception and shop to cater to your every need. If you’re feeling like treating yourself after the celebrations, you could spend a night in one of their wigwam glamping cabins.

#3 Callow Top, Derbyshire

The best part about celebrating at Callow Top is that the celebrations aren’t restricted to a single night, with events kicking off with a bingo night, ensuring fun for the whole family. Following this, the next evening has the traditional bonfire and fireworks display, with enough treats to go around. Boogie the night away in the family disco, and show your kids how things were done in your day! For the daytime, there is plenty to keep you busy here. Callow Top is renowned for their great cycle routes, ranging from the 13 mile Tissington Trail to the shorter options leading you into Ashbourne. They even offer a cycle hire service, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your bikes along with all the camping gear. We would list all the services and facilities offered at Callow Top, but that would take pages! To summarise, your kids will adore the pool and play facilities, while you’ll be busy with the fishing lake and on-site brewery!

#4 Golden Valley, Derbyshire

Golden Valley campsite features numerous Bonfire Night events to entertain all ages and preferences. Their huge firework display begins at 7.30pm, and promises to dazzle and delight. The onsite cafe/bar will be serving a variety of refreshments throughout the evening, just in case your mouth has dried up in awe of the display! There will also be a disco upstairs as well as variety of children’s amusements. This 26 acre woodland site is neat, organised and a superb weekend destination. There are three play areas on site, as well as a fishing pond, bouncy castle and train ride around the park – the fun never has to stop!

#5 Herding Hill Farm, Northumberland

At Herding Hill Farm, they combine Bonfire Night with Halloween for a jam-packed weekend of fun! There are numerous prizes up for grabs, including the best fancy-dressed child, parent, tent and caravan. They pride themselves on only having animal friendly fireworks, and they serve hot soup and homemade pizzas to keep everyone warm and sated. During the day you’ll be able to explore this gorgeous heritage area, as the campsite is only one mile from Hadrian’s Wall! The rolling hills and never ending greenery are often considered to be a walker’s paradise. But the highlight of this campsite must be the luxurious facilities on offer, such as the sauna where you can sweat your stress away. Whilst you relax, your kids will be enjoying the playground with a Roman fort and the petting zoo!

Of all these wonderful Bonfire Night events to choose from, the hardest part will be choosing which to go to!  Now that you’re ready to spend Bonfire Night in a campervan, you can look for the campervan on Goboony. Filtering through location and preferences, you are bound to find one that suits your desires.Goboony is a motorhome rental platform which gets motorhome owners in touch with those wishing to rent from a private owner. We make the process easy, reliable and affordable. Find a motorhome in your area through a simple search today!



Ashbourne Streetfest 2018

Prepare for the unexpected as this action packed FREE FAMILY WEEKEND of world class street performance explodes into Ashbourne with a mixture of daring & silliness!

The streets of Ashbourne are filled with internationally acclaimed acts. You can see wild and wacky performances with eveything from Mighty Mike the old-fashioned strong man to the now famous Wardens stopping traffic and causing chaos!

Lots of our guests enjoy this event so much that they return every year. It’s absolutely free with something for all ages.

Streetfest 2018 is the weekend of 23rd & 24th June. Keep an eye on the Streetfest website for details of this year’s acts.

We’re an award winning holiday park within walking distance of Ashbourne. You can make an availability enquiry here or call us to book on 01335 344020.

The Beast from The East 2018

Although we didn’t have it as bad as some places we still got our fair share of snow and ice in February and March. Our opening weekend was a bit colder than we’d expected but we lit the fires in the pub, and got the snowplough out to clear the drive, so all was well!

Dan, our Assistant Reception Manager, walked to work along the Tissington Trail. The roof of the tunnel was covered in some very dangerous looking icicles. He said he walked under them with his hands on his head the whole time!

Here’s some photos we took…..


Matlock Bath Illuminations 2017

Every Saturday night, between 9th September and 28th October, there’s a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats down the River Derwent in Matlock Bath. On Saturdays the parade is on at 7.45pm and 9.15pm and on Sundays 7.30pm.

Every Saturday there’s also a stunning fireworks display lighting up the skies above the water. The display begins at 9pm.

It’s a great event to visit for all the family and only about 25 minutes drive from Callow Top.

You can find out further information about prices, parking and booking by visiting the Matlock Bath Illuminations website.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay to visit the illuminations we have self catering accommodation, caravan/motorhome pitches and tent pitches.



Ashbourne Streetfest 2017

An action packed free family weekend which takes place as part of Ashbourne Arts Festival. World class street performance explodes into Ashbourne with a mixture of daring & silliness!

The streets of Ashbourne are filled with internationally acclaimed acts. You can see wild and wacky performances with eveything from knife juggling to whip cracking!

Lots of our guests enjoy this event so much that they return every year. It’s absolutely free with something for all ages.

Ashbourne Streetfest 2017 is the weekend of 17th & 18th June. Keep an eye on the Streetfest website for details of this year’s acts.

We’re an award winning holiday park, within walking distance of Ashbourne, and take caravans, motorhomes & tents. We also have self catering accommodation on site. You can make an availability enquiry here or call us to book on 01335 344020.

Road Closures in Ashbourne Fri June 17th

If you’re staying with us this weekend you may be affected by road closures due to the Aviva Women’s Tour Cycle Race.

The race starts from Ashbourne at 10.45am and travels towards Buxton on the A515. Rolling road closures will occur from approx. 1 hour before the race passes through.

If you’re travelling from Stockport/Manchester then there will be road closures in Buxton.
Matlock, Chatsworth & Chesterfield will also have road closures.

We STRONGLY recommend that you travel to us later in the day as traffic is expected to be heavy.

For further information please visit the local council website.

Cheap Alton Towers Tickets 2016

Here’s the latest offers for cheap Alton Towers tickets 2016 to save you money on your family day out.

Alton Towers

Kelloggs 2 for 1 Alton Towers Tickets
Look out for special promotional packs of Kellogg’s cereals and snacks on sale until 30th June. You’ll get a Grown-Ups Go Free voucher giving you one free entry when you buy a full price adult or child ticket. For further info click here.

The Sun Two Free Alton Towers Tickets
Collect 10 unique codes from the backpage of the Sun between 19th March – 8th April. Enter your codes online for your two free tickets. You’ll need to enter all your codes online by 22nd April but your first code must be entered by 30th March. You can also collect vouchers from the paper and apply by post. Click for further info.

Tesco Clubcard Alton Towers Tickets
£13 of your Tesco Clubcard points will get you 1 Alton Towers ticket saving you up to 75%! You must print off your tickets to hand in when you arrive at the park as screenshots & photocopies won’t be accepted. For further info click here.

Nectar Points Alton Towers Tickets
500 Nectar points = £5 to spend against the ticket price (that’s double the Nectar points usual value). However, bear in mind that you can only purchase your tickets on the day of your visit to Alton Towers. That means you’ll be paying full price so it may be better for you to use one of the other deals available. For further info click here.

Book direct in advance and save up to 25%
If you book your tickets on the Alton Towers website, at least 7 days before you want to go, you can save up to 25%. Book 2 – 6 days in advance and save 10%. Click for further info.

Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre
You can get a great deal on tickets, saving up to 40%, by buying them from the Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre:
Adult tickets (age 12+) are just £32 (usually £51.60)
Child tickets (age 3-11 yrs) are just £29 (usually £45.60).
Family tickets are also available:
Family of 3 (max 2 adults) £84 (usually £131.40).
Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £111 (usually £175.20).
Tickets must be purchased in person from the centre. For further info call 01335 343666.

Remember if you come and stay with us in your caravan or tent, or stay in our holiday cottages, apartment or static caravan, we’re just 20 minutes drive from Alton Towers.