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Enjoy a relaxing glamping staycation in the peaceful and beautiful Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest. Surrounded by lush woodland and rolling green scenery, it’s the ideal spot for some much-needed rest and relaxation yet is a mere 5 minutes from the M1, J22 and 20 minutes drive from the vibrant city of Leicester.

We have six en-suite, luxury Wigwam cabins which sit around a wildlife pond - Three with private wood fired hot tubs. You’ll quickly unwind, watching dragonflies and butterflies whilst listening to the variety of wildlife that live and pass by our site all from your own private outdoor decked dining area. Or just sit back and watch the sunset, relaxing around your firepit enjoying a BBQ with your favourite people.

Our Season is normally March to November inclusive, but we may extend this period at our discretion.

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Things to do while glamping near Leicester:

Enjoy a relaxing glamping break at Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest

Glamping holidays are perfect for nature lovers looking for a little luxury whilst enjoying the calm of the great outdoors. The Wigwam cabins are fully furnished with lots of luxurious detail - double glazing, insulation, heating and en-suite toilet and washing facilities so you can be sure of a warm and delightful night’s rest after a busy day.  The glamping site is surrounded by miles of pretty country roads, wildlife trails and footpaths, perfect for a stroll or a cycle through the countryside. And for even more relaxation in nature, you can truly unwind if you book into a Wigwam glamping pod with hot tub. Perfect for unwinding and stargazing, and whiling away a few hours of sheer bliss.

The nearby village of Newtown Linford

Take a short walk through the National Forest from Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest and you’ll find yourself in the picturesque village of Newtown Linford and entrance to  the historic Bradgate Park. Here you’ll find dog friendly pubs, shops and tearooms - the perfect place to enjoy a cream tea before returning to your luxurious cabin.

Bradgate Park

The most popular attraction in Leicestershire. This 800-year old deer park is the most beautiful place to visit with stunning landscape views from ''Old John'' and a fascinating history. Just a short walk from our glamping site it is the perfect place to while away a few peaceful hours. The park is perfect for nature lovers and has something for everyone - rugged and energetic walks and trails through the hills or easy-going pathways for bikes, buggies and wheelchairs. You’ll also find two tearooms and a  visitor centre opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016.  The picturesque River Lin runs through the park so don't forget to bring the childrens fishing nets!  As well as a busy events calendar throughout the year such as concerts, outdoor theatre and cinema, you can join in on guided tours through the ruins of Bradgate House - ancestral home of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for just 9 days

Beacon Hill Country Park

Rising to a height of 245m, Beacon Hill is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and boasts spectacular views of Charnwood Forest and the Soar Valley.  Covering 128ha, the Country Park consists of mixed woodland, grassland, open heathland, wetlands and rocky outcrops.  It has a range of interesting features that await any visitor 

National Forest

The National Forest is right in the heart of the country, embracing 200 square miles of the Midlands. It spans across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire and contains the ancient Forest of Charnwood. Our glamping site is situated in the beautiful Charnwood Forest and links to miles of great footpaths which are great for you, your family and dogs to enjoy.

Tropical Birdland

This colourful world is only seven miles from Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest and is a favourite tourist attractions for our guests. 6 ½ acres of sanctuary for parrots and other brightly coloured, exotic birds. There are over 250 feathery residents and every inch is devoted to giving a home to these beautiful creatures. Birds are from all over the world - and this is a must-see attraction.

Swithland Woods and Reservoir

Swithland Wood covers an area of 170 acres and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and acknowledged as one of the best remnants of native woodland in Leicestershire. Swithland Wood has something to see throughout the seasons. 

Swithland Reservoir is a 4.8 mile out and back trail located near Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching. 

Thornton Reservoir

Thornton Reservoir is a peaceful and picturesque location that offers a network of trails and footpaths around the reservoir and through the neighbouring woodland areas. There are also links with longer trails including the Leicester Round and various other public footpaths. This scenic reservoir also has a popular fly fishery, attracting anglers from all over the midlands. The site is open every day from dawn until dusk apart from Christmas Day. Car parking Car parking is available for visitors to Thornton Reservoir free of charge. There are disabled parking bays located in the car park with good views of the reservoir. This reservoir is stunning during sunrise and sunset.

Great Central Railway

the UK's only double track, main line heritage railway. It’s the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other – just as it was when steam ruled the rails.

Trains run every weekend of the year, bank holidays and selected week days through the summer. In addition, First Class Restaurant Car Services provide five course meals whilst travelling between Loughborough and Leicester. Childhood dreams can come true with a Drive a Locomotive Experience when you can take the regulator on a mighty steam locomotive or notch up on a powerful diesel. We also run many special events, including Steam Galas, Paw Patrol, Bonfire Night, 1940s Wartime Weekend and Santa Specials.

National Space Centre

Your Journey Starts Here

With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience crammed full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. 

Booking in advance is ESSENTIAL

City of Leicester

The nearby city of Leicester is well worth visiting. As well as shops, pubs and restaurants there are lots of fascinating museums, exhibition centres and art galleries, to suit every interest. History fans will love the Richard III visitor centre - opened after the King’s remains were found in 2012. Space enthusiasts will marvel at the exhibitions and activities at the National Space Centre. Abbey Park is perfect for those wanting a relaxing walk around a large lake and to hire a small rowing boat or pedalo. There’s so much to see and do - for the whole family. 

Book your best ever glamping holiday with Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest

Our glamping site is the perfect base for every kind of holiday activity in North West Leicestershire. Enjoy a calmer pace of life in the parklands, reservoirs and canals on a country walk, or travel back in time and visit the picturesque, unspoilt villages along the railway lines of the area’s heritage railways. 

You are spoilt for choice in this wonderful area and no matter how you choose to while away your day, you’ll love coming home to a warm glamping cabin, a roaring campfire and the calming sounds of the countryside to lull you to sleep. 

Ready to get your best ever glamping holiday started? Book online today!

Site Features

Cabin Facilities

Ensuite Toilet
Ensuite Shower
Hot Tubs
Mini Kitchen
Crockery included
BBQ / Fire Pit
Outside Decking
Cot Available

On-Site Facilities

Electric Car Charging

Activities on site

Bird Watching Hide

Activities Near-by

Cycle Trails
Walking Trails
Historic Sites
Pub or Restaurant
Horse Riding
Country Park


National Walk Ways

Special Events

Corporate Events
Honeymoons and Anniversaries
Venue for Large Gatherings
Family Gathering

Location Type

National Park

Who's Coming?

Dogs Allowed


John's Lee Cottage
202 Markfield Lane
Newtown Linford
LE67 9PS

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Wigwam Running Water Pod with Hot Tub

Sleeps 4
Dogs allowed
Bedding optional
Hot Tub included (£102.00)

Wigwam Running Water Pod

Sleeps 4
Dogs allowed
Bedding optional

Wigwam Running Water Pod with Hot Tub - Pet Free

Sleeps 4
No dogs
Bedding optional
Hot Tub included (£102.00)

Contact Details

For more information or to book your stay at Wigwam Holidays Charnwood Forest, please find our contact details below:

Email Address: charnwoodforest@wigwamholidays.com

Primary Telephone: +447889955585

Alternative Telephone: +447875727077

Terms and Conditions

Check In: 15:00 - 17:00

Check Out: 10:00am

Cancellation Policy: Free

When You Arrive: Contactless check-in


Frequently Asked Questions

We have 6 Running Water Deluxe Wigwam Cabins, 3 Cabins have wood fired hot tubs.
We are open 1st April to 30th November. We may open earlier or close later, please call for further information.
We allow 2 dogs max per Wigwam Cabin and charge £10 per dog per night. Dogs must not be left unattended in the Wigwam Cabins at any point. Dog beds are to be brought and dogs are not allowed on the furniture. Large plastic dog baskets are available FOC on request
Yes it's great for children with nature trails, bike tracks and walking trails
Yes we accept groups, celebrations & micro weddings. Our BBQ Hut, Tipi & outdoor kitchen are all available to hire. Please email us for further information: charnwoodforest@wigwamholidays.com

Personal & Disposable BBQ's are prohibited from our site - Fires are strictly restricted to our static BBQ firepits that only use firewood. Only wood purchased from our site can be used as unseasoned wood poses a real fire risk and it is against our agreed fire safety policy.

A Firepit package is available at £13 (includes firepit, net of logs,firelighters, kindling and matches)

Additional logs (£10) and kindling (£3) are available on site - Only seasoned wood purchased on site is permitted.

Our Wigwam Cabins include;

  •     ensuite shower/sink/WC
  •     Shower mat
  •     x1 toilet roll (addition toilet rolls available from our honesty shed)
  •     heated towel rail
  •     table & 4 chairs
  •     x1 double bed with memory mattress
  •     Pull out double sofabed with memory matress
  •     Mini kitchenette & sink
  •     toaster
  •     kettle
  •     microwave
  •     2 ring hob
  •     pan pack
  •     fridge
  •     crockery & cutlery
  •     wines glasses & tumblers
  •     tea towel, sponge & washing up liquid
  •     broom & dustpan & brush
  •     BBQ Firepit (Logs to be purchased during booking or are available on site from our honesty shed)
  •     BBQ utensils
  •     each cabin has a TV with a USB port for connecting to computers or mobile phones - Due to the location TV signal is not available.
  •     large decking area with picnic bench
  •     x1 external lantern


The cooking facilities included are

  •     Toaster
  •     microwave
  •     2 ring hob
  •     kettle
  •     pan pack
  •     BBQ firepit (an adjustable BBQ grill hangs from a tripod over the firepit)

  •     bedding - Pillows & pillowcases, douvet and bottom sheet. Bedding is available to hire as an extra if required)
  •     towels (towels are available to hire as an extra)
  •     personal toiletries (don't forget to bring addition toilet rolls)
  •     torches
  •     Vegetable knife

Yes you can. The Optional Extras are:

  •     Bedding per double bed (includes 2 pillows with pillowcases, flat sheet & duvet with cover) £22
  •     Towel packs per person (includes 1 bath towel & 1 hand towel) £8
  •     Firepit package £13 (Includes net of logs, kindling, firelighters and matches)
  •     Additional Net of Firewood £10
  •     Kindling & firelighters bundle £3

Parking is within 100m of furthest cabin – A large wheel barrow is provided - Please advise if assistance is required.
You can check in from 3pm
The latest you can check in is 5pm (later might be possible by arrangement)
You must vacate the Wigwam Cabin no later than 10am
Sorry, it is not permissible to invite friends who are not booked into a cabin onto site during your stay as they are not covered by our insurance policy. Any additional guests must be booked into our system. Please note a charge will be payable for any additional personnel and dogs. Payment can be taken on site if required.
We are a family-friendly site, your key will be in your cabin on arrival. Details of your cabin will be found on the notice board on the side of the small Dutch Barn adjacent to the car park. A 'Touch Stay' welcome app will be attached to your confirmation email once you have paid your deposit. We highly recommend you download this onto your mobile and pass it onto others in your group as it contains useful site, cabin & local information. Please email if you have not received the app and we'll forward it toyou it in an email.
All Wigwam Cabins are en-suite with shower, toilet & basin
No, all Wigwam Cabins are en-suite
The closest pub is 1 mile away. There are 7 Pub/Restaurants/Tea Rooms within 2 miles. Please refer to your Touch Stay App. The Bradgate Pub, Post Office Tea Rooms and Jades Tea Rooms offer a 10% discount if you show them your key lanyard when ordering.
The nearest supermarket is 2 miles away in Markfield village.
The nearest bus stop is 1 mile away, 8.8 miles to Leicester train station, 12.2 miles from East Midlands Airport.
Currently there is no general WiFi on site, however Wifi will be available in the 2025 Season. There is an excellent 3G/4G signal on most networks.
There are no TV's in the cabins. They were removed due to a dissapointing TV signal as the cabins are located amongst trees.
  •     Peaceful site overlooking a small pond, Wigwam Cabins are located within a young forest plantation.
  •     Direct access to 200 square miles of National Forest and 100’s of miles of walking trails
  •     Cycle trails nearby.
  •     850 acres of Bradgate Park (Public Deer Park), Leicestershire’s No1 tourist attraction located off the picturesque Newtown Linford village with its listed buildings, great pubs, classy restaurants and quaint tea rooms – Only 1 mile from the site. Our cottage, John’s Lee Cottage previously belonged to the Bradgate Estate, ancestral home of the Grey’s until 1926 which famously is the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey - Queen for just 9 days before she was taken to The Tower of London.
  •     Beacon Hill Country Park
  •     Swithland Woods and Reservoir nearby
  •     Thornton reservoir - Great for bird watching early mornings or early evenings
  •     Great Central railway
  •     National Space Centre
  •     In 1957, schoolboy Roger Mason famously found one of the world's earliest-recorded fossils at Charnwood in Bradgate Park.
  •     Stonehurst Family Farm
  •     Stoneywell Cottage (National Trust) - Admission by advance booking only on 01530 248040
  •     Tropical Birdland