According to legend, St David, the Patron Saint of Wales, told his followers on his deathbed to ‘Be cheerful and keep your faith’, which we think is a great sentiment to nurture as we launch into spring and open Fforest Fields for the season. We will be officially opening on St. David’s day, the 1st of March, just as the daffodils are coming out, the birds are pairing up and the lambs are starting to arrive. What a special time of year and it certainly gives us reason to be cheerful.
So what have we got to look forward to this spring, apart from our wonderful visitors returning…
The Birds & Blossoms
Pretty much as far from a Hitcockian thriller as possible, the birds are returning in their droves. The bird feeders are littered with Tits of various sizes, including a huddle of Great Tits and a bold Cole tit who is such a regular visitor that we think he is now 75% seed, 20% peanuts and 5% feathers. We’ve spotted a Yellow Hammer (thanks for the identification help Facebook likers!), a Greater Spotted Woodpecker and plenty of cheeky Chaffinches and boisterous Starlings. The spring sees the return of our nesting Sparrows and the wonderful calling of the Curlew on the hill. The omnipresent Buzzards will also be keeping an eye on what’s going on below them on the campsite and we’ve seen more kites than ever before around the farm. It really is quite special.
Then there are the flowers, with Snowdrops already peaking up in the woods, the green shoots of Dafodils standing tall readying to dazzle with their yellow sunshine, Catkins dangling and the buds appearing on the Magnolia and blossoms readying on the trees! We’re also looking forward to another carpet of beautiful bluebells in Terrible Hollow, we kept sheep off it last year and we were amazed at how many bluebells decided to call it home.
St David’s Day at the Elan Valley
Celebrate St David’s Day with a delicious tea at the wonderful Penbont House Tea Rooms, served by the great team dressed in Traditional Welsh dress. In the evening, on the 1st of March, they will be preparing a homemade Welsh supper from 6pm – sample some delicious Welsh culture and take a look at the great local crafts on display too. If you’d like to book at table call 01597 811 515 as soon as possible!
Family Weekend for Mothering Sunday
We are offering special family rates for the weekend of the 13th-15th of March so that you can enjoy some special family time at Fforest Fields. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing families connect in the great outdoors, roast marshmallows and go on adventures! For families of any size (within reason, of course!), with young or grown up children the pitch price is £17 a night for that weekend only. Book through the online booking form, email us email@example.com or give the office a call on 01982 570 406 and make sure you quote ‘Family Weekend’.
The Erwood Station Gallery
Much loved Erwood Craft Centre closed its doors briefly this year as owner Michael Cunningham set out to rekindle his love of conservation work. Erwood Station is situated just ‘over the hill’ from the campsite and focused on local craft and good cups of tea to team with slabs of homemade cakes and we were very sad to hear it was due to close. But it’s not gone for long, it has been taken over by the owners of a gallery in Hay on Wye who are hoping to open the doors on the 21st of March. We are very excited to see what is on offer and we have been assured that there will be plenty of cups of tea still on offer to enjoy after a walk down a beautiful stretch of the Wye River below the site of the old station.
Keep an eye on the Erwood Gallery website for updates.
The booking system has been well clicked over the last few weeks as we taken a heap of Easter bookings, falling on the 6th of April this year we are starting to ‘fill up’ as people plan their getaways. We always use the term ‘fill’ loosely at Fforest Fields, we do things slightly differently here and try to keep the old fashioned style of camping and caravanning that we remember as children, but we totally up to date facilities you’ll be glad to hear! We keep our numbers below capacity, even on our busiest weekends as we believe it’s important to give you some space, to not shoehorn you in. It makes more room for playing, breathing and allows you to enjoy the wonderful countryside without feeling like you are on top of your next-door/zip neighbours.
That said, we have plenty of pitches left for Easter but if you are looking to come to Fforest Fields that weekend please get your name down.
You can fill in our online booking form, give us a call on 01982 570 406 or drop an email with details or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Bell Tent
Our beloved Betty Bell Tent, who made her first appearance on site in 2014, has plucked up the courage to ask her handsome lover to come and live with her at Fforest Fields. So this year we welcome Harry. Betty and Harry Bell Tents (named after two of the campsite’s longest serving guests) will take up residency together in spring and so we’ll have the double the space for happy glampers to enjoy the site. Watch this space for updates or give Natalie a call on 01982 570 736 to talk about bookings 🙂 Or if you are after Betty find out more and check out the availablity here.
We can’t wait for it all to begin and very much look forward to welcoming you to Fforest Fields this spring!
Fforest Fields is a 5 pennant, Bellamy Award winning caravanning and camping site near Builth Wells in beautiful mid Wales. We offer a well landscaped, almost flat field in the middle of our family farm that has top of the range facilities (that we built by hand with you in mind!) including free hot showers, spotless loos, family rooms, washing facilities and an ever popular drying room for little ones and adults who have got carried away playing in the ponds and lakes or who have been adventuring on a rainy day.
There is an abundEance of wildlife to be seen, from birds and small mammals to newts and frogs in the ponds and fish in the lakes – although Mr or Mrs Otter occasionally stocks up from the lakes (but we don’t really mind that). The surrounding countryside is a sight to be seen, with winding roads taking you up to overlook ancient valleys and a host of interesting local towns and events to give you the escape you need. Find out more about local activities, take a look at the gallery to get a taste of what we’re all about or read some of our other blog posts.
We love it here at Fforest Fields and do everything we possibly can to allow you to feel free and happy while staying with us.