Purple Badger Camping

UK England East Midlands Leicestershire Leicester

  • 10+ metres between camping pitches
  • Contactless check in
  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Campfires Allowed
Glamping and campfire-friendly camping by a pair of fishing lakes in the Leicestershire countryside

On the border between Rutland and Leicestershire, Purple Badger Camping sits happily on the fence. And we don’t just mean geographically speaking; it’s part luxury glamping and part off-grid camping. It’s also part camping ground and part fishing lakes. Plus, while this rural, lakeside location is all about enjoying the countryside, it’s surprisingly close to the city – less than ten miles outside Leicester.

Whether you’re escaping from the city or wanting to visit it during a stay, Purple Badger Camping certainly gives no hint of urban life. The lakes are surrounded by woodland and wildlife, and have been open to fishermen for more than 40 years. They are well stocked; with roach, perch, tench and small carp in the lower lake and larger carp in the upper one. For those who fancy a spot of fishing with their camping, this place is a dream come true but, even for those who aren’t bringing a rod, the watery backdrop is a draw. The fact that campfires are allowed here is another.

There are just nine spacious camping pitches in the site’s car-free lower field with wildflowers left to grow between them. Two of the pitches are occupied by Purple Badger’s own bell tents; unfurnished Val and furnished Millie. Moving further up the site and further up the glamping scale, there are two shepherd huts, Logan and Jude. These are fully furnished with a kitchenette and en-suite facilities. They also enjoy a separate location overlooking the top lake and have their own fishing pegs to boot. The surrounding trees mean campfires aren’t allowed in this spot – but who cares when there’s a log burner inside?

The tents and huts, have been named after the children of site owners, Mark and Helen and you might see the youngest two helping out around site. The family’s years of experience on camping holidays have informed many of the well-thought out touches: the fire pits, mobile phone charging lockers and The Badger’s Den - an undercover shared space for rainy days. There’s a freezer for ice packs and there are separate loo cabins and upcycled horsebox showers with a sink in each; all of which point to owners who know what campers want. You might come here for the fishing or as a quick getaway from Leicester or Nottingham. You might book a stay so you can visit nearby Rutland Water or the National Space Centre but we reckon it’ll be the excellent camping experience that will have you longing to come back.



Shepherd huts are kitted out for two with a double bed, a kitchenette featuring a two-ring electric hob, kettle, toaster, fridge, cookware, tableware and cutlery. Each also has an en-suite waterless composting toilet and shower. Outside, each has outdoor seating and two fishing pegs on the top lake. Bell tents are five metres and pitched on their own decks with outdoor seating, a fire pit and logs included. Millie is furnished with a double bed and two single camp beds and has cooking equipment provided including a camping stove, cookware and tableware. Campers (including bell tent campers) share two toilets and two horsebox showers, each with their own sink. There is also an undercover shelter with seating called The Badger’s Den and another shared area, The Old Chicken Shed, with two washing-up sinks, a communal fridge and freezer and mobile phone charging lockers (extra charge). There’s on-site fishing on two lakes (free for shepherd hut guests, extra charge for campers). Campfires are allowed in designated fire-pit areas and logs are for sale at £6 a bag.

Suitable For

The site is suited to people that want to enjoy relaxing in a small rural campsite but with good size pitches of (10m diameter mowed grass with 6m spacing between pitches), within easy reach of a vibrant city and various bustling market towns. Designed by campers for campers with quirky facilities to compliment your stay. If you want to fish then you can and have no reason to leave the site. Perfect for spending time as a family.

Accommodation options cater for most people.

Location is ideal for meeting friend and family being easily accessible in the middle of the country.


You need only step outside your camping or glamping accommodation to go fishing (booking in advance is recommended) but for other water-based activities try Rutland Water (20 miles away). This reservoir and waterpark is a popular spot for walking, running, cycling, birdwatching and watersports - not to mention more fishing. There are two more lakes along with thrills and spills at Twinlakes, a family theme and farm park just over 10 miles away just outside the market town of Melton Mowbray. For an undercover activity, try The National Space Centre (0116 2582107), which is just eight miles from site and home to the UK’s largest planetarium. The city of Leicester is also only eight miles away where there’s plenty to see and do. Current events and attractions can be found on the Visit Leicester website – but history buffs won’t want to miss the King Richard III Visitor Centre (0300 300 0900).

Food & Drink

During the summer, The Coffee Cart is open on site serving fresh coffee, tea and bacon and egg sandwiches, as well as other treats seven days a week from 8.00am-4.30pm. There are plenty of pubs in the villages near site including The Golden Fleece (01664 840275) in South Croxton which is the closest, just a mile-and-a-half away, and The Malt Shovel (0116 2692558), three miles away in Barkby. The Cheney Arms (01664 840260) is a little further but still within five miles. There’s a recommended coffee shop and farm shop three miles down the road, Roots at Thorpe Farm (0116 2608531). Also recommended is cafe and cycle centre, Cafe Ventoux, about nine miles from site where there are often sporting events and meets too.


Camping and bell tents March–October. Shepherd huts all year.

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The Owner Says

Nestling on the borders of Rutland & Leicestershire, our two fishing lakes sit amongst woodland and wildlife. Two shepherds huts rest on the edge of the top lake ready for relaxation, fishing and star-gazing .

Enjoy camping in our bottom field where you can cook on open fires next to your own tent or sleep in one of our resident bell tents which are available for you to hire either furnished or unfurnished if you fancy bringing some of your home comforts with you.

Social Distancing Measures

Each Shepehed's Hut has its own shower and toilet.
Separate toilets and showers for campers from anglers.
10m round pitches with 6m space between each pitch.
Glamping Bell Tent pitches are 10x20m
Contactless check in is available.
2+metres distance between communal pot wash areas
Cleaning products available in toilets and showers in additional to site's deep cleaning.


Two shepherd’s huts, two bell tents and seven grassy pitches.

The Fisherman's Home

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Logan and Jude are our two delightful shepherds huts nestled amongst the trees by the edge of our top lake. They are perfectly put together cabins of luxury, wonderful for relaxing with a glass of wine by the lake edge or cosied up by the wood burner in the Autumn and Winter months.

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Getting There

From Leicester head towards Scraptoft and Beeby. Soon after passing Beeby’s medieval All Saints Church, turn right on to Croxton Road. After about half a mile Purple Badger Camping and Fishing Lakes will be on the right.

The nearest train station is at Syston from where it is easy to get a taxi to site (a 12-minute journey) and there are occasional buses which can drop you (on request) at a stop right outside the campsite too. The bus route also connects with Melton Mowbray and Leicester. The campsite is also just off Sustrans Route 48 which is part of the National Cycle Network


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