Family owned and run since 1978

Celebrating 45 years

The Wellard family moved to Forest Glade in December 1977. Now three generations work on the park.

How it all began

In December 1977 Freda and Norman Wellard moved with their family from a modern, comfortable home in a local village to a run down camping site in the middle of a forest.  The winter of 1977/1978 was severe with record levels of snow falling.

When we opened for our first season in 1978 we offered the following:
13 holiday caravans – but not many with toilets or bathrooms
Grass camping fields and very basic facilities – flush toilets but no hot water for washing or showers
Laundry facilities in a shed
An outdoor pool
And a TV chalet!

A snowy first winter 


An outdoor swimming pool with slide, a TV room on stilts and some homemade play equipment.  A laundry room in a shed, block built toilets with a very basic shower and no hot water.

We’ve come a long way since then – a covered heating swimming pool with modern changing rooms, TVs in every holiday caravan (and free Wi-Fi because who watches TV now anyway), two play areas and a clean, well-equipped amenities building with free hot showers.


We bought the park with 13 holiday caravans – a random mix ranging from 8 feet to 9.5 feet wide and up to 30 feet long.  As a guide our modern holiday caravans are all 12 feet wide and up to 35 feet in length.

In those days caravans didn’t always have bathrooms, although several had flush toilets and one even had a bath.

In the early eighties a road and parking bays were added around the outside of the caravan field and we gradually replaced the original caravans with modern ones, all with shower rooms with toilets.

Camping and touring

Originally licensed only for tents, both main fields were used for camping and then the Five Acre Field was used for scouts, guides and rallies.  We used to let out the fields to a local farmer in the closed season for grazing for sheep.

Hedges were added to the camping field so that now each pitch has a hedge behind it.  Then roads and hard standing pitches were added.

Holiday costs in 1978

A week in a 6 berth holiday caravan with toilet in August – £52.00
Camping charges – 81p per adult per day and 43p per child per day.  At these prices a week’s camping for a family of four and the dog cost £18.50.

The Christmas Tree Field

Our much-loved Christmas Tree Field was just that, a plantation of Christmas trees owned and managed by a local farmer.  When he retired we bought the land and turned it into a camping field.  All the trees in that area are just big Christmas Trees.

Forest Glade Camping Holidays in Devon - Christmas Tree Field

The Five Acre Field

This field remains relatively unchanged.  Once used for scout and guide camps and rallies this is now a great field for ‘proper camping’ – no electric hook-ups, lots of space and clear night skies for star-gazing.

holiday home caravan tents camping at Forest Glade

High-quality accommodation

At Forest Glade Holiday Park in Devon, there are accommodation choices that cater to different preferences and budgets. It’s the perfect destination for a family holiday, a quick getaway during the off-season, and more. Whether you’re in search of a modern holiday caravan, a cosy camping pod, or a self-catered holiday apartment, Forest Glade has something for everyone. Rest assured that all of our accommodation options will provide you with an excellent home base from which to explore the stunning Devon countryside.

Tranquil grounds

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and find tranquillity at Forest Glade Holiday Park. Set in a forest clearing on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, our holiday park is the perfect destination for a relaxing family holiday or an out-of-season break. Explore the beautiful forest setting and surrounding countryside and enjoy our outdoor facilities, including our excellent on-site tennis court to badminton lawn.

Come and experience the serenity of our forest location and have a memorable camping experience with us.

Well-maintained facilities

Our facilities are free to use, open throughout the season and available to all guests staying on the park:

  • Indoor pool and sauna
  • Well-stocked shop with off-licence, coffee machine and fresh bakery items
  • Take away food, and event caterers during high season
  • Games room with indoor soft play for under-6s
  • Tennis court, badminton and outdoor table tennis
  • Ball games area, and space to play in the Five Acre Field
  • Play areas and zip wire
  • 300 acres of forest to explore