Bladon Chains Caravan Club Site, Bladon Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PT, Telephone 01993812390
To find site:- From Oxford or Woodstock on the A44 at roundabout take the A4095 signed for Bladon/Witney. After 350 metres turn right into minor road and site is on the left in 200 metres.
Bladon Chains is a memberís only site on the edge of the Blenheim Palace Estate. The site is generally open from the end of March to early November, but from the 2019 season the opening has been extended to New Year to allow members to visit the seasonal attractions at Blenheim Palace which was the main purpose of our latest visit. There 92 pitches, about a third are on gravel hardstandings and the rest on grass. Only the hardstandings were in use during our stay. The site is divided into two sections either side of Reception. Pitches are set out along each side of the site roads leaving plenty of space in the middle so it does not seem crowded. The hardstanding pitches vary in size and most seem to require some fore to aft levelling. Some of these pitches are not over large and have a length limit and as a result reception may allocate pitches according to length. Electric points are convenient to all pitches and rated at 16 amps using CEE17 blue connectors some of which are of the twist and lock variety. The electric bollards also have a digital TV hook-up which is free to use but you must provide your own cable. There is a single toilet block situated approximately in the middle of the site and includes a small laundry room and a washing up area which is exposed to the elements. From the furthest pitches it is quite a walk to the toilet block. There are a few service points dotted around the site but again from some pitches these facilities are quite a walk. The motorhome service point is in front of Reception near the site entrance. Unfortunately it is of the older type which requires a heavy drain cover to be lifted. For younger children there is a playground and a knockabout area for older ones. There is no site wide WiFi, only a hotspot near the reception area. There are some seats provided and in bad weather you could use the Information Room. Mobile data availability varies from network to network and the time of day. Reception sells milk and newspapers can be ordered. Mobile food retailers call at the site, see reception for details. Some pitches closer to the road may experience some traffic noise. My impression of the site is that it requires a major upgrade. The site roads are rutted in places. There are not enough hardstandings and of the existing ones, many of them too small. If winter touring is going to be encouraged then a fully covered washing up area is also required.
This site is not far from Blenheim Palace where Club members get a worthwhile discount on production of their payment receipt. At no added cost you can convert the entrance fee into an annual pass. Some events at the Palace demand an additional payment but with the annual pass these are also discounted. Blenheim was the birth place of Winston Churchill and he is buried at Bladon Church which is a reasonably short walk from the campsite, via a gate in the corner of the site. The White House pub is near the church so a good place to stop for a coffee or a pint. Woodstock is about a mile and a half in walking distance from the site (alongside the busy A44). There is a good selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The campsite is well served by public transport and there are numerous bus services from near to the site, details in the Information Room. Oxford City Centre is half an hour away by bus. For shopping there is a good small Co-Op supermarket in Woodstock but for a wider choice of supermarkets you would need to travel to Oxford or Whitney, details in the Information Room.