Same site — a refreshed feel. If you know us as "Candleston Campsite" you're in the right place, to better reflect the event space we're now "Candleston Woods"

Set within 100 acres of woodland in South Wales—let your event connect with nature

An event space offering the chance to immerse yourself in an inspiring natural environment, relax and let your imagination run free!

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Welcome to the woods - an antidote to the hustle and bustle of daily life

Candleston Woods is a campsite and event space for exclusive hire set within a 100 acre wood by the sea.

Located close to the picturesque village of Merthyr Mawr, and adjoining a large National Nature Reserve, this is a special place, brimming with wildlife and steeped in history, and offers the perfect setting in which to stage a wide range of events.

Feel the stresses of everyday life drain away as you immerse yourself in an inspiring natural environment and let your imagination run free!

About the Site

Our site extends to 15 acres, and includes access to a further 40 acres of the adjoining woodland in which to walk, play, and explore.

The site is flexible enough to host a variety of event sizes without feeling either too spacious or too cramped, and can be configured and dressed to suit your event - offering a template to make your own!

The woodland is situated on what were once rolling sand dunes, making it mud-free even in the wettest conditions, so no wellies required!

Unlike many campsites, we don’t believe in forests of signage, over-manicured spaces, or cars dotted about.

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What we do believe in is minimal impact, a light touch and a respect for the natural environment, including our wonderful range of resident wildlife.
So, unfortunately, if you are planning a loud and raucous event, we are probably not the site for you.

In the heart of the woods

Experience nature, tranquility and the great outdoors in our woodland. You're truly in the midst of nature with the nearest busy road miles away—the lapping of the waves over the dunes is the closest source of sound outside of the woodland.


The site provides the perfect venue to cater for outdoor events with a difference, and we can comfortably host group sizes of up to 250 people.

Subject to prior discussion, we can also accommodate occasional events of up to 1,000 people can also be accommodated by incorporating additional space.

Should you be looking for a venue or thinking of organising an event, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements, and we will do our very best to work with you to make it happen!

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Candleston Woods is located in South Wales on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast 20 miles west of Cardiff, in the picturesque thatched village of Merthyr Mawr.

We are 5 miles from J35 of the M4, and 2.5 miles from the nearest mainline railway station at Bridgend (two and a quarter hours from London).

Our site is situated in an Historic Landscape, on the edge of the 840 acre Merthyr Mawr National Nature Reserve, a rolling expanse of sand dunes, dune grassland and woodland, fronted by a 1.5km sandy beach.

The site, together with the village, nature reserve and surrounding land all form part of Merthyr Mawr Estate.

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