Fox Wood Camping, Sussex
In the South Downs National Park, Fox Wood Campsite provides all guests with a roomy private tent pitch as well as a secluded campfire area for marshmallow toasting and star gazing. Surrounded by 35 acres of forestland, there are plenty of opportunities for woodland exploring and animal spotting here, as well as space for dogs to make themselves at home. For families who crave sea air, Worthing beach is a short drive away, as is Devil’s Dyke, an ideal spot for kite flying. Big groups are welcome at Fox Wood, but just be sure to call up in advance if you want pitches next to one another.
Fisherground Campsite, Lake District
For a family camping spot in the Lake District, look no further than Fisherground Campsite in the heart of Eskdale valley. For children, the site’s adventure playground is the place to be, with its zip wire, rafts and treehouse, as well as a large paddling pond. Families with teens can walk up nearby Scafell Pike. The on-site shop is well stocked, with kindling for your nightly campfire and marshmallows for toasting. To make sure adults relax, and kids get a good night’s sleep, the site team asks that noise is limited after 10.30pm.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall
This site prides itself on being eco-conscious, encouraging guests to switch off from the outside world as they pitch up in its flowery meadows, which are centred around a beautiful spring-fed lake. Activities include swimming in the lake, boating and picking wild flowers as well as making friends with the local wildlife. Close to Port Isaac, guests can venture into the village to stock up on fresh seafood to cook on an evening campfire, or drive on five minutes to reach one of Cornwall’s best surfing spots, Polzeath. In high season, count on the team at the on-site GastroPod Café to host dinner, including pizza, Thai and Mexican nights.
Hooks House Farm, Yorkshire
Between Whitby and Scarborough on the Yorkshire coast, this small, family-run campsite is part of a working farm, with sweeping ocean and countryside views that can be enjoyed from every pitch. A 15-minute walk brings you to Robin Hood’s Bay, a picturesque fishing village abundant with tea rooms and pubs, as well as horse-riding opportunities and bike hire services. For wildlife lovers, a trip to Ravenscar is a must – it’s home to families of seals as well as sharks and dolphins. This is a site for those who want a secluded setting, with fun family activities still within reach.
Grange Farm, Isle of Wight
Hop on the ferry to the Isle of Wight and pitch up at Grange Farm, which is just minutes away from Brighstone Bay beach. Families can spend the day surfing, kayaking and open-water swimming as well as getting to know the friendly farm animals. The site itself offers all the traditional campsite amenities, as well as a well-stocked farm shop that sells eggs laid by the farm’s hens and freshly baked bread. If you’d rather not navigate the ferry timetable, Grange Farm will book your travel for you – tell them when you’re coming and they’ll do the rest.
Hollands Wood, Hampshire
In 22 acres of forest, guests share Hollands Wood campsite with an array of wild animals – ponies often make their way up to tents to say hello. Although the site has space for over 600 campers, the cover of oak trees ensure pitches remain private, and you can pick a spot at the back of the site if you want a bit of extra peace and quiet. There are plenty of toilet and shower blocks, as well as washbasins, drinking water taps and a dog shower for furry friends. There are cycling and walking trails to explore the New Forest. Nearby Brockenhurst village is a flurry of picturesque country pubs and tea rooms, as well as bike rental services.
Treen Farm, Cornwall
A five-generation family-run cliff-top campsite, Treen Farm is home to beautiful viewpoints that look out to the Isles of Scilly. The farm’s Guernsey cows greet guests on arrival and pass by the camp gate each day on their evening walk – the on-site farm shop sells their organic yogurt and milk, as well as eggs and locally sourced meat and veg. Activities wise, along with local walking routes, cycling trails and surfing spots, the site offers yoga classes and foraging walks for guests in summer months. Come meal times, set up at your pitch’s private picnic-bench area, an ideal spot for drinking in the vast sea views.
Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, Swansea
This award-winning campsite is ten minutes’ walk from dog-friendly Three Cliffs Bay, home to golden sand dunes and rock pools, as well as a glistening turquoise sea. The on-site shop provides guests with all the essentials, including homemade cakes and locally brewed beer, as well as the must-have toys for a day on the beach – there’s even a bodyboard and wetsuit rental service. Fancy eating under the stars? The team will deliver picnic benches and fire pits to your pitch, or you can order in one of the luxury family hampers. Choose from BBQ or breakfast bundles, both of which are filled with plenty of local produce.
Lepe Beach Campsite, Hampshire
A stone’s throw from the sandy shores of the Solent, Lepe Beach Campsite is an ideal spot for families who want a traditional camping experience coupled with sea views. While away the hours exploring the beach or relaxing on the sand, before taking part in some afternoon beach fishing and picking up some homemade treats at Lepe Beach Cafe, which can be found perching on the edge of the water. With no campervans or caravans permitted, this laidback site has a simple, peaceful atmosphere. If you want home comforts, stay in one of the pre-furnished tents that come with beds, camping chairs and cooking utensils.
Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park, Scottish Highlands
For an off-the-beaten-track adventure holiday, pitch your tent in the Scottish Highlands. This rural site overlooks a loch, where campers can go boating and fishing, as well as kayaking and canoeing. There are also plenty of climbing and walking routes around Caolasnacon – if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a rare golden eagle. After a day’s mountaineering, settle in to watch the sunset over the loch and look out for the family of otters that often make an appearance on the bank. Unlike other campsites, there’s no need to book in advance at Caolasnacon, as the site is not divided into individual pitches.
Nethergong Camping, Kent
Nethergong sits in 26 acres of woodland, surrounded by soft meadow grass and spring flowers. Yet historic Canterbury and seaside Whitstable are on its doorstep. Pitch your tent in the grass fields, woods or next to one of the site’s lakes, where children can spot the many different types of frog who call Nethergong pond their home. As well as the traditional campsite facilities, this site offers family amenities such as portable fire pits, local fruit and veg boxes, and nature conservation courses for both children and adults, as well as lake swimming and fishing.
Beryl’s Campsite, Devon
A hidden gem near Salcombe, Beryl’s is a charming spot with a focus on easy-going, chilled-out camping and oodles of room for young children to play. Pitch options run from shaded spaces to ones with stunning rolling hill views, and others near the swimming pond. Guests can relax in this peaceful site but, thanks to its prime coastal position, there are also many offsite activities to get stuck into, including boat hire, paddleboarding and pottery painting. Facilities are simple, but the charm of this secretive spot more than makes up for that.
Twitey’s Tipis & Camping Meadows, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Venture just outside Stratford-upon-Avon and you’ll arrive at Twitey’s Tipis & Camping Meadows. Pitches are hidden by grass reeds and meadow flowers, offering families the privacy and space to enjoy themselves. Buy firewood at the on-site shop and light your own campfire to mark the end of a day exploring the local medieval castles and literary hotspots. For some added luxury, hire one of the site’s three charming tipis, which come fully furnished and equipped with a patio gas stove, BBQ and a welcome hamper.
Petruth Paddocks, Somerset
On the doorstep of the famous Cheddar Gorge, Petruth Paddocks radiates a welcoming, chilled-out vibe with its open fields and unmeasured pitches. There’s a paddock next door and ponies often wander up to the gate to say hello. Children can play on the site’s old Land Rover, take a ride on a quad bike, or just run around in a field, where having fun and making friends is greatly encouraged. Off-site, families can visit local favourites such as Wookey Hole caves, Berrow Beach and the Mendip Hills. There are plenty of showers and washing-up stations, as well as a well-stocked reception shop. On warm days, look out for the site team coming over to your tent with ice creams.
Birds and Bees Campsite, Suffolk
Birds and Bees Campsite is in Suffolk’s Ade Valley. Its 16 spacious pitches are scattered around three grassy meadows – each pitch covers half an acre of ground. For supper, pick up BBQ supplies from the Beehive reception, which stocks locally sourced produce, as well as home-grown herbs and luxury homemade ice cream. Off-site, Dulwich Heath and Beach is 20 minutes by car, as are family favourites Framlingham Castle and Rendlesham Forest.
Karrageen Campsite, Devon
In a beautiful valley surrounded by National Trust-protected Devon coastline, Karrageen Campsite is simple and rural. Choose from more than 50 pitches, many with both sea and countryside views. On-site facilities, such as heated shower blocks and utility rooms, all feature eco-friendly solar heating panels, and guests can use a fresh water supply that comes from the on-site spring. For a day out, there’s the picturesque fishing village of Hope Cove, home to sandy beaches and rock pools that you can wade out to. Back on site, dinner is often provided by a collection of visiting food trucks, with stonebaked pizza or gourmet kebabs often on the menu.
Cotswold Farm Park, The Cotswolds
Owned by Countryfile’s Adam Henson, Cotswold Farm Park is a short drive from Cheltenham town centre. It has a wide range of facilities, including a kitchen, laundry room and heated shower block, as well as a café selling local produce and gifts. Families can explore the surrounding countryside or visit the neighbouring farm, where there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained: ride in a tractor, run wild in the adventure playground or get to know the farm’s newest residents in its Discovery Barn. Finish the day by watching the sunset over Windrush Valley from your pitch, with a campfire to keep you cosy.
Ten Acres Vineyard, Devon
Ten Acres Vineyard is a family camping spot that both adults and kids are bound to enjoy. It has just ten pitches, making this tranquil little campsite the ideal spot for a secluded stay. Children can explore its rugged, rural surroundings, learning about the fauna and flora as they go, or head to the well-equipped play area. There are plenty of cycling and walking routes close by and adults can take part in self-guided or guided vineyard tours, as well as on-site wine tastings. Dogs are welcome at Ten Acres, so the whole family can pitch up together.
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