Healthy and affordable, taking the family camping will leave you feeling fresher, fitter and more familiar with the prettiest parts of the country.
The great outdoors is arguably the perfect place to exhaust your children with endless forest trails to explore, mountains to climb, streams to splash in and beaches to chase waves. Camping is a no brainer. With a welcomed limit to the use of phones, ipads and video games it’s the perfect holiday to get back to basics and make some memories.
1. Glenmore, Aviemore
In the picturesque surroundings of the Cairngorms National Park, this site sits close to the shores of Loch Morlich, which offers fun water based activities such as canoeing and sailing. Perfect for learning new skills or improving on existing ones. The Cairngorms National is a vast expanse of natural beauty that will keep you and yours entertained for weeks. A popular spot for families, this park is very well facilitated with toilets, showers, dishwashing and laundry services all available.
2. Cloachtoll, Lochinver, Sutherland
For something a little more out there, try Clachtoll Beach Campsite in the far reaches of Sutherland. With white sandy beaches to explore and coastal trails to walk or cycle this camping trip will have you sleeping very well at night. With a total of twenty service pitches supplying water and electrical hook-up it’s a small set-up perfect for a low-key nature getaway with the family. With Lochinver just a few miles away, there are plenty of sweet little eateries and picnic spots to discover.
3. Tantallon, North Berwick
Close to the beautiful city of Edinburgh, North Berwick is as quaint as seaside towns come with beautiful views of Bass Rock (which also happens to be the largest nesting northern gannet ground in the WORLD), sailing club and golf club to keep the whole family entertained. For more fresh air exercise try walking the family friendly hill of Berwick Law and make a wish on the whalebone replica at the summit. If you’re visiting during August you can enjoy the extension of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the harbor town known as the ‘Fringe by the Sea’ hosting face painting, great food, relaxed comedy shows and great music. Tantallon campsite is situated in a beautifully quiet location with free centrally heated WC facilities, laundry, kitchen area and dishwashing facilities. For a night away from the campfire dinners treat yourself at Tantallon Golfclub.
4. Brighthouse Bay Holiday Park, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway
For a camping trip with a good dose of luxury while also supporting a campsite that puts the environment first, try Brighthouse Bay Holiday Park. Over looking the Irish Sea and in the midst of beautifully lush, green walking country this secluded camping haven is perfect for families big and small. With child-friendly paddling pools you can sink into the jacuzzi or steam room in comfort. Want to get your fitness on? Say no more, there are fitness rooms and indoor games room at your disposal. With beautiful surroundings this camping spot gives you the option for indoor or outdoor activities so your family is always kept entertained regardless of the weather.
5. Glen Nevis Camping & Camping Park, Fort William, Highlands
Give your kids the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that comes with concurring a mountain. With a very walkable trail to the summit, Ben Nevis is a climb they will not forget in a hurry. The Glen Nevis Camp Site sits at the base of the highest point in the British Isles with spectacular 360 degree views and a buzzing atmosphere. Close to the town of Fort William, you can stock up on toasting marshmallows and hot chocolate at your leisure. Activities available in the area include hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, white water rafting and indoor climbing and ice climbing at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Teaming with historical and cultural sites, camping in the heart of the highlands can’t really go wrong.
1. Red Shoot Camping Park, New Forest, Hampshire
Family run and family orientated, this forest campsite caters for families large and small with a whopping 100 pitches, 46 of which facilitated with electrical hook-up. The magically peaceful woodland that surrounds the campsite ignites the imagination of kids that camp here and provides days on days of exploring nature. In addition to nature walks in New Forest, there is a children’s play area equipped with everything from a fireman’s pole to swings and rope bridges. If you need a night off campfire cooking, the Red Shoot Inn is located right around the corner ready to serve you and your family a delicious hot meal after a day of fun adventures. This campsite is located in an area bursting with family day trips such as Marwell Zoo, Monkey World, Liberty’s Raptor and Reptile Centre and the New Forest Water Park. Plenty to do and see here for you and your little ones.
2. Arthur's Field, Treloan, Cornwall
One of Britain’s best-known and most loved camping grounds, Arthur’s Field (also know as Treloan Coastal Holidays) offers families everything from spectacular coastal views and walks to camp site art workshops and sing songs. The campsites owner, Debs runs a unique activity for the children staying every morning when she rings a bell to assemble the group who would like to join her collecting eggs from the chicken coop and feed the animals. The farmyard animals include chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and pigs and the kids go crazy for them. This simple yet highly interactive and enjoyable activity sets this campsite apart from others and brings families back year after year. Other activities available for the children that camp here include, willow work and charcoal cooking. Experiencing a forest forage with a wild food expert gives the kids a great appreciation for the food they eat everyday and a better understanding of nature. Campsite banquets are a common scene at Arthur’s Field where the atmosphere is that of making friends for kids and adults alike. The Cornish Peninsula has so much to offer in terms of day trips. A favorite of ours in this area has to be the one-hour scenic coastal path to Place where you can get the foot-ferry to St Mawes for more exploring in the sandy dunes and surroundings.
3. Burnbake, Corfe Castle, Dorset
A super Zen, highly chilled campsite, Burnbake Campsite in Dorset is located in the beautiful surroundings of woodland and lush greenery. A joy to explore for both adults and children, the woods provide den building and tire swinging fun for campers. Close to the Purbeck Hills and the blue flag beach of Studland there’s plenty to keep you and your little ones going. With a healthy abundance of wildlife and natural beauty this campsite brings things back to basics. For a nature trail day out, the Arne RSPB Nature Reserve is a short drive away or for a walking history lesson you can check out the stunning ruins of Corfe Castle. The campsite offers a mixture of hard standing and grass pitches, some of which are under a blanket of foliage from neighboring trees. You’ll never be short of snacks with the campsite shop just a stones throw away selling everything from fresh bread and fruit to newspapers and board games for the rainy days. Lulworth Cove and the awe inspiring Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coastline make for amazing days out and are right on the doorstep of this campsite waiting for you to explore.
4. Forgewood Camping, Danegate, Kent
Located in a magical wooded area, this campsite ignites the imaginations of the children that visit. With the 100-acre Ashdown Forest home of Winnie the Pooh close by an air of excitement is felt amongst the many forest trails and woodland huts. For a more vigorous day of exercise, a clamber up to the top of Harrisons Rock will exhaust anyone, no matter how much energy your kids have. For walking, cycling and water sports Bewl Water Outdoor Centre is also on your doorstep. This campsite has a capacity of 100 pitches, however, due to the spread-out layout there is a quaint and private feel to each pitch. Perfect for camping in conjunction with other families Forgewood Campsite offers a great opportunity for family fun. Scenic and bustling with wildlife there is a 300-acre country estate with a deer park and lake adjacent to the campsite.
1. Tyddyn Isaf, Anglesey
For a beautiful island get away without the hassle of ferry trips, visit the beautiful Welsh island of Anglesey. Also known as ‘Mon Mam Cymru’, this isdirectly translated to ‘The Mother of Wales’. The Tyddyn Isaf campsite is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North East coast of the island. An award winning campsite, Tyddyn Isaf is a family owned and run park that caters to families large and small. The vifews of the site stretch over Lliigwy Bay and Lliigwy Beach right across to Great Orme and the Snowdonia National Park. With 20-acres of naturally terraced land peppered with wooded areas and meadows this campsite offers families a vast expanse in which to explore. The coastal trails and beaches are clean and quiet, perfect for long, sunny, summer days. Tyddyn Isaf offers top of the range facilities to campers including a coffee shop, bar and children’s play area. Anglesey has a huge range of artisanal produce and local crafts as well as every outdoor activity you can think of. Horse riding on the beach or throwing a line out to catch your dinner, Anglesey has it all. Perfect for families, this area is a safe and scenic camping area where you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
Multi awarding winning and for good cause, this campsite is a cut above the rest when it comes to in-house facilities. Ideal for energetic kids, the heated swimming pool provides hours of splashing about. The campsite continues it’s family orientated fun with a Welsh castle themed adventure playpark. For some adult fun, there’s a retail centre, golf course, coffee shop, restaurant and mini brewery! Something for everyone this campsite in North Wales is a treat for families who want an outdoor adventure intertwined with some luxury. A short drive from the stunning scenes of Snowdonia National Park there are endless day trips and family outings to discover not to mention the heritage sites and historical buildings peppered around North Wales.
3. Hafan Y Mor holiday park, Pwllheli
Staying within the stunning North Wales area Hafan Y Mor offers campers a wide variety of outdoor activities as well as indoor facilities for those rainy days. Winning Holiday Park Pool of the Year at the UK Pool and Spa Awards in 2017 the standards at this campsite continue to hold standards to an extremely high level. Sporting a water park and pool with flumes and a wave machine this campsite will keep your children entertained for hours while you can relax in the spa. Hafan Y Mor overlooks beautiful views of the Llyn Peninsula where there are a whole host of boating lakes and gardens to enjoy. For the adrenaline seekers out there, the Aerial Adventure high rope course is definitely something to try.
4. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
Wake up to stunning views every morning when you camp here. This peaceful camping ground is perched on top of the hilltop overlooking the iconic Three Cliffs Bay where you can get all the sunrise and sunset fixes you could ever dream of. Dog friendly and family friendly, this campsite offers a relaxing beach holiday in a cultural location within close driving range of the beautiful towns and cities of Gower and Swansea. There are several awesome coastal routes to walk, cycle, run or rollerblade along with the views to match. The site offers Five Star touring sites, free Wi-Fi, a well-maintained toilet block with hot showers, toilets, washbasins, family rooms and disabled rooms. To keep you in snack supplies and a healthy level of caffeine the site has a shop loaded with fresh bread, milk, general groceries, dairy products, frozen foods, cold drinks, ice cream, home made cakes and toys and a coffee shop located in the heart of the campsite. Best of all, there is a recycling point for all your recycling needs so you don’t need to go source one!