With the temperatures slowly creeping up and most British schools breaking up for the school holidays this weekend, now is the perfect time to getaway and enjoy the summer sunshine outdoors with your children or grandchildren. We’ve selected some of our favourite campsites across the British Isles – with convenience, cleanliness and good old fashioned fun at the top of our list of priorities, they’re all fantastic options whether you’re adventuring solo or with your family.
Porth Towyn, Llŷn Peninsula
A working livestock farm located on the breathtaking northern shores of the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales. Perched above a long sandy beach in a small bay that’s perfect for swimming if you’re feeling brave enough to face the chilly Irish Sea. There’s also a footpath through the fields that takes you to the local village of Tudweiliog which has a small shop brimming with fresh produce and a welcoming country pub – perfect in case you’re caught out by that temperamental Welsh weather!
Wasdale National Trust Campsite, Cumbria
A remote and beautiful campsite situated at the foot of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike. With the closest village a 20 minute walk away, this stunning little spot is perfect is you’re looking for some peace and quiet this summer. The owners run a small on-site shop selling local produce and everyday essentials. Definitely a must-visit on Britain’s campsite circuit.
Hooks House Farm, North Yorkshire
Both family-friendly and family-run, this laidback farm campsite near the North Yorkshire Moors offers 360° views of the dramatic coast and rolling English countryside. Within walking distance of the quiet and quaint Robin Hood’s Bay and only 5 short miles away from Whitby, it’s easily accessible by public transport thanks to a bus service that runs right past its entrance, linking you to the rest of Yorkshire’s wonderful scenery.
Pencarnan Farm, Pembrokeshire
Overlooking RSPB’s Ramsey Island and the stunning Whitesands Bay, Pencarnan Farm campsite sits just outside Britain’s smallest city, St David’s. Visit the town to explore its historic cathedral, plenty of pubs, shops and art galleries; or head down to the beach below the campsite for an afternoon in the sunshine. A popular location for surfers, kite flyers and climbers; it’s friendly, family-run and just the ticket if you’re looking to get away from it all.
Jubilee Caravan Park, Lincolnshire
A slight twist on your stereotypical campsite, this family-friendly caravan park is situated in the grounds of Woodhall Spa’s town park. You’ll find an outdoor heated swimming pool, playground, bowling green, pitch and putt course, café as well as bike hire – everything you could possibly need to keep your children or grandchildren busy this summer, without the loud chaos of larger holiday sites.
Glenmore Camping and Caravanning Park, Aviemore
A spectacular campsite located in the undeniably stunning Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands. Spend your days exploring the ancient and magical Caledonian Pine forests or stroll along the quiet beaches of Loch Morlich – either way, there are endless opportunities to spot local wildlife and soak up the scenery…just remember to take your midge spray!
Seven acres of pretty English countryside, surrounded by woodland and separated by a lake. Perfect for sitting back and relaxing or getting back to nature on gentle strolls through the Thornham Estate and its picturesque walled garden. What’s more, if you don’t feel like roughing it, they have plenty of boutique bell tents and caravans on offer, as well as an unmissable outdoor pizza oven.
Arthur’s Field, Cornwall
A deservedly famous spot in the world of British campsites, families flock to this beautiful site on the Roseland Peninsula every summer. Wake up to the owner ringing her bell at the top of the field and enjoy an extra 10 minutes in bed as the children help her feed the animals and collect fresh eggs. The perfect spot for young families, you can take part in everything from art workshops to storytelling and songs around the campfire.
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