Staycation is here to stay in the UK and good news for the original British getaway: an old fashioned camping trip remains.
As the 2023 camping season approaches, sleeping under the stars is expected to be more popular than ever. Last year, Mint Market Intelligence has reported about 4.5 million new campers have arrived in the countryside since the start of the pandemic for their first camping holiday.
The affordable nature of making tent trips in expensive living climates has made the prospect of trading luxury mats for BBQs and blankets around campfires more appealing than ever. .
We’re spoiled for choice in the UK with its rugged coastlines, woodlands and many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Scottish Highlands, Welsh National Parks and the English Midlands all provide idyllic settings for a camping trip.
From mingling with Great Outdoors to getting an early start to catch some waves, here are the best campgrounds and caravan parks to welcome this summer.
Grange Farm, Isle of Wight
Best for: History buffs
A short ferry ride from the shores of England on the Isle of Wight, a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a rich 15th-century British historylame pants century, sit Grange Farm.
The 60-acre farm in the village of Brighstone houses tents, caravans and mobile homes with electrical connections. Think breathtaking 360-degree views of the coast and countryside, modern bathroom amenities, and a house pig named Mash.
Open seasonally until the end of October; up from £34.50 per night for a standard tent or camper van in high season.
Wooda Farm Resort Park, Cornwall
Best for: Young families
Stretching the Devon and Cornwall border in the seaside town of Bude is the countryside Wooda Farm Resort Park. Here, screen time gives way to the basics of outdoor life, beach days, and farm animals.
Owned by the Colwill family since 1975, the facility features a family bathroom, a large children’s play area, a games room and a 9-hole golf course for the kids to play.
Bring the whole family; Non-electric patio from £49 per night for a family of four.
Caravan Linwater Park, Edinburgh
Best for: Escape from the city
A spacious site just south of Edinburgh, Linewater mobile park represents tranquility and rural culture while being only four miles from the airport to enjoy all the benefits of city life without being in the center of the hustle and bustle. De-stress with river fishing on the Union Canal or cycle through the Pentland Hills and Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens.
From £34 a night in August, for a pitch for two adults.
Newgale Campground, Pembrokeshire
Best for: Surfing
Newgale Beach is a surfer’s paradise: two miles of white sand and big waves and beginner-friendly. Better still, there’s plenty of space to extend your surfing time at Newgale . Campgroundjust a two-minute walk from the best watersports that Pembrokeshire has to offer.
At low tide you can rent wetsuits and surfboards from the surf shop next to the Duke of Edinburgh pub. Surfing enthusiasts can become basic tent campers in high season for as little as £20 a night.
Cwmdu Campground, Brecon Beacons, South Wales
Best for: Starry skies
It may not be necessary to travel to places like Iceland and Finland to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, a top of the bucket list for many UK residents. Visit Cwmdu . Campground in central Bannau Brycheiniog can save hundreds of dollars in travel fees for the same incredible experience.
Campers in the designated Dark Sky Reserve may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis as they stargaze if they head off the beaten path. Try the nearby Sugar Loaf Mountain for the best shot of lights and constellations on a clear night. Sleep under the stars at Cwmdu and enjoy the night views for £20 a night this summer.
Abbey Family Farm, Cotswold
Best for: The Natural Wilds
For an off-grid camping experience, it doesn’t get much better than Abbey Family Farm near Cirencester. The farm’s campground, committed to organic practices, conservation and biodiversity education, welcomes campers to their Cotswold fields.
Comfortable facilities make it simple, with toilets made from compost and water from the farm’s wells. Visitors are encouraged to camp in vehicle-free areas for the best views and use wheelbarrows to transport camping gear to the yard. Get back to nature and camp for £8 a night per adult with a two-night minimum stay during bank holidays and peak summer weekends.
Scaldersitch Farm, Peak District
Best for: Chic
Forget getting down and dirty in a traditional park and throw a ball at Scaldersitch Farm store accommodation. You don’t have to say goodbye to the comforts of home in these luxury Peak District cabanas and tents equipped with wood-burning stoves, hot tubs and private bathrooms – it’s safe to say saying ‘glamping’ is a more accurate description for this farm experience.
Find a range of pubs and farm shops in Hartington Village, a 20-minute walk from the property. A two-night stay in the woodpecker tipi will set you back around £360.
Painters Farm Campground, Kent
Best for: Exploring England
Camping at Artist’s Farm The two-acre Cherry Orchard in Kent Downs, a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers a wealth of things to do and places to explore. Painters Farm prides itself on being formal and welcoming, with a welcoming welcome of cherry blossoms and a barn filled with fairy lights.
Head into the medieval streets of Faversham to learn about 17lame pants-century port or a visit to the Canterbury World Heritage Site is only 15 minutes away. The journey to the seaside town of Whitstable is also just a 25-minute drive from your yard.
Vacation from £24 per night and rent a fire pit for unforgettable campfire memories.
Lakemoor Devon Campground, Devon
Best for: Wild Swimming
There are always plenty of options for swimming in the wild when you camp in a riverside semi-wild grassland on the banks of the Taw River and its beaches.
Lakemoor Devon Campground offers lakeside views for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re a professional rower, seasoned swimmer, or prefer to stay dry when on a BBQ mission. Tent service at attractive rates £15 per night for two adults for the whole season.
Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset
Best for: Pub lunch
Set in rural Dorset, a free home pub The Goggles there’s a crazy golf course, shepherding huts, and camping and camping right in the wildflower-filled garden behind – plus a herd of resident dwarf goats.
The converted shepherd huts benefit from accessible and modern toilet and shower blocks, but the crown jewels are the pub pizza and takeout meals available right on site . No more need for an unreliable gas stove and a long weekend fueled by pasta and often non-perishables.
Two adults can camp at the Gaggle of Geese from £22 a night.
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