The Top 10 Family Campsites in the UK
The staycation has never been so popular, and family camping holidays are about spending hassle-free, quality time with loved ones creating memories to last a lifetime. With most modern campsites having a multitude of top-rate amenities like family bathrooms, heated facilities and WiFi connection, it means far less time can be spent worrying and much more time spent enjoying. If you want to find a campsite, our top 10 selection includes a whole host of campsites which have family attractions on site or close by, and with many sites offering discounted or free entry to these attractions, camping holidays with the family just became even more affordable.
1) The Orchard Campsite, Suffolk
What makes The Orchard perfect for families, and quite unique, are its regular evening glow stick challenges. Hundreds of glow sticks are thrown into the air for children to collect and make into lanterns, bangles and necklaces. The campsite also makes a feature of camping under the stars with its own observatory and Star Parties. Fishing is also available, and real campfires are welcomed - with marshmallows for toasting on sale at the shop.
2) Pentewan Sands, Cornwall
Pentewan overlooks a safe, sandy beach which is ideal for family fun. On site there are indoor fun pools, tennis courts and a Kids' Zone. There's a restaurant, bar and bistro, providing plenty of choice for family meals throughout the day. The delightful harbour and fishing port of Mevagissey is a short walk away, while the Eden Project - a great day out for the family - is just a 15-minute drive.
3) Border Forest Park, Northumberland
Being located in Northumberland's National Park means this campsite has practically endless walking and cycling opportunities, with direct access to the vast Kielder Forest and wildlife galore. Kielder Water and Forest Park is under an hour's drive away, offering activities from watersports and climbing walls to archery and horse riding. There's also a birds of prey centre, and a surprisingly large choice of places to eat and drink.
4) Kelling Heath, Norfolk
Kelling Heath is like Center Parcs for the camping community, at a fraction of the price. The campsite is surrounded by miles of woodland and heathland trails with the bonus of swimming pools, bars and restaurants on site. There's a varied programme of kids' events including den-making, archery, tennis and cycle hire. For parents who might fancy a bit of rest and relaxation, the health and fitness club will be a welcome retreat.
5) Gullivers MK Camping & Caravanning Club, Bucks
This is a great base for thrill-seeking families as the campsite is located next door to Gulliver's - a theme park and farm park all in one designed for younger kids age 2-13. There is plenty here for all the family including indoor fun such as the Splash Zone for rainy days. Outdoors you'll find all manner of rides and roller coasters, along with life-sized dinosaurs to encounter and live farmyard animals to cuddle.
6) Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, Cambridgeshire
Families can meet the farmyard animals, including shire horses, and stroke some fluffy critters in the small animal village at Sacrewell Farm. On sunny days enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, walk the wildlife trail, and explore the mill pond, play area and mini maze. If the weather isn't ideal there's an indoor activity barn, an old watermill and the Stable Restaurant. If you visit in springtime, lambing will be an unforgettable experience.
7) Crealy Meadows, Devon
Crealy Meadows is completely geared around the family holiday. Not only is it close to local beaches, it is also next door to Crealy Great Adventure Park, a theme park with over 60 different attractions and tons of undercover fun. Tickets enable campers to access the park as often as they like. Kids hankering after their own pony can even 'own' one during their stay.
8) Brokerswood Country Park, Wiltshire
This campsite adjoins an 80-acre wooded country park to which guests have full access. Woodland trails, an adventure playground and covered toddlers' play area are included, but the fishing lake and narrow gauge railway are charged extra. A 20-minute drive away is Longleat Safari Park with over 100 species to see, the famous Cheetah Kingdom, and a chance to feed the giraffes.
9) Sand le Mere Holiday Village, East Yorkshire
Sand le Mere has loads on site for happy families, plus easy direct access to the beach. Brand new facilities include a leisure complex with indoor pool, entertainments lounge, restaurant and bars. The list of activities here seems endless. For a great day out head to The Deep in Hull, an aquarium with over 3500 fish and a lift that takes you down through the tanks and up close to the fish.
10) Brighouse Bay Holiday Park, Scotland
Brighouse Bay is set in a secluded peninsula with a slipway for launching watercraft and a small sandy beach area for families to enjoy. The campsite has fishing lakes, a driving range, a boating lake and quad bikes. There's also an indoor pool, whirlpool spa and steam room, a 9-hole family golf course, games room and playground. Younger children are catered for with a toddlers' corner and pool.
About the Author
Kieran McVeigh is a family man from Cornwall. He enjoys fishing, sunshine and writing about anything related to travelling. He regularly buys and sells motorhomes on Out and About Live.