Trouble is, as well as being packed with things to see and do, the UK is also home to thousands of campsites so choosing one can be tricky. That’s why we have put together this handy guide on some of the best UK campsites. Whether you’re looking for peace and tranquillity or a family friendly site that’s packed with things to keep the kids entertained, you’ll find something that’s perfect.
Best UK campsites – readers recommend
We are always hearing from our readers what their top UK campsites are at the moment, here we have listed a few and will update with new ones now and again.
Old Oaks luxury campsite, Glastonbury
Richard Hopewell, who won an Omnia hob-top oven for sharing his perfect pitch with us, writes:
“Our favourite campsite is the Old Oaks site, just outside Glastonbury. It is large and flat, pitches are nicely spaced apart, with hedges between and there’s an electricity hook-up to all pitches.
The showers and toilets are spotless and the hot water is endless. The other facilities (dish washing, ironing, laundry) are excellent. There’s also a site shop which sells loads of useful stuff – food, guides and camping gear (I once forgot our hook-up cable, and they loaned me one rather than selling it !)
And it’s for over 18s – no children are allowed to stay. Bad if you’re a family, of course, but good if you like peace and quiet! Very highly recommended.”
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Kevin Friend writes:”My favourite campsite is Chy Carne in Cornwall. It’s a relaxed campsite with fantastic views of the sea. Beautiful!
Hugh Sandie writes:
“My favourite is Eco Camp UK’s Wild Boar Wood Campsite – 600 acres of woodland with beautiful scenery and campfires. But then again I’m biased.” (Hugh runs the site!)
Ash Farm at Ludgvan near Penzance
Pamela Hall loves travelling in her beloved Bongo, Bunty, and she’s found a real jewel.
“I almost don’t want to share it, as I’m it will be booked up when we want to go back this year,” she says.
“Quiet and secluded, less than an acre overall ands with no hook-up, it take just tents and small campervans. This lovely site has a composting toilet (not at all smelly), outdoor hot shower (wonderful), mains water and a campfire in the evening. The Secret Garden. where you can sit with a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down over St Michael’s Mount is beautiful.
“The owners are lovely people and very helpful. Superb old pub a short walk downhill. And handy for Penzance, St Ives, Marazion and National Trust venues, Trengwainton Gardens and St Michael’s Mount.
We intended to stay for just one night but ended up there for four as the tranquillity was just what we had been searching for on our trip.”
Folkestone Camping and Caravanning Club site
Jane Hawkins writes:
“Our favourite is the Folkestone Camping and Caravanning Club site. It’s only an hour and 20 minutes’ drive from London and is next to the sea. There are fantastic clean facilities and lashings of hot water. It’s great for walks to Dover or along the beach to Folkestone, tea shops and the Millennium Park.”
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Joan Watson was the winner of our Camperfest competition. Here’s what she says about her début trip in her new caravan…
“Thank you for our win and the prize of tickets for our first Camperfest at Chester Food and Drink festival! We arrived at 10pm on Thursday evening and finding the site was quite difficult, but thanks to the helpful tweets on Twitter, we got there.
The staff made us feel immediately welcome and we were shown our place very quickly. The only downside is that the campervans and caravans were parked too close, (nice if you want to know your neighbours but for safety reasons should have been further apart, and there was plenty of space).
We went along to the food and drink festival on all three days and enjoyed the outdoor cooking sessions. These gave me some great ideas and we cooked a whole skewered chicken and baby potatoes for tea! Yummy.”
Tips For Camping In The UK
It’s easy to see that the UK is home to a vast number of campsites and there truly is something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned camper who isn’t afraid to get back to basics or someone who wants a little more luxury, you won’t be left without an option.
However, regardless of the type of campsite you decide to visit, it’s always important to be prepared and so we’ve put together a short guide on the best camping tips for camping in the UK.
Check Out The Campsite In Advance
Before you head off on your adventure, you’re going to want to make sure that the campsite you’ve chosen is clean and well maintained. Even if you’re looking for a more rustic stay, the last thing you want is to be living in unhygienic conditions.
Fortunately, most campsite owners in the UK take great pride in providing their patrons with a clean, safe and welcoming environment. But there are a small handful that aren’t quite as nice. For this reason, we would strongly suggest checking out reviews and photos before you go.
Check Your Tent Before You Go
It’s tempting to pull your tent out of storage and throw it in the car without giving it the once over. However, this can lead to disaster since your tent may have sustained damage while in storage. The problem with this is that UK camping conditions can be very unreliable. While it may be sunny one minute, the heavens can open the next and things can get very wet and chilly.
If your tent has any rips, tears or problems with waterproofing, this can make for a very unpleasant stay. What’s more, it’s worth checking that your equipment is suitable for the type of terrain at the campsite. More rugged campsites such as Turner Hall Farm and Abbey Home Farm may have harder ground that requires heavy duty ground stakes, for example. It’s essential to make sure your gear is up to the challenge.
Plan Your Activities In Advance
You might be tempted to rock up at the campsite and play it by ear and while this is a nice notion, it might not work out. If you’re heading somewhere that has popular local attractions, it may be worth booking online before you go to avoid disappointment.
But even if you’re only planning to hike around the area, it’s still worth having some sort of itinerary in place. Keep in mind that since a lot of the activities will be outdoors, you will also need to plan around the weather so keep an eye on that weather app on your phone!
Why would you want to jet off to another country when there is so much beauty to discover right here in the UK? If you’re looking to enjoy a staycation this year then you’ll be pleased to know that there are thousands of UK campsites just waiting to be discovered.
No matter where you are in the country, you’re only ever a short car journey away from some of the most amazing sites. There are those with luxury glamping pods and an array of facilities or others that allow you to get back to basics and enjoy nature.
Wherever you choose to go, do keep in mind that planning is essential so check your gear before you go and plan your activities in advance.