For many families, the appeal of a camping holiday is huge, as it offers children the chance to return to nature and spend time outdoors away from the television and computer.
Camping offers a simple existence and children love cooking over a small stove, toasting marshmallows at twilight and sleeping under canvas.
Many campsites allow dogs so you can get away with the whole family and spend a relaxing couple of days walking, exploring and forgetting the humdrum modern lifestyle.
We’ve found some of the best campsites in the UK to help you choose your ideal tent location.
Burnbake – Corfe Castle, Dorset
Simple and old-fashioned, Burnbake campsite is a beautiful 12-acre campsite without the trimmings. Close to the beach at Studland Bay and the seaside town of Swanage, Burnbake is ideal for families and dogs are more than welcome. Choose to pitch your tent in the open field, the wooded areas or near the stream. Facilities include showers and toilets, plus an onsite shop selling local produce.
Rukin’s Park Lodge – Richmond, North Yorkshire
Located by the River Swale in the Yorkshire Dales, Rukin’s Park Lodge is a small yet beautiful campsite with views of the moors and no fewer than five waterfalls surrounding the village of Keld. Kids can swim in the shallow pools by the river and toast marshmallows over the four-legged fire boxes whilst stargazing in the clear skies.
Kelling Heath – Weybourne, Norfolk
Perfect for families wanting an adventure holiday, Kelling Heath has an outdoor pool, indoor spa and gym, tennis courts and a woodland trail, plus adventure playgrounds for children of all ages. Set amongst 270 acres of woodland and heathland, you can stay in a woodland lodge or bring your own tent. There are several nearby beaches and Kelling Heath has its own request stop on the train line.
Arthur’s Field – Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall
Get back to nature at Arthur’s Field where children can help owner Debbie collect eggs and feed the animals each morning. The site is a stone’s throw away from the sea (and secluded beaches) and offers beautiful walks along the South West Coastal Path. Each Wednesday there are poetry and music ‘firesides’ for everyone and there are also plenty of workshops throughout the year.
Bishops Meadow – Brecon, Wales
Set in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, Bishops Meadow is a relaxing campsite for tents and caravans where families can explore all that mid-Wales has to offer. The campsite provides free hot water, showers and bathrooms. Bishops Meadow is dog-friendly and there’s a children’s play area and heated outdoor swimming pool.
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