Top 5 UK Family Friendly Camping Spots
With more and more of the UK’s population opting for a ‘staycation,’ the team at POD tents thought it was time to sing the praises of Britain’s best family friendly camping spots.
Camping is a great way to bring the family together, as children love to get close to nature and set off on adventures through the wilderness. There is such a huge selection of campsites out there to suit every budget and preference, from pitching your own tent or caravan in a forest, to sleeping in more luxurious permanent tents or yurts on working farms.
We have chosen our top 5 camping spots for families based on activities, facilities and nearby attractions to keep the kids (large and small) happy. All you need to do is pick your POD, pack the car and plan your week’s escape.
1. The Feather Down Farms
Staying at one of these working farms is a truly unique experience, so the campsite really depends on which one you choose to visit. Feather Down Farms can be found in various countries all over the world, but the UK boasts the highest number of countryside locations where families can live life at a slower pace and reconnect with nature and one another.
Each farm provides 2-10 permanent tents, so the holiday is guaranteed to be calm and peaceful. Most of the farms are inhabited by a menagerie of animals to keep the children entertained, while the adults can kick back and appreciate the rolling hills. Some tents also feature added lavish elements such as hammocks and hot tubs, so get searching for your favourite location! The farms are located all over the UK, from the Welsh mountains to sea views in Cornwall.
2. Redshoot Camping Park – New Forest, Hampshire
A more traditional holiday campsite, expect plenty of children running around their tents and caravans or hanging out at the exceptional children’s playground for hours on end. The ancient woodlands of the forest are free to explore on foot or by bicycle, but there are also an array of local activities on offer a short drive away. From water parks to indulgent shopping in big cities, this large, family friendly campsite is an affordable gateway to discovering the secrets of the New Forest and beyond.
3. Beddgelert Campsite – Gwynedd
Not only is this campsite child friendly, it is also extremely dog friendly, so this is a true family campsite and the perfect option if you want to take the pet on a summer break. Nestled in the centre of a forest, but only a five minute walk to the local village, this campsite provides the best of both worlds. The site has a playground but that won’t stop kids begging to go to nearby Go Ape, or maybe you’d prefer a family trip on the Welsh Highland Railway? For the extremely active, Mount Snowdon is also close by.
4. Jerusalem Farm – Booth, West Yorkshire
This farm, located in the beautiful Luddenden Valley is a slice of Pennine perfection. The tents only, car-free riverside campsite is perfect for allowing little people to explore the picturesque countryside and untouched nearby woods. There are plenty of walking tracks to enjoy as a family, where there is an array of wildlife to be seen in its natural habitat. For rainy days, head to Halifax and take the kids to Eureka, the UK’s best interactive children’s museum. Without a glamper in sight, Jerusalem Farm is perfect for families who want a no frills nature experience without breaking the bank.
5. Kelling Heath Holiday Park – Weybourne, Norfolk
For more of a holiday atmosphere with plenty of other guests and entertainment, choose Kelling Heath. They have a designated pitching site for tents and caravans, or if you feel like splashing out there is a choice of other accommodation including woodland lodges and luxury holiday homes. Set amongst 250 acres of woodland, there is a plethora of guided walks and trails, and bikes can also be hired on site to explore the scenery on wheels. With so many seasonal events aimed at children, such as storytelling, shelter building and wildlife activities in addition to swimming pools, bars and restaurants, it is no wonder Kelling Heath has been named as the best holiday park in the country at the VisitEngland awards for excellence.