I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I am not one of life’s natural campers. I even find glamping a bit of a trial. Unfortunately, the kids have decided that after their experience (admittedly hardly slumming it) at Hollings Hill Farm in the rolling Malvern Hills a couple of years ago, camping is the thing they most want to do. Which would be marvellous if we actually had a tent.
I might consider a bit of garden camping in a gazebo under the stars but if you long for some family adventures under canvas a bit further afield, you’ll love these family-friendly campsites, tried and tested by my fellow bloggers.
Tracey at Pack The PJs recommends Long Beach Camping and Touring Park, in Hemsby, Norfolk as she says it’s right on the most amazing sandy beach, whilst Jade at Mummies Waiting recommends Haven’s Wild Duck, also in Norfolk.
Prices vary, she says, “but if you can go in term time you can easily get a pitch for £24 for Mon-Fri. There is an indoor pool with slides, an outdoor pool, daytime and evening entertainment and plenty of places to explore and walk nearby. It’s also on a bus link so perfect for those who don’t drive but still love to camp.”
Jaymee at The Mum Diaries recommends Diglea Holiday Park in Snettisham and the Holmsley Campsite in the New Forest, as does Katie of Mum Of 2.5.
“We absolutely love Holmsley,” she says, “there are loads of wild ponies right by the gates and so much space to explore. For the kids, there’s a play park plus a shop with a take away service for all those essentials. There is easy access to Bournemouth as well or Christchurch if you want the beach.”
Claire at Red Kite Days has several campsites she loves, including Wellington Country Park in Berkshire which is set in 350 acres of parkland and the Cotswold Farm Park Campsite which has everything from grass pitches to fully serviced sites, glamping and camping pods.
Claire says there are lots of little touches geared to families and it’s right next to the Cotswold Farm Park for a great fun family day out.
Carla-Marie of My Bump 2 Baby is a fan of Presthaven Sands, Prestatyn, which even has an onsite Papa John’s Pizza delivery service and Victoria of Earth Based Fun loves Fforest Fields in Llandrindod Wells and Eweleaze in Weymouth among others she lists here.
Finally, Emma at The Mini Mes And Me recommends Packhorse Farm in Derbyshire which she says is a great base for exploring Matlock (Heights of Abraham, Gulliver’s Kingdom etc).
Prices start at £16 per night and the facilities on site are basic but clean. It’s quite a small site but Emma prefers the peace and quiet and really switching off.
It all sounds so idyllic I may even consider buying a tent – if I can drag myself away from the back garden, my barbecue and my chilled glass of vino.
Watch this space.