There is excitement in the air and a glimmer of hope for family vacations now that lockdown restrictions are easing and spring is on its way. It may be some time before international travel resumes. Thankfully we have plenty of options for a family camping trip here in the UK. And, what’s not to love? Lots of fresh air, a digital detox, and it is affordable – camping is the ideal option for holidaying with kids. If your idea of camping is back to basics – or perhaps you love the idea of a glamping pod – there is something for every style and budget. Here you will find the best campsites in the UK for families. We have chosen the sites that are great for families: top facilities, clean beaches, and plenty of activities to keep the little ones – and big ones – busy.
Coastal camping is one of the most popular among the best campsites for family holidays. The teens can burn off extra energy in the sea while the younger kids can potter around at the beach with their parents.
Why should I visit? It’s a haven for families & right by the sea.
The owners Debbie and Peter make this campsite a home away from home while the resident sheep, chickens, and pigs make it an authentic camping-on-the-farm experience. Each morning Debbie rings a bell for the kids to help her collect eggs and feed the rabbits. And, there is private access to 3 secluded beaches great for swimming, fishing, and diving. Pack your swimwear and aqua shoes to explore the rock pools and incredible beaches. Evenings are spent mingling with other families and toasting marshmallows by the campfire. It’s a campsite that city-dwellers can only dream about.
Location: Situated on the beautifully unspoiled Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall.
Why should I visit? Spectacular location, ideal for a digital detox.
It might not be the most convenient campsite to reach but the reward is a dreamy Atlantic isolated location, and getting there is part of the adventure. St Agnes is one of the smallest inhabited islands of the Scilly archipelago and rich in history. The island has seen very little change since the Celtic times, so there are plenty of tales and memories to make with your kids. The position of the campsite is spectacular and runs right down to the shore. At night the lack of light pollution allows incredible views of the Milky Way and dazzling displays of shooting stars. For those everyday essentials, there’s a small working dairy farm and an on-site shop. Disclaimer, the kids will love the deliciously fresh, dairy icecream. This campsite is for adventure-seekers that are ready to turn off their i-pads and enjoy nature.
Location: St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, South West England.
National Trust Campsites
📍 Teneriffe Farm Campsite, Cornwall
Why should I visit? Dog friendly campsite with superb sea views.
Teneriffe Farm Campsite is a popular family holiday spot and for good reason. The flexible campsite caters for caravans, motorhomes, campervans, and tents – plus each pitch has a generous amount of space, ideal for families. There are also several camping pods available. If you’re the kind of family that loves to explore and burn off energy, you’ll love this campsite. It’s situated right on the South West Coast Path (one of the UK’s best known national trails) and there’s plenty of beaches, villages, and local attractions just a short drive away.
Location: Situated on Cornwall’s stunning Lizard Penninsula
📍 Low Wray Campsite, Lake District
Why should I visit? Lots of glamping options with direct access to the lake.
You’ll find everything you need for a relaxing camping trip at Low Wray. What makes this campsite so wonderful is the direct access to the lakeshore where you can hire a canoe, explore the lakeside beach, or enjoy a paddle with the kids. Leave your car at the campsite and explore the local bike trails that wind through scenic views to Beatrix Potters’ garden at Hill Top. Low Wray campsite has a variety of camping options choose from standard tent pitches to luxury glamping tree-top tents.
Location: Nestled on the western shoreline of Lake Windermere
Campsites on Loch Lomond
Why should I visit? It’s an award-winning family park.
The Trossachs Holiday Park is Scotland’s first National Park and has kept its reputation as an award-winning family park. There are camping pitches for all types of camper. Most pitches have electric hook up, and there’s a family shower room available to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible. There’s plenty to keep the kids amused with an outdoor communal area, picnic benches, a play park, games room, pool table, and football table. Meanwhile, the adults can relax in the on-site coffee shop. It’s the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
Location: Situated near Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs
What equipment do you need for camping?
- A sturdy family tent. Pop-up tents are great for the beach.
- Camping chairs and folding table
- Sleeping bag and liner
- Sleeping Mat
- Camping stove and fuel
- Packable waterproof jacket
- Cooking utensils
- Insect Repellent clothing
- A head torch