By Claire Tupholme
Easter is a very popular time for camping trips, so if you are planning a week away in the great outdoors its best to book early to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for an affordable and family-friendly camping destination in the UK below are 4 of the best. To view more UK campsites visit Out and About Live.
Golden Valley Caravan & Camping Park, Derbyshire
Perfect for kids as well as adults, Golden Valley Caravan & Camping Park is tucked away alongside the Cromford Canal in the heart of Derbyshire. Open all year round, the site has dedicated pitches for motorhomes and plenty of room for campers to set up their tents within the secluded woodland area. The facilities have been clearly planned out with families in mind, offering 2 children’s play areas, a fishing pond and wildlife area to excite the little ones and an on-site Jacuzzi and bar to keep parents entertained. The toilet block is also very well kept, with plenty of free hot showers. Spend your days wandering the historic woodland trails in the 26 acre site, or if you want to venture further afield the Butterfly Railway is only a short distance from the campsite. Prices start from £22 for a pitch with electric.
Warcombe Farm Camping Park, Devon
Located in North Devon, Warcombe Camping Park is set amongst 19 grassy acres of land and offers some beautiful coastal views across Lundy Bay. Camping pitches are well spaced to avoid overcrowding during peak times, and family-friendly facilities include the exceptionally clean toilet blocks with underfloor heating and one of the largest laundry rooms we’ve ever come across. The park also has 14 acres of woodland ideal for an afternoon stroll. Children and adults will be equally as taken with fully-serviced lake-side pitches, and keen fishers can chase the carp, rudd, tench and roach that swim in the waters. Nearby attractions include Lundy Island and Chambercombe Manor which can be easily reached by car, as can Exmoor Zoo and Watermouth Castle if you are planning a day trip for the children. Pitch prices start from £15.
Wapsbourne Manor Farm, East Sussex
Consisting of 3 main camping fields and an exciting wooded Tipi Trail area with rope swings, this campsite doesn’t have the widest range of facilities but it does provide very generous pitch allocations with lots of space for games. Workshops are hosted on-site to teach children and families a range of classes including wildlife tracking, bush craft and herbal remedies. Wapsbourne Manor Farm also offers 4 yurts for those who would prefer a spot of glamping, and actively encourages a nightly campfire by providing fire pits next to each pitch. The toilet blocks are quite basic, but there is lots of hot water and several washing up locations. Train enthusiasts will love the nearby Bluebell Railway, and there are plenty of charming walks through Ashdown Forest – wellies are advised though, as it can get quite muddy! Prices start from £20.
Wellington Country Park, Berkshire
Wellington Country Park offers a unique camping experience for families looking for a beautiful location amongst several acres of mature woodland. The camping locations are actually dotted throughout the Country Park and are they are wooded rather than grass pitches – something to bear in mind. At high season campers are given free unlimited access to the Country Park play areas and trails, so kids can make the most of the numerous adventure play areas, slides and sand pits. The Country Park also has a miniature railway, an amazing 35 acre lake and a huge deer park offering close contact with the rare Red Deer herd that live there. Toilets and washing up areas are located in the middle of the park providing hot and cold water, and there is a separate laundry area with washing machines and tumble dryers if required. A minimum of 3 nights stay is required during high season, and prices are available on request.
Claire is at her happiest when she’s travelling around the country finding attractions to write about. She often uses Out and About Live to find good campsites.