Pitch up in one of these unique spots which offer full-on family fun!
Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye
The setting of this site – perched on Loch Brittle beach with the imposing Cuillin Hills as a backdrop – is truly breathtaking. The site has 120 pitches, available on a first-come, first served basis from midday. There are washing and bathroom facilities and the biggest gem is the campsite shop. As well as any camping essentials you may have forgotten, you can also get fresh pastries, home-cooked soups and cakes and their own Cuillin Coffee. The campsite encourages quiet time from 11pm but this is the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy the silent surroundings as you gaze at the stars.
The site is open until 15 October and costs £12 per adult. For more info go to Dunvegancastle.com.
Harry’s Field, The New Forest
There is real magic at this peaceful woodland site, which is right in the National Park where you’re surrounded by gorgeous walks with trees to climb and streams to paddle in and, of course, the famous New Forest ponies. The facilities are enough to give you all the home comforts you need (flushing loos with fresh flowers and ornate mirrors, decent coffee and wood fired pizzas) without taking away from the charm of your night under the stars. The Foresters Arms is right next door if you need the home comforts of a pint and a roast dinner. The friendly staff on are on hand to help with their local knowledge and there’s a community atmosphere – you’ll feel like you’ve truly gone back to nature.
The site is open until Friday 28 August and tent pitches are from £21 with additional charges for adults, children and pets. Book in at Newforestcampsite.com.
FForest Fields, Llandrihdod Wells
Set on a family farm right next to a large lake, this is a beautiful tranquil spot where you can paddleboard by day and stargaze by night. An award-winning site, the emphasis is on connecting with nature and escaping your hectic life – whether that means jumping in the lake, going for a cycle in the gorgeous Welsh countryside, or toasting marshmallows on the campfire. There is even a meditation hut where you can take yourself off to completely disconnect. Activities are run on site across the season and their wood-fired pizzas made to order are not to be missed!
Tent spots cost from £10 a night and £5 per adult. Go to Fforestfields.co.uk.
This isn’t so much a campsite as a mini- festival, where the kids can run wild, you can relax in the spa and there’s plenty to explore by day and live music by night. It’s the perfect size to let your little ones explore, and workshops at the campsite hub include archery and bushcraft – but there are plenty of attractions on your doorstep such as woodland walks, children’s farms and the adorable Bluebell Railway. The Wild Spa offers saunas, massages and outdoor yoga, and at weekends a variety of local food vans arrive selling pizza, curry and fish and chips. From 6pm on Saturdays there’s music and a pop-up bar, or you can just chill by your campfire. The facilities are clean and well-maintained and many visitors head back year after year.
Standard rates are £56 per party, per night (key-worker discounts are offered). Check availability at Wowo.co.uk.
Eweleaze Farm, Dorset
The perfect staycation spot, this popular site is right on a private beach at Osmington, near Weymouth and surrounded by the Jurassic Coast cliffs. Open from mid-July until the end of August, it’s perfectly placed to enjoy watersports, explore the countryside or enjoy the on-site activities which include puppetry, circus skills and breathwork sessions. The Courtyard houses food stalls selling local ice cream, pizzas, burgers and beers, and Bramley’s Barn is their on-site eaterie serving delicious food from local produce.
This place gets booked up fast, and from £11 a night for adults, it’s a real gem. Check out their availability at Eweleaze.co.uk.
Words: Louise Bennett