The 10 Best Family-Friendly Campsites In The UK

Sleeping in a tent is an exciting adventure for the whole family, especially for children. With weeks spent under lockdown, many families are hoping that there will be a time this summer when they can take their little ones on a staycation. If you’re getting ahead with your planning, here are 10 of the very best family-friendly campsites in the UK.

Let’s hope for a wonderful holiday filled with adventure, family fun, campfires and stargazing! Please check the website of each site for the most up-to-date information.

1) Petruth Paddocks, Cheddar, Somerset, South West

Petruth Paddocks is a family-friendly and relaxing campsite located in beautiful Somerset. It opened in 2003 and guests are invited to enjoy outdoor life with their family and friends as they please, all year round. It’s a fantastic place suitable even for the youngest children. Everyone is welcome – families, groups, dogs, tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes. We’re sure you and your loved ones will love the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere of this campsite.

Not sure where to sleep? You can choose between a simple but comfortable Shepherd’s Hut, a lovely Bell Tent or even stay in a yurt! Looking for adventure? Book a grass pitch and choose the perfect spot yourself. Campfires, music and garden games are not only permitted but encouraged! There are lots of brilliant activities to enjoy: archery, ballooning, fishing, kayaking, pony trekking and much more! There is loads to do around the area – visit the City of Wells and its historic cathedral, head to Wookey Hole Caves or visit the gorgeous Isle of Wedmore.

Address: Labourham Drove, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3XW

Cost: click here to learn more

2) Catgill Campsite, North Yorkshire

Catgill is a wonderful family-friendly campsite established in 2014 and voted “One of the best new UK campsites” by the Guardian. It’s a small family run campsite in a gorgeous location, set within the Yorkshire Dales National Park and overlooking the beautiful Wharfe valley. Your little explorers will love running free, enjoying the outdoors and exploring the area (there is even a lovely, tiny stream for them to discover!). Interested in trying the fire pits? You can hire one on request as they are really popular among visitors. Good to know: dogs are welcome at no extra cost.

The campsite has a shower block with hot showers, washbasins and toilets, a separate facility for pot washing and 2 large communal fridge freezers. There’s also a small shop on site selling some basic essentials. There’s also a coffee shop serving hot drinks and croissants in the mornings!

There is plenty to do around the area as the campsite is located close to Bolton Abbey and is a great base from which you can explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Address: Catgill Campsite, Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA

Cost: click here to learn more

3) Riversidelakes campsite, Wimborne, Dorset, South West

Riversidelakes is a spacious, peaceful and welcoming family-run campsite in Dorset. If you need some peace and calm, it’s a perfect place for you as loud noise is discouraged at this campsite. The area comprises 12 acres of meadow and woodland, which means lots of space for long family walks (and your little adventurers can run free, too!). There is plenty of space between the pitches so you’ll have lots of privacy. Freezers, fridges, microwaves and charging points are available as well as great, huge showers with a good supply of hot water. There’s also a family bathroom with a bath, perfect if you’re travelling with small children. Camp fires are allowed at night

The location is great for a family hike. There are lakes and woods to explore, swings for the children and even some cute little piglets and chickens (don’t forget to say hello). There are lots of pubs and restaurants in the area but you can also have a takeaway delivered to the campsite.

Address: Slough Lane, Horton, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7JL

Cost: April, May, June and September £11 adult, £6 child. July and August £13 adult, £7 child. Under 5 free.

4) Wild in Style, Lake District, North West

Wild in Style is a one-of-a-kind family-run campsite located on two National Trust campsites in the Lake District National Park – you can choose between camping by the Lake Windermere or Lake Coniston. Looking for adventure? Travel in a horse drawn gypsy caravan. Forget the traditional tents – at Wild in Style you can stay in a traditionally built Kyrgyzstan yurt, a Berber tent, a RomaDome or a GeoDome (a hemispherical “tent” made of triangles) – all  built with sustainable practices in mind.

You and your bold explorers will not have time to be bored as there’s lots to do at both campsites -try swimming, fishing or canoeing or simply go for a long walk “in the wild” (you can even organise an exciting family scavenger hunt).

Feeling hungry? Try their famous, home-made wood fired pizza (available at Lake Windermere campsite).

Address: Low Wray Stable Block Low Wray National Trust Campsite, Ambleside LA22 0JA, England

Cost: click here to learn more

Looking for the perfect camping outfit for your children? Have a look at our waterproof Puddlepac jackets. They pack into their own pocket and ready to face the fiercest summer storms and rainy days. Designed to pack in their own pocket and then clip on to a belt loop or buggy bag, they are extremely handy to take on every adventure. We also recommend you pack waterproof trousers to keep your children dry as they enjoy the great outdoors.

Don’t forget about a pair of splash-proof wellies to keep their feet dry as they jump around in the muddy puddles.

5) Red Shoot Camping Park, South

This is a family-run campsite (it has been run by the same family for over half a century), perfect for a holiday with your young explorers and truly family-friendly. The owners focus on couples and families with children – it’s a great place to unwind and recharge your batteries (it’s also dog-friendly). The facilities include an on-site shop and bakery, a children’s play area, a laundry room, heated showers/toilets and much more. Tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans are welcome and there is a wide choice of electric and non-electric grass pitches.

There are lots of activities for children at the campsite – a sandpit, beams or rope climbing frame. Feel free to bring bicycles – it’s a perfect opportunity and place for your little ones to learn how to ride a bicycle. There are also lots of child-friendly walking and cycle paths around.

Bournemouth and its lovely sandy beaches are only 12 miles away, so you can plan a relaxing family escapade anytime.

Address: The Red Shoot Camping Park, Linwood, Ringwood Hampshire BH24 3QT

Cost: click here to learn more + no charge for 2 years old and under

6) Jollydays glamping, Yorkshire

This family-run glamping (in other words, a camping offering more luxurious facilities than a traditional campsite) is set over 15 acres of the 200-acre woodland in the beautiful North Yorkshire. No tents are closer than 15 metres to each other which gives you and your family lots of private space. There are 22 tents for you to choose from – 7 Woodland tents (with extra gas hob, small fridge, candle chandelier and BBQ awning) 8 Luxury lodge tents (800sq feet of tent with your own toilet and shower), 5 Bell tents and 2 Superior bells.

Jollyday glamping is a fabulous place to visit with children. The owners encourage natural, creative play (the “entertainment complex” is really simple and consists of a wooden wendy house and rope swings).

Our tip: plan a family trip during mid weeks breaks (for pre-school children) or during school holidays/bank holidays (older children) as these are classed as Family Times when the campsite is available exclusively for families.

The campsite is only 20 minutes away from the lovely city of York. The wonderful Castle Howard is also a short drive away from the site as well as the coast with the beautiful beaches and cliffs (Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough, Flamborough Head – 45 minutes away)

Address: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, York, YO41 1AP

Cost: click here to learn more

7) Long Meadow Campsite, Hampshire, South

Long Meadow Campsite is a perfect place to get away from it all. It’s located in the heart of the New Forest. The forest is only a few steps away, easily accessed on foot or by bike. Long Meadow is a family-friendly campsite with lots of safe, grassy space for children to play away from the other campers.

There are two modern toilet and shower blocks with hairdryers at the site. There are also water points throughout the campsite as well as washing up facilities.

There is lots to do around the campsite – explore the New Forest with your brave adventurers (you can even take a New Forest Tour), head to the South Coast beaches (only a short drive away), have fun at Paultons Park (home to the world’s first Peppa Pig World) or explore Marwell Zoo. Prefer shorter trips? Brockenhurst village and its large selection shops, pubs and restaurants is a five-minute car drive away.

Address: New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7QH

Cost: click here to learn more


8) South Lytchett Manor Caravanning and Camping Park, Dorset, South West

South Lytchett Manor is an award-winning, family-run campsite situated 20 minutes from Bournemouth, set in a wonderful 25-acre parkland. It’s a truly family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) site with a playground and lots of space for ball games. It’s perfect for camping, caravans, motorhomes and glamping.

South Lytchett Manor offers newly renovated facilities including a family bathroom and two family shower rooms. There’s also a new children’s adventure playground for your little ones to enjoy and seasonal children’s treasure hunts.

There’s plenty to do in the area – head to Pool or Dorchester for a day trip, visit Monkey World or Brownsea Island, famous for red squirrels, wildlife and wonderful nature.

Address: Dorchester Road, Lytchett Minster, Poole, Dorset BH16 6JB.

Cost: click here to learn more

9) Burnbake Forest Lodges & Campsite, Dorset, South West

Burnbake is a relaxing campsite surrounded by beaches and coastlines, where “children can be children”. You and your family can choose to stay at a proper campsite or in a luxury lodge if you need more comfort. There are also two toilet/shower blocks, a baby changing room, washing-up sinks and a laundry room. There’s also a shop open morning and evening at the site. You can hire picnic tables, fire pits and freezer blocks at the shop.

The young visitors are encouraged to play outside, explore the woods, swing on the rope tyre or climb in wooden boats.

Address: Rempstone, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5JH

Cost: click here to learn more

10) Ruthern Valley Holidays, Cornwall

Ruthern Valley Holidays is a campsite set in a wooded valley in the beautiful Cornwall (close to Bodmin Moor), perfect for those who want to spend peaceful, relaxing time surrounded by nature. Ruthern Valley offers holiday lodges, comfortable glamping pods and a great camping area, perfect for families and groups of friends. There are four solar-powered showers, 2 washing-up sinks and laundry facilities.

The campsite is home to wildlife – try to spot rabbits, woodpeckers and squirrels with your children. The owners keep pigs and chicken, which children can say “hello” to and feed. There’s also a small play area and lots of places for making dens in the woods. There’s also a small stream for your little splashers to paddle in and a fire pit area.

Address: Ruthernbridge, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5LU

Cost: click here to learn more

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