Camping is growing in popularity thanks to cheaper and easier-to-use camping equipment. Many families also like the idea of a budget-friendly holiday that includes spending quality time outdoors together.
Here are 10 great camping spots for families during the Easter holidays.
1) For sea views
Beacon Cottage, Cornwall
Open Easter to September.
A delightful campsite that is wilder and more windswept than many of the other sites on the northern Cornish coast. This means it is generally quieter although it is still worth booking ahead if you can.
Choose to camp in the Ocean View field and wake up to views of the dramatic Atlantic sea or camp in a more sheltered spot amid apple trees.
2) For fairytale wonders
Woodland Camping, West Sussex
Open April to October.
Transports yourself to a land of fairytale views with woodland, knolls, hillocks and a maze. And transport all your kit to your camping spot in a wheelbarrow (for further charm!). This campsite is beautiful and car-free.
3) For keen walkers
Open year round.
This campsite is close to the start of the long-distance Pennine Way. Spend a few nights in the peaceful campsite before heading off to walk the 268-mile trail, or base yourself here for a week and enjoy walking sections of the Way whenever the fancy takes you.
4) For fabulous views
Open all year except Christmas Day.
There are so many campsites that boast amazing views and Sykeside is up there with the best. It’s located in the Lake District’s Dovedale Valley and showcases breath-taking mountain vistas wherever you decide to pitch your tent. There are further bonuses including ultra clean washing and toilet facilities and an on-site pub.
5) For an island adventure
Cleadale, Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides
Open April to September
Head off to the fabulous Inner Hebridean islands in Scotland and soak up the remote and rural atmosphere. This amore authentic style of campsite and the pitches aren’t always the flattest but the experience is wild and wonderful. Enjoy stunning views of the sea, the mountains of the nearby island of Rum and perhaps even a buzzard or two.
See Eigg Organics for details.
6) For beach days
Aberafon, Gyrn Goch, Gwynedd
Open Easter to October
The Llyn peninsula has no shortage of lovely campsites, but Aberafon is really very special indeed. The site has a private sandy beach and attracts a mix of camping surfers and families. There is also a wilder beach nearby that is perfect for exploring rockpools, while further sandy beaches along the peninsula are popular with swimmers (if you are brave enough!).
7) For getting back to nature
The Secret Campsite, Barcombe, East Sussex
Open end of March to winter time.
This campsite feels wild and remote, yet it is still easy to access. There are 15 generously spacious pitches, each cut into the long grass of a secluded meadow – and each boasting a campfire pit. The backdrop is young saplings and ancient oaks. Live the camping dream for your entire stay.
8) For families
Pleasant Streams Farm, near St Austell, Cornwall
Open Easter to September.
If your family enjoys getting away from it all and the simple pleasures of a holiday, Pleasant Streams is a great choice. Located in the former mining village of Lower Sticker, this site has a summerhouse with books and games for rainy days, farm animals, including pigs, hens, goats and ducks, and a pub just a 10-minute stroll away. Campfires are encouraged and aside from the sound of fires crackling and families heading off to bed, there is little else to bother the peace.
9) For wild (style) camping
Dunnet Bay Caravan and Camping Site, Scotland
Open end of March to October.
Located close to the most northerly point of mainland Britain, Dunnet Head, this campsite offers mod-cons but with a wild-style feel to the surroundings. The site neighbours sand dunes and overlooks a sweeping, crescent-shaped sandy bay close to fantastic cliffs. It’s quiet site because it is so far north and the beach is often empty. Enjoy the simple pleasures of outdoor life.
10) For a greener holiday
The Sustainability Centre, Hampshire
Open all year round.
The Earthworks Trust owns and runs this campsite and while you are staying you can you can learn conservation crafts and natural remedies for a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Activities include willow basket making and herbal first aid.