Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Great campsites for all-year-round tent adventures


Don’t pack the tent away just because winter is coming.

Extend your camping season with these top open-all-year campsites

Lincoln Farm Park
High Street, Standlake, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 7RH
01865 300239
Lincoln Farm Park offers 17 pitches that are suitable for tents. These pitches have gravel bases so thick groundsheets are recommended. Pitching up here is like staying in someone’s immaculately manicured gardens, at the gateway of the Cotswolds. The heated amenities feature family bathrooms, disabled facilities, and a laundry. The main facilities are located at reception and these include a shop and an indoor leisure centre complex with pool, steam room, sauna and fitness centre. Close to the site are two village pubs serving food and drink. If you have little ones in tow there’s a play area, games room and mini golf available. Being open all year means you can stay on site and easily access the architectural and cultural delights of Oxford at any time of year. There’s a bus stop at the site entrance with services to Witney and Oxford, meaning access to the city is convenient and hassle free.

Strathclyde Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site

Bothwellhaugh Road, Bothwell, Glasgow G71 8NY
01342 488379
Located on the edge of picturesque parkland, this Club site is only a 10-minute walk from the country park, with 1,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands, open parkland and wildlife refuges. It is set around Strathclyde Loch and offers nature watching, miles of walking and cycling routes and a range of watersports and golf. Within the country park there are also several sites of historic interest, such as the Bothwellhaugh Roman Fort and Bath House. Glasgow is also within easy reach, and further afield are Loch Lomond and Edinburgh. On-site facilities include 45 tent pitches, toilets and showers, a laundry, dishwashing, and modern family washrooms plus disabled facilities. For younger children there is a play area, and all guests can enjoy the on-site woodland walk. There are shops located about three miles away and bus services from nearby Motherwell and Hamilton.

Tudor Caravan Park
Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BP
01453 890483
Nestled between the Cotswolds and the River Severn, Tudor Caravan Park has a fantastic location alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness canal. Tents can pitch in The Meadow – an area designed for families, with grass pitches and 16-amp electric. This area backs onto the canal and has lovely views over the fields. Facilities include a luxurious new shower block with large private cubicles, a laundry and underfloor heating for the cooler weather that you might encounter in the early season.  Next door to the site is the Tudor Arms, a quiet country pub and restaurant with a host of Camra pub of the year awards for the Gloucesteshire area. There’s lots to do within walking distance, such as the famous WWT wetlands centre at Slimbridge where you can see a whole host of birds and other wildlife and enjoy a variety of events throughout the year.

Bay View Holiday Park
A6 Main Road, Bolton le Sands, Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 8ES
01524 732854
Bay View Holiday Park is situated in a rural setting on the picturesque Lancashire coastline. The park’s location makes it perfect for exploring the Lake District, North Yorkshire and Forest of Bowland. The holiday park was once a working farm, and the surrounding rolling green fields offer stunning views over Morecambe Bay where great sunsets can be enjoyed. The site is a peaceful retreat in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the outskirts of the coastal villages of Arnside and Silverdale. There’s plenty of walking to be done in the area and the coastline is a beautiful sight. The original farm buildings have been sympathetically converted into a bar, restaurant and shop. There are also toilets and showers, a playground and games room. Pitches for tents are in a grass field and non-electric. Guests of Bay View are welcome to use the leisure facilities at sister park Silverdale Caravan Park, which include an indoor swimming pool complex, bar, restaurant and gym. The parks are 20 minutes’ drive apart.

Erwlon Caravan & Camping Park
Brecon Road, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0RD
01550 721021
Near the pretty town of Llandovery and handy for exploring the Brecon Beacons, Erwlon is a tranquil and well-maintained site. There’s a heated amenity block featuring family rooms and a play area. If relaxation is your thing you can just sit outside on site and watch red kites fly overhead and spot kingfisher on the riverbank. A new addition to the park is a campers’ dining area which is a covered space ideal for food prep and communal dining. For adrenaline junkies there is a full-scale mountain bike park in the south Wales valleys, a 45-minute drive away. Bike Park Wales offers a variety of trails from beginner to pro level, around Gethin Woods near Merthyr Tydfil. For those who prefer their bike rides more on the genteel side then the country lanes around Erwlon are ideal, with routes around the Towy Valley and through the Brecons. The campsite can even arrange bike hire if needed, along with storage and cleaning.

Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Ham Lane, Bishop Sutton, Bath & NE Somerset BS39 5TZ
01275 332127
For an adult only break away, Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park is set in a beautiful location just 10 miles from Bath, Bristol and Wells and all the attractions these three historical and cultural places offer. The site is a peaceful retreat, in a garden-like setting with thoughtful planting making each pitch private and secluded. There are 45 pitches, all hardstanding with electric, and many of them fully serviced with TV, water and drainage. Near the site entrance is the reception area and heated toilet block. There are private cubicles with toilet, shower and basin in each. There is also a laundry. There is an acre of woodland set aside as well as a dog walking area and 800 metres away is Chew Valley Lake. Here there are walking, fly-fishing and bird watching opportunities.

Clippesby Hall
Hall Road, Clippesby, Norfolk NR29 3BL
01493 367800
Set within mature pine woodland and the owners’ gardens, Clippesby Hall is situated in the Norfolk Broads National Park near the city of Norwich and the coastal resort of Great Yarmouth. The campsite is also close to Ludham and Potter Heigham on the Norfolk Broads, the latter being one of the major centres for boat hire and boat trips. Pitches at Clippesby are spread over eight areas with a choice between secluded, individual pitches set into the natural woodland, and more open family-orientated areas. An area exclusive to camping is set among the woods. Dogs are welcome on site but there is also a dog-free camping and touring area. Throughout the season there are lots of on-site activities and facilities; including archery, cycle hire, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, 18-hole mini golf, canoe hire, and an adventure play area with zip wires, cargo net, climbing wall and tree house. For food and refreshments there’s Susie’s Coffee Shop and The Muskett Arms.

Stroud Hill Park
Fen Road, Pidley, Cambridgeshire PE28 3DE
01487 741333
A privately owned, adult only touring caravan site in Pidley, Cambridgeshire. The attractively landscaped site provides a quiet, central Cambridgeshire location close to attractions such as Ely Cathedral, St Ives, and many National Trust properties. One such building is Houghton Mill – situated under 10 miles from the site and one of the oldest working mills on the River Great Ouse. The mill also houses an exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century painting showing Houghton Mill, St Ives and the surrounding area as it was over 100 years ago. At the heart of Stroud Hill is a green oak-framed building housing the reception and toilets and showers with individual wet rooms. Here you will also find The Barn Restaurant. Stroud Hill's other facilities include a tennis court and fishing lake. In total there are 60 generously sized pitches ,16 are grass and all come with electric, drinking water and grey water drain.

Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park
Steeds Lane, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent TN26 1NQ
01233 620859
Offering both a family touring area and separate adults only meadow, Broadhembury is ideal for exploring Canterbury, Folkestone, the Battle of Britain Memorial and the ‘white-cliff’ Kent coastline. For tents there are level grass pitches. In the family park you can pitch either in a sunny spot or with some shade, surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers. You can choose either electric or non-electric pitches. Those holidaying without children are allocated pitches on the Adults Meadows which benefits from its own separate facilities. Facilities on site include toilets and showers, a family bathroom, fully accessible facilities and a camper’s kitchen with fridge, freezer, microwaves and sinks. For families there is a games room, playgrounds and sports field. For dogs there is a small exercise are on site and many walks in the local area along with several dog-friendly beaches.

Cofton Holidays
Starcross, Dawlish, Devon EX6 8RP
01626 890111
Located in a picturesque Devon valley, Cofton has full facilities for your next camping holiday. For tents there are a range of grass camping pitches in various locations across the park. The Orchard is especially for tents where you can pitch up between the apple trees. This area is close to the main facilities but you can also pitch elsewhere on park if you prefer. The site’s facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool, various restaurants, a gym and health suite and coarse fishing. For rainy days there is an amusement arcade, pool tables and bowling. The park is set in 80 acres of countryside so there are plenty of places to take a walk. You can take a stroll through woodland to the beach at Dawlish Warren and enjoy views across the Exe Estuary along the way. Dartmoor National Park is a short drive away where you can walk to your heart’s content. Other local attractions include the English Riviera coastal towns of Dawlish and Torquay and the city of Exeter.

Run Cottage Touring Park
Alderton Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3RQ
01394 411309
Set on Suffolk’s heritage coast, Run Cottage is an adult only site near the small town of Woodbridge. With flower beds throughout and an ornate lily pond this is a very pretty, rural site. With just 45 pitches, set over 4½ acres of parkland and with views over open farmland, this is truly a relaxing place. The site is a haven for wildlife, with rabbits, deer and barn owls to see. By the stream at the bottom of the site you might see ducks, moorhens and there’s even an elusive kingfisher. Facilities include toilets and showers, a washing up area and a laundry. There is a village shop within 600 yards and a shingle beach is 1½ miles away. A dog exercise field adjoins the site and a local pub serves food.  For days out exploring, Run Cottage is close to Aldeburgh and Sutton Hoo.

Wareham Forest Tourist Park
North Trigon, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7NZ
01929 551393
A tranquil, 55-acre woodland campsite, close to the Jurassic Coast, with the delights of Weymouth, Corfe Castle and the Abbotsbury Swannery close by. Tents can pitch within the trees of the woodland in the Glade or the Firs area and there’s also more open grassed camping areas. There are two modern toilet blocks with fully equipped disabled facilities, along with showers and individual wash cubicles, a laundry and dishwashing. A licensed shop sells all the essential items, and more, and a pub with restaurant is located within one mile. For leisure time on site there is an outdoor heated pool (open late May to early September), table tennis and adventure playground. Pet owners will appreciate the fully enclosed dog exercise area or you can take your pet for a walk round the 14 square miles of Wareham Forest. The trails are accessible directly from the park and maps are available from reception. When you get back you can wash any muddy paws off at the warm dog wash and then treat your dog to doggy ice cream from the shop!




Back to "Travel" Category

18/12/2019 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

From stunning scenery to quirky attractions, North Devon offers everything you could want in a camping holiday destination ...

Camping skills: How To Fix A Puncture In An Inflatable Tent

Don't be deflated if you get a puncture in your inflatable tent. Here's a quick guide to repairing the damage ...

Camping skills: How to use electricity in your tent

Everything you need to know about using electricity safely on site ...

A week camping in... North Norfolk

Miles of unspoilt coastline, beautiful countryside and loads to do make North Norfolk a camping holiday ...

Other Articles

Camping fun for furry four-legged friends! ...

Cool things to do with the kids this summer

Get the youngsters back to nature with a safe camping adventure ...

Campsite Cooking: Grilled trout with easy summer salad

A delicous seafood dish that is perfect for a summertime supper on the campsite ...