Editor's Pick - The best campsites in the east and southeast of England
From coastal campsites to those close to historic towns, this selection of top sites is perfect for exploring the east and southeast of England.
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Editor's picks for East of England campsites
Messing about in boats on the Broads, birdwatching at world-famous nature reserves in Lincolnshire or Suffolk, or leaving footprints in the huge expanses of sand of Norfolk’s beaches – these are just some of the countless things to enjoy in the East of England. There’s also the grand city of Cambridge, the wide open skies of the Lincolnshire landscape, and the beautiful scenery of Mersea Island.
Fen Farm Camping & Caravan Site, Essex
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Fen Farm is a rural, family-run campsite, set in 20 acres, protected by well-established trees and hedges. On the campsite there is a superb large toilet block, plus excellent laundry, dishwashing, accessible facilities and shop. There are 90 static pitches, 40 seasonal touring pitches and 60 camping/touring pitches, with or without electric hook-up.
Fen Farm has held a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation since 1999 and also Platinum Loo of the Year Award for the last six years.
As well as dogs walks on the campsite including a wildflower and conservation area, a short walk will take you to a long stretch of unspoiled dog-friendly beach. If you are lucky you may even see a red squirrel or two around the site.
Find out more: Fen Farm Camping & Caravan Site
Highfield Farm Touring Park, Cambridgeshire
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A quiet and beautiful touring park located five miles west of the city of Cambridge offering 120 touring pitches. Set in eight acres of grounds, landscaped with conifers, hedging and trees, it offers excellent toilet and shower amenities, and the careful siting of pitches around the perimeter gives a wonderful feeling of spaciousness.
A 1½ mile-walk around the farm provides views across the peaceful Cambridgeshire countryside. There is a park and ride service nearby or a bus stop can be found a short walk away.
Facilities on the campsite include four modern toilet/shower blocks, a laundry, dog exercise area and motorcaravan service point.
Find out more: Highfield Farm Touring Park
Run Cottage Touring Park, Suffolk
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Situated on Suffolk's heritage coast, near the small market town of Woodbridge, this adults-only, family-run campsite is in a pleasant parkland setting. Run Cottage Touring Park offers 45 pitches, all having electric hook-ups. 20 serviced pitches are available, as are seasonal pitches and glamping pods.
There's attractive landscaping throughout, with flower beds and an ornate lily pond. This lovely, rural campsite is ideally situated for walking, cycling and birdwatching. It has a dog exercise area and superb modern toilet block. The village shop and pub are within easy walking distance.
The campsite is just 1½ miles from a shingle beach and close to the fantastic RSPB Minsmere coastal nature reserve and the National Trust's Sutton Hoo historical site.
Find out more: Run Cottage Touring Park
Stroud Hill, Cambridgeshire
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Stroud Hill Park is a family owned, award-winning, adults-only caravan touring campsite set in a rural location only 10 minutes from the historic town of St Ives. The tranquil, attractive, dog-friendly campsite provides a central Cambridgeshire location for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. There are 60 generously sized pitches (44 hardstanding and 16 grass) all with 16A electric, drinking water and grey water drain.
Private fishing is available and the tennis court is also available exclusively to guests. At the heart of the campsite is the timber-framed barn accommodating the Barn Bar & Restaurant.
The facility also includes the luxury, award-winning toilets and showers with underfloor heating, indoor laundry and wash-up area. National Trust and English Heritage sites are in an abundance in the area, along with many countryside walks and the Pathfinder Way.
Find out more: Stroud Hill
Waldegraves Holiday Park, Essex
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Waldegraves is a great mixture of holiday homes and touring areas. A wide selection of self-catering luxury holiday homes are available and there’s a choice of electric, non-electric and hardstanding pitches.
The pitches are highly maintained and have all the space you need to enjoy the great outdoors. The facilities include an outdoor heated pool, restaurant, bar and shop.
There are also four fishing lakes, children’s play areas, pool tables, a family arcade, entertainment venue, beach access, a dog walking area, crazy golf, footgolf, a driving range and 18-hole pitch 'n’ putt course.
Find out more: Waldegraves Holiday Park
Editor's picks for southeast England campsites
A region where white cliffs stand tall along a dramatic coastline, home to Kent, the 'Garden of England', and the ancient wilderness of the New Forest calls to the intrepid explorer. There’s plenty to see and do here – from the architectural grandeur of Oxford and the riverside beauty of Henley, to a ferry ride to the unique holiday destination of the Isle of Wight.
Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park, Kent
(Photo courtesy of Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park)
Broadhembury is a family-run campsite that has been owned by the same family for over 50 years and provides award-winning, excellent facilities for adults only and families. Uniquely split into two discreet parks, each serviced by their own facilities.
The Family park offers space for children with an under-5s play park, larger playground, games room and sports field. The Adults' Meadows, set in fields and meadowland is the ideal place for adults only to relax and enjoy a break away.
Whichever part of Broadhembury you choose, you'll find landscaped gardens and peaceful grounds with grass, hardstanding and fully serviced pitches available. Broadhembury's location is central to Kent, great for exploring castles and coastlines.
Find out more: Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park
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