Our Essential Guide: Relaxing Sites
If you're looking for a campsite or touring park where you can take time out for yourself and enjoy some down time, then these top relaxing sites below are just what you need...
High Moor Farm Caravan Park, North Yorkshire
Open 1 April - 31 October
Just four miles from Harrogate, this campsite sits on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in a beautiful rural setting, screened by woodland. Campsite activities include bowling, fishing and a nine-hole golf course.
There's also a shop, launderette, disabled facilities, games room, play area and licensed bar. The major attraction at this campsite is the large heated indoor swimming pool. Harrogate has an excellent shopping centre, theatre, cinemas and spa. There is also the famous Betty's Tea Rooms. Being on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales means High Moor Farm is ideally placed for wandering carelessly through the countryside.
Harrow Wood Farm Caravan Park, Dorset
Open 1 March - 6 January
An ideal base for camping and caravanning in the New Forest National Park. Set in 80 acres of farmland on the edge of the New Forest. There is an on-site fishing lake and a one-mile circular walk goes around the farm.
The facilities consist of amenity blocks with toilets, showers, dishwashing, a laundry and facilities for the disabled. This small family park is in the village of Bransgore from where you can explore the ancient and unspoilt New Forest. The park is situated just five miles from Christchurch and two miles from the open forest. Please note dogs are not accepted.
Bryn Gloch Caravan & Camping Park, Wales
Open all year
Located at the foot of Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park, this site boasts stunning views and is ideally located to visit the nearby mountains and the coast. The on-site facilities include toilet and shower blocks, family bathroom, disabled shower and toilet, laundrette, shop and an off-licence. Families won’t be short of activities with a games room, mini-golf, play area and a designated area for ball games. There is plenty to explore further afield including the beach. Fishing is free on the river Gwyrfai that borders the site.
Sumners Ponds Fishery & Campsite, West Sussex
Open all year
Set in tranquil countryside among 100 acres of lakes, woodland and pasture, Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite is perfect for a relaxing break. Beautiful towns and villages are nearby, and half an hour’s drive or less will take you to Arundel Castle, the South Downs National Park and the coast. The site has a mixture of grass and hardstanding pitches along with various glamping options. You can choose a pitch in the family area or in the more tranquil area with lakeside pitches for anglers. Sumners Ponds also has a restaurant and bar by the lake.
Bron Derw Touring Caravan Park, Conwy
14 March - 31 October
Bron Derw offers three touring caravan parks set on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and within four miles of the village of Betws-y-Coed. There's a main family touring park with a toilet and shower block with disabled suite, a utility room and WiFi. The second touring park available is for adults only with 23 multi-service pitches, with a toilet/shower block, disabled suite and utility room. The third touring site is a Caravan and Motorhome Club CL for members only. From Bron Derw you can explore Snowdonia with its many outdoor activities, the north Wales coast and Llandudno, castles and the steam railway.
Cakes & Ale Caravan Park, Suffolk
Abbey Lane, Leiston, Suffolk IP16 4TE
1 April - 3 November
Cakes and Ale is an award winning site offering 55 pitches, all of which are hardstandings complete with electric hook-up, water fill and water empty points. Some of the pitches are also large enough to accommodate up to 40-foot long vehicles. On site there’s a modern toilet block and laundry room, with individual wet rooms and underfloor heating. A small shop offers essentials. There’s also a bar, open weekends – dedicated to the Yoxford Boys (the 357 fighter group from WWII who were based here) as well as a memorial. Children will enjoy the outdoor play area and the seven-acre recreation field. The beach is a few miles away from the site.
Mill Park Caravan & Camping Park, Devon
Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9SH
1 March - 31 October
A sheltered site set around a sparkling 1½ acre fishing lake. Set in an attractive wooded valley on the North Devon Coast, it is perfectly situated for fun seaside activities and attractions, together with stunning coastal walks and the beauty of Exmoor. Mill Park offers good sized level grassed pitches with electrical hook-ups, insulated modern shower blocks, laundry room and camping supplies. There is an on-site pub and a well-stocked shop which both specialise in local foods and drink. An attractive flat grassed area for camping, a number of glamping options and a dog exercise field are also available.
Old Hall Caravan Park, Lancashire
Capernwray, Carnforth, Lancashire LA6 1AD
1 March - 10 January
Old Hall is a family-run site with 38 hardstanding pitches, with 16-amp electric hook-ups, fresh and waste water points and TV hook-ups. On site is a toilet block with showers, disabled facilities, baby changing and a laundry room. The site also has owner-occupied holiday homes available. Gas and WiFi is available, dogs are welcome and there’s an impressive looking outdoor adventure play area for children to enjoy. Surrounding the site there’s 80 acres of woodland to explore. The nearest village is Over Kellet (1½ miles away) and here you’ll find pubs serving food.
Riverside Caravan Park, Warwickshire
Tiddington Road, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire CV37 7AB
As the park name suggests, Riverside Caravan Park is situated on the River Avon, only one mile from Stratford and ideal for exploring the Cotswolds. The park has open fields with lots of wildlife and fishing is available on the river to touring guests. The stunning Riverside Bar & Restaurant offers drinks and dining while enjoying panoramic views of the river. A regular river taxi service runs to Stratford centre or alternatively it is a 25-minute walk to the town. Tiddington village is a five-minute walk where there is a shop, pub serving meals, a couple of restaurants and a bus service.
Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park, Dorset
Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3DG
1 March - 7 January
Nestling under the Purbeck Hills, Ulwell Cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside and a coastline of dramatic cliffs and clean, safe beaches. The Victorian seaside town of Swanage has many attractions including a blue flag beach, restored pier, watersports, boat trips and Swanage Railway to name a few. There are also plenty of walk ways and cycle paths to explore Purbeck’s countryside and the Jurassic Coast. Facilities on site include hardstanding and grass pitches with electric, and some fully serviced ones. There are toilets, showers, an indoor pool, shop, play area and WiFi.