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Editor's Pick - The best campsites for families


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These campsites and touring parks across the UK are the perfect for choice for you and the family to get away.

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These campsites and touring parks across the UK are the perfect for choice for you and the family to get away.

For a successful family holiday you need a campsite with plenty of open space for children to run around and let off steam, or a holiday park with lots of facilities on site, such as a swimming pool, play area and games room.

  Stanwix Park Holiday Centre, Cumbria

Stanwix Park Holiday Centre

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The holiday that has it all. Whether you love the seaside or the Lakes, Stanwix Park is the place. It’s all here on the campsite, including a newly refurbished leisure centre with indoor swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, outdoor pool, JJ’s Bowl, café, shop, outdoor play park and more.

The Sunset Inn hosts fantastic family nights of crazy fun, music, dancing and cabaret, plus entertainment available in The Dunes Cabaret Bar for adults only. Self-catering caravans and apartments for hire.

Camping pods, fully serviced pitches for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes. Holiday homes for sale. Start creating family memories here!

Find out more: Stanwix Park Holiday Centre  

  Hurley Riverside Park, Berkshire

Hurley Riverside Park

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Hurley Riverside Park is a family-run and pet-friendly campsite situated alongside the River Thames in the picturesque village of Hurley between Henley-on-Thames and Marlow. The park is only a 20-minute drive from Legoland Windsor and only 30 miles outside central London. There are a wide variety of other attractions in the local area, with many discounts available to the park’s customers.

Facilities include heated shower blocks and family shower rooms, shop, laundry, accessible facilities, free WiFi, a playground, outdoor table tennis, football goals and a riverside picnic area. For walkers and dog owners there are a wide range of footpaths, including the Thames Path and there is a nature trail for children to learn about wildlife.

A slipway is available for boats and there are charging points for electric cars. Caravan holiday homes are available to hire or purchase on the campsite.

Find out more: Hurley Riverside Park   

  Rutland Caravan & Camping, Rutland


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England’s smallest county is home to one very big, family-friendly attraction – Rutland Water. One of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, it is surrounded by over 4,000 acres of open countryside. You can hop between the main car parks, or choose to walk the 23-mile circuit around the lake and peninsula.

Things to do and enjoy here include cycle hire, an aqua park, man-made beaches, picnic areas, water sports, boat cruises and osprey spotting, a nature reserve and golf course. There is also pretty Normanton Church, and a selection of pubs for that all-important refreshment after a day’s activity.

Ten minutes’ drive from Rutland Water is Rutland Caravan and Camping, near the village of Greetham. The campsite has grass and hardstanding pitches, all with water, drainage and electric hook-up, spread across two touring areas, one for families and one for adults only. There are toilets and showers, dishwashing facilities, motorhome waste point, a play area and indoor swimming pool.

Find out more: Rutland Caravan & Camping 

  High Moor Farm Park, Yorkshire

High Moor Farm

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High Moor Farm Park is situated four miles from Harrogate and close to the outdoor wonderland of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A local bus service runs to Harrogate, which is a pretty spa town with shops, gardens, a theatre and cinemas. A 20-minute drive from the campsite is Knaresborough, where you’ll find castle ruins and the intriguing Mother Shipton’s Cave with the Petrifying Well, whose waters turn objects to stone.

At High Moor Farm there is plenty to occupy all ages, including an indoor pool, nine-hole golf course, play area, pool tables and fishing lake. Pitches are grass or hardstanding with electric hook-up, serviced by toilets, showers, washrooms, accessible facilities, a launderette and a small shop. There is also a bar and restaurant on the campsite.

Find out more: High Moor Farm Park   

  Monkton Wyld Holiday Park, Dorset

Monkton Wyld

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With two outdoor play areas, a nature corner, plenty of open space and being only three miles from the Jurassic Coast, Monkton Wyld is the perfect campsite for children, yet retaining a tranquil atmosphere for adults to relax. The campsite is divided into several paddocks, with spacious pitches, all of which back up to a hedge or flower bed for added privacy.

There are hardstanding and grass pitches with electric hook-up, and facilities including toilets and showers, family rooms, a launderette, shop, dog-walking areas, dog wash and motorhome waste point. Food trucks visit on various nights, so visitors don’t need to head off the campsite for evening meals if they don’t want to.

There are walking routes from Monkton Wyld Holiday Park to Lyme Regis and Charmouth where little ones can enjoy the beaches and hunting for fossils. Adults might enjoy the fossil exhibition at Charmouth, or wandering the pretty winding alleys of Lyme Regis with its selection of shops and restaurants.

Find out more: Monkton Wyld Holiday Park  

  Elie Holiday Park, Scotland

Elie Holiday Park

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Elie Holiday Park occupies a stunning location behind a wide expanse of dunes that lead to a vast beach on Scotland’s west coast, 13 miles from St Andrews. Appealing to both couples and those travelling with children, the coastal location is ideal for anyone who loves to be beside the sea.

Guests can walk the coastal path, go rock-pooling, and look out for wildlife. Youngsters can go wild at the Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park and enjoy the arcades in the games room, and everyone will appreciate the convenience of the on-site restaurant and bar.

Pitches at Elie are hardstanding with electric hook-up. There are toilet and shower facilities, a shop, a launderette, a café and takeaway and the campsite is dog-friendly. Cycle hire is available locally, with bikes delivered to the campsite.

Find out more: Elie Holiday Park  

  Abererch Sands Holiday Centre, Wales

Abererch Sands Holiday Centre

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One for families who love the beach, Abererch Sands Holiday Centre is by the sea but sheltered by a large sand dune. At four miles long, the sandy beach here is vast, so there’s plenty of space for everyone, and it is only up and over a few steps from the site. Along the other side of the campsite is a trainline with a station – handy if you want to head into nearby Pwllheli to access the shops, pubs and restaurants of this seaside market town. There is also a marina and slipway here.

The campsite has touring pitches, all with electric hook-up, and water-fill point on firm grass. There is a toilet and shower block, launderette, dishwashing facilities, a snooker room, play area and indoor pool. A self-service shop is open during school holidays, too.

Find out more: Abererch Sands Holiday Centre  

  Waldegraves Holiday Park, Essex


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Located on Mersea Island, overlooking the beach and waters of the Blackwater Estuary, Waldegraves Holiday Park has lots of on-site offerings to keep all ages happy. There is an outdoor heated pool, play areas, crazy golf, pitch ’n’ putt, table tennis, fishing lakes and a family arcade.

In the evenings, guests can head to the Granary bar and restaurant, then over to the Barn & Wheatsheaf Clubhouse, which plays host to children’s fun in the early evening, followed by cabaret and comedy acts later on. Four-legged family members are not forgotten either, as there is an exercise area.

The holiday campsite has a choice of grass or hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up, plus toilets, showers, family bathrooms, washing-up area, a laundry block, shop and motorhome waste point.

Find out more: Waldegraves Holiday Park  

  Polmanter Touring Park, Cornwall


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This award-winning touring site, set in the Cornish countryside, is ideal for families looking for on-site entertainment and the convenience of the fishing town of St Ives within walking distance. For younger guests, there are two playgrounds, indoor soft play and a games room, while everyone can enjoy the outdoor pool, tennis courts, putting green and playing field. Practicalities are taken care of with an on-site shop, bar and restaurant, and four-legged family members have a dedicated exercise field and shower.

There is a choice of pitches at Polmanter, including grass or hardstanding with electric hook-up and multiserviced hardstanding pitches with the addition of fresh water and drainage. Toilets and showers, accessible suites and family bathrooms complete the campsite’s facilities. Guests can enjoy cross-country walks direct from the campsite and there is also a regular shuttle bus into St Ives.

Find out more: Polmanter Touring Park  

  Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping Park, Wales

Pitton Cross

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This is the perfect choice for a beach holiday, just one-and-a-half miles from Rhossili Bay, where there are three miles of sweeping golden sand, backed by hills. The beach is a firm favourite among Tripadvisor travellers and is also dog-friendly. You can access the coast path here and may even see seals or dolphins playing in the water. Walk to the beach, drive (there is a large car park) or take a bus from outside the campsite. In the village above the beach is a pub, some cafés and a shop.

Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping Park offers grass pitches with electric hook-up across several paddocks. On the campsite there are toilets and showers, a laundry room and play area. There is a shop at the campsite entrance and also a kite shop – ideal for making use of those coastal breezes!

Find out more: Pitton Cross Caravan & Camping Park  

  Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park, Kent


(Photo courtesy of Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park)

Set in the countryside, this campsite is only 20 minutes from the coast, 30 minutes from the cathedral city of Canterbury and 40 minutes from London by train, giving you all sorts of options to occupy your time. There is a bus stop under a mile away, and the town of Ashford (10 minutes’ drive) has all the major amenities, including a train station and outlet shopping centre.

The campsite is split into two sections – choose the Family Park for easy access to the play areas, sports field and games room, or The Meadows, for a quieter, adults-only area. Both areas have toilets, showers and launderettes. There is also a small campsite shop. Pitches are on grass or hardstanding with electric hook-up, with some fully serviced pitches in The Meadows area.

Find out more: Broadhembury Caravan & Camping Park  


  Meadow Lakes Holiday Park, Cornwall

Meadow Lakes

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In an ideal location for you and your family to discover the best of Cornwall, Meadow Lakes is an award-winning, family-run holiday campsite, set within the picturesque Cornish countryside, with beautiful woodlands and lakes waiting to be explored. Close to some of Cornwall’s 'must see' attractions such as the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and of course Cornwall’s’ stunning coastline.

Offering accommodation to suit all budgets, including tenting and touring pitches, glamping, caravans, cottages, the newly refurbished farmhouse (ideal for large family getaways) and luxury hot tub lodges, there is plenty of choice for you and your family!

With the four beautiful lakes where you can fish until your heart’s content (free during your stay), or simply enjoy nature at its finest, Meadow Lakes is the perfect place for you and your family to relax and spend time together…

Find out more: Meadow Lakes Holiday Park  

  Old Hall Caravan Park, Lancashire

Old Hall

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Old Hall Caravan Park is one of the most peaceful campsites in the northwest of England. Not only is it minutes away from the M6, but it's also just two miles from Over Kellet and three miles from Carnforth. The campsite is also near the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, as well as local towns such as Kirkby Lonsdale and Ambleside, making Old Hall the perfect base for exploring everything that the region has to offer.

The campsite offers short-stay hardstanding touring pitches, seasonal touring pitches, plus holiday homes for hire and for sale. Facilities include toilets and showers, accessible facilities, and a launderette.

Find out more: Old Hall Caravan & Camping Park  

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