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Caravan Campsites for Food Lovers

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To enjoy delicious food, drink and regional delicacies while on your caravan touring holiday, give one of these campsites a try



Premier ParksKelling Heath, Norfolk

Weybourne, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7HW
T: 01263 588181  W: www.kellingheath.co.uk
Open: 10 February - 2 January Price: From £18.65 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

The Norfolk coast is famed for its tasty seafood, with Cromer Crab, lobster and kippers being the catch of the day. The Cromer & Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival is a weekend celebration of two lovely coastal towns taking place between 17-19 May. For places to taste this fine fayre, head to the Virginia Court Hotel in Cromer, where crab and fresh smoked kippers are both on the menu, or try The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea, who offer range of meals using locally fished produce, including a ‘Seafood Tuesday’ special. The White Horse, in the quaint village of Blakeney also comes highly recommended.

For somewhere to stay that makes all these places easily accessible, look no further than Kelling Heath. A full facility campsite, there’s something for everyone from a swimming pool and fitness club to entertainment and a choice of places to eat. Set amongst 250 acres of woodland and heathland the park also has lots of wildlife, walks, cycling and peace and quiet to be found. Pitches benefit from a backdrop of mature pines and are serviced by fully equipped amenity blocks.


Premier ParksMannix Point Camping & Caravan Park, Republic of Ireland

Cahirciveen, Ring of Kerry Coast, Ireland
T: 00353 669 472806 W: www.campinginkerry.com
Open: 15 March - 15 October Price: From €27.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

In County Kerry, a rugged terrain with heathers, wild herbs and grasses produces a distinctive texture and herbal flavour in the lambs that are bred on the hills. Irish hill lamb is smaller and leaner than its lowland cousins and during the last decade it has become recognised as a regional delicacy. QC’s Restaurant, in Cahirciveen, and The Bianconi Inn, in Killorglin, both serve fresh local produce including Kerry Mountain Lamb and are within half an hour’s drive of Mannix Point Camping & Caravan Park. Also nearby is the home of Skelligs Chocolate Factory. Here you can visit the factory and watch chocolate being handmade, buy a gift from the shop and enjoy a hot chocolate in the coffee shop.

Mannix Point is set on the South West Kerry Coast waterfront, within walking distance of the town of Cahirciveen. Most of the pitches have a great view of the coastline. There’s a modern toilet and shower block, a laundry and a very welcoming turf fire-warmed sitting room. Mannix is perfect for watersports, walking and fishing as is the nearest caravan park to the departure port for boats which land on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skelligs.


The Wensleydale CreameryHawes Caravan Club Site, North Yorkshire

Brunt Acres Road, Hawes, North Yorkshire DL8 3PS
T: 01969 667338 W: www.caravanclub.co.uk
Open: 15 March - 4 January Price: From £16.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Hawes Caravan Club Site is set in beautiful Wensleydale, where the famous cheese has been made for nearly a century. The Wensleydale Creamery and Visitor Centre is a unique attraction full of heritage, fun, and of course, cheese! The museum tells the story of how the art of cheese making has evolved and you can watch the cheese-makers in action. Pop into the Wensleydale Cheese Shop & Deli and Gift Shop to pick up some treats and why not dine in the Calvert’s Restaurant while you’re there, where you can enjoy views of the Dales whilst enjoying some homemade food and cheese inspired dishes.

Situated between the River Ure and the market town of Hawes, the campsite offers attractive views and is within the boundary of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. With the Dales right on the doorstep walking enthusiasts have miles of landscape to explore. The Pennine Way is another must and Hawes is one of the highest market towns in England at 850 feet above sea level and is full of character. Please note this site is for Club members only.


Eye Kettleby Lakes, Leicestershire

Eye Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2TD
T: 01664 565900 W: www.eyekettlebylakes.com
Open: All year Price: From £19.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Set four miles to the south west of Melton Mowbray in 150 acres of rolling farmland, lies the adults only campsite, Eye Kettleby Lakes. Melton Mowbray is a historical market town which is famed for its pork pies and stilton cheese. Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe is a must-visit as the oldest remaining bakers of the authentic Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, since 1851. Visitors can purchase pork pies and have a demonstration of the traditional craft of hand-raising a pork pie. The Melton Cheeseboard, based in the town, sells the widest range of cheese in the county (over 120 varieties) and specialises in Stilton which is sourced directly from the Long Clawson dairy, just five miles away.

Eye Kettleby features 59 pitches, individual washrooms in eco-friendly log cabins and a picnic area set around a fishing lake. The pitches are large and the superior pitches offer 16A hook-ups, fresh and waste water points and TV hook-up. All pitches have views of rolling farmland and are a five-minute walk from a modern licenced clubhouse. The campsite also has seven well-stocked fishing lakes. The local area is full of fine country pubs, walks and historical attractions.


Proctor’s Stead Camping & Caravan Park, Northumberland

Craster, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 3TF
T: 01665 576613 W: www.proctorsstead.co.uk
Open: 21 March - 3 November Price: From £18.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Proctor’s Stead is one mile from the small fishing village of Craster - famous for its smoked kippers. Here you’ll find L Robson & Sons fish merchants who specialise in the traditional method of oak smoking kippers and salmon. The company still cures the fish in the original smokehouses which are over 130 years old. Here at their shop you can purchase a range of seafood and enjoy a fresh catch of the day in their restaurant.

The campsite is only one mile from the sea and caters for up to 60 caravans and tents. Milk, eggs and fresh orange are available on site, or the nearest shop is in Embleton, two miles away. For eating out, The Cottage Inn is a short stroll and uses local produce in its dishes, including fish from Robsons. For things to do, take advantage of the footpaths that lead from Proctor's Stead to Dunstanburgh Castle, enjoying  the peace and quiet. Walking further takes you to Craster. While here you can pop into The Jolly Fisherman pub for a drink and light bite - try the famous Craster Kipper Paté. Alnwick Castle (used in the Harry Potter films) and Alnwick Garden is a 10-minute drive and Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island are great places to visit too.


Glenfiddich DistillerySpeyside Camping & Caravanning Club Site, Northern Scotland

Archiestown, Aberlour, Moray AB38 9SL
T: 01340 810414 W: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
Open: 25 April - 28 October Price: From £10.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Scotland is home of the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail, and in Speyside you’ll find more than half of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries. Each distillery’s traditions, techniques and recipes differ, and the trail is a fascinating insight into the art of blending whisky and malt. If you don’t fancy driving the whole trail, there are two distilleries close to the Speyside site. At Macallan Distillery you can take a guided whisky tour and take in the full production process before heading back to the Visitor Centre for a wee dram, and The Glenfiddich Distillery tours take in the history and heart of the operation and you can then sample products and visit their shop.

The Club Site is set on a gentle, south-facing slope and is lightly wooded, giving it some shade but keeping an open feel.  There are 75 mixed grass and hardstanding pitches, with electric and a well-equipped toilet block, dishwashing and laundry room. The surrounding hills and trails offer plenty of walking opportunities, along with a wildlife centre in Spey Bay. Another Scottish delicacy, Walkers Shortbread, is available from their factory shop in nearby Aberlour.


Pencnwc Holiday Park, Wales

Cross Inn, Nr New Quay, Ceredigion SA44 6NL
T: 01545 560479 W: www.pencnwc.co.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October Price: From £19.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

New Quay Honey Farm is the largest in Wales with some 500 hives. The honey produced in this area is of a high quality due to the abundance of wild flowers and trees. The Farm is open to visitors and has a shop, a tea room and live bee exhibition. The exhibition allows visitors to view bees working in a variety of natural habitats (behind safety glass) and shows the amazing life of the honey bee.

Pencnwc Holiday Park is two miles inland from the fishing village of New Quay and offers excellent on-site facilities. These include an indoor heated pool, play areas, club house, fish and chip shop, laundrette and coarse fishing lake. New Quay has sandy beaches, a harbour, bars, restaurants and independent shops. The surrounding area is patchwork fields and hidden valleys, dotted with market towns and featuring miles of walking and plenty of wildlife spotting.


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