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Our pick of the best open all year campsites


Treat yourself to a mini caravan break at one of these campsites, anytime, any day - even Christmas!

Padstow Touring Park, Cornwall

During peak season Cornwall is guaranteed to be awash with tourists searching out the best of the south west. While the winter months may not be the time to sunbathe on the county’s sandy beaches, there’s still plenty to be enjoyed. Padstow Touring Park is only one mile from the harbour area. So, if the weather is a little brisk, wrap up warm and enjoy a stroll along the crowd-free seafront and then pop in to one of chef Rick Stein’s many seafood establishments and warm up with tasty fish and chips.

The touring park itself has the perfect facilities for an off-season break – hardstanding pitches, an underfloor-heated amenities block and a heated coffee lounge. The campsite has easy access for any size of caravan and dogs are welcome. Other ‘extras’ include a children’s play area, family wet room and site-wide wi-fi.Premier Parks

Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8LE  T 01841 532061 W padstowtouringpark.co.uk

Deer's GladeDeer’s Glade Caravan & Camping Park, Norfolk

This year sees Norwich putting on a fantastic range of festive activities. It all starts on 20 November with a lantern parade through the city’s streets followed by the Christmas light switch on. From this date visitors can look forward to choral concerts, Christmas markets and fairs, Santa’s Grotto for Dogs, and a real Christmas Tree Trail where discoverers will head down narrow streets, winding paths and cobbled hills in search of decorated trees. For easy access to the city there are two park & ride services; at Costessey (NR9 3LX) and Thickthorn (NR9 3AU).

The campsite is set in a woodland clearing with two heated amenity blocks, a play area, coarse fishing lake and woodland walks. There are electric pitches available, some on hardstanding.
Other facilities include a dog walk, animal paddock and wi-fi connection.

White Post Road, Hanworth, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7HN  T 01263 768633 W deersglade.co.uk

Carreg Cennen castle in the snowErwlon Caravan & Camping Park, Wales

Wales has its fair share of castles but one particularly interesting one is Carreg Cennen, four miles from Llandeilo. The castle is privately owned due to it being accidently acquired as part of the farmland bought in the 1960s. The castle, tea rooms and shop are open 364 days a year and the castle ruins are a stunning sight, even on a snowy day in winter. The castle dominates the surrounding farmland with its lofty position on a hilltop which offers fabulous views of Black Mountain and the Welsh countryside. After looking around the castle don’t miss its most unusual feature – a set of steep steps lead into its bowels and beyond, into a damp, limestone cave.

Erwlon has the option of fully serviced super pitches on hardstandings, with an amenity block that
includes family rooms, and there is wi-fi available on the serviced pitches.Premier Parks

Brecon Road, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire SA20 0RD  T 01550 721021 W erwlon.co.uk

Stanford HallStanford Hall Caravan Park, Leicestershire

Stanford Hall is set within rural Leicestershire on the Northamptonshire and Warwickshire border. The caravan park is located within the grounds of the Stanford Hall Estate. The hall and grounds are open on select days throughout the year and host public events such as car rallies, craft fairs and fireworks championships. Campsite guests are free to wander the ancient parkland and 15-acre woodland during their stay, but on the open days you can have a guided tour of the house and visit the Stable Yard café. Caravans will need to be self-contained as there are no toilet or shower facilities on site.

Stanford Road, Swinford, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 6DH  T 01788 860387 W stanfordhallcaravanpark.co.uk

Kelvingrove Art Galley and MuseumStrathclyde Country Park Caravan Club Site, Scotland

The perfect location for a family holiday, Strathclyde Country Park Caravan Club Site nestles on the edge of parkland. A 20-minute drive will have you in Glasgow and we recommend a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There are plenty of park & ride car parks including one just half a mile from the museum. This popular free attraction has 22 themed galleries displaying more than 8000 objects including Dutch and Flemish art, natural history pieces, arms and armour, Egyptian artefacts, Scottish archaeology and even a real Spitfire. Head outside into Kelvingrove Park, set on the banks of the River Kelvin. Then you could head deeper into the city, which hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and uncover its multitude of shops and cafés, and culture.

Bothwellhaugh Road, Bothwell, Glasgow G71 8NY  T 01698 853300 W caravanclub.co.uk

The Cheshire SmokehouseElm Cottage Touring Park, Cheshire

The area around Elm Cottage has plenty to offer low-season visitors, one being the Cheshire Smokehouse at Wilmslow. Established for more than 100 years, the business offers a range of traditional oak and maple smoked products including nuts, poultry, bacon, sausages, salmon, cured meats, and cheese – you name it, they smoke it, and all on the premises. There’s also an on-site café.

Elm Cottage has a mixture of grass and all-weather pitches, each with electric. There are also some fully-serviced ones available and the touring field is serviced with an underfloor heated toilet block. The popular country pub the Shrewsbury Arms is a mere 400 yards from the touring park entrance.Premier Parks

Chester Lane, Nr Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2QJ  T 01829 760544 W elmcottage.co.uk

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