Perfect motorhome-friendly campsites for adult activities
A selection of adult-only and family campsites, but all with one common trait – there’s an activity or adventure nearby to excite the big kid inside, and the young at heart!
Fields End Water Caravan Park, CambridgeshireBenwick Road, Doddington, Cambridgeshire PE15 0TY
Tel: 01354-740199 Web: www.fieldsendfishing.co.uk
Open: All year
This peaceful adult-only campsite in the historic fens offers a relaxing holiday coupled with great course fishing. Fields End Water is a great base to explore Cambridgeshire and East Anglia or stay on site and enjoy fishing for all levels of angler. ‘The Pit’ covers three acres and is stocked with carp, tench, perch and roach. The second lake, ‘The Pool’, has 28 swims for pleasure fishing and contains carp, chubb, orf, barbell and tench. Both lakes have toilets and hot and cold running water.
The campsite has a shop selling fishing bait, supplies, snacks and sweets and also serving tea and coffee. The caravan park has two parts – a five-pitch Caravan Club CL set between the two fishing lakes with views over open fenland, and a 52-pitch site (38 fully serviced pitches) spread over two tiers with countryside views. Both areas have facilities including toilets and showers, hook-ups and water. There are colour-coded country walks starting from the site and there’s also a full size boules court.
Ayr Craigie Gardens Caravan Club Site, Southern ScotlandCraigie Road, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA8 0SS
Tel: 01292-264909 Web: www.caravanclub.co.uk
Open: 22 March – 4 November
This Caravan Club campsite is in the grounds of the Craigie Estate and close to the River Ayr. The seaside town of Ayr is within walking distance as is Ayr Racecourse (www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk) - Scotland’s premier racecourse, with over 30 race meetings a year and home to the Scottish Grand National. With racing fixtures taking place every month of the year and top class facilities, this is the perfect place to have a flutter or just watch and enjoy the sport. The racecourse has a variety of fine dining, bar and refreshment options.
For fans of a different sport, there are over 40 golf courses in the area, or you can take a trip on a paddle steamer. Ayr has a long, sandy beach and good shopping facilities. For a bit of history try the Burns Heritage Trail and Heritage Centre at Alloway. The campsite has all the usual facilities you would expect from a Caravan Club site including toilets and showers.
Tyddyn Du Touring Park, North WalesConwy Old Road, Penmaenmawr, North Wales LL34 6RE
Tel: 01492-622300 Web: www.tyddyndutouringpark.co.uk
Open: 22 March – 31 October
Ideally located for exploring the coast between Caernarfon and Llandudno, Tyddyn Du is known for its stunning coastal views. The facilities on this adult-only campsite are second to none and all pitches have 16A electric hook-ups. You’re spoilt for choice for things to do here. Firstly there’s the award-winning beach which is only 20 minutes’ walk away. Ten miles from the campsite is Llandudno with its Victorian seafront and shops. For the adventurous you’ll also find a ski and snowboard centre here, or you could head into the Snowdonia National Park to Tree Top Adventure, at Betws-y-Coed. Choose from activities such as gorge scrambling, abseiling and a high ropes course. If culture and fine dining are more your style, back in Llandudno is the theatre – Venue Cymru – situated on the long crescent promenade of the town. Enjoy a drink or meal in one of the theatre bars or restaurants and then watch a musical, opera, comedian or film.
Tel: 01275-332127 Web: www.bathchewvalley.co.uk
Open: All year
Based on a garden theme with lawns, shrubs and flower-beds, this is a peaceful campsite for adults only within 800 yards of a championship fishing lake and surrounded by a country park. All the pitches have hook-ups and there are solo toilet and shower rooms. The village has shops and a pub but, with the local bus service offering routes to Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Bath, getting around is easy. Bath is a city full of history and culture and the Roman Baths are probably the most famous attraction. After a few hours’ walking in the footsteps of Romans why not head to the Thermae Bath Spa – Britain’s only natural thermal spa? Here you can bathe in a choice of thermal pools with the open-air rooftop pool being the most spectacular. Here you can relax by day or night whilst enjoying views over the city.
Rother Valley Caravan & Camping Park, East SussexStation Road, Northiam, East Sussex TN31 6QT
Tel: 01797-253997 Web: www.rother-valley.com
Open: 1 March - 31 October
Rother Valley is situated on the Kent and East Sussex border and offers 30 pitches in a main camping field with a further 13 secluded alcove pitches in a wooded area. The campsite has toilets, showers, a picnic area, a woodland path and dogs are welcome. In the area are the harbour town of Rye, Camber Sands and the small town of Tenterden. Chapel Down Winery in Small Hythe is a 15-minute drive from Rother Valley. Chapel Down offers guided tours of the vineyard and winery, culminating in wine tasting at the end of the tour. It is also home to the Swan English Restaurant where you can enjoy fine dining, and the Wine and Fine Food Store, which sells the full range of Chapel Down wines plus high-quality English produce.
Keswick Camping & Caravanning Club Site, CumbriaCrow Park Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5EP
Tel: 01768-772392 Web: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
Open: 15 February - 5 January
This Club campsite is on the shores of Derwentwater with stunning views across the lake. The campsite is the perfect base for exploring the Lake District National Park. The town of Keswick is a two-minute walk from the campsite, where you’ll find cafés, restaurants and shops. The town hosts many events during the year including a jazz festival in May and beer festival in June. Honister Slate Mine is located 10 miles away and, as well as mine tours, it offers the adrenaline-filled activity that is Via Ferrata. Latin for ‘Iron Way’, Via Ferrata uses a series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges enabling participants to scale rock faces and climb to amazing heights, whilst being fixed to a cable for safety and protection.
This Keswick campsite has toilets, showers, and a laundry, with the on-site shop selling the basics. Whilst not an adult-only site (there are some further afield in the area) this is one of the closest sites to Honister Slate Mine, making access easy.
Tel: 01749-676869 Web: www.wellsholidaypark.co.uk
Open: All year
In the heart of the west country, within walking distance of the city of Wells is this quality campsite for adults. A wide range of pitches are offered including ones for RVs and the on-site shop provides all the essential items. Takeaways can be ordered and delivered to your pitch, there are pentanque courts and a heated facilities block. What sets this campsite apart from most is the unique Essence Beauty Room, which is also located on site. The perfect opportunity to spoil and pamper yourself, a range of treatments are offered to add the finishing touch to a relaxing holiday in Somerset. If you can tear yourself away from all the pampering, the local area has lots to explore including Wookey Hole caves and mill, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and Wells itself with its cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
Daisy Bank Touring Caravan Park, WalesSnead, Montgomery, Powys, Wales SY15 6EB
Tel: 01588-620471 Web: www.daisy-bank.co.uk
Open: All year
Located on the Wales/Shropshire border, Daisy Bank is for adults only and close to Bishop’s Castle. This town is one of the main walking centres in the Shropshire Hills and boasts two surviving breweries. The Three Tuns is one of the oldest working brewhouses in Britain and offers tours and ales to buy on the premises, or you can sample them in the Three Tuns pub next door. The Six Bells pub/restaurant offers brewery tours with free samples of the ales and a complimentary buffet. Bishop’s Castle hosts festivals and fairs during the year, which includes the July Real Ale Festival.
Daisy Bank is a landscaped park with valley views, serviced hardstanding pitches and heated, five-star facilities.
Brook Meadow Lakeside Holidays, LeicestershireThe Wrongs, Welford Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9UJ
Tel: 01858-880886 Web: www.brookmeadow.co.uk
Open: All year
Brook Meadow is a tranquil, rural campsite with electric hook-up pitches set around a large lake, and is able to accommodate the largest outfit. Fishing is available on site whilst facilities include toilets, showers and a laundry room.
Ten minutes’ drive away is Armourgeddon. On offer here are a multitude of activities to appeal to individuals and groups. Armourgeddon is the home of tank battle paintball, and they also offer tank driving experiences, military vehicle driving, air rifle shooting, clay pigeon shooting and archery, all set around a World War II bombing range. Spectators are welcome and there’s a small museum and collection of vehicles on site too along with refreshments served at the D-Day Café.
White Water Park Caravan Club Site, Stockton-on-TeesTees Barrage, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 2QW
Tel: 01642-634880 Web: www.caravanclub.co.uk
Open: All year
White Water Park sits adjacent to the largest white water canoeing and rafting course built to an international standard in Britain. The campsite provides easy access to all its facilities, which includes a viewing balcony, changing rooms, shop and café. Tees Barrage White Water Centre offers all levels of activity, from the adrenaline junkie to those who prefer more tranquil activities – white water rafting and kayaking, flat water canoeing, power boating and sailing. Stockton town centre is within walking distance of this campsite, as is a pub and supermarket. On site is an amenities block, a laundry and some hardstanding pitches. Teeside Park is within easy reach and is a shoppers’ paradise, with many shops, restaurants, a cinema complex and bowling alley. There are plenty of walks from the site and access to the North Yorkshire Moors and over 30 miles of coastline is also easy.
Long Acres Touring Park, LincolnshireStation Road, Old Leake, Boston, Lincolnshire PE22 9RF
Tel: 01205-871555 Web: www.longacres-caravanpark.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 31 October
Long Acres is a rural adult-only campsite in south Lincolnshire with 40 pitches. It’s only eight miles from the market town of Boston and 17 miles from the seaside resort of Skegness. There’s plenty in the area to satisfy the birdwatcher, fisherman and walker alike, including the nature reserve of Gibraltar Point half-an-hour’s drive away. Also in the area for the lover of history are several historic buildings. Within a couple of miles of Long Acres is Sibsey Trader Windmill, a restored six-storey working mill, built in 1877, with complete gear, sails and fantail. The tearoom sells produce made from the mill’s stone-ground flour. A little further afield are the National Trust properties of Tattershall Castle, Gunby Hall Estate and Belton House (www.nationaltrust.org.uk), providing great days out of discovery.
The touring park itself has a heated amenity block, electric hook-ups and dog exercise area. There’s also a local pub within a mile and local shops nearby.
YCP - York Caravan Park, North YorkshireStockton Lane, York YO32 9UB
Tel: 01904-424222 Web: www.yorkcaravanpark.com
Open: 15 March – 3 November
York Caravan Park is a five-star adult-only campsite only two miles from York Minster and the city centre. As well as the attractions the city is famous for, such as the historic Minster, the Shambles shopping street and the Jorvik Viking Centre, there are many activities for adults to specifically enjoy. These include ghost walks through old passageways and buildings, a day at the races at York Racecourse and York Brewery – take a tour of the brewery to experience the traditional art of brewing and to taste some local ales. An hourly bus service from the caravan park means you can easily access all these attractions of the city without worrying about traffic or parking.
The 40 hardstanding fully serviced touring pitches are landscaped around a fishing lake and wooded picnic area, so even though you are close to the city you feel like you are relaxing miles from anywhere. The brand new luxury facilities benefit from underfloor heating, with individual privacy rooms. A pub is a short walk away and Monks Cross Shopping Centre is only a mile away.
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