The most extraordinary campsites for motorhomes
For a touring holiday with a difference, try one of these campsites for size ...
The Orchard Campsite, Suffolk28 Spring Lane, Wickham Market, Suffolk IP13 0SJ
Tel: 07818-034729 Email: [email protected] (bookings by email only)
Web: www.orchardcampsite.co.uk Open: All year
The Orchard is set over eight acres on the edge of the village of Wickham Market, close to the coast and Rendlesham Forest – famous for UFO sightings 25 years ago. The Orchard welcomes families and what makes this campsite unique is what occurs when darkness draws in – they regularly provides a glow stick scavenge. Hundreds of glow sticks are thrown into the air which the children scramble for and then make into lanterns, bangles and necklaces. The site also has its own observatory for viewing the stars, which you can use on suitable cloudless evenings. Themed events take place throughout the year too, such as Alien Encounter and Halloween night. Facilities include a shower and toilet block with family bathroom, a play area, barbeque area and covered table tennis. The on-site shop and off licence stocks a range of fresh local produce. The campsite welcomes real campfires and wood can be purchased on site. The River Deben runs the full length of the bottom of the site and is great for fishing, as is the campsite pond.
Little Trethvas Farm CS, CornwallThe Lizard, Helston, Cornwall TR12 7AT
Tel: 01326-290344 Web: www.campsiteslizard.co.uk Open: 1 February - 31 October
This excellent CS is decorated in a quirkily old-fashioned style. All the touring pitches have electric hook-ups and there are two toilet blocks, including a family shower room. The quirky decorating style of these toilet blocks include rough rendered walls painted in a cheerful colour with rough-hewn slate backsplashes and wicker-framed mirrors. It’s refreshingly different. For children there’s plenty of space to run about, as well as a bright red vintage tractor to play on. There’s also an excellent teashop on the campsite serving everything from cream teas to light lunches. Offering an outdoor patio area with picnic benches and an indoor dining area in a wooden-beamed framed room. With copper pots and plants dangling from the beams, old-fashioned signage and a wood-burning stove, it’s a very pleasant place.
Faerie-Thyme Campsite, CarmarthenshireFaerie-Thyme, Crwbin, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire SA17 5DR
Tel: 01269-871774 Web: www.faerie-thyme.co.uk Open: 1 April - 31 October
This campsite describes itself as ‘camping away with the faeries’ and a ‘magical place in Wales’. Faerie-Thyme is an adult-only campsite with peace and quiet being the order of the day. It is not your average camping in a field, it’s wild camping in the back garden with firepits available to hire, which have fairy lights around the covers. The camping field is a large grass area which is surrounded by ancient woodland. The woodland floor is full of unusual herbs and wild flowers. The site owners named the campsite Faerie-Thyme as they believe in the power of Mother Nature and the faerie realm, and wanted to share that with others. The campsite has the basic amenities such as water taps, electric hook-ups and toilets and showers. There is a footpath close by which leads to walks with great views of the Black Mountains and Carmarthen Bay, and fields with wild ponies and old standing stones. This is a great site to escape from the modern world and get back to nature for a bit.
Highlands End Holiday Park, DorsetEype, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6AR
Tel: 01308-426947 Web: www.wdlh.co.uk Open: 15 March - 3 November
Highlands End is located on a clifftop, just 500 metres from the beach, overlooking Lyme Bay and the Jurassic coastline. The campsite is set in 150 acres of countryside and the touring area makes the most of the views. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, sauna and steam room, gym, games room, play areas, tennis court and pitch and putt. The on-site shop sells a range of products. The main attraction here is the licensed bar and restaurant which has a display of Fire Service Memorabilia. The collection includes cap badges, helmets, pictures and equipment, even including a 1936 Leyland Fire Engine and a 1902 Merryweather Steam Fire Engine which can both be viewed from the bar.
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