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5 of the best locations for family camping holidays in the UK

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There is NOTHING quite like dusting off the cobwebs, and grabbing your tent or caravan and exploring the country that you live in. KiddyCharts’ readers love a spot of camping, but do you know where is best to go within the UK for a great camping holiday? If you don’t we have picked 5 of the best locations for family camping holidays in the UK, so you don’t have to think about it too hard.

Do you know where is best to go within the UK for a great camping holiday? If you don't we have picked 5 of the best locations for family camping holidays in the UK

We have deliberately thought about some of the different kinds of locations that you can enjoy as well – so whatever you like, there should be something for everyone here.

Head for the Hills – The Lake District

The Lake District is simply one of THE most gorgeous places in the United Kingdom and one of the best family camping holidays in the UK. We are, of course, very very biased about it as we visiting it regularly as a family. In particular, Derwent Water near Keswick is a wonderful location for families; there is so much to see and do there.

Picked 5 of the best locations for family camping holidays in the UK - Lake District

However, from Windermere, include Brockholes, to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Ullswater, there is BOUND to be a campsite and a location that works well for you. There are enough excellent campsites, and holidays parks that you will find one that works for you.

Do bare in mind when you are travelling there that the road into Windermere can get pretty snarled up though, so allow a little extra time for your journey with the kids, or make sure you take lots of entertainment for the car!

Soak up with Sun (!) – Devon or Cornwall

Cornwall beach

Yes, I know – that is TWO locations, but I couldn’t leave Devon out, or Cornwall, so I have to include both of them?!?

Locations like Slapton Sands in Devon, or Padstow in Devon are simply iconic; and there is so much to do with the kids. From exploring the coast line perhaps with the Nature Reserve at Slapton Ley, to visiting the chip shop in Padstow. The south west of England has everything that you could want in a family caping holiday.

Except sometimes the weather of course, but that’s unpredictable wherever you are, so you can’t blame Devon and Cornwall for that, can you?

Try a little Island Life – Isle of Wight

Family camping holidays in the UK - Isle of Wight

If you have kids – you know that one thing that gets them excited, is DINOSAURS. And the Isle of Wight loves dinosaurs almost as much as they do; we promise.

So if you are looking to camp in the Isle of Wight, make sure you know your T Rex from your Triceratops. You can, of course, also visit Blackgang Chine, which is a theme park that has been on the family map since in first opening in 1843 as a curiosity garden! Shades of The Greatest Showman in its origins, the park is now a haven for the kids, and perhaps somewhere you can take a break too as they enjoy the sights, sounds, attractions and ice-cream!

Visit your neighbours for a Welsh welcome – Gower peninsula and Snowdonia

It is easy to stick with England when you are thinking destinations, because you just want to keep it simple. However, from the Gower Peninsula to the mountains in Snowdonia, there are some beautiful places to stay and camp in Wales.

Family camping holidays in the UK - Snowdonia

You can even glamp in the state caverns in Snowdonia National Park. Now who wouldn’t want to be able to try something like that as a kid?!?

Wales is a popular destinations for campers, so keep your carbon footprint down; don’t get on that plane after all, but just pop over the border to another country and explore it. It is own your doorstep, so get to know it better.

Prove its not grim up North – North Yorkshire

We have recently spent some amazing time in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and it is likely that this is another location that you could overlook for your choice of destinations for take a family camping holiday.

North Yorkshire beach

There are so many gorgeous locations on the coast, including Scarborough and Robins Hoods Bay, but don’t overlook some of the other areas within this part of the UK.

What about popping inland to the little village of Malham and take in the sights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park?

Family camping holidays in the UK - Yorkshire Dales

We know – that’s a stunning view, and if there is one thing that we all know, it is that kids LOVE to clamber. You might even get the most reluctant of walkers to climb to the top of a limestone pavement with this much scramble factor!

We hope you agree that these are some great ideas for camping locations throughout the UK – have you got anymore, we’d love to here from you. If you are interested in any more of our travel content, then do take a look here for other UK-based ideas and beyond:

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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