Staycations are here to stay in the UK and its good news for the original British getaway: a good old-fashioned camping trip is still in.
As the 2023 camping season approaches, sleeping under the stars is expected to be more popular than ever. Last year, Mintel Market Intelligence agency reported roughly 4.5 million new campers had taken to the countryside since the start of the pandemic for their first-ever camping holiday.
The affordable nature of taking trips in a tent in the cost-of-living climate has made the prospect of swapping luxe pads for BBQs and blankets around the campfire ever more appealing.
We are spoilt for choice in the UK with rugged coastlines, woodlands and numerous Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Scottish Highlands, Welsh national parks and English Midlands all provide an idyllic backdrop to a camping trip.
From communing with the Great Outdoors to embracing the early starts to catch some waves, here are the best campsites and caravan parks to pitch up on this summer.
Grange Farm, Isle of Wight
Best for: History buffs
A short ferry ride from the English coast on the Isle of Wight, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a rich British history dating back to the 15th century, sits Grange Farm.
The 60-acre farm in the village of Brighstone accommodates tents, caravans and motorhomes with power hook-ups. Think spectacular 360-degree coastal and countryside views, modern bathroom facilities and an in-house pig called Mash.
Open seasonally until the end of October; pitch up from £34.50 per night for a standard tent or campervan in peak season.
Wooda Farm Holiday Park, Cornwall
Best for: Young families
Straddling the border of Devon and Cornwall in the seaside town of Bude is the rural Wooda Farm Holiday Park. Here, screen time gives way to back to basics outdoor living, beach days and farm animals.
Owned by the Colwill family since 1975, facilities boast family bathrooms, large children’s play areas, games rooms and a nine-hole pitch-n’ putt golf course for kids to enjoy.
Take the whole family; non-electric pitches from £49 a night for a family of four.
Linwater Caravan Park, Edinburgh
Best for: Escaping the city
A spacious site just south of Edinburgh, Linwater Caravan Park embodies tranquillity and countryside culture while being only…
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