5 best places to go camping in England 

The best places to go camping in England have an atmosphere that adds value to your outdoor experience ... photo by CC user mattphipps on Flickr

England may not be blessed with the best weather in the world…understatement alert…but we are nonetheless privileged is a great many other ways. One example would be the natural beauty and splendour of the British countryside, which is hands-down among the most picturesque of any European country. As such, when it comes to camping at least there’s a heck of a lot to be said for staying at home this summer and taking the kids on an invigorating camping ‘staycation’ to one of the UK’s finest plots.

Here’s a quick overview of five top picks to help whet your whistle:


Woolacombe in North Devon is one of the best locations in Devon to go camping and Woolacombe Bay holiday parks is one of the best camping spots in the region. An award winning beach (in the top 10 of Trip Advisor best beaches in Europe) surrounded by unforgettable views of the coastline and countryside, you’ll find yourself spending your days in a living, breathing postcard of what it is that makes for the perfect family holiday. And what’s more, with Devon right there on your doorstep there will be more exploration opportunities than any family could wish for in a whole lifetime.

The New Forest

When you think of camping at its finest, you imagine pitching up under mighty oak trees where the only sounds for miles around are the birds in the sky and the squirrels doing their thing. As such, where could possibly make a better choice for camping than the New Forest, which features a bunch of modern campsites ranging from the wholly bare-bones variety to full-on luxury accommodation. Take your pick of the activities on offer from rafting to horse riding, or choose to spend your time doing absolutely nothing – it’s all here in spades!


Even if you went camping to the Pembrokeshire Coast every year for three decades on end, you’d still feel as if you were discovering it for the first time every time you arrived. It’s one of those places that seems to have been somewhat unfairly lavished with stunning natural beauty and that quintessential seaside charm you can’t put your finger on but you can certainly feel. There’s a brilliant beach for surfing and general fun and games in the water, while the in-land entertainment opportunities for the whole family are largely limitless.

Swattesfield, Suffolk

Not the first place you might think of when it comes to camping family holiday, Swattesfield is one of Suffolk’s best-kept secrets for families out for a spot of camping. What’s so fantastic about this place is that despite the fact that it is so easy to reach, it feels a million miles away from the real world. What’s more, there’s really not a thing to do at all other than to spend time together and take in the wonders of nature across one of the South’s most stunning regions. And if you fancy a spot of cooking, they’ve even got an outdoor pizza oven!


Last but not least, head north toward the Peak District National Park and you’ll find yourself presented with literally dozens of wonderful little villages and small towns with their own unique camping opportunities. Castleton is however a favourite for families given the wonderful scenery and entertainment options, which for the most part are brilliantly educational. Head down Speedwell Cavern to take a look at the bottomless pit, or head into the cave lovingly entitled The Devil’s Arse – it’s all right there on your doorstep!

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