Camping no longer has to involve roughing it with nothing but a tent and a sleeping bag – unless that’s the getaway you enjoy of course – with the introduction of glamping and other forms of luxurious camping it means that camping no longer needs to be the dreaded holiday. Nowadays camping doesn’t even necessarily mean a tent; you can camp in eco-pods, vintage caravans or, of course, the traditional way, under canvas. Camping holidays give you great value for money and give you the opportunity to spend quality time with your close friends and family without the distractions of everyday life.
1. Burnbake Camping Site in Dorset is very family focused, dog friendly and great value for money with pitches from just £8 per night. Situated in a forest next to a stream this is a campsite that’s great for children and families with a love of fresh air.
2. Eco-pod holidays in Derbyshire are available for around £60 per night and allow you to be close to nature while also having hotel luxuries. There’s no chance you’ll get bored here either with Gulliver’s Kingdom and Alton Towers both an easy drive away.
3. Cumbria’s Duddon Valley is another hidden treasure where there’s so much to do. With an abundance of mountains, including Scafell Pike nearby, you won’t get bored and if you’re not really a climber then why don’t you enjoy the countryside in other ways like bike rides, fishing or even canoeing. This is a great site if you love pub grub, as the 16th century Newfield Inn is extremely close by.
4. If you love animals but can’t afford an African safari then take a trip with all of your family and friends to Sussex Safari in South Downs. You can take your friends away with you if you choose this campsite because for £1,700 you can hire out the whole campsite. If there’s just a small group though you can contact the site for small group prices. On this holiday you’ll be taught how to find your supper in the hedgerow and survive in the wilderness.
5. Henry’s Campsite in Cornwall is a bohemian style campsite with sculptures marking the space of each pitch. For the little ones there’s a whole host of farmyard animals and for the adults there is surfing, cycling, golf and even horse riding. There’s also a communal fire pit where you could cook your catch of the day and the great beaches that you wake up to in a morning makes the whole experience even better.
This article was written by experienced forager and botanist Jim Clarke the only place to turn for all your camping needs.