Best UK campsites for a brilliant cheap staycation in 2019

Camping holidays are no longer about pitching up flimsy tents and hoping the British weather is kind to you.

Nowadays, campsites offer everything you could want for a picture-perfect holiday from cosy glamping pods with the basics you need, to hot showers, clean toilets and on-site restaurants.

There’s plenty to keep the the whole family entertained too with brilliant swimming pools, indoor play areas, shows and easy access to the region’s top activities.

Then of course the fact that camping makes for a budget-friendly break is a pretty great perk too (and you can spend the spare cash on fun days out!).

To give you a helping hand, we’ve picked out some of the top UK campsites that need to be on your radar for a family holiday…

1. Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club, Lake District

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There are 250 pitches at the Keswick Camping and Caravanning Club site on the shores of Derwentwater, which has wonderful views across the lake to the hills beyond.

The site has plenty of facilities including washing machines, showers, toilets, boating and Wi-Fi.

There’s a dedicated ‘Parent and Baby room’ for those with little ones, not to mention a children’s play area – and if you’ve got a family pet, they’re welcome on-site too.

How much? Prices range from £9.40 to £15.70 per night. Click here to book .

 

2. Haven’s Presthaven Beach Resort

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Haven’s Presthaven Beach Resort boasts a sandy beach just a short walk away, not to mention there’s plenty of pretty countryside to explore.

The site has a large pool complex, pottery activities, an aerial adventure and evening entertainment.

Activities range from water games in the indoor pool to rock climbing, to adventure golf and segway adventures.

How much? You can get four-night breaks in August from £479 per family, based on two-bedroom accommodation. Click here to book .

 

3. Castle Ward Georgian Mansion, Northern Ireland

Family walking in the grounds at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland.

Castle Ward Georgian mansion, which served as one of Game of Thrones’ filming locations, has more than 800 acres of grounds to explore and pitches for tents and caravans, as well as luxurious camping pods.

The National Trust site near Strangford, County Down has lots of family activities including archery, laser clay pigeon shooting and kayaking on Strangford Lough.

How much? Standard pods from £40 per night. Click here to book .

4. Alton Towers Stargazing Pods

Alton Towers is launching new Stargazing Pods

If a theme park break has been on the cards, why not combine it with a camping trip?

Alton Towers Resort has opened brand new Stargazing Pods which can sleep up to four people, with each cabin offering one double and two single beds.

The pods have heating, charging points and WiFi, as well as under-bed storage and a small terrace.

The site offers a communal block with toilets, accessible showers and baby changing facilities, as well as a dedicated children’s play area and telescopes for stargazing.

Oh, and there are plenty of extra perks including early entry to the theme park!

How much? Prices from £88 per night off-peak and £123 in peak season. Click here to book.

5. Woodovis Park, Devon

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Woodovis Park near Tavistock is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Dartmoor. It is an ideal base for exploring the moorlands, visiting the Eden Project and days on the beach.

There are holiday homes, cottages, camping pods and tent pitches.

Activities include water walking – bobbing around in a giant see-through ball – in the indoor pool, archery, a children’s play area, table tennis, a games room and a pétanque court.

How much? Prices from £39 in high season based on a grass pitch, two adults. Click here for more information and to book .

 

6. Camping and Caravanning Club site, Sandringham Estate

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You’ll be staying on the site of one of the Queen’s royal residences when you camp at the Camping and Caravanning Club site on the Sandringham Estate.

While you’re there, explore the gardens and woodlands of the royal estate, drop into the visitor centre and visit the museum of royal memorabilia and vehicles. The site is also handy for beaches and nature reserves.

Many of the pitches are set in secluded areas and there are wash blocks, a family shower room, washing machines, a children’s play area, wifi and a parent and baby room.

How much? Prices range from £8.65-£14.55 a night. Click here for more information .

7. Herding Hill Farm, Northumberland

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Herding Hill Farm is a five-star site with fun and luxurious wooden wigwams in Haltwhistle, not far from Hadrian’s Wall.

It’s ideal for young families with a playground and petting farm with alpacas, donkeys, a miniature Shetland pony and sheep.

The amenities block has underfloor heating, a sauna and a family shower room. For days out there’s Vindolanda Roman fort archaeological site, three miles away.

How much? Prices start from £24 a night for a grass pitch, two people. Find out more here .

8. Under the Ash, Wales

Paint your wagon Under the Ash in Powys, Wales
Paint your wagon Under the Ash in Powys, Wales

This wagon, once used on the festival circuit, now has a permanent home on the edge of a field with views that stretch for miles.

Built for fairground workers, it still has its original fitted furniture, including a tidy little kitchen, and it sleeps two people.

It’s close to Under the Oak, a converted railway wagon. The two share a compost loo and shower. Available through Canopy & Stars.

How much? Two-night breaks start from £196, based on a wagon for two. Click here to book .

9. Port Lympne, Kent

Go wild on a safari in deepest, darkest Kent
Go wild on a safari in deepest, darkest Kent

Go on safari… in deepest Kent. Bear Lodge at the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is perfectly set up for junior explorers to imagine they’ve been whisked off to Africa.

They’ll see bears, lions and tigers by day then hear them at night. The tents are luxurious, with wood-burning stoves, private toilets and showers. Sleeps up to eight.

How much? Midweek stays start from £210 per night. Click here to book .

10. The Cotswold Farm Park Caravan and Camp Site

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If your kids love farm animals, book a stay at The Cotswold Farm Park Caravan and Camp Site, on a working farm with rare-breed cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys and ponies.

There are activities and shows throughout the year, from milking demonstrations to a chance to watch sheep-shearing.

The site has a play area, a café serving homemade cakes, lunches and snacks, and a wildlife walk which takes in a Bronze Age burial ground.

How much? Three-night stays from £118.50 in August, minimum stays of two nights. Click here to book.

11. Compton Farm, Isle of Wight

Step back in time at a farm on the Isle of Wight
Step back in time at a farm on the Isle of Wight

Some families have been coming to this campsite for more than 30 years. Pure Enid Blyton, it’s set on a working farm where kids can play on old tractors and collect freshly laid eggs.

There’s a safe, shallow sandy beach within walking distance.

The facilities aren’t particularly luxurious, but there is a shower block and a small laundry room, as well as a washing-up area. Above all this is a small campsite in a great area that never feels crowded.

How much? Three-night stays from £27 per adult in July. Click here to book.

12. Glenbrittle Campsite, Isle of Skye

Stay in the grounds of Dunvegan Castle, Skye
Stay in the grounds of Dunvegan Castle, Skye

In the grounds of Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the MacLeod clan on the Isle of Skye, this is a true Monarch of the Glen camping experience that’s raved about in the new Cool Camping book.

There’s nature in abundance, from a private stretch of beach, a collection of streams known as the Fairy Pools and, above all, plenty of space to pitch a tent.

Facilities are good, including eight hard stands with electric hook-ups and a shop selling fresh food and camping equipment.

How much? Adult prices from £10 per night, children from £7 per night – but it’s worth noting they don’t do online or advance bookings. Click here for more information .

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