The Best Family-Friendly Campsites in the UK
Camping is great fun, but when you are going camping with kids, you need to make sure that you are staying somewhere safe with plenty to do to keep them entertained. Whether you're planning on staying local or travelling further afield, there are plenty of great family run campsites in the UK that are just bursting with open spaces, delicious ice creams and packed with family fun. From small farms and woodland escapes to big adventure parks, there is something for everyone.
In this article, we will share our favourite family-friendly campsites in the UK for camping, touring, glamping and even self-catering lodges so you are sure to find something you'll love.
Campsie Glen Holiday Park, Fintry
With a heated swimming pool, indoor hot tub, kids pool, outdoor play area and a games room, there is plenty of family fun just waiting for you at Campsie Glen Holiday Park. Cot and high chair hire is available and there are also heated toilet and shower rooms and on-site laundry. Ideally located in central Scotland, this campsite is close to Doune and Stirling Castle so you can enjoy an exciting day out. You will also be within easy reach of Blair Drummond Safari Park, Briarlands Farm and Drumbrae Riding Centre as well as lots of local restaurants.
Balloch O'Dee Campsite, Kirkcowan
Just 10 miles away from Galloway Forest Park, Balloch O'Dee Campsite offers stunning views and is just a stone's throw away from the 6th best beach in Scotland, Stairhaven. Choose from traditional camping with or without electric hook-up or stay in a vintage caravan, hut or cabin for a traditional countryside adventure. This site has a relaxed vibe so it's perfect if you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet. You'll also be joined by the resident farm animals who roam free throughout the site so be sure to make friends with the Shetland ponies!
Herding Hill Farm, Haltwhistle, Northumberland
Home to an animal petting farm and outdoor children's play area, this campsite is both family and dog friendly, so you don't have to leave anyone behind. Herding Hill Farm campsite boasts an award-winning luxury amenities building with heated flooring, baths, toilets and a shower suite. On-site, you'll also find a licensed shop and BBQ hut which is a great place for families to get together and cook. Perfect for campers and touring caravans, there are also luxury lodges on-site and the dark Northumberland sky makes this a great place to stargaze. If you're looking for a historic day out, it's within walking distance from Hadrian's Wall.
Hill of Oaks, Windermere, Lake District
Have a taste of luxury at a stunning family campsite on the banks of Lake Windermere. If you want to be in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Hill of Oaks is the perfect base for exploring by foot, bike or boat. Touring caravans and motorhomes are welcome or you can stay in a safari tent, glamping pod or self-catering accommodation on site. There is some dog-friendly accommodation available, including a dog park, as well as boat launching facilities for holiday homeowners. This is a great place to stay if you love water sports so you can make use of the slipways to launch canoes, kayaks, inflatables and paddleboards.
Tyddyn Isaf, Anglesey, North Wales
Look no further for the perfect seaside getaway. With a private footpath heading from the campsite, straight to Lligwy beach, you really can't get much closer to the sea. This is the perfect spot for kids to play in the water with gently shelving sand so it's great for paddling and is also a large, sheltered area with plenty of space. On the Tyddyn Isaf campsite, there is a takeaway, convenience shop, a children's play area, toilet, shower and laundry facilities as well as on-site security.
Quay West Holiday Park, New Quay, South Wales
There's a lot to love at Quay West Holiday Park. With a range of caravans to choose from, there is accommodation to suit every budget. Dine-in one of the on-site restaurants and enjoy live performances at the evening entertainment venue. During the day, there is plenty to keep you busy. No matter the weather, you can head to the indoor or outdoor swimming pool, get crafty at the Pic 'n' Paint Studio or satisfy adrenaline junkies with an aerial adventure or zip wire. For a more relaxed family day, head to the Fantasy Farm Park Petting Zoo, have a round of crazy golf or take a relaxing woodland nature walk.
Bosworth Water Park, Warwickshire
Open all year long for a day visit or a holiday, Bosworth Water Park is couples and family-only campsite. With both electric and non-electric pitches, individual family toilet and shower units and a cafe and bar on-site, there is everything you need. As a park guest, you'll get full access to fishing, make sandcastles along the beaches and enjoy play areas and the park grounds after hours. The 50-acre lake is the perfect place to try water sports like sailing, canoeing or hiring a pedalo. If you're after a more relaxing time, enjoy a walk with your dog, have a picnic or relax with a book.
Wild Boar Wood Campsite, Haywards Heath, Sussex
Go back to basics and enjoy the simplicity of the great outdoors. Wild Boar Wood Campsite is a great place to introduce your kids to an exciting, rustic camping experience. Build a campfire, cook outdoors, make a den, hunt for bugs, go bird watching and enjoy fun games like scavenger hunts and while it might not usually be the most exciting activity, you can enjoy a unique bucket shower outdoors. Spend the evening around a communal fire pit and enjoy going completely off-grid for this exciting woodland adventure.
River Dart Country Park, Dartmoor, Devon
Embark on the ultimate family adventure holiday at River Dart Country Park, one of Devon's best local attractions. You'll find all of your usual camping facilities like toilets, showers, laundry facilities, an electric hook up and a cafe and restaurant. But, you can also enjoy adventure playgrounds, ropes, obstacle & assault courses, play forts, zip wires, bike park, dampool, pirate ship, lake obstacles and so much more as part of your stay. If you're looking for some added adventure, try the daredevil activities including canoeing, high ropes course, mega zip wire, kayaking, climbing and caving.
So, book your next camping trip now and start preparing for your family adventure. If you're new to camping, check out our camping checklist and ultimate camping and caravanning cookbook to help you whip up some tasty meals. Make space for all of your camping equipment with a roof box or find the right towbar for your car so you can make extra room with a trailer. If your family loves cycling, don't forget to secure your bike rack so you can enjoy some great family bike rides while you are away. Wherever you choose to stay, we're sure you'll have a great camping trip.