Campsites with availability for summer 2021

30 UK campsites with availability for summer 2021

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WALES

 

Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen, Gower

The dramatic clifftop location is a huge selling point for this family-run campsite on the south side of the Gower peninsula. It is right on the Wales Coast Path, and a short stroll from the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay. Guests can choose between sea-view or (cheaper) countryside-view pitches, for tents, caravans or campervans. There are also sea-view bell tents and inland yurts (both sleeping five). The shower block is particularly impressive, with power showers, LED lighting and underfloor heating … Even the dog-washing points have warm water. The shop is also well stocked, with local bread, meat, beer and wine; and guests can order hampers, and rent picnic tables and firepits. The campsite was started in 1948 on North Hill Farm, which dates back five generations, and is still run by the Beynon family.
• Camping £29.50 a night for a family of up to 5, glamping £454 for three nights, threecliffsbay.com

Top of the Woods, Pembrokeshire

Friendly pigs at Top of the Woods Eco Camping amp; Glamping Pembrokeshire
 Photograph: Claire Hunter
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“Eco luxury” is the vibe at this site on a 27-acre farm. Campers can pitch their tents in the four-acre wildflower meadow, while glampers can choose from safari lodges, nature domes or pioneer camps; there is also one pitch for a campervan. The farm courtyard is the social hub, with a huge Dutch barn, campfire and wet-room showers. Breakfast is served in the barn at weekends, as is a stew supper on Fridays and barbecues on Saturdays. There are pop-up food stalls during the summer holidays and a fishmonger comes every Wednesday. Campers can help feed the site’s three kunekune pigs, walk to the secret waterfall in the woods for a swim, and take yoga classes in the barn. The owners also run glamping activity weekend breaks several times a year, from “wild gin” foraging to canoe treks and paddleboarding safaris.
• Camping £16/£8 a night adult/child, campervans £20/10, dogs free, five-metre bell tents for hire at £30 a night, glamping from £100 a night for 4, topofthewoods.co.uk

Candleston Campsite, near Bridgend

Candleston Campsite near Bridgend
 Photograph: Southern Wales Tourism

Candleston is a woodland site on the edge of the Merthyr Mawr Warren national nature reserve, which is home to the highest sand dune in Wales. The 15-acre site has 10 bell tents, plus two camp kitchens with wood-fired pizza ovens, a barn housing the showers, toilets and a dining area, and a central firepit. There are regular acoustic music sessions, film nights, pop-up food evenings and a bar serving Welsh ales and ciders. Prices include a simple breakfast (homemade granola, local eggs). The woodland has lots of walking trails and is bordered by the River Ogwr, which flows through the dunes to the sea – about a 20-minute walk. The nature reserve is a habitat for rare butterflies, reptiles and orchids.
• From £100 a night for up to 4 (three-night minimum), woodsanddunes.co.uk

Treberfedd Farm, Ceredigion

Treberfedd Farm, Ceredigon (Wales)
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Over the past 11 years, the owners of Treberfedd Farm have switched to organic farming, a process that has included planting more than 15,000 trees, restoring wildflower meadows and managing hedgerows and field margins to provide habitats for wildlife. They have also branched out into holiday accommodation. There are now eight camping pitches in a raised paddock with great views over the green and gentle Aeron valley. Elsewhere on the farm are four holiday cottages, an Edwardian horse-drawn caravan and two octagonal eco-cabins, one with a wood-fired hot tub. There is a farm trail to follow, a pizza and pingpong shed, playground and a games barn. Guests can buy the farm’s own beef and lamb at reception. It is a 20-minute drive to the beaches of Cardigan Bay.
• Pitches from £35 a night for up to 4 in summer, wooden caravan £75 a night for 2, cabins for 2 adults and 2 children from £900 a week in July, treberfedd.co.uk

SCOTLAND

Sands Caravan and Camping Park, near Gairloch, Wester Ross

Sands Caravan and Camping
 Photograph: Doug Lapsley

Right on a sandy beach three miles from the crofting village of Gairloch, this site has wide-open views of the sea and the Isle of Skye. Choose from gentle walks exploring the coast and archaeological trail, or exhilarating hikes in the Torridon mountains (about an hour’s drive away). Bikes can be hired, as well as kayaks – with dolphins, porpoises and seals among wildlife to look out for – and there’s fishing in the estate’s loch and river. Well-kept facilities include a shop, indoor cooking and eating areas and a games/TV room.
• £22 for tent, car and 2 adults, child £3, sandscaravanandcamping.co.uk

Greenhillock Glamping, near Dundee

Greenhillock
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A five-acre car-free site with just 25 pitches and a few bell tents, Greenhillock is a family favourite, with plenty of space (though there is an adults-only area too). There are nature trails among wild grasses, woodlands, a pond (great for insect inspecting – with basic scientific equipment available), a den building space and an “art shack”. Campfires are allowed and it’s all very eco-friendly, with compost toilets and solar showers. Just outside the village of Kirkbuddo, it makes a good base for exploring this pretty corner of eastern Scotland, with great walking and cycling on the doorstep, and the Cairngorms national park less than an hour away. The city of Dundee and the medieval port town of Arbroath – a must for fresh seafood – are a short drive south.
• Camping £24 a night for 2 adults, additional adult/child £8/£6, bell tents £70 a night for 2 (two-night minimum), greenglamping.co.uk

Drymen Camping, Stirlingshire

Drymen Camping Cool Camping

This back-to-basics campsite is the first overnight stop for walkers tackling the 96-mile West Highland Way from Milngavie (just outside Glasgow) to Fort William. The tree-dotted field has 30 tent pitches, four glamping pods and space for a few campervans, plus hot showers and proper toilets. The site is also on National Cycle Route 7, near the Rob Roy Way and the John Muir Way, and within Loch Lomond the Trossachs national park. The small town of Drymen is about a mile away, and has a couple of pubs and hotel restaurants.
• Grass pitch from £18 for 2, extra adult/child £9/£7; “kocoon” pods from £20 for two, coolcamping.com

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site, Dumfries and Galloway

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site
 Photograph: Robyn Edge Photography
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The only campsite within the 300-square-mile Galloway forest park, Glentrool makes a quiet, picturesque base for exploring south-west Scotland. Campers might enjoy hikes around lochs or in the Galloway Hills, ride mountain bikes on the 7Stanes trails or go birdwatching in nearby Cree nature reserve by day and spend the nights stargazing (Galloway was the UK’s first dark sky park). There’s plenty of space for tents and caravans, a pond, a campfire spot, Shetland ponies and a small shop. The site is close to the Southern Upland Way too, for those walking the coast-to-coast route.
• Tent pitch £7 plus £4pp (over-6s), vehicle £2, pet £2, glentroolcampingandcaravansite.co.uk

NORTHERN IRELAND
Crom Campsite, near Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh

Camping at Crom, County Fermanagh
 Photograph: Chris Lacey/National Trust Images/Chris Lac

Crom is one of two National Trust campsites in Northern Ireland (the other is Castle Ward in County Down). The 2,000-acre Crom estate is a nature reserve on the shores of the Upper Loch Erne, with islands, ancient woodlands (including a conjoined pair of yew trees) and a ruined castle. It is home to rare species such as pine martens, red squirrels and otters. The campsite has 19 tent pitches and five glamping pods, plus a tearoom, a small shop and a communal campfire. The small village of Newtownbutler is three miles away and the nearest town is Enniskillen, 18 miles away.
• Pitches from £14 a night for one then £8/£4 each an additional adult/child, pods sleep 2 adults and 3 children, £65 a night, dogs £1.50, nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays

Swanns Bridge Glamping, County Derry

Benone Beach.
Benone Beach. Photograph: Colin Majury/Alamy
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For a back-to-nature stay with creature comforts, Swanns Bridge is a good choice. At the foot of Binevenagh mountain, on the banks of the River Roe, it’s surrounded by impressive scenery – and 10 minutes from seven-mile-long Benone beach, a Game of Thrones location. There’s a choice of furnished yurts, bell tents and cabins – which come with real beds, towels and linen, so guests can travel light – plus limited space for caravans and motorhomes. Facilities are smart and clean and logs are provided for barbecues and fire pits. The team can arrange kayaking, surfing and other water sports on the river or sea.
• Cabins sleep 2 from £75 a night, yurts sleep 2 from £90, bell tents sleep 4 from £95 (minimum two nights at weekends), swannsbridge.com

ENGLAND

South-west

Tintagel Duck Farm, Cornwall

Rocky coastline near Tintagel
A view of the coastline near Tintagel. Photograph: AL Hedderly/Getty Images

The couple who own this rare-breed duck farm just outside Tintagel have set aside their top field for campers this August. That means a simple stay with spacious pitches, sea views – and visits from their attractive silver appleyard ducks. Those who can bear to eat these feathered friends can buy duck burgers, wraps, pizzas and noodles from the on-site Duck Truck. Tintagel, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, now has a dramatic new footbridge, and on the beach below, at low tide, Merlin’s cave can be explored. The campsite makes an affordable base for exploring the north Cornwall coast, with Port Isaac and Bude less than half an hour’s drive, and Padstow 45 minutes away. As well as tackling the South West Coast Path, walkers can explore nearby Bodmin Moor.
• £20 a night for 2, open August only, pitchup.com

The Wave, Bristol

The Wave Bristol
 Photograph: TomGPhoto
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Bristol’s inland surfing spot, The Wave, had planned to open its new glamping option last year – but is now taking bookings from May (and may open earlier, if restrictions allow). The 75-acre site, on the outskirts of the city, will have 25 safari tents, each sleeping eight. At its heart lies the surfing lake, with equipment hire and lessons available for all levels, and there’s a clubhouse with cafe, restaurant, plenty of outdoor seating and wildflower meadows.
• Tents for up to 8 cost £200 in summer and £150 in May/June (two-night minimum stay in week, three at weekends). The website will be live for bookings from 16 February, stay.thewave.com

Eweleaze Farm, near Weymouth, Dorset

Eweleaze Campsite

The extremely popular Eweleaze Farm campsite in Osmington and its nearby sister farms Shortlake and Northdown are all opening for eight weeks this summer instead of the usual four (5 July-30 August). There is still some availability but it’s booking fast. A favourite with families, the sites are close to the farm’s private beach and have well-stocked farm shops, as well as on-site activities such as yoga and meditation, and animal grooming. The beach is also good for fossil hunters. Right on the South West Coast path, it’s the perfect spot for walkers too. Furnished bell tents for four are available at all three sites (for the first time this year at Shortlake and Northside), though they are rather pricey.
• £10 a night adult, £5 child (double that on Fri and Sat night), dogs £3, cars £15 per stay, eweleaze.co.uk

Hideaway Camping, near Okehampton, Devon

Hideaway Camping, near Okehampton, Devon
 Photograph: Martin Rogers
 

Children will love this magical site spread over 24 diverse acres: there are tree swings and a fairy glade in the woods; a stream and a pond with a nature trail; a hammock garden and picnic area; and resident pigs. Nine camping pitches are spaced across a four-acre field, each with its own fire pit, plus there is a communal firepit at “Hideaway Henge”. A communal space has showers, toilets, a kitchen and a kids’ corner with books and games. Glamping options include a Gypsy caravan, a shepherd’s hut, an Airstream and two igloos. There is also a therapy room for massages and other treatments. The private track to the campsite meets a bridleway for walks through north-west Devon’s rural “Ruby Country”, and guests can also cycle to Meldon reservoir, a local beauty spot. The market town of Okehampton is a 15-minute drive away.
• Camping £10 a night plus £4/£2 per adult/child, under-5s free, glamping pods sleeping 5 from £80 a night, hostunusual.com

Cornish Tipi Holidays, near Port Isaac

Cornish Tipi Holidays

Set in 20 acres of woodland with a spring-fed lake, Cornish Tipi Holidays offers an off-grid back-to-nature getaway a 10-minute drive from Port Isaac. Campers can sleep in a tipi or bring their own tent or campervan – to pitch either in communal meadows or a secluded private spot. Paths wind through forests and wildflower fields to the lake in the old Tregildrans quarry – perfect for lazy days swimming, fishing and boating, or just watching swallows and dragonflies skimming the water. There’s a cafe, campfires are allowed, and there’s plenty of adventure on the doorstep, including some of the county’s best surfing beaches and coastal walks.
• Tipis come in two sizes (sleeping 3 or 6) from £345 for three nights (for tipis sleeping 3) in the Village Field, camping from £20/£10 a night for adult/child, cornishtipiholidays.co.uk

East and south-east

Camp Elwood, Holkham, Norfolk


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