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“My tent doesn’t look like much but, as an estate agent might say, “It is air-conditioned and has exceptional location.”

― Fennel Hudson, A Waterside Year


Fresh air, fun and freedom...there are many benefits to being outdoors and enjoying the countryside. Here are 12 reasons why we love camping and why it makes a terrific holiday option:

  1. Being outdoors is good for us all in many ways.
    Most of us spend way too much time indoors…but now you are outside take a big deep breath.  Fresh air has health benefits, it can improve our blood pressure, it can aid our digestion, it can even boost the immune system and of course our brains function better with increased levels of oxygen which releases serotonin and makes us feel happier and less stressed.  A dose of fresh air can be one of the best ways to clear your mind before focussing on returning to work and school.

  2. Make time to get away from it all.
    Work can wait till Monday. When you’re not continually checking Facebook, twitter or email you can reconnect with your family and with what is really important in that moment. Leave your iPad at home, turn off your mobile phone when you arrive at your site and take time to decompress from your busy life and career in a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil space.

  3. Enjoy sitting round a campfire or BBQ with friends and family
    We all lead busy lives at home, so when you’re on holiday, kick back and embrace the opportunity to be with your loved ones. Unwind whilst you listen to the sea lapping, a stream trickling nearby or the breeze blowing through the trees..…shhh.

  4. Camping provides us with different opportunities for exercise.
    Backpacking, swimming, fishing, playing games or going for a hike….these types of cardiovascular activity have huge benefits to the health of your heart and lungs as well as it being a great way to enjoy time with loved ones having fun and making memories.

  5. Why do you sleep so well when you’re camping?  
    Because you feel soothed and relaxed, you sleep like a log…is it the fresh air, the sounds of nature outside the tent and the incredible day you’ve filled with memorable family activities; whether you’re sleeping out under the stars or zipped into a leak proof tent, you’ll have the best night’s sleep.

  6. Try something you haven’t done before 
    Camping can bring many opportunities for exciting new challenges, meaning every camping trip can be totally different. Be sure to explore the natural surroundings of the park and investigate the activities on offer.

  7. Spontaneity is a total joy
    When you’re camping, you can escape the time pressures and commitments of daily life at home and be more relaxed about your day’s activities. Choose to go for a hike, visit a golden sandy beach, take the kids to a playground, enjoy some water sports, visit a castle or follow a nature trail…why pack up a picnic and make a day of it?

  8. Food cooked outside tastes so much better
    Having a campfire or BBQ gives you the excuse to enjoy hot dogs or burgers cooked outside.  Get creative with all your campfire cooking from breakfast through to dinner, cook your family favourites differently and open that bag of marshmallows and let the kids make s’mores - delicious!

  9. Teach your kids about nature
    ‘Leaving the campsite cleaner than when you came’ is a message that you’ll want your kids to live with their whole lives.  It is much easier to teach children the need for recycling or explain how littering is harmful to our planet when they’re standing on miles of beautiful unspoilt sandy beach or staring at acres of open woodland.

  10. You can be Bear Grylls too!
    Brush up on your outdoor skills or learn completely new ones. Show the kids how to pitch a tent or cook over an open fire, take them fishing or demonstrate how to navigate or map read.

  11. Camping can be a cheaper alternative
    Once you’ve got your camping kit, booked your pitch and bought your food, there are very few other outgoings to a camping holiday - often much cheaper than package holidays or resorts. Plus of course, you can use your kit time and again!

  12. Camping is for everyone
    Whether you’re a seasoned camper, a new-to-it glamper or a hard-core survivalist, camping can be catered to everyone’s taste for the outdoors.


Do you want to make the most out of your next break?  Camping is affordable, fun and there is enough room out there for us all - find your perfect park and then get packed up and go!

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We’ve put together the perfect park selections to help you find what you’re looking for.

  • Tanner Farm Park

    left quotesright quotesI love this site. It's set in beautiful surroundings and there are useful shops just down the road in the village, although I wouldn't touch the Chinese takeaway there with a barge pole (had food from there once and it was vile). The pitches are an excellent size and the park definitely doesn't feel crowded. All facilities are clean and well maintained.

    5 StarsAlan Smith

  • Disserth Caravan and Camping Park

    left quotesright quotesHad a lovely long weekend at Disserth this summer. The site has everything you could need and it sits in a wonderful peaceful little valley. The wildlife is amazing and we saw many red kites. We will definitely be going back next year.

    5 StarsRon Edwards

  • Westermill Farm Holidays

    left quotesright quotesWent last year, can't wait to go back. Lovely little place. Hidden gem. Tina the owner is lovely, comes to see you before you leave. It’s the perfect little retreat. Love it.

    5 StarsEllen Candlin

  • Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesAmazing campsite, really well looked after. The kids playground, river for paddling, duck pond and picturesque walks make this one of the best I've been to in the UK. Huge thanks to whoever runs this place.

    5 StarsRowan White

  • Rowlands Wait Touring Park

    left quotesright quotesWonderful site was exactly everything we look for in a site, dog friendly, children friendly nice little play area, lots of space, clean facilities. Walks from site were a bonus and in an ideal location for tourist activities. Highly recommended and were made to feel very welcome by the helpful cheery owners.

    5 StarsLinda Tyson

  • Manor Farm Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesWent last year, can't wait to go back. Lovely little place. Hidden gem. Tina the owner is lovely, comes to see you before you leave. It’s the perfect little retreat. Love it.

    5 StarsEllen Candlin

  • Loch Ken Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesA lovely family friendly campsite. I imagine it's quieter out of season but even during the bank holiday weekend the facilities were clean. Very good facilities for all, great parks for the kids, rope swing, walks and spectacular views. Site is on the loch which is lovely. Recommended.

    5 StarsMat Bailey

  • Plas Gwyn Caravan Park

    left quotesright quotesFantastic place! Home after lovely weekend, fantastic place to take the caravan for few days. Great site well looked after clean and tidy. Friendly place to stay. Close to Caernafon, Llanberis plenty to see and do, Will be going back again in the spring.

    5 StarsRachael G

  • Forest Glade Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesSuperb hidden gem of a site with just enough to keep all the family entertained while so being a good Base to explore the rest of Devon from. Friendly and helpful staff and a really enjoyable holiday.

    5 StarsJohn Cowell

  • Bingham Grange Touring & Camping Park

    left quotesright quotesJust got back from another great stay at Bingham Grange, couldn't fault a thing, food in restaurant was top class and loads of it, wonderful friendly staff and great amenities. Loved the pitch, so well maintained. See you again soon!

    5 StarsBrian and Anne Willows

  • Halse Farm Caravan & Camping Site

    left quotesright quotesThis is an excellent campsite. A friendly and informed welcome in the heart of Exmoor. The site has great facilities and stunning views. WiFi was free and provided a good signal. Don't be put off by the farm tag it's all well managed and separate from the camping area. Overall an excellent campsite and one we will visit again.

    5 StarsNathan Burden

  • Silver Sands Holiday Park

    left quotesright quotesOur favourite family holiday. We've been returning year after year, camping as a group of four families. The site is beautifully clean and tidy, nothing is too much trouble for the amazingly helpful owners and the location is perfect for exploring one of the most stunning parts of Cornwall. We love this place!

    5 StarsJo Cooper

  • Riverside Holidays

    left quotesright quotesFantastic site with beautiful surroundings and right by the river. The site is well kept and the wardens are fantastic and will always go out of their way to help you. Also a good base for exploring the south coast. We stay numerous times a year as always made to feel so welcome.

    5 StarsRachel Price

  • Polruan Holidays

    left quotesright quotesMy favourite campsite and one I return to often! Very friendly, clean and well maintained. The owners are very helpful and welcoming. I can't recommend this place enough. Wonderful spot for relaxing. Great location for walkers too. Right near the coast and across the estuary from the usually busy Fowey.

    5 StarsMatthew Batten

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