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How do you find a cheap campsite?

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ChristmasZombie Tue 09-Aug-16 09:11:36

I've finally convinced DH to give camping a try but I'm struggling to find a campsite that backs up my claim that camping is a cheap holiday! We're looking to go either April or May next year, after a site with some things to help entertain the children (playground ideally, and a pool would be a bonus but certainly not essential), and don't need EHU. The cheapest I've found is £28 per person, per night! Is this the norm? I'm sure I've seen people on MN mention sites charging £15 per pitch per night, or even less. Am I fighting a losing battle here?

happy2bhomely Tue 09-Aug-16 09:23:39

Where are you looking? I've never seen a campsite quote anywhere near £28pppn!

Most of the ones I've seen/been to have been around £10 per adult and 5 per child per night. The most recent one I've looked at was £40 per night for a 6 man tent.

Oblomov16 Tue 09-Aug-16 09:38:43

Presumably it is France you are looking at?

We pay £30 per night for a family of 4, in the UK.

CatherineDeB Tue 09-Aug-16 09:39:14

To get sites that are £15-20 a night you will be camping in a farmers field type site.

Loo and shower/washing up sink and a pitch generally.

If you are looking at swish playgrounds and swimming pools then yes, you will be looking at £20 upwards per person.

C&CC Certificated sites are fairly good value.

EskSmith Tue 09-Aug-16 09:41:42

Are you sure it's not £28 per night? That's about normal for a site with good facilities. If you are not bothered about facilities camping and caravanning sites can be good, we've paid £11 per night for a family of 4.

roseteapot101 Tue 09-Aug-16 09:43:20

its generally that price in half term or peak times but even worst for a hotel or holiday rental.I think i paid £250 for a week camping in cornwall with pool/on site beach

Unfortunately its cheaper than a caravan,holiday home or hotel so if we want to go away its all we can afford

PinkyPlumet Tue 09-Aug-16 09:43:59

What?! We usually pay around £20 per up night!

ChristmasZombie Tue 09-Aug-16 11:19:08

Not France, although that's the plan eventually. Warwickshire and Gloucestershire sites. We're in Birmingham and don't want to have to drive too far.
Can anyone recommend a decent but cheap site within a three hour drive of Birmingham, please? Thanks!

KingsHeathen Tue 09-Aug-16 11:28:54

Was it Kingsbury water park you were looking at? Within 3 hours, there's a lovely little campsite in Romsley (Clent) run by the caravan club, but there aren't many facilities.
We go down to Forest of Dean, which is a fantastic site. Travel is usually okay. Also mid Wales has lots of nice sites.

Wolfiefan Tue 09-Aug-16 11:37:50

Tudor Caravan Park in Slimbridge? Short walk from WWT. Cattle country very close. £20 max without ehu (depends on time of year.)

Thumbcat Tue 09-Aug-16 12:18:10

If you go to the ukcampsite website you can do a campsite search around a specific area. I doubt you'll find anything else as expensive as that!

redhat Tue 09-Aug-16 12:19:40

You're reading it wrong. Its 28 per night not pp per night

JumpingGerbils Tue 09-Aug-16 12:29:49

Not sure if it's too far away, but the opposite direction to Glocs, we camped at Grange Leisure Park in Mablethorpe a few years ago. It's a large site, with private statics and a couple of tourer fields. There isn't a pool but there is a play area, a sports court and a bar. We paid £17 per night for our tent (with EHU) and 4 of us, although it was 3 years ago. I have family who go every year and love it.

As pps have suggested, we also have used C&CC CSs, and only paid £10 - £15 pn.

ChristmasZombie Tue 09-Aug-16 13:13:41

Redhat, definitely not reading it wrong; I phoned up to check! It was Whitemead Forest Park. £28pp pn, £14 for children, under 2s free. And that was using my dad's discount as a member of the professional organisation who own the park! £70 per night for the four of us!

Will have a look at some of the suggested sites. Thank you.

Have also found Riddings Wood Caravan and Camping site, which looks pretty good and is £36 for all four of us for two nights in June, at the end of half term. It's only about 80 minutes drive, too. Anyone been here?

ChristmasZombie Tue 09-Aug-16 13:16:06

I've just reread my OP and realised I said that the £28 one was the cheapest! Obviously it wasn't, it was actually the most expensive, but the others I looked at were all similarly priced. Apologies for my misleading post!

CatherineDeB Tue 09-Aug-16 13:30:29

How long would it take you to get to the Peaks?

Upper booth is nice, so is Field Head.

No play park but a stream and plenty of room to play. Neither expensive.

We are going in a minute and are paying £17.50 per night for three plus a dog, walking distance to Robin Hoods bay.

Berthatydfil Tue 09-Aug-16 13:46:38

Whitemead isn't cheap but you have more facilities on site than your bog standard site so it's not much of a comparator

redhat Tue 09-Aug-16 14:02:36

I think its because that one is more of a holiday park.

Ive booked two in wales today, on the beach for £30 per night (for four of us) and one in the midlands for £28 for a night (for four of us) so the prices you are looking at are not representative.

JustHappy3 Tue 09-Aug-16 22:02:14

Umberslade Farm have camping - with access to the farm park (animals, playground etc).

AnnPerkins Wed 10-Aug-16 09:27:40

If you want cheap and good location there's Stratford racecourse. £14 per night. Facilities are clean and handy for the stables and grandstand wink

There's no playground but loads of space for kids to ride bikes, DS loved it. And it's linked by greenway to the town - about 10 minutes by bike.

Also only 10 miles from Warwick Castle. You can spend what you save on entry to that.

Berthatydfil Thu 11-Aug-16 10:30:49

Go on uk campsite's talk forum also you could join one if the camping/caravaning clubs I think you get a directory of sites and member preferential booking rates.

Elefant1 Thu 11-Aug-16 13:44:32

Whitemead is expensive, have you looked at Braceland campsite also in the forest of dean, it used to be good but not been there for years. This is a lovely site also in the forest though the facilities are a bit basic at the moment very friendly and relaxed

TiggyOBE Thu 11-Aug-16 21:20:22

Just found one that charges £5 per night.

They have a tap.

Milliways Thu 11-Aug-16 22:39:09

If you are avoiding main school holidays join ACSI. You can then stay at somewhere lovely for a great deal. Eg Cotswold View here is €19/ night for 2 adults including electric and it has so much for kids to do onsite. With the exchange rate when we went cost us just over £16.
ACSI don't have many UK sites, but we joined for the cheap French sites and these were the bonus for weekends away.

beancounting Fri 12-Aug-16 22:26:07

Our first foray into family camping earlier this year was to Rowlestone Court, just off the Hereford to Abergavenny road and about 1.5 hours drive from South Birmingham. It's on a dairy farm which makes its own ice cream (there is an ice cream parlour on site!) and the toilets and shower facilities were spotless although the site itself is just a field (not that level but pretty views). There is a great play area in the corner of the camping field (so you can supervise the children from the comfort of your camping chair) and also a woodland play area with zip wire etc. it cost £16 per night for our family of four.

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