Top 10 UK sites for family camping holidays

Unsure where to pitch your tent this year? Here are the campsites Mumsnetters love.

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Space, tranquillity and freshly baked pizzas

Thistledown Farm - near Stroud, Gloucestershire

"Woodland aplenty, streams, rope swings, campfires, a shop selling local produce - even a hide for badger-watching. It all backs onto National Trust woodland, with lakes and a cool house (Woodchester Park)."


Honesty shop, free kayaking and <swoon> sparkling loos

Fforest Fields - Builth Wells, Wales

"There is something for everyone here; little stream-side pitches or more open spaces, a gorgeous lake for swimming, the loveliest of owners and <shudders with joy> bathroom blocks that are marvellous beyond words. Logs, phone charging, all that important stuff - as well as the feel of a small site."


Resident chickens, opposite a pub and washing machines on site

Gwithian Farm - Cornwall

"Lovely, quiet, friendly vibe, clean and comfy facilities - and great beaches within a few minutes' walk."


Chilled seaside camping on the south coast

Hook Farm - Lyme Regis, Dorset

"Really friendly, fairly quiet - and there's a really nice walk down into Lyme Regis, where we can sit on the beach and enjoy all the usual seaside treats whilst the kids get blown away!"


Suitable for tots to teens, rain or shine

Trevornick - Newquay, Cornwall

"We stayed here last summer and will definitely be returning again this year. The whole campsite was really well-kept and there is lots for the children to do. It's a short walk to the beach, and everyone is really friendly - all in all, a wonderful place."


Camp fires and homemade cakes in Lorna Doone country

Cloud Farm - Lynton, North Devon

"Great facilities, a stream running through the site, great walks without needing the car and a fab shop with yummy homemade cakes on site."


Take a dip in the outdoor pool or day trips a plenty

Heathland Beach - Kessingland, Suffolk

"Lovely place, very clean. Really good facilities and right by a fantastic, empty beach."


Location, location, location

Glenmore Camping - Aviemore, Scotland

"Great access to the mountains: take the funicular up Cairngorm with the little ones or set off on a great trek for bigger adventurers. There is also plenty of forest to wander around, a beach on the loch and a play area tucked away in the woodland."


Sea-views and sunsets – plus a decent chippy just a walk away

Henry's Campsite - The Lizard, Cornwall

"Last time we were there we saw bats flying above our heads on the first night. Second night there was an epic thunderstorm; we watched it over the sea for two hours - amazing. You are within walking distance of Lizard Point, Kynance Cove, and loads of other beautiful places."


'Toilet facilities? Here's a spade' - wild camping for old schoolers

Brockwell Woods - Tyne and Wear 

"Back to basics; the only facilities are a tap for water and lots of wood for fires. But it's camping as it (in my humble opinion) should be - and the kids love it." (No website! Tel: 0191 414 2025)


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