Camping is a cost-effective, fun way to enjoy a family holiday. And if you’ve shied away from this type of break in the past for fear of mud, outside loos and cooking on a one-ring stove, then think again
Campsites have moved on offering family and dare we say, diva friendly, options. In fact, with the current economic climate, camping has never been so fashionable, and with ‘glamping’ is a buzz word in today’s world!
At a glance
- Most camp sites have great facilities
- Safety is really important especially when it comes to barbequeues
- There are loads of great activities to take part in on this type of holiday
Many campsites today offer clean showers, on-site laundry and loos within a resort or ‘clubhouse’ where you’ll also find children’s entertainment – check this before you book. Some also offer babysitting facilities to give you a little bit of alone time with your partner as well as stuff for teens such as pool and table tennis tables. Many family centric sites also have a policy of minimising the number of same sex groups in one area as well as a policy on music after a certain time meaning you won’t get rowdiness or too much noise in the evenings.
With all of this covered all you need to do is pack that tent, the food and of course your little ones!
Passports and Visas
You won’t need to worry about travel documents with this type of holiday.
Health and safety
Check out where the first aid help is when you arrive with many campsites offering first aid supplies, and details of the nearest doctor and hospital. Although a BBQ is a key part of any camping holiday make sure you light it in an open area and keep children well away. Never use your BBQ as a way to warm you or your family up and make sure it’s fully extinguished when you’re done with the cooking.
When to go
While many UK holidays can be taken at any time of the year, camping novices or those worried about the mud should pick the summer months, although we all know what the British weather can be like so prepare for some rain! If you’re booking for peak season make sure you reserve your plot and book babysitting well in advance as sites get very busy.
Things to do
There are many campsites near some of the UK’s top seaside resorts, which is great for taking in the beach atmosphere. Others are located around the UK so pick a countryside spot or one near the Lakes to experience some of the UK’s prettiest scenery. If you’ve picked a site that’s relatively quiet, take advantage and spend time playing outside with the children or reading books around the fire. Many sites are also close to fishing lakes so set a date for night-time fishing, which is great fun and something different. Your little ones may fall asleep but it’s a perfect excuse to get cosy under a blanket with your partner and look at the stars.