Now the summer has finally arrived it’s time to start thinking of enjoying our great outdoors and with those nasty effects of the economic downturn still playing havoc no doubt we’ll be looking at exploring our own shores rather than heading abroad. Not that this is anything to be disappointed about – try a classic family camping trip and enjoy some of the UK’s finest sights!
Little Dewchurch, Herefordshire
This is definitely one for the families and little ones will love the accommodation – you’ll be sleeping in wigwams! There’s plenty to keep the kids amused including fenced woodland – great for explorers as well as bike tracks, sandpits and swings. See www.woodlandtipis.co.uk for more details.
Head over to Wales for great access to Snowdonia and to a site run by Eurocamp, a company used to tailoring for European destinations, so you know you’re in for a treat. Kids will love the ranger led trips and activities, which also means parents get a break and time to themselves, without worrying about the kids getting lost. See www.eurocamp.co.uk for more details.
Hollings Hill Farm, Herefordshire
If you fancy getting back to nature, how does staying on a working dairy farm sound? You can hire spacious tents which have double beds, bunk beds, a cooking stove, tables, chairs etc. The campsite is pet friendly so bring them along for the ride and the site has loads of nice touches like a smoke barrel to smoke your own meat or fish, freshly laid eggs and even an outdoor hot water tub to soak under the stars. See www.featherdown.co.uk for more details.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall
This is the original camping site with tepees and has giant tepees that are 18ft high so you don’t need to worry about being cramped. The tepees are equipped with kitchen equipment, cool box, camping stove, rugs and lanterns so you just need to bring your own sleeping bags. There’s a gorgeous blue lake in the centre of the site in Tregildran’s quarry where you can swim or fish. For more information see www.cornishtipiholidays.co.uk
Britchcombe Farm, Oxfordshire
For those in need of wide open spaces and a little bit of magic, this site is based just below the chalk White Horse at Uffington and there are loads of lovely fields and woods to explore – this is proper camping at its best and one of the prettiest places in Oxfordshire. Call 01367 820667 for more details.
If you’ve always wanted to go on safari but can’t quite afford it this year then the Livingston Safari Lodge based in the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is the next best thing. There’s luxury safari tents on site or wooden huts with hot showers and private verandas where you can enjoy views over the park which is home to some serious wildlife including Siberian tigers, African elephants and black rhinos. See www.totallywild.net/portlympne for more details.
If you’re in need to stock up on camping essentials then check out the outdoor store here at Littlewoods.com and make sure you’re not caught short out in the UK wilderness!