1/10 Lower Micklin Touring Park, Denstone, Staffordshire
What better place to park your motorhome than two miles from Alton Towers?
There are only 15 pitches, all with electric hook-up, and a recently built family bathroom with toilet, shower, basin and baby changing unit. Better still, buses to the popular theme park leave from the bottom of the site’s driveway.
2/10 Wing Hall, Wing, Rutland
Close to the watersports haven that is Rutland Water, this campsite is in the beautiful grounds of a stately home and is popular with families. On-site bike hire means you can tackle the three, eight or 25-mile cycle routes that have been created by Anglian Water, owners of the horseshoe-shaped reservoir. The pretty market towns of Oakham and Stamford are nearby, as is Burghley Park, home of the famous horse trials.
3/10 Treveague Farm, St Austell, Cornwall
The UK’s south-west peninsula has always been popular with families, so if you’re taking a motorhome why not stay somewhere with fabulous views of the sea? The coastal footpath passes through this site, leading you to the picturesque fishing village of Gorran Haven, which has local amenities and a safe beach for children.
More info: treveaguefarm.co.uk
4/10 Beechwood Grange Caravan Club Site, York
Situated on the north-east edge of the historic city, this campsite offers a weekend shuttle bus service that puts all of York’s fantastic family-friendly facilities at your fingertips.
The National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and Dig archaeological adventure are all within easy reach.
More info: caravanclub.co.uk
5/10 Setley Ridge Vineyard, Brockenhurst Hampshire
Growing the grapes, making the wine, bottling it and selling it all on the property, this family-run business also welcomes motorhomes to its campsite.
As it’s in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Setley Ridge also makes a great base for family days out. The National Motor Museum, the Dorset coastal resorts and Buckler’s Hard – where Nelson’s ships were built for the Battle of Trafalgar – are all a short drive away.
More info: setleyridge.co.uk
6/10 Hawkshead Hall Campsite, Hawkshead, Cumbria
Just a stone’s throw from the centre of a pretty and popular Lake District village, this campsite offers an excellent base to explore ‘Beatrix Potter country’ and all that the region can offer families.
Cycle hire, horse-riding, tree-top adventures and boating of all types are available close by, plus some of the UK’s most spectacular hills to walk up.
More info: hawksheadhall-campsite.co.uk
7/10 The Secret Garden Touring Park, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
Five acres but only 15 pitches means a quiet family experience at this campsite, with the new Hobbit Hill play area, recently planted maze, wildlife pond and a herd of pigs all part of the appeal. The flat Fenland landscape is perfect for bikes, which can be hired on site.
More info: thesecretgardentouringpark.co.uk
8/10 Ardnamurchan Campsite, Kilchoan, Highlands
Not the easiest place to get your motorhome to, but well worth the effort. It’s the UK’s most westerly campsite, near the tip of a rocky finger of land 60 miles from Fort William, and is part of a small working croft.
The main attractions are the stunning coastal views, genuine ‘end-of-the-world’ remoteness and the wildlife – otters, sea eagles, golden eagles and pine martens. One for families happy with their own company.
More info: ardnamurchanstudycentre.co.uk
9/10 Lee Valley Camping and Caravanning Park, Edmonton, London
The nation’s capital has five permanent campsites and this one in the northern suburb of Edmonton is the closest to the centre. Head south by train from the nearby Ponders End railway station and access to London’s museums and family-oriented attractions is just 20 minutes away.
Or you could head to the 1,000-acre River Lee Country Park, which includes the White Water Centre for rafting, canoeing and kayaking.
More info: visitleevalley.org.uk
10/10 Sherwood Forest Holiday Park, Nottinghamshire
Every child knows the legend of Robin Hood so why not take your motorhome to where it’s based? The 40-acre campsite is aimed at young families and the forest’s visitor centre is close by, with an opportunity to learn more about the mysterious man who robbed the rich to give to the poor.
You can explore the 450-acre National Nature Reserve by foot or bike, and visit the Major Oak, believed to be 800 years old.
More info: sherwoodforestholidaypark.co.uk