If you still think family camping holidays are all about expedition-style packing and tussling with tents, think again. Say a big hello to Ready Camp, the UK’s largest glamping network, where you only need to pack the essentials, and family tents are pre-erected, so you get to keep your dignity and temper intact.

Of course, no packing and tent pitching is just the basic Ready Camp premise. Drill down a bit and there’s plenty more delight in the details.

For a start, Ready Camp are part of the Camping & Caravanning Club (CCC), so they have all the best campsites in the prettiest places across the UK. Which means you can crave anything from beaches to mountains, rivers, forests, National Parks, water parks, safari parks or theme parks, and you’ll find a Ready Camp site with your heart’s desire in the mix.

Their pre-erected safari tents are about as far from basic as it gets. Think two bedrooms with real beds, a cosily furnished open-plan living room, a fully kitted out kitchen with a hob, fridge, microwave and all sorts of other useful stuff (you don’t even need to bring a corkscrew or a torch). A table and chairs complete the tent-patio – not a word, but definitely should be.

In real terms, the UK’s largest glamping network now amounts to more than 45 sites, from the coast of Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, with prices from just £28 per tent, per night.

And if that isn’t enough to persuade you to change your mind about family camping holidays, Ready Camp have just added three new campsites to 2019’s already stellar line-up. Open your mind and take a look:

1/3 Clitheroe, Lancashire

This new for 2019 Ready Camp site is set to become a go-to for family holidays. Not only is it on the River Ribble - perfect for fun stuff like canoeing - it’s also minutes from adventurous Forest of Bowland. Outdoorsy kids should pack plenty of energy for forest trail walking, rambles along the riverbank to pretty Waddington and keeping up with all the family events the locals have planned for spring and summer this year.

Why families love Ready Camp Clitheroe

  • Enormous Forest of Bowland is just 20 minutes’ drive away for dozens of kid-friendly walking trails, five official Dark Sky Discovery Sites, plenty of picnic places, and free family activities all spring and summer.
  • Half-an-hour from Clitheroe, medieval Hoghton Tower has a famous collection of dolls’ houses and gorgeous gardens, there’s also a monthly Farmer’s Market and a packed summer season of family events kicks off on 8 April 2019.
  • Up close encounters with cute animals make Bowland Wild Boar Park a local must-do with kids. Wildlife walks, a play barn and exciting tractor rides add to the fun, all less than 20 minutes from the campsite.
  • Nearby Gawthorpe Hall is managed by the National Trust which means lots to do for families, starting off with treasure hunts and egg painting this Easter.
  • Blackpool’s beaches and piers, Go Ape at Rivington and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre are all under an hour’s drive from Ready Camp Clitheroe.


Family Safari Tent, sleeps up to six

Furnished two bedroom family tent with open-plan living room; well-equipped kitchen area with hob, microwave and fridge; outdoor veranda with dining table and chairs.

Campsite features

Showers, washing machines, parent and baby room, WIFI, on-site shop.

How to get there

Just over an hour’s drive north of Manchester on the M66.

One hour, 20 minutes west of Leeds on the A65.


Three nights, from £109 per tent, based on a family of six (two adults and up to four children).

Find out more about Ready Camp Clitheroe for family holidays