For May half-term holidays, many families prefer make the most of the warmer British weather and book a staycation in the UK rather than a trip overseas. Why not look into a budget-friendly UK camping trip and enjoy time getting back to nature with your little ones? Prices are based on a family of four.
1/9 Blackberry Woods, Sussex, £37 per night
This campsite in the Sussex countryside has a touch of fantasy about it and is the perfect place for a family half-term retreat. The site houses a maximum of 20 tents so campers will never feel overcrowded, and there are pitch options in meadows and woodland. If you want to take your camping trips up a notch, onsite are quirky accommodation options for special occasions including a converted bus, a gypsy wagon and even a restored helicopter! Nearby are plenty of countryside walks and traditional pubs with great food and drink. Campfires and BBQs are allowed, and you can cook your food over an open fire using the Blackberry Wood grills. There are basic toilets and hot showers.
Price: £37 per night for two adults plus two children in one tent
For more information and to book visit Blackberry Wood
2/9 Snowdonia Glamping, Wales, £95
Combine glamour with tradition during a stay in one of these beautifully decorated Shepherd’s Huts on the Snowdonia Glamping site in the heart of the national park. The charming and cosy huts feature quaint wood burning stoves and wooden tables to dine at and a pull-down double bed with Welsh linen and blankets. In your adjacent hut you will find a toilet, shower, basin and even a wood-burning sauna to unwind after days spent outdoors! Also included in Shepherd Hut hire is a full equipped kitchen underneath a canopy including a triple gas burner, a fire pit and a coolbox. There’s no WiFi or TV so glamping here is perfect if you are looking to completely switch off for your holiday.
Price: £95 per night for two adults and two children in a Shepherd’s Hut
For more information and to book visit Snowdonia Glamping Holidays
3/9 East Coast Adventure, Northern Ireland, £70 per night
For a really different experience why not try out this adventure campsite on Northern Ireland’s east coast? Stay in glamping pods with room to accommodate up to four adults, each with a double bed and two single beds as well as electricity and plug-in heaters for comfort. On the site there are communal shower and toilet pods, a community pod and an equipped camp kitchen. Linen is available to rent and firewood can be purchased. Mountain bike hire is available, and is a recommended way to see the beautiful surrounding countryside. Glamping pods are an alternative to tents; be sure to bring sleeping bags or duvets, linen and food and drink with you.
Price: £70 per night for a glamping pod with one double bed and two single beds
For more information and to book visit East Coast Adventure
4/9 Blue Dolphin, Yorkshire, £90 per night
This Haven campsite offers a plethora of family-friendly activities and has stunning views from its location on a Yorkshire cliff top. Filey beach is just three miles away and is a great option for a day out in nature if you can tempt the kids away from the facilities at the site. Blue Dolphin is all-singing ad all-dancing with indoor and outdoor pools, water slides, a climbing wall and more. The kids’ clubs are the perfect place to make friends and play games and there are other activities such as rollerblading, crazy golf and go-kart hire to keep them entertained. The two-bedroom caravans are fully equipped for a convenient and comfortable self-catering break.
Price: £90 per night for two adults plus two children in a two-bedroom caravan including bed linen
For more information and to book visit Haven
5/9 Tepee Valley, Northern Ireland, £90 per night
We love camping trips with a twist. Situated just outside the small market town of Markethill, Tepee Valley offers guests the choice of traditional Native American tepees, large yurts, a log cabin, a dome, or a furnished Shepherd’s Hut. The site has stunning views over the surrounding countryside and across Cusher River. The larger tepee is furnished with a double and a single bed, a log burner, a TV and a fridge. Outside is a stone toilet and shower block, a gas ring burner and sink, patio furniture, a bbq and a fire bowl.
Price: £90 per night (two nights minimum) for two adults plus up to three children in a fully furnished yurt with stone toilet and shower block.
For more information and to book visit Tepee Valley Campsite
6/9 Clachtoll Beach, northwest Scotland, £22 per night
This family-run campsite is a quiet haven near the postcard-perfect Clachtoll beach in north-west Scotland. There are great shower and toilet facilities, dishwashing sinks, free WiFi, hairdryers and hair straighteners and even vending machines for soup and hot drinks! Spend the days on the white sand or paddling in the turquoise water of the nearby beaches and climb the spectacular hills in the walkers’ paradise. Fishing boat trips and rock climbing are also very popular activities in the area, as are dolphin and whale watching. Bring your own tent and immerse yourself in wilderness for a while.
Price: £22 per night for two adults and two children in one tent
For more information and to book visit Clachtoll Beach Campsite
7/9 Loch Ness Shores, Inverness, Scotland, £32 per night
Hunt for the mystical monster herself with a trip to Loch Ness Shores Camping & Caravanning site in Inverness. The site is on the shores of the lake and is open year-round, with 99 pitching spaces and eco-friendly credentials – no wonder then that it earned the title of “Scottish caravan park of the year” in 2017. Parent and child shower units, mother and baby rooms, WiFi, a children’s playground, and a recreation hall are some of the facilities that make this a great option for a family half-term break. Take a boat on the waters of Loch Ness, visit nearby waterfalls and explore medieval castles when you’re not enjoying the views from the campsite.
Price: £32 per night for two adults and two children in one tent
For more information and to book visit Camping and Caravanning Club
8/9 Tyddan Isaf, Anglesey, Wales, £30 per night
This family-run park is into its 4th generation of owners and has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Tents are pitched at the side of fields to allow kids to run about freely and there is a children’s playground also on the site. There is a coffee shop, restaurant and bar serving everything from chips to three-course meals, and a terraced patio on which to sit on fine days. The site has its own private footpath down to the lovely Lligwy beach which is just three minutes’ walk away. There are recycling stations and waste disposal facilities for your convenience as well as a communal hall with TVs and a pool table.
Price: £30 per night for two adults and two children in one tent
For more information and to book visit Tyddyn Isaf
9/9 Lee Valley, London, £36 per night
Voted as one of the best campsites within the M25, the Lee Valley Sewardstone campsite is a great option for London-based families not wanting to go too far from home. Set within a 1000 acre green park there’s room for 86 tents as well as motor homes, meaning kids won’t be short on new friends to play with. There is a children’s playground onsite for little ones to burn off energy, as well as a convenience store, licensed shop, and a laundrette. There’s free WiFi available for those who prefer their nature breaks with modern comforts. A white water rafting centre is just down the road and there are plenty of walking and cycling trails as well as boat hire to give families lots of outdoor activity options.
Price: £36 per night for two adults plus two children in one tent