Camping is an adventure like no other for under fives. But is it any fun for the family tent-builders, boot-packers, and general all-round organisers, AKA parents?

You bet it is, if you take the Ready Camp approach and swap camping for glamping.

UK experts in the art of cocooning you under canvas, Ready Camp have your luxury tent built before you arrive, and packed with lots of little home comforts (including real beds and your very own kitchen).

As an offspring of the Camping & Caravanning Club (C&CC), their campsites are exceptional, all in the loveliest UK locations, and surrounded by fun attractions to keep boredom at bay. Plus, you can travel as light as you like: all you need bring is bedding and holiday essentials (don’t forget the wine for the fridge!).

Ready to put Ready Camp to the test? Why not take advantage of their mid-week breaks, ideal for those that are Too Cool For School; families with pre-school kids. The term-time savings are sensational, everything’s as luxe and easy as it sounds, and you can take your pick of astonishing campsites from Cornwall to the Highlands.

Have a look at Ready Camp’s top 10 term-time holidays, and see how tempting it is to take your under-fives this year.

1/10 Clent Hills, Birmingham

Only 30 minutes drive from Birmingham, Ready Camp Clent Hills’ site is heart of the country enough to guarantee lovely, wide-eyed-with-wonder moments every morning. It’s a great area for outdoorsy adventuring around country parks. Local walks and trails are fun even for the littlest legs (and buggies). Plus you can easily fit a bit of urban excitement into the mix too.

Perfect for under fives

  • Less than 25 minutes drive away, Lickey Country Park is packed with nature trails, great for spotting wildlife, and a favourite haunt for kite-flying.
  • During term-time, the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham has great savings on Big Fish, Little Fish tickets for parents and under fives.
  • West Midlands Safari Park, half-an-hour west of Clent Hills, is where younger kids can meet Boj from CBeebies at the multi-sensory Giggly Park.
  • Nearby Hanbury Hall has enormous stretches of wild parkland for little trekkers, and fabulous afternoon teas too.
  • Chaddesley Woods Nature Reserve is another near neighbour for butterfly and bird packed woodland walks – most trails are buggy-friendly.

The lowdown

Safari Glamping Tent for up to six (max. four adults): furnished two bedroom tent with kitchen, living room, covered outdoor dining veranda.

Clent Hills Campsite: peaceful countryside setting, 30 minutes south west of Birmingham.

Ready Camp site facilities: children’s play park; parent & child room; washing machines; showers; WIFI.

Price: 4 nights (Mon-Fri) from £184 per family.

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