If you’re a beach lover looking for a fun and adventurous stay in a unique campsite somewhere in the UK, you may feel that your options are limited. This is far from the case. Every region has something both delectable and different to offer. Here we’ve picked out five of the best:
Use the interactive map (above) to quickly find the locations of the campsites featured.
A – Ladram Bay
Location: Otterton, Devon
Top of our list of superior beach side holiday parks in Devon – and the UK – is the awesome Ladram Bay. Ladram Bay is a unique style of holiday park in that it is still a family run park, even after 70 years. It is completely independent and therefore unlike any other holiday park you have ever stayed in.
Ladram Bay is situated on the Jurassic Coast which is a World Heritage Site and has 95 miles of coastline running from East Devon to Dorset, which displays 185 million years of the Earth’s history. East Devon is stunning anyway with its gorgeous soft green hills and valleys, and Ladram Bay overlooks the sea from an excellent vantage point, dropping down to its own private beach.
There’s fun for all the family at Ladram Bay with a huge range of facilities including the private sheltered beach, a large heated indoor swimming pool, an interactive play area, crazy golf, restaurants and a gift shop, an outdoor adventure playground and kayaks, rowing and motor boat hire from the beach.
B -The Meadows Campsite
Location: Pentewan, St. Austell, South Cornwall
If however you are looking for a small campsite with a no children policy, The Meadows at Pentewan in Cornwall is the perfect option. This rural campsite boasts a beautiful wild flower meadow and actively encourages wildlife, such as owls, kingfishers and woodpeckers to visit. If you’re really lucky you might spot deer or otters as well. The campsite is dog friendly and has several vintage caravans available to hire. The Meadows is close to Pentewan Valley Cycle Trail while the Eden Project is easily accessible. There are several lovely beaches close by but Pentewan particularly is a popular beach for swimming and water sports, and is within walking or cycling distance of the campsite.
C- Stowford Manor Farm
Location: Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Not strictly speaking a beach but for campers who are real swimming enthusiasts Stowford Manor Farm is a real gem. It’s a small and intimate campsite with only twenty pitches, but the beautiful surroundings of Frome Valley more than make up for this. With Bradford-on-Avon on your doorstep, plus the City of Bath, Farleigh Castle and Longleat House and Safari Park close by, you won’t be short of things for the family to do. The family run Stowford Manor Farm is medieval and still has an artisan feel, thanks to the community of workshops onsite, but it’s the outdoor swimming club that holds the most appeal.
The swimming club was founded in the 1930s at Farleigh Weir and provides a fabulous place to swim with shallow spots for paddling near the farm. The water is fresh and there are toilets and changing rooms available with a large car park if required.
D – Henfryn Farm
Location: Pentre Cwrt, Llandysul, Carmarthenshire
Another riverside campsite, but one that is very close to some gorgeous beaches is Henfryn Farm. Henfryn Farm is a certified organic farm, located on the banks of the River Teifi in West Wales. This site is perfect for you if you want to try ‘glamping’ as they have several fully equipped, luxury bell tents that come complete with proper bedding, your own wood burning stove and a camp fire.
Henfryn Farm is fabulous for relaxing because it offers plenty of peace and quiet in idyllic surroundings, with plentiful views of the river. Situated on the Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion border, Henfryn Farm is just a stone’s throw from the West Wales Coastal Path, and the stunning Preseli Hills.
E – The Really Green Holiday Company
Location: Kings Manor Farm, Isle of Wight
If you fancy an ethical and sustainable holiday, yurt holidays are perfect. The Really Green Holiday Company are a company on the Isle of Wight, very close to the stunning Compton Bay located close to Freshwater Bay on the west side of the island. Compton Bay is rural and unspoilt and close to the grassy downs of West Wight. A walk along Brook Bay at low tide may reveal dinosaur tracks or you could spot fossils in the crumbling cliffs.
The yurts at The Really Green Holiday Company are fully equipped and furnished with everything you could possibly need for your stay. You just turn up and relax! All of the Yurts have wooden floors, with wood burning stoves and proper beds. Everything is as environmentally friendly as possible but still extremely comfortable.