Looking for a Family Holiday? Consider Camping in the UK

Holidays abroad with family come with a lot of additonal baggage.

From the overall price to potential cancellations, and the stressful experience of checking in and out of airports, although they are often worth the hassle, it is worth keeping in mind alternatives.

Camping is a favourite for those who prefer to steer away from airplanes and airports, and it is evident why. They are an adaptable form of vacation, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts, parents and children alike. 

There are plenty of camping destinations across the UK prime for exploration for you and your family. 

In this article, we’ll cover what you’ll need for your adventure, and continue by giving you some family-friendly camping spots. 

What You’ll Need

Though the initial investment for your first camping holiday may be pricey, virtually all of the gear bought can be used for years to come, whereas flights, accommodation and most of the other costs associated with breaks abroad are one-time purchases. 

Before you purchase anything, however, first consider the scale of your holiday by answering the following questions.

  • Do you plan on wild camping, glamping or visiting a camping resort? 
  • Can you save money by purchasing a camper trailer or do you need a motor home? 
  • How long do you plan on going away for?

Next, consider how you can save money on camping gear.

Buying in off seasons, for example, usually grants ample entrance to sale prices and price reductions. 

Rentals, borrowings, and thrift stores are also guaranteed ways to save money or pick up a bargain.

No matter where you go, essentials for family camping holidays will include:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Utensils
  • Torches
  • Camping Pillows

And be sure to keep in mind the specific needs of your children before packing. What you pack will depend on their age.

Check out our guide How to Plan a Successful Family Camping Trip, it even has a free printable camping checklist!


The UK is full of under-rated, beautiful camping spots and they are spread all across the entirety of Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

Though there are many things to consider before you embark, such as distance from home, here are some of our favourites:


With some of the most serene beaches in the UK, way down south, Cornwall is a campers paradise. 

There are a range of different terrains here perfect for all kinds of families and personal preference.

Isle Of Harris

Though a little niche and harder to get to, the Isle Of Harris in Scotland is home to mountains, beaches and wildlife.

Being so far North there is even a chance you might get to see the Northern Lights!

Lake District

A classic for campers in the UK. The Lake District is full of family friendly camping sites, mountains, and fields perfect for both cycling and walking across.

It can often be tempting to escape everyday life by instantly book flights to visit a foreign country, neglecting the beautiful British countryside on our doorstep. 

So if you're from the UK and are looking for a family holiday, don’t neglect your own country!

There are plenty of destinations across the British Isles just waiting to be explored by you and your family.

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