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30 UK campsites with pitches from £15 per night to make the most of the summer heatwaves

It’s not too late to book a break in July or August. You could set up camp near award-winning surf spots, national parks or a Dark Sky Reserve.

south west

Tencreek Holiday Park, Cornwall

With both a heated indoor pool and toddlers’ pool monitored by lifeguards, this holiday park knows how to entertain kids. Swimming lessons are available at an extra cost and it is only a five-minute drive to the coast at Looe. The entertainment program is extensive. Pitch and two people from £22.49 a night.

Cardinney Caravan and Camping Park, Cornwall

This quiet, adults-only site in the middle of the Land’s End peninsula offers a comfy corner away from the crowds. The expansive grounds are filled with flowers, trees and shrubs, alongside roomy pitches. Award-winning Sennen Cove, full of surfing spots and wildlife watching, is less than three miles away. Pitch and two people from £23 a night.

Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall

Cornish Tipi Holidays is a romantic retreat nestled in the woodland valley near Polzeath

A romantic retreat nestled in the woodland valley near Polzeath. Popular with families, too, there is a lake on site for swimming, boating, and trout fishing and the beach is only a five-minute drive away. Pitch and two people from £50 a night

Exeter View Stables, Devon

This family-run, solar-powered smallholding boasts eco-friendly amenities, with a discount for those arriving by foot or bike. Numbers are kept low for peace and quiet. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Hobby Farm, Dorset

This adults-only country retreat is a great base from which to discover local historic and scenic sites by foot. Set in an Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is a 10-minute drive to the famous fossil beach at Charmouth. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

South East

Campfire Weekends, East Sussex

Spend time discovering the beauty of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park at Campfire Weekends

This dog-friendly, over-21s farm site is a civilized and sociable spot where you can chat with new neighbors or find a quiet corner. Spend time discovering the beauty of Eridge Park, Britain’s oldest deer park. Pitch and two people from £27 a night

Sheherazade Fruit Farm, East Sussex

This family-friendly farm site is home to a fruit and nut orchard, with resident pigs, sheep and hens too. Beyond the farm, the woodlands and lanes guide you through the meandering medieval landscape. Pitch and two people from £25 a night

Painters Farm Campsite, Kent

This dog-friendly, two-acre site is well-situated to take in everything from chalk cliffs to wistful woodlands in the sloping Kent Downs. Plus, coastal Whitstable is within 25 minutes’ drive. Pitch and two people from £18 a night

Herons Park Campsite, Kent

Head to Romney Marsh to stay at this family-friendly site with fishing lakes, nature trails and playground on site, plus watersports and go-karting next door. This dog-friendly site has good facilities including a small shop. It’s within walking distance of Lydd, which dates back to medieval times, and a 15-minute drive to Camber Sands. Pitch and two people from £22 a night

Marwell Resort, Hampshire

Pitch and up to six people at Marwell Resort from £38 a night

Ideal for sports-loving families. Activities range from adventure golf, fishing, archery, junior quad biking, clay pigeon and shooting to treetop adventures. There is also an indoor soft play centre. Pitch and up to six people from £38 a night

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Central

Hollingwood Farm, Herefordshire

This dog-friendly caravan site on a working farm offers views of the Black Mountains. Local activities include hiking, gorge-walking and canoeing, with a public footpath accessible from pitch. Historic market towns nearby include Hay on Wye. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Bowbrook Caravan and Camping, Worcestershire

Explore quaint Cotswolds villages, rolling Malvern Hills and history-steeped cities such as Worcester and Cheltenham from this peaceful adults-only site stretching across 30 acres of greenery. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

The Wildings Campsite, Cotswolds

This family-run farm offers a stay in a beautifully grown wild garden. With the long grass giving plenty of shelter to visiting bugs and birds, this haven offers kids the chance to marvel at nature. Pitch and two people from £30 a night

East

Caistor Lakes Leisure Park, Lincolnshire

A five star adults-only site; the restaurant, overlooking the lakes and gardens, has received a number of accolades. For anglers, the lakes are well stocked. Pitch and two people from £22 a night

Bardwell Manor Equestrian Centre, Suffolk

Offering tailor-made horse riding holiday experiences, for all levels of experience, including beginners. Experienced riders can gallop off into the countryside while novices can book lessons on arrival. Pitch and two people from £19 a night

Kingfishers at Cretingham Country Park, Suffolk

Let the kids roam free at this 120-acre rural park. Activities including a nine-hole golf course, adventure playground, kayaking, rowing, cycling, country walks and a range of special events. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Roundwood Dell Campsite, Norfolk

Pitch and four people at Roundwood Dell Campsite starts from £20 a night

A small, secluded and scenic campsite priding itself in its natural surroundings overlooking the Wensum Valley. The recently refurbished function center provides a friendly bar and restaurant area. Pitch and four people from £20 a night

The Red Lion, Norfolk

Pitch up behind a traditional country pub on the border with Suffolk for casual dining, drinks on tap and weekly lively entertainment. The site has an amenities block and children’s playground. Hire a canoe to explore the River Waveney. Pitch and up to six people from £22 a night

Stroud Hill Park, Cambridgeshire

At the heart of this adults-only site is a timber-framed building that’s home to a shop and excellent restaurant. Activities include tennis, fishing in the three-acre coarse fishing lake, golf at the 18-hole course next door and 10 pin bowling. Pitch and two people from £22 a night

North

Venus Campsite, North Yorkshire

A good base with eco credentials (energy comes from renewables) for ramblers, bikers, hikers and riders who plan on exploring up the hills, down the dales and across the moors. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Heathfield Caravan Park, Yorkshire

Nearby River Wharfe is one of the most popular outdoor swimming spots in the country. Swimmers are treated to stunning views over the Dales. The park’s proximity to the river complements its tranquil surroundings for walks, bike rides, horse-riding and fishing. Pitch and two people from £32 a night

Heaton House Farm, Cheshire

Heaton House Farm is a restful retreat with simple amenities overlooking the Peak District

A restful retreat with simple amenities overlooking the Peak District. For an adrenaline rush, this site is 30 minutes from Alton Towers. Even closer by, the Madrenaline activity center is 15 minutes’ walk away and offers archery, skybowing, ax throwing, Segway racing and rolling down a hill in a sphere. Find a more natural high with a walk by Rudyard Lake (10 minutes’ drive). Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Southview Farm, Lancashire

This calm, dog-friendly, off-grid site is on a working farm. Take a walk to the nearby Cartford Inn, considered worth a pint by the Good Pub Guide. It’s also just eight miles from the bright lights of Blackpool. Pitch and up to five people from £15 a night

Scotland

Isle of Iona Campsite, Argyll

Isle Of Iona Campsite is a family-friendly site located on a working croft with first-rate views

Iona is a tiny, car-free island in the Inner Hebrides with white shell-sand beaches. This family-friendly site is located on a working croft with first-rate views, roomy grass tent pitches and good facilities. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

Seaward Holiday Park, Dumfries and Galloway

With an on-site heated swimming pool, children’s amusements and outdoor play area, this small park is family-and pet-friendly. Enjoy views over Kirkcudbright Bay to the historic Ross Island and its lighthouse, and several beaches, including one on the doorstep. Pitch and two people from £28 a night

Beirhope Alpacas, Borders

This dog-friendly site located in the rural Kale Valley has glorious views – and alpacas available for treks. Across the border are Northumberland National Park and Kielder Forest Park for outdoor pursuits such as hiking and watersports. Pitch and two people from £18 a night

wales

Cosmos Camping, Carmarthenshire

Cosmos Camping is a cheerful, adults-only site with views over the Black Mountains

A cheerful, adults-only site with views over the Black Mountains. Its location under a Dark Sky Reserve, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a covetable spot, where, on a clear night, guests can catch the constellations. Each pitch has a firepit to keep you toasty. Pitch and two people from £24 a night

Meadow Springs Country and Leisure Park, Powys

This dog-friendly rural park is designed for van-based stays, with serviced touring pitches that are sizeable at nine square meters. There is crazy golf, an adventure playground, football and badminton courts on site. Pitch and two people from £33 a night

Cae Lal, North Wales

For the ultimate in wild camping, head to a marsh. Seriously! Seven miles from the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Cae Lal is perfect for little wildlife enthusiasts, being home to birds, frogs and butterflies. Kids can also use the site’s natural resources for den-building. Pitch and two people from £36 a night

Spring Rock Fishery, Powys

With a 15ft lake, Spring Rock attracts anglers of all abilities for pleasure fishing; river fishing on the Ithon and fly fishing are both available nearby. This rural retreat is only a 25-minute drive to Elan Valley, one of Wales’s most picturesque spots. Pitch and two people from £20 a night

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