15 December 2022
Going camping with the kids can be a real adventure, from loading up the car, to the epic journey to the location with the constant refrain of “are we nearly there yet?” ringing in your ears. Pitching the tent, and all the while hoping that nobody pitches a fit because it takes a bit longer than expected.
Brilliant campsites aimed at families can help a lot and make sure the children love every second of their time there. Here are five of our top campsite picks for Kent.
Located in a beautiful natural setting on the edge of a reservoir, this campsite is ideal for a nice, relaxing family break. Loud music, large groups of friends and stag and hen parties aren’t allowed here and this has a very positive impact on creating a family-friendly atmosphere. Dogs are also welcome.
It has all the amenities you would expect from a good campsite with a cafe, high quality shower area and a playground for the kids. Bewl Water Campsite also has its own onsite aquapark and there are opportunities for boat hire and fishing.
Bordering the Weald area of natural beauty, the award-winning Tanner Farm Park has been a fixture in camping life in Kent for quite a number of years now. Both grass and hard-standing pitches are available, with electricity hookups for those with camper vans. The pitches are situated throughout a picturesque woodland area.
Lovely picture-postcard villages are a short walk or drive away and there are also glamping pods available for those who want to go a bit more up-market. There is a games room on-site and two play parks aimed at different age groups.
Ideally located under a mile from the beautiful sands of Seasalter Beach, the award-winning Homing Park makes for a lovely family camping holiday. The park features 43 pitches for tents or tourers and all have access to electricity and water. Great news for families, this park has a “Gold Loo of the year” award-winning toilet and shower block, so cleanliness is covered. You might say they were flushed with success when they won that award!
Better still, there are five-a-side football and tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool that are all accessible to guests. There is also a children’s playground on site and dogs are welcome, so all of the family can come. Outdoor BBQs are allowed but open fires aren’t.
Beside the nearby beaches and the town, this appetisingly-named campsite has a good reputation for being ideal for young families. It is quiet and well-appointed with “calming”, “peaceful”, “relaxing” and “tranquil” all being words used in recent reviews to describe it. This is a campsite to bring younger children to when they aren’t quite at the “running about daft” stage yet, and need closer parental supervision.
In addition to all of the facilities that you would expect, there is a lovely children’s playground at the park. With the beach being so close, it makes for an excellent location to explore both the beaches and the nearby town of Sandwich, which is known for its quaint buildings dating back to mediaeval times.
Unusually, this campsite is situated in the grounds of a pub at Tilmanstowe. Campers can use the washing facilities either in the pub itself or in an unoccupied glamping pod on site. This is ideal for older children and the pub also offers outdoor seating for meals throughout the day. There are children’s play facilities in the nearby village and pets are more than welcome in the camping pitches, although this is not the case for the pods.
The “Luxury Hobbit Pods”, as they are styled by the campsite, each sleep four and have a double bed and two singles. Each pod also comes with a shower and toilet facilities, outdoor garden and a parking space.