13 December 2022
The joy of camping with children is the opportunity to relax the rules. To let them run wild and enjoy their natural surroundings without the constant call for device time. For adults too, the slower pace can be a chance to de-stress and recharge. Below is a list of campsites that are all either on - or within walking distance of - a beach, to maximise the holiday fun factor.
Hop on the ferry to the Isle of Wight and pitch up at Grange Farm, which is just minutes away from Brighstone Bay beach. Families can spend the day surfing, kayaking and open-water swimming as well as getting to know the friendly farm animals onsite. There’s a well-stocked farm shop that sells eggs from the farm’s hens and freshly baked bread. They’ll even book your ferry for you – tell them when you’re coming and they’ll organise it for you. Facilities include a laundrette, playground with a play boat, rope-bridge and a grassed area for ball games. Bike hire, surfing and paragliding are all available nearby.
Metres from the beach at Holywell bay, this 200-acre site has plenty to keep you occupied. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool, indoor soft play, golf course, outdoor activities, pitch and putt and fishing lake. Next door is Holywell fun park which is free to enter and you just pay for the rides you fancy.
This award-winning campsite is ten minutes’ walk from dog-friendly Three Cliffs Bay, with its golden sand dunes, rock pools and glistening turquoise sea. The on-site shop provides all the essentials, including homemade cakes and locally brewed beer, as well as the must-have toys for a day on the beach – there’s even a bodyboard and wetsuit rental service. Fancy eating under the stars? The team will deliver picnic benches and fire pits to your pitch, or you can order in one of the luxury family hampers. Choose from BBQ or breakfast bundles, both of which are filled with plenty of local produce.
This site is right on the beach and you will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to do each day. With 2 coarse fishing lakes, 5 outdoor play areas, an indoor play zone, plus a 9-hole golf course, adventure golf course, sports ranges and heated indoor and outdoor pools with slides and a lazy river, you will not be hearing the children moaning about being bored!
There’s tons for families to do onsite here. For sports fans, there’s a football pitch, basketball hoops, archery, climbing and a zipwire. Kids will love the fishing lake - perfect for duck-feeding and pond-dipping, the Pets Corner, six outdoor playgrounds, soft play area, and Play Barn Arcade. The open-air market every Wednesday, onsite restaurant, bowling, tractor rides and live entertainment are fun for all the family. All this along with 7 miles of sandy beach right on your doorstep.
Lodrum Bay campsite has its own exclusive pebble beach on the Jurassic coast which is great for fossil hunting. At the site you’ll find an indoor pool, adventure golf with dinosaurs and waterfalls, evening entertainment, soft play, arcade games, climbing wall, pirate ship and a restaurant.
Aberech Sands is situated on a private stunning white sand beach. Facilities include a heated indoor pool onsite as well as a snooker room, children’s play area and laundrette. The site is next to a small railway station which is ideal for travelling down the coast to explore other small towns nearby.
Searles Leisure Resort has a beautiful beach with a promenade. If you don’t fancy the sea, there are indoor and outdoor heated pools. Other activities include pedal karts, crazy golf, family entertainment, fishing and tennis, while facilities include a restaurant, dedicated BBQ area and fitness studio. There is also a land train to take you into the town centre.
At Thornwick Bay Campsite, near Bridlington, there is a beautiful sandy beach. Indulge in a spot of puffin watching, enjoy cliff top walks and rock pooling. The site has an activity barn, indoor pool with slide, family entertainment, an adventure trail, sand pit and nature garden.
The campsite at Norfolk Brickyard offers wild, back-to-basics style camping. The pitches are separated from each other by a maze of hedging which means that it feels quite secluded. Communal facilities include a barn to shelter in, with a range of rustic furniture, and a big wood burner so that on chilly evenings you have somewhere toasty to hang out. The wood-fired pizza oven is ready to go at all times to pop in a pizza or some jacket potatoes for supper. The facilities are clean and there are some quirky glamping options too.
Despite being just a 10 minute walk from bustling Marazion and St Michael’s Mount with their fabulous beaches and magical sea views, this campsite feels quiet and secluded. Head off for a walk along the coastline to spot seals and dolphins off the coast, enjoy the beach and on chillier days head for the heated indoor pool. There is a washing machine available for use and some sites have electric hook up.