The news that campsites in England will be able to reopen from July 4th means that many of us can salvage a much-needed summer getaway after the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the holiday plans of many families.
Whilst the traditional two weeks of sun, sand and sangria abroad may not be possible just yet, there are a wide range of campsites and holiday parks in England that will be reopening just in time for the summer season to get underway.
So, if you are looking for a getaway, or need a change of scenery after sixteen weeks of lockdown – or simply want to spend the night under the stars – we have rounded up the best campsites and holiday parks to book for your summer 2020 staycation.
A rustic retreat with a touch of luxury
Get back to nature at Strawfields, a rustic, rural retreat nestled in the stunning North Devon countryside. With only eight pitches spread over two fields you are guaranteed a quiet and relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The campsite boasts a wooden shower block with hot water, plus the whole site is a car-free zone with vehicles left at the entrance car park, making the area safe for families with younger children.
If the idea of pitching a tent is not for you, then you might prefer a stay in one of Strawfields shepherd huts, which gives you the camping experience but with the added luxury of a comfortable bed and a cosy wood burner.
Canine-friendly camping in Cromer
The advantage of UK holiday is that your four-legged friend can enjoy a break too. Cromer Camping offers pitches that are dog-friendly from just £15 per night. The campsite has 270 pitches located on the picturesque Cromer estate.
There are no electric hook-ups on site, but there are shower blocks, toilets and washing-up facilities. Campers also have access to freezers to store provisions.
It’s just a ten-minute stroll into the town itself where you can try the local Cromer crab and take a walk on the famous pier which also houses the Cromer RNLI lifeboat station.
Go glamping in a furnished bell tent
If you’re looking for a more luxurious camping experience then Fallow Fields Camping located on a Kentish fruit farm is the place to be!
Stay in a fully furnished bell tent that boasts a front porch, a double bed with a memory foam mattress and carpets throughout. For a magical finishing touch the tents are decorated with bunting and fairy lights.
If you’d prefer a more rustic getaway, Fallow Fields also has plenty of room for campervans and tents, which do not have electricity, but you can charge your phone in the campsite shop.
For the true ‘Bear Grylls’ camping experience, you can hire a fire pit and make a raised campfire to toast marshmallows and enjoy the still quiet in the glow of the firelight.
Take a hike…
If you feel you’ve been cooped up in lockdown for far too long and want to stretch your legs with some long walks, then Castlerigg Hall Caravan and Camping Park is the ideal choice.
Set in the heart of the Lake District, the park is home to a variety of wildlife. The little ones will love seeing the red squirrel feeding boxes and bug hotels, and visitors can often spot wild deer, owls and badgers roaming the grounds.
The campsite welcomes touring caravans and motorhomes, with online booking dates available from July 7th. The elevated position of the site offers dramatic views of the spectacular lakes, allowing you to sit back, relax and drink in the scenery after a long hike in this beautiful national park.
Get down on the farm
Families love the small but perfectly formed simplicity of the tents only campsite of The Real Campsite at Park Farm. The site is taking bookings from July 6th and provides a toilet per pitch, with all pitches at least 10 metres apart to give a feeling of space and seclusion.
There are no vehicles allowed on site and plenty of space for the kids to run around in freely and safely. The eight-pitch site is set on a 370-acre working arable farm on the edge of the Thames Valley, where families can spot wildlife, build dens and even collect the eggs from the farm’s resident chickens.
Campers are also encouraged to explore the farm and enjoy walks in the meadows and fields, all the owners ask is that guests remember to shut the gates so the sheep can’t make a bid for freedom.
The site provides free hot showers and washing-up facilities, and each pitch receives an ‘Honesty Jar’ for any essentials purchased from the small on-site shop.
Coastal Cornish camping
Tregarton Park, located near Mevagissey in Cornwall is within easy reach of the glorious Cornish coast and only a short drive from St Austell.
The park has private pitches, which are separated by hedges to ensure there is no over-crowding, so you can relax and recharge your batteries on your individual pitch that is not overlooked by your neighbours.
If you feel like getting active, there is a tennis court (you need to bring racquets and balls) and a swimming pool, which is currently closed in line with government advice, but as things are changing daily, it’s worth keeping an eye on Tregarton Park’s website for updates.
Active youngsters can burn off their energy either in the playground designed for ball games, or in the adjacent adventure playground. After all that activity, you can order a takeaway using the park’s app and watch the sun set over the ancient village of Mevagissey.