SUNSHINE is forecast for this bank holiday weekend and many of us will be looking for quick break to make the most of, what is likely to be, the last days of summer.
And what better – and cheaper – way to enjoy a spontaneous staycation than a camping trip with the family? The only problem is deciding where to go.
Luckily outdoor experts at GO Outdoors have researched the best spots for family-friendly camping, based on factors like the percentage of campsites with kids’ playgrounds and campsites ideal for young children.
They also factored in pet friendliness, internet access and price for those not so keen on packing a tent and bags of camping equipment.
And they’ve revealed the best places for family camping in the UK is Fort William and the surrounding area.
It ranked first in their list, with an overall family camping score of 8.93/10!
They looked at all the available campsites in the area and found that 87 per cent are ideal for older children and 73 per cent are ideal for younger children.
A total of 13 per cent had a kids’ playground and almost three quarters have internet access. Add the fact that on average a family tent in Fort William costs £32.75 and there are so many beautiful sites on offer and it’s no wonder it’s a winner.
So if camping near the shores of Loch Linnhe sounds ideal, then head for Bunree Caravan Club Site around 10 miles from Fort William, offering breathtaking views, a kids’ playground and situated around five miles away from Sallachan stone beach.
Ben Nevis Holiday Park campsite overlooks the famous mountain and has electric hook ups, a kids’ playground, and is ideal for both older and younger children.
Conwy in Wales ranked second, recording a family camping score of 8.08/10, with 69 per cent of all campsites rated as ideal for older children, 81 per cent ideal for younger children, 31 per cent having a kids’ playground and 62 per cent with internet access. The average cost of a family tent there is £35.
Dumfries & Galloway was revealed to be the third best location with a score of 8.04/10). An impressive 73 percent of campsites in the area were ranked ideal for older children, with 63 per cent ideal for young children and 40 per cent offering a kids’ playground.
The average cost of a medium tent for a family in Dumfries & Galloway costs around £20 – the lowest out of the top three.
At the other end of the scale Hertfordshire was found to be the worst family camping area, with an overall family camping score of just 3.62/10 – the only one to score lower than 4. Only half of the campsites in the area have kids’ playgrounds and only half are ideal for younger children.
Carmarthenshire in Wales was rated the second worst area for family camping, with 27 per cent of campsites offering a kids’ playground, and only 35 per cent having internet access and New Forest ranked third bottom, with only 28 per cent of campsites with a kids ‘playground and internet access.
Cornwall was revealed to be the best spot for active camping: Around 21 per cent of all campsites in Cornwall have a games room, 14 per cent have a swimming pool, 19 per cent of the campsites have fishing and three quarters are near a beach.
Buckinghamshire is the best location for glamping or luxury camping in the UK, with every single campsite offering glamping accommodation and a bonus 25 per cent also have hot tubs.
And Dumfries & Galloway is the best spot for those traveling with pets, as 95 per cent of the campsites in the area are pet-friendly!
You can view the camping hotspots in full here: blog.gooutdoors.co.uk/the-best-places-to-go-camping-in-the-uk/
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