UK Camping Guide

Camping has always been a great way to get the best from a holiday. A great option for those on a budget, camping also allows you to make the most of the great outdoors. Furthermore, campsites these days are so much more than just a place to pitch your tent. Here are a few of the best sites to stay in the UK.

Young parties
Even if you don't fancy the famous music festivals, the Isle of Wight is a great place to holiday for the younger generation. Here you will find the Vintage Vacations campsite located just outside Ryde, which has a very special offer for young groups.

The "jamboree" service offers the chance to hire out a whole field if you wish. It also throws in a classic airstream, some bell tents and even a real gypsy caravan. They will even decorate the field with a little bunting so all you need is you and your friends (minimum 10, maximum 20) and you can create a little festival of your own. The site is open throughout the year and charges £48pp a night, which also includes breakfast.

Activity sites
If you are planning on doing some hiking, then Wales could be the best option. Indeed, the Brecon Beacons is undoubtedly one of the best hiking regions in the world. Among the many campsites in the area is the Grawen, which is located in Cwm-Taf, in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan.

Set in the southern side of the Beacons, the area surrounding the campsite has some of the most glorious and challenging hiking trails in the country. Highlights include the splendid gorges replete with many a waterfall, the best of which is perhaps the famous Scwd Ddwli. The campsite is open from April until October and charges from between £10 and £12 a night for each unit.

Unique stays
For something just a little different, the 4 Winds Lakeland Tipis site in Ambleside, Cumbria will be sure to add some extra flavour to your trip, because this site is a dedicated theme site; the theme -- Native American culture. Thus the lodgings are, as you would expect, tipis, all of which are carefully handcrafted and decked out with books and games designed to educate the guests in the ways and culture of the Native Americans.

A nearby lake also offers the chance for some serious canoeing or boating or some less serious messing around in dinghies and the area is home to some fascinating wildlife including herons, deer and kingfishers. The site is open from March through to October and prices start from £270 a week.

Family trips
If you are looking for somewhere that offers entertainment for all the family, then Haven Allhallows Holiday Park, situated just outside Rochester, Kent, is ideal. The nine hole golf course will keep the adults amused while the kids can try their hand at some (supervised) horse riding. There is also a swimming pool, crazy golf course and bowling green, which could be perfect for granny and grandpa. The evenings can be spent in the fine cafe/bar, playing a little bingo or enjoying the on-site entertainment. Prices start from around £99 to £299 for the whole family.

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