This summer, camping is tipped to become the savvy staycationer's holiday of choice. Whether your an eco-camper looking to go off-grid or a family wanting some fun on the water, there's a great campsite option.
When it comes to lockdown easing, campsites are a tricky one. The government said that from April 12, 'overnight stays away from home in this country will be permitted and self-contained accommodation - those that do not require shared use of bathing, entry/exit, catering or sleeping facilities - can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household. '
That means only campsites that do not have shared facilities can open, with the rest forced to wait until May 17th when the government states 'remaining accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs' can open too.
With that in mind, many are researching their favourite camping spots and looking to book in a camping holiday in the UK asap. In fact, 'last minute campsites' and 'campsites in the Cotsworlds' are trending search terms right now.
So, if you're looking for the best place to camp in the UK, look no further than our handy guide...
The best campsites in the UK
Best Campsites UK - Grazia
Roundhill Campsite, New Forest SITE An expansive open heathland with a large pond as well as pockets of leafy ferns and forest mean that even with 500 pitches available, there's plenty of space, especially as pitches must be at least three (preferably six) metres apart. There are no permanent sites – simply choose a spot you like and that is suitably distanced and enjoy the wonderful views. You'll also be sharing it with the famous New Forest ponies, which wander freely. FACILITIES Hot showers, washing cubicles, toilets and drinking water taps. No campfires but raised barbecues allowed. NEARBY There are miles of walking and cycling paths throughout the forest. Beyond are the villages of Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu. LOWDOWN Two adults, from £22.15pn (mid-season); family (two adults and two children), £27pn. Pitches with electricity cost more. Open until 28 September.
Old Vicarage Campsite, Norfolk SITE Ac hilled tents-only space, pitch yours anywhere you like on the two acres of grassy fields on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and soak up the sights and sounds of the countryside. The site has 12 pitches and there are no cars on site, so wheelbarrows are provided to shift your stuff.FACILITIES Composting toilets and hot showers in wooden cabins, hot water, washing-up facilities. Make a campfire in a custom-designed brazier. Firewood can be bought on site. NEARBY Take a short drive to beaches such as Horsey (seal-watching) and Winterton (backed by the dunes of the National Nature Reserve). Plus there are the Broads and Norwich. LOWDOWN Adults,£10pn, children (three-15) £5pn.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall SITE Set over 20 acres in a woodland valley that folds around a lake, this is where designer Alice Temperley honeymooned. Swim, mess about in a boat and even catch a rainbow trout for your supper. FACILITIES Showers, washing facilities, flushing or composting loos; standpipes and water-containers; boats and lifejackets. NEARBY Beaches: five minutes to Port Gaverne and under 15 to Polzeath. Walk or cycle the 18-mile scenic Camel Trail.LOWDOWN Adults, £20-£25pn, children aged two-12, £11-£12. Under twos free.
Birds & Bees Campsite, Suffolk SITE In the heart of the beautiful Alde Valley, this super-spacious campsite is spread over three fields. Each of the 15 tent pitches sits in half an acre and is reached by winding pathways cut into the grass. FACILITIES Three separate male, female and family/disabled rooms provide a total of five showers and five toilets. Each room has wash basins, hairdryers, mirrors, shelves and electric sockets. Closer to the tents is a composting toilet along with drinking water and an electrical hook-up. NEARBY The livelier town beaches of Southwold and Aldeburgh or quieter ones such as Dunwich Heath and Beach are all about 20 to 30 minutes' drive away LOWDOWN Adults, £17.50pn, children,£8, under-fives free.
Frome Meadow Campsite, Somerset SITE Five acres of grassy field bordered by mature woodland and the River Frome– guests get access to a private stretch of the river to paddle or go wild swimming. The owners will even suggest the best pitches to catch the sunset. No WiFi and an unreliable phone signal make it the perfect place to escape the world (yes please!). FACILITIES Three hot showers, four eco loos and a washing-up sink. Campfires allowed and you can buy firewood on site. NEARBY The picturesque village of Moreton is a short walk away; from there are many walks and cycle paths. The stunning Jurassic coast is six miles away. LOWDOWN Adults,£10pn, children (three-15 years) £5pn, under threes free. Open August.
Mad Hatters campsite, Cambridgeshire SITE A wonderfully relaxed space where 28 super-spacious pitches are set in five acres of grassy fields, reached via twisty paths cut into the greenery. Each pitch is surrounded by a border of tall tussocky grasses and wildflowers and is named according to characters from Alice In Wonderland. No cars on site but there are wheelbarrows to take things to your pitch. FACILITIES Eight toilets, six showers and two washing-up sinks. There are solar- powered USB charging points in reception and sockets for hairdryers in the washing areas. Each pitch has its own fire-pit and solar lantern and logs can be bought on site. NEARBY The cathedral town of Ely is two miles away, reached via an attractive two-mile footpath along the River Ouse. LOWDOWN £20pn for up to five guests; extra guests cost £3/night/pitch.
Moss Side Farm, Lake District SITE Flat grassy fields set in a woodland valley, the soul-lifting views taking in Kirkby Pool river as it meanders towards the Irish Sea. With just 30 pitches (no large groups allowed) and woodland to explore and streams to dabble in, it's a beautiful laid-back place. FACILITIES Shower and toilet block, washing-up room and communal power points. Campfires permitted and logs (and marshmallows) are sold on site. NEARBY The walk along the old railway line to Broughton-in-Furness is one of many. A short drive away are Coniston and the towns of Windermere and Ambleside. LOWDOWN Adults £8pn, children under 15, £4.