Securing a spot at a top campsite can seem like luck, but pitchup.com - the UK’s leading outdoor accommodation specialist - have the inside scoop to help you find the best site to pitch your tent this summer. We've teamed up to provide you with handy tips on securing that dream pitch this camping season.
With 34.6% of the UK’s camping and caravanning holidays arriving in August, if you want to secure an August holiday for the family, it’s best to book early. Popular sites with family-friendly activities ranging from live entertainment to playgrounds and swimming pools fill up early so don't hang around.
If you can be flexible in when you travel, enjoying the great outdoors in June (11.8% of camping arrivals for the year) or September (just 7%) can be easier to nab a top pitch at one of the UK’s most popular campsites and holiday parks.
Top five months by arrivals as booked on Pitchup.com
1) August: 34.6%
2) July: 21.6%
3) May: 12.0%
4) June: 11.8%
5) September: 7.0%
Aiming to beat the sun-seeking crowds in summer and find a quiet corner of the country to camp in? Best to head inland! Unsurprisingly, south-west England is the most popular region for summer camping breaks, with the coastal counties of Cornwall and Devon perennial favourites. An astonishing 17.3% of the nation’s annual arrivals head to the region for a summer break, with Central England claiming second place with around half the number of arrivals.
Top five regions for summer camping holidays as booked on Pitchup.com
1) South-west England: 31.7%
2) Central England: 16.2%
3) South-East England: 9.9%
4) North-east England: 9.5%
5) North-west England: 6.8%
Campers should also consider alternative destinations for a unique camping experience, with sites in Wales ranking highly with holidaymakers who have booked through Pitchup.com. The top five sites based on reviews feature three Welsh sites, one in East Anglia and one in Dorset - each offering.
Church Cottage Caravan and Camping - Monmouthshire, South Wales
A prime location for stomping the trails of the Brecon Beacons, this site has gorgeous green views and a small brook running through it. Make sure your hiking shoes are ready to go as you have the choice of fabulous routes including Offa’s Dyke Path and Three Castles Walk. Electric grass and gravel motorhome or touring caravan pitches from £20 per night (for two adults). Rated 10 from 99 customer reviews.
Nyth Robin - Aberdovey, North Wales
Located in Snowdonia National Park just a few miles from Cardigan Bay villages, Nyth Robin is a wildlife haven and ranks highly among Pitchup.com campers thanks to its outdoor activities - sailing, windsurfing and walking are all available nearby. On-site roach and brown trout fishing is also available. Need to refresh your fishing equipment? Check out the Millets Outdoor Fishing Range. Electric gravel motorhome or touring pitches from £23 per night (for two adults). Rated 10 from 56 customer reviews.
The Croft Campsite - Suffolk, East Anglia
A short drive from the Sussex Heritage Coast, this family-run country site is a great place to entertain the children with table tennis, ride-on toys and football often played. Dogs are welcome with a large dog run area, whilst families love to make use of the wide open spaces to fly a kite! Non-electric grass pitches from £18 per night (for two adults). Rated 10 from 53 customer reviews.
Borders Hideaway Holiday Home Park - Powys, West Wales
On the edge of the Brecon Beacons, the solitude of Borders Hideaway is a great way to get back to nature. Visitors have spotted birds, rabbits and hares, with an owl calling at night. An orchard is available for holidaymakers to pick their own fruit in with apples and cherries among the tasty treats on offer. There’s a playground for children, central to the site so parents can keep an eye on them whilst unwinding by the tent as the sizzle sausages on a disposable barbecue. Non-electric grass tent pitch (wild) from £10 per night (for two adults). Rated 9.9 from 100 customer reviews.
Pilsdon View Camping - Bridport, Dorset
Get back to basics at this ecological site complete with wildflower meadow and vegetable and herb gardens on site. Pilsdon View Camping provides low-density camping, leaving plenty of space for ball games and family groups to run around, or to set up table and chairs outside your tent. Non-electric grass tent or motorhome pitch from £15 per night (for two adults). Rated 9.9 from 88 customer reviews.
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Ratings and review count current as of 13th March 2019.
Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com lists over 3,000 outdoor accommodation locations in 56 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, providing users with a simple platform where they can search for and book a holiday with ease.
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