Grab your Tents – It’s Time to Celebrate National Camping Week 2015!
To celebrate National Camping Week starting on Monday 25th May, we thought we’d take a look at some of the reasons why camping is a fantastic way of getting kids to spend time in the great outdoors – and share some of our favourite child-friendly camping locations!
Camping holidays with the kids aren’t just about making tent shadow puppets and roasting marshmallows over a BBQ, though! Recent studies have shown that camping holidays are highly rated for other reasons, with 91% of parents saying they thought camping trips were good for their children’s health. Now there’s even more of an excuse to dig out the tent and start packing the car!
Getting the kids involved with camping
Keeping kids physically active is more important than ever these days. Heading out into the countryside for a camping holiday and enjoying long walks or bike rides is an easy way to keep active and include the whole family. There are plenty of fun things for kids to do even when you first arrive on site. Get the kids involved in laying out the tent pegs, collecting small sticks for firewood, or send them on a scavenger hunt for pine cones or leaves!
The best campsites for kids
With nature hunts, countryside walks and bike rides aplenty you can rest assured that kids will find their own entertainment when outdoors! But if you want to find even more fun activities for the little ones, we’ve pulled together a list of our top three kid-friendly camp sites around the UK…
Arthur’s Field – Truro, Cornwall
Arthur’s Field is one of the best-known family campsites in the UK. Named after the farmer who owned the land, the sun-soaked site on the Roseland peninsula is popular all year.
Organised activities, such as foraging trips with wild food experts, storytelling around the camp fire, songs, poetry and a weekly communal barbeque all add to the magic.
Fun arts and crafts workshops are also on offer, including charcoal making and traditional willow weaving. Definitely enough to keep you and the kids occupied for hours!
Polgreen Camping – St Mawgan, Cornwall
Another Cornish favourite (albeit a little more secluded), Polgreen Camping is a smaller-than-usual campsite. Just off the beaten track and with capacity for just a handful of families, it’s perfect for a cosy retreat away from it all. What’s more, with a beach a short walk away and surf hire on offer, there’s always plenty to do. The fun activities don’t stop there, as Polgreen is still a working farm. This means you can even muck in by feeding the pigs or head out and relax on the fishing lakes. But be sure to book early – it’s only open between July and August each summer!
Kelling Heath Holiday Park – Weybourne, Norfolk
Situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the North Norfolk coast, Kelling Heath is a sure-fire hit with kids. Clear night skies make the site an ideal location for stargazing. There’s plenty to do in the daytime too, including activities such as pond-dipping, archery and walking the trails through nearby woodland and heath.
The unspoilt coastline is popular for seal watching near Blakeney Point or rock pooling at Morston. Need to chill out a bit? Simply relax on the sandy beaches at Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea.
Festival camping and kids
Taking your tent to a local festival is not just for younger party animals – families are welcome too! Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset runs from 30th July to 2nd August, and is targeted at families with small children. Winner of the the Best Family Festival award on four occasions, Bestival features a huge kids’ play area and plenty to do.
There’s entertainment for kids of all ages, including classes for learning a circus skill, bouncy castles, bikes, go-carts, a separate toddlers’ area – and even a mothers’ chill out area! Older kids are taken care of with arts and crafts, face painting and glitter galore, fairground rides, soft play tents and sandpits.
Where to begin?
With camping so easily accessible and inclusive, there’s no reason to not get stuck in. Be sure to check out our range of camping equipment online to stock up for your next family camping adventure!