Best campsites which allow campfires 2018
Sitting around a campfire, enjoying a nice drink and family time is one of the reasons I love going camping, it takes me back to my scout days and the fun we used to have. However, trying to find a campsite which allows campfires is getting harder and harder.
So long as you follow the staying safe when camping near a campfire rules you will be fine and it can make it a much more enjoyable experience.
This article is part of our series looking at the best campsites in the UK. In this article we are looking at the best campsites which allow you to have a campfire on site, as we all know, having a campfire adds to the magic of camping.
Like I said, I love lighting a fire when out camping and these are my 6 favourite campsites which allow campfires.
Hole station campsite
Lurcher Farm cottage
Park farm camping
The meadows campsite
Wood farm camping and caravan site
Eweleaze Farm Review
If I am honest I wasn’t sure whether to include this site, not because it’s not great but I have stayed here a few times and the cat is out of the bag on how good this site really is and it was a lot busier the last time I went.
This site truly is amazing, there are stunning views to enjoy as you sit around your campfire.
The facilities are basic, but clean and well looked after, but depending where you pitch it can be a bit of a trek to the facilities but the views and friendly staff are well worth looking over the facilities.
The on-site shop is good and stocks a wide range of good healthy food and the usual camping spare items you might need/forget (I.e. pegs, guide ropes etc). There is a restaurant on site, but we didn’t try it – from what the other campers we’re saying it serves really good quality food at a reasonable price – but we just didn’t have a chance to try it.
If you want an eco-friendly camping trip this is for you – the loo’s are composting loo’s and while smelly they are better for the environment. This site also goes one step further and has solar panels to power the electricity.
This is a site well worth visiting if you want to get away and enjoy camping around a fire.
Hole Station Campsite Review
This site is an adult only campsite, meaning you can get away for a peaceful weekend.
The site is located in Devon and is quite remote, pitches are located in secluded private plots within the woods, really making you feel like you are back to basics camping.
Ok the facilities are a little on the basic side and the cafe looked fairly small, but again we didn’t use it but from what the others said they were more than pleased.
This might be a adults only campsite, but it brought out the child in me (actually that doesn’t take much) but the site did allow me to get back to nature.
Also because of its remote location and tranquillity – it really does help you relax. Last year we covered a story about how camping is good for you by helping to reset your body clock, this site really does help you do that.
If you are after a Devon campsite which allows you to have a campfire, takes you back to nature and just allows you to get away from it all – Hole a Station Campsite is for you.
Lurcher Farm Cottage Review
Located near Newark in Nottinghamshire this is a truly amazing site. Martin the owner is so helpful and friendly throughout our entire stay.
The area and scenery are beautiful, actually beautiful doesn’t do it justice – I just forgot to take my camera with me. The great thing about his site is that it caters to both campers and caravan owners, so my parents can stay in their caravan and we can camp, allowing us to get away for a relaxing weekend.
The toilets are immaculate, Martin and his wife really do take the time to look after both the guests but also the campsite. It’s hard to say these are specifically the cleanest toilets I have ever seen on a campsite as stayed at quite a few, but they are definitely up there on the list.
The site as well as allowing campfires, which is always a bonus in our eyes, allows you to take your dogs with you.
There is even a small dog walking section to allow you to take your dog for a walk.
My children are a little young, but there is a BMX track at end of the site, allowing the kids to have fun.
They have a small but well-equipped shop with all the Camping emergency equipment, pegs, guide ropes, etc. We didn’t need to use it but always handy to know just in case you forget to take something.
As we were with the parents we did try the food, it’s all homemade and amazing quality – no one around the table had a bad word to say about it.
Overall, this site is a true gem of a site and well worth visiting, even if you’re just using it a stopover on the way to another site or staying for a bit longer.
Park Farm Camping Review
If you like to fish and enjoy a campfire this site is for you, hidden away in lush meadows it’s a great site to explore Norfolk.
On the edge of the farm the runs the river Wensum which allows you to fish for free.
The site does allow you to have campfires in pits provided from them, but you must purchase logs from them – not really an issue as it saved us taking them in the car anyway.
There is a small onsite shop selling all the essentials you need to make a perfect breakfast when camping. There is also a good pub nearby which does great food, it was about a mile away, seem to get there in no time.
The kids loved this site, there is a great park for them to play on including a zip wire and Dinosaur Park is located near by – a must visit if you have kids.
The site is set up perfectly so that you don’t feel crowded and you have your own space to relax and unwind and let be honest, that’s what you want from a camping holiday.
The owners are always around and are super helpful, if you want the local’s guide to the area ask them. They are more than happy to pass on their knowledge, they often stop by for a quick chat to make sure your stay is gong ok and if they can do anything more to make it a great stay.
Overall this is a must visit, its great for the kids and better yet allow campfires. It’s a great place to stay to explore Norfolk which is full of history and places to visit.
The Meadows Campsite Review
This is another site which is adult only, but situated in beautiful Cornwall it’s a must visit site. Close to the Eden project this site is ideal for exploring what Cornwall has to offer.
The site is well looked after and has a stream running through it. The facilities are good shower block etc is kept very clean, small onsite shop and a freezer room. The freezer room could be very handy if we was staying longer.
Again, while you can have a campfire, it must be in one of their pits and I don’t mind this. Reduces the damage to the grass etc and a lot easier to clean up the next morning.
If honest our biggest mistake was only booked for a few days, the site is ideally located to explore much of Cornwall we wished we had booked for longer. The kids we’re staying with my parents at a caravan park in Cornwall, so me and the wife got a few days to ourselves.
The site is fairly large, but is kept clean at all times including the shower blocks.
Since we have visited I believe the site has got new owners, but from what I heard from a very reliable friend they have kept the high standards if anything are adding to the site – its makes me very excited to return in a few years. The disadvantages of young kids and trying to visit as many campsites as possible means I don’t get to go back and visit the sites I really like.
I loved this site and its a true gem within Cornwall. I look forward to visiting again and meeting the new owners and the improvements they are making.
Wood Farm Camping and Caravan Site Review
Located near Boston in Lincolnshire, Wood Farm Camping and caravan park is an ideal place to get away for a few nights. Set around a stunning fishing lake, you can literally camp around the lake and sit round a fire – pretty much perfect in my eyes. I am not a fisherman, I can’t really stand it, but I do like sitting around a lake with a few beers and keeping warm using the fire.
The fishing is free to use for guest and they don’t charge for dogs as well, which is nice touch. Actually the owner is really friendly and offers these little extras for free as he wants you to enjoy your break.
The facilities are great, kept very clean and hot water all day long. Decent sized washing area for cleaning your pots, doesn’t sound a lot but makes a difference and makes things that little bit easier.
What sets this site apart is its atmosphere, the owners really know how to have a good time and a bit of banter throughout the day, actually its right from the morning standing over the cooker cooking some bacon, right til the evening.
There is a decent sized fridge meaning you can keep food cool all weekend so you don’t have to keep nipping to the shops to get new food. The fridge is kept immaculately clean and there is plenty of room for everyone.
This site is slightly let down by lack of playing area for the kids, but it doesn’t advertise itself as a child friendly site, but apart from that the site was perfect for our weekend away.
This was difficult we really did enjoy our stay at all the sites listed above, Lurcher Farm cottage just manage to win it – it probably gave us the best memories as a family holiday, but any of the sites I would be more than happy to stay at again.
Hole Station was a close second and if my children were older and it was just me and the wife then potentially this might have won. If you are looking for an adult only site I would pick this one over the other.