Best Campsites for young children 2018
By exploringthisrock March 7, 2018
So at the time of writing, I have a 5-year-old, 2-year-old and a 2.5-month-old – while the youngest hasn’t been camping yet, these sites are what I felt the other two really enjoyed. It’s part of our series looking for the best campsites in the UK. If however your children are older and around the teenage range you probably best looking at Best campsites for older children.
There were quite a few sites we have visited over the year but these 5 really stood out for us. We could have included quite a few more, actually, most of the sites in our Lake District Review could have made this list.
- Cei Bach Country Club – Ceredigion
- Garrison Campsite – Isles of Scilly
- Gwithian Farm Campsite – Cornwall
- South Meadows Caravan Park – Northumberland
- ST Neots Camping and Caravan Park – Cambridgeshire
Cei Bach Country Club Review
Located on the Welsh coast, this little gem of a campsite is an ideal playground for young kids, located near two fishing villages and direct access down to a beach it’s a must visit. The site has a decent play area for kids to run around, climb and have fun (or more importantly burn off some energy). On the beach and this is crucial with young kids – there is a toilet block – not a 5* rated one but nevertheless one which means you don’t have to keep running back to the campsite every 5 minutes.
The site is a nice small, family feel type of campsite where the owners are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your trip is perfect. With stunning views across the bay towards New Quay, it really is a stunning place.
We weren’t lucky enough but was told that you can sometimes spot dolphins off the coast playing and swimming – which is a great sight to see (especially for children).
On the site itself, there is a games room which has a few games machines, a couple of pool tables, table football and a TV, while these are aimed at slightly older children, it’s still a great place to head if the typically British summer weather hits.
One of the downsides and I wish I had known this before, there is no supermarket nearby. With us travelling to Wales I didn’t want to transport all our food with us – had I know I would of either done an online order and got it delivered or planned one on the route.
This is a gem of a campsite located on the welsh coast and well worth visiting, especially if your kids love the outdoors.
Garrison Campsite Review
Located on the Isles of Scilly I was a bit sceptical of adding the campsite, not because it’s not great for young kids, but due to its location. After all its on an island located off Cornwall, not the easiest of places to get to. However, if you’re willing to make the journey I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed.
The site itself is ideally located, about a 5-minute walk one way into town or 5 minutes the other way and your at the beach, which by the way has clear blue waters – some of the best I have seen in the UK.
We used the site as a base to explore the whole island, which has plenty of history. The site itself is beautiful and has banks of trees providing both shelters from the wind and a bit of privacy. The site is broken down into smaller sections giving the feel of a smaller campsite.
The shower blocks we’re a little dated, but don’t let this put you off. I had been forewarned that they were awful and I honestly didn’t think they were that bad, but they aren’t free and costs £1 for 5 minutes. But what do you expect on a small island?
Overall this is a brilliant site for exploring the island and well worth visiting, even if it’s just for a long weekend.
Gwithian Farm Campsite Review
This is a wonderful site located near the lovely village of Gwithian, which is about 4 miles, St Ives.
The site itself is only a few minute walk to the beach or you can drive into St Ives pretty easy, we did a mixture of the two. The beach nearest the campsites was quiet and clean but not a lot going on. Whereas St Ives is to me more like Whitby of the south, a lovely seaside port town with lots to see and do.
Staying here gives you both options to help keep the kids entertained.
The campsite itself it’s in excellent conditions with wonderful owners who are super friendly, the toilet block on site is spotless – I don’t know how often it’s cleaned but whenever I visited I never saw any dirt.
The onsite shop is perfect, it literally sells everything you could need (have forgotten to pack the gas for the mini stove and they had plenty in stock, but it sold everything for food essentials to all camping equipment needed). You can also hire wetsuits if needed for the sea, the waves are pretty good here for surfing.
The site has a great park for kids to play on if they aren’t tired enough from playing on the beach all day.
There was a wide variety of vans turning up to selling you a wide range of items from coffee, to pizza’s and a chip shop van. I meant to count the different vans or ask the owners but was too busy enjoying the trip with the kids.
There is a pub across the road, think it was called Red River Pub or Red River Inn but it was a great traditional pub, served decent food at a decent price. We only tried it once during our stay as I like to cook in the evenings – but after a long day out in St Ives I was ready for a cold beer and to let someone else worry about the cooking.
I love St Ives I have a lot of fond memories from here as a child, so being able to take my family back now to make our memories is great. It’s a lovely campsite which is just far enough away from St Ives to have that remote feel, but close enough that it’s only a short drive and you’re in the town.
South Meadows Caravan Park Review
Northumberland, in my opinion, is an underrated county which has lots of interesting places to see and explore and this campsite is a great base to explore everything Northumberland has to offer.
The site is located about a mile off the A1 meaning it’s easy to get to, not that you would know you are that close to a busy road, you can barely hear the traffic.
The fields are split so the campers are away from the caravan’s which was a bit of an issue for us as we away with my parents and it meant a bit of a walk to see them.
Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t have a been an issue, the site is very large a lot bigger than you think and it’s a bit of a walk to the toilet block.
The site has a great playground for the kids, plenty of equipment to keep them entertained and happy, its located away from other guests so less worry about them making noise and disturbing others.
If you kids like football, then take a ball as next to the park is a field for playing with goal posts.
We always tend to pack a ball and a few things like a kite and throwing ball, which meant they got plenty of use on the field.
We didn’t need to use them, but there is a local chip shop and Supermarket about a 5-minute drive away.
There is a laundrent onsite for any immediate washing that needed doing which can be useful when away with kids, we didn’t need to use it so not sure on prices.
The site is perfectly placed for exploring some of the tourist attractions nearby as well as offering you a great place to relax. The site is open all year round and can get quite busy during the peak season.
Overall this site is a great place to visit with the family and explore what Northumberland has to offer, which is quite a lot.
ST Neots Camping and Caravan Park Review
This lovely site is located about a 10-minute drive to the historical city of Cambridge – if you haven’t been before the city is well worth visiting both for its wonderful buildings as well as its history and if you have it’s still a great city to visit again and again.
The campsite itself is located on the banks of a river and you can actually walk along the banks into the nearest town St Neots – it’s about 30 minutes walking, roughly 2 miles away. The town has some great restaurants and shops as well as a decent museum.
The site is a Camping and Caravan Club site and you can stay as non-members – the price is a bit expensive for non-members, but the park itself is amazing, ran by people who care. We were personally shown to our pitch which was near the river. I know we have young children and this might not to be to everyone’s taste, but from a young age we have taught them about the dangers of water and always kept a close eye on them.
We were able to sit around the tent on an evening and watch people sail past in their boats, the pitch wasn’t the most private as the footpath is very popular but the site was kept very clean especially the toilet block.
The site is advertised as having an onsite playground, but it’s not on site and while only a couple of minutes walk away it was a little disappointing. What it lacks for an actual playground it made up with plenty of space for the kids to run around, plus the walks we could take them along the river to explore and maybe climb a tree or two.
This site is another little gem hidden away in Cambridgeshire countryside and well worth visiting.
This was a pretty easy choice and it has actually become one of our favourite sites, Gwithian Farm Campsite in Wales is just a site which is has everything we could need a family break away in the tent, that’s not to say we were disappointed in any of the other sites – far from it, firstly they made the list and we visit quite a few campsites and we would be more than happy to visit any of them again, but Gwithian Farm Campsite really stood out to us as a brilliant site which is a real gem of a campsite on the welsh coast.
This is part of our series looking at the best campsites to visit in 2018.