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Family camping: a guide to the bestest family holiday ever

Children at Merley Court Touring Park, Dorset

Think ‘family holiday’ and you might be tempted to run, screaming, for the nearest hills. But a caravan or camping trip is one of the easiest types of holiday to take the kids along to.

Whether it’s a camping pod, family sized yurt, caravan for hire or tent on a family campsite, there are thousands of family camping options available - no screaming required. Here are a few of our popular family holiday parks and campsites, with tips below on keeping kids and big kids happy:

Lady's Mile Holiday Park, Devon

An award-winning park near the Blue Flag beaches of Dawlish Warren, and with pools, evening entertainment, bar, play area and wifi access. Accommodation includes pitches with electric hook-ups and three-bedroom holiday homes sleeping up to six.

Family campsites in Devon

Merley Court Touring Park, Dorset

Another award-winning park, with a pool, play area, games room and bar serving meals. Guests also have access to the 20+ activities at Oakdene seven miles away. Pitches aere for tents, tourers and motorhomes, and all have electric hook-up.

Family campsites in Dorset

Pool at Callow Top Holiday Park, Derbyshire

Bude Holiday Resort, Cornwall

A family-friendly holiday park just half a mile from Crooklets beach and less than a mile from the sands at Summerleaze. Accommodation includes tent, tourer and motorhome pitches with optional electric, and two and three-bedroom caravans sleeping six or eight. 

Family campsites in Cornwall

Family campsites in south-west England

Cwmcoedog Farm, Ceredigion

Have a family camping holiday with a difference in the camping pods at this Ceredigion farm site five miles from Cardigan Bay, with private trout fishing lake, outdoor play area, trampoline and hot tub. Pods sleep up to three or four.

Family campsites in west Wales

Family campsites in Wales

Callow Top Holiday ParkDerbyshire

Another award winner! Callow Top has a fishing lake, evening entertainment, a pool, games arcade, volleyball court, games field, bird hides - and its own brewery. Pick a pitch here or book into one of the static caravans or fully-equipped holiday cottages.

Family campsites in Central England and the Peak District

Castle Point Holiday Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Luxury holiday homes a short stroll from three sandy beaches on the coastline of Rockcliffe, near the 7stanes mountain bike trails (get teenagers to try them) and in a wildlife haven with species galore to see. Take your tent, tourer or motorhome to this viewsome spot, or book a fully-equipped holiday home with sea views and wifi. 

Family campsites in Dumfries and Galloway

Family campsites in Scotland

Camping Mané Guernehué, Brittany

Horse-riding at Camping Mané GuernehuéAll ages will find loads to do on and around this family-friendly park, with kids' clubs, sports activities and evening entertainment for teenagers, fishing lake, high rope adventure course, horse-riding farm and water park with pools, Jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. The park has grass electric pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes, and two and three-bedroom holiday homes with terrace and garden furniture. 

Family campsites in Brittany

Family campsites in France

Camping La Rosaleda, Andalucia

Camping pitches and cosy cabins less than a mile from the beach, on a holiday park with swimming pool, sauna, gym, outdoor playground, restaurant and supermarket. 

Family campsites in Andalucia

Family campsites in Spain

And onto the tips to have your bestest ever family holiday:

  • All our listed sites have details of what’s on nearby, from theme parks to beaches to walks, in the 'Local Attractions' tab, and you can narrow your search further by using our dozens of filters. If you've something specific in mind, filter your search by what's available on site, such as sites with fishing or a play area, or what leisure is nearby, like horse-riding or a leisure/theme park.
  • If you want to do something energetic, have a look at our best family bike rides and cycling and camping blog – there are loads of cycle trails all over the country, and you can also look for sites with cycle hire (add this to the ‘family-friendly’ filter to get the best options).
  • Finally, read our blog on camping etiquette to ensure the best ways to ensure peace and love all round (man): because it's always fun trying to explain manners to children.