A beginners’ camping guide to the top pitching options
With all the recent interest in open-air adventures, we’re going back to basics and weighing up the different beginners’ camping options. In this guide, we’ll delve into the pros and cons of each pitch type – whether for tiny tents, space-guzzling motorhomes or swish glamping trips – and help you settle on the niftiest choice for your needs.
Tent pitches: the budget-boosting pick for beginners’ camping trips
An all-time classic, the tent pitch is best for beginners at camping who want a taste of outdoor living without committing lots of cash to their new hobby. Tents are affordable – the simplest start at around £15 – and tent pitches tend to be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum as well.
Some of our most highly rated filters include:
Sites that allow fires (for those proper camping vibes)
Dog-friendly tent pitches (so you can bring the furriest family member along)
Parks with bars or clubhouses (for meeting other guests)
If any of these seem like your cup of (campfire-brewed) tea, book a break then prepare for the trip with our ultimate guide to camping.
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Rolling homes: for cosy camping
A motorhome, touring caravan or campervan is for camping-committed folk who want to level up on comfort. The bonus of investing in any of the above is a little more space, a touch more warmth and built-in cooking equipment. There’s also no need to do the dreaded tasks of unpacking your belongings or setting up a tent when camping in a vehicle.
With a motorhome and touring caravan, it’s likely you’ll also have a toilet and shower, meaning you don’t necessarily need to check-in at an official campsite every night.
The downside? All this convenience comes at a price. Pitches tend to be a little costlier as you’ll want electricity and perhaps even extra space for a gazebo, pup tent or awning. And that’s before we even come to the cash required to buy the vehicle...
Before you commit to investing in a rolling home, try renting one for a weekend or so. They’re a big financial outlay, so you’re going to want to be sure they’re right for you before taking the plunge. Still considering a purchase? Have a looksee at our guide for motorhome beginners.
When searching for a self-contained accommodation pitch, some of the filters to browse include:
Pitches with space for an awning (for extra shade)
Sites with a motorhome service point (for all the essential upkeep)
Parks with hardstandings (so you won’t get stuck in the mud)
For touring caravans, take a look at pitches with:
Rented accommodation: another beginners’ camping fail-safe
Booking accommodation on a campsite or holiday park doesn’t need to be a budget-blowing affair. In fact, there are plenty of options that bridge the gap between basic tent camping and posher glamping breaks.
Static caravans tend to be comfy options with bedrooms, living areas, kitchens and bathrooms – essentially, they’ve got enough space for a large family to have a happy hol.
Camping pods or cabins can be simple or swish, depending on the site. Basic versions are usually wooden shells without bedding included – great if you’re a beginner camper who just wants an extra bit of warmth and a sturdier shelter compared to sleeping in a tent.
Glamping: a step above the rest
Glamping – a combo of the words ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’ – is said to be for those too posh to pitch. But that's not necessarily true as it's also a smart option for celebrations and cool-weather breaks.
This upscale camping-for-beginners option gets guests settling in at a bell tent, yurt, lodge, camping pod or caravan. But whatever the type of accommodation, it’s not glamping unless a little thought (and luxury) has gone into the proceedings.
At the swishest of sites, expect real beds with linen included, as well as private bathrooms and free toiletries. The listings on Pitchup are clear on what you can expect with your booking – just make sure to double-check the details in advance in case you do need to bring anything extra along with you.
Here are some of our swankier glamping sites by accommodation type:
If an upscale trip seems like the hol for you, dive into the nitty-gritty with our in-depth glamping guide.