10 camping and glamping sites in the UK for a perfect summer holiday

Deciding to go on holiday in the UK is not only safer anymore, but also simply more likely to happen. Uncertainty about travel is still very much part of the daily news, so it just seems easier and more practical to book a staycation (have a read at this if you need convincing why going on holiday in the UK is awesome). 

Choose your prefered holiday style or challenge yourself and opt for something different. Have you been camping before? How about glamping? Have you slept in a tent, caravan, hut, lodge, cottage, pod or in a geodome? There are a plethora of accommodation options to choose from these days. Are there any areas of the UK you have always fancied visiting but never got around to plan the trip? Maybe this is the year to do it.

We combed through some of the best camping and glamping sites in the UK for a perfect summer holiday. So, here is a little bit of everything for campers, glampers and all the other nature-loving enthusiasts! 

1. Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery, Cambridgeshire

Surrounded by stunning Fenland countryside, Fields End Water in Cambridgeshire is a beautifully quiet and peaceful retreat for adults only. Whether you'd want to pitch a tent, a caravan or a large motorhome or stay in one of their amazing glamping pods or luxurious wooden lodges, you will have everything you need to relax, unwind and explore the pretty local area.

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2. Ouse Meadow Campsite, East Sussex 

Stay at Ouse Meadow Campsite in the idyllic environs of East Sussex loveliness. ⁠⁠It is tents and small campervans only here, off-grid, with no set pitches and just enough facilities to make it easy, without spoiling the wild camping feel. If the idea of pitching a tent seems too much, then you have an option to book a pop-up bell tent.⁠⁠ River swimming, fire building, campfire cooking, den building, tree climbing, messing about on the river - all this and then some can be part of the adventurous experience while staying here.

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3. Glamping at Holly Grove Farm, Staffordshire

Set in a rural area within the Staffordshire Moorlands, this unique site comprises four adorable handmade shepherd's huts, each equipped with a kitchenette and access to its own wetroom. The site's location is excellent for visiting the nearby town of Leeks, hiking or cycling through parts of the Peak District National Park, or if you are up for a day full of excitement and adrenaline rush, Alton Towers Theme Park is just a 30-minute drive away. 

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4. Preseli Glamping, Wales

If you want to go camping or glamping in the beautiful Welsh countryside and explore the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, you are at the right place. ⁠⁠This is a small but pretty, dog and eco-friendly campsite with spectacular sea views and pitches sheltered in woodland glades and on grassy meadows. You are not really the camping type? Not to worry. A large and luxurious geodome encircled in the trees is available to book, offering a unique glamping experience.

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5. Cripps Farm Holidays, Somerset

Hidden away in a peaceful corner of the lovely Somerset, on the banks of a river and in beautifully landscaped grounds, you will be very warmly welcomed at Cripps Farm Holidays. This campsite boasts lots of accommodation options, and there's something to be found for everyone. There are 29 fully serviced seasonal pitches, six good-sized touring pitches, four self-catering cottages and 20 lakeside static caravan homes. Like we said, there's something for every holidaymaker here.

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6. Mousehole Camping, Cornwall

Perched happily on a hill behind the fishing village of Mousehole, Cornwall, and about three miles away from the larger town of Penzance, this campsite is in a picture-perfect location. You can explore the gorgeous area by taking endless coastal walks, and for a memorable experience, don't miss out on the opportunity to book a trip with one of the many fishing boats or dolphin watching boats available in the area. Regarding accommodation, you have the choice to set up either a tent, a campervan or a motorhome, or - if you want to push the boat out - book one of their lovely bell tents. 

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7. Experience Sussex, East Sussex

Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex, this lovely campsite operates on a working farm and stretches on 20 acres of natural flower meadows, right by a meandering stream. If you are looking for a quiet, wild camping experience (but with access to basic facilities!) where you can relax, unwind and reconnect with nature, this is just the campsite for you. This place has a strong eco ethos, a lot of space for comfortable pitching and is all about enjoying the simple pleasures in a rural setting. 

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8. Donkey Down Campsite, Dorset

This lovely campsite, which is part of a working organic livestock farm, is set on a gently sloping site on the Jurassic Inland Coast path in Dorset. It's tents only here, but if you don't want to bring your own tent, they have some bell tents for hire. Donkey Down has the festival feel of a pop-up campsite but the calm vibe of back to nature wild camping, so this unusual blend makes for a unique experience. This gem is only open for 47 days over the Summer (from 28th May until 18th July in 2021), so don't miss out!

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9. Meadow Field Glamping, Warwickshire

Located just outside the village of Harborough Magna near Rugby, this small but perfectly formed glamping site, set in the middle of glorious wildflower meadows, offers an oasislike experience. ⁠⁠T⁠⁠here are two boutique safari tents, each accommodating up to 6 people. It is a gorgeous place to stay, nestled amongst 500 acres of working arable farm and in a great location to tour around Warwickshire and nearby counties.

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10. Bordanoost Lodge, Scotland

A lovely clean beach house nestled in a gorgeous location with unspoilt beauty, rich history and fascinating wildlife - take a look at this charming lodge on the island of Unst, one of the northern isles of the Shetland Islands. Overlooking Haroldswick Bay, Bordanoost Lodge is set in a perfect location for nature gazing as well as bird and sea life watching. Whether you wake up and peep through the bedroom window or you enjoy your morning coffee or tea in the glazed sun lounge, the excellent views will immediately make you feel calm, recharged and grateful for what's before your eyes.

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