We are nearly at the point of the year where school’s out for summer and, for many families, that will trigger the arrival of their flagship holiday of the year.
Of course, that long-awaited break may well look slightly different this year with numerous overseas travel restrictions remaining in place.
That raises the possibility of more families travelling around the UK in their motorhomes and camper vans so we thought this was an ideal time to shine a light on just a few of the domestic campsites which offer an outstanding service and experience for travelling families.
Loch Ness Shores – Inverness
The Scottish Highlands is on the bucket list of many motorhome owners due to its breathtaking scenery and the endless towns and villages available to explore.
If you are a family and seeking somewhere to use as a base while on tour in this magical part of the world, Loch Ness Shores is a leading contender.
It has something for everybody. For the older generation, Scotland’s most famous loch provides the stunning backdrop to the 99-pitch site and there are numerous walks for all the family, whether to the nearby village of Foyers – complete with its pier – or a wide range of forestry paths to get that refreshing daily walk in.
Bushcraft and den building are available during the summer holidays for youngsters, who can also enjoy an impressive and enclosed children’s play area on site while – for those over the age of 10 – numerous water sports options are available in the local vicinity.
The weather in Scotland can be a little unreliable so the potential to hire electrical and board games from reception is a nice insurance policy if the clouds overhead turn dark.
Throw in impressive washroom facilities – including under floor heating – and other five star camping facilities and there are few better places to stay as you explore the great outdoors as a family in one of the most mesmerising locations in the British Isles.
Adgestone – Isle of Wight
Beaches, adventure parks, zoos . . .the Isle of Wight has so much to offer for families looking for a summer escape.
And for those venturing to this getaway over the coming weeks, Adgestone provides an excellent site for the whole family.
Located near to Sandown, a heated swimming pool and paddling pool provides plenty of splash activities even after a long day on the beach comes to an end.
The children’s play area is far from the norm with tennis, boules, outdoor chess and giant Jenga providing plenty of additional options over and above the standard facilities.
With numerous beaches nearby – from Shanklin to Ventor and Cowes to Ryde – there is much to admire about the Isle of Wight as a location and Adgestone as a site for families of any ages or sizes.
Verwood – Dorset
If it’s easy access to the glorious south coast beaches or exploring the New Forest that you are seeking this summer, the Verwood Camping and Caravanning Site is one to consider.
There is so much to admire about the location of this site, whether it’s a bracing family walk or a day catching some rays on the beach, many of which can be found within easy driving distance.
The site is itself is also a joy for those in a motorhome looking to set up base for a handful of nights, a week or even longer.
Newly refurbished facilities means the family shower room and washing up and laundry area have a distinctly modern feel and it is clear that a high degree of attention is given to ensuring the site remains clean and tidy.
All bases are also covered for children on this site, whatever the weather. There’s plenty of fun to be had on the playground – which includes a climbing wall – while table football, air hockey and table tennis can all be found in the indoor play area.
This truly is a little gem in a spectacular area.
Arthur’s Field/Summer Field – Cornwall
While only relatively small camper vans and motorhomes are considered here, this truly is an incredible experience for families.
Situated on the Roseland Peninsula and sitting just above Treloan Cove, this site offers spectacular sea views and a short walk to some outstanding sandy beaches.
Every morning, a bell is rung and that is the signal for children to help collect eggs freshly laid by the chickens and feed the rabbits – what a way to start the day.
This authentic camping-on-the-farm feel helps generate a special atmosphere on the site with many families coming together, with the cows’ field doubling up as a football and cricket pitch in peak summer months.
The campsite, the beaches, the animals and the new friends make this a truly unique experience.