Camping is an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of life. It does not matter whether you live in the city or the countryside; camping provides you with the opportunity to truly slow down and take a break from all of life’s stressors. When surrounded by nature, it is near impossible to not relaxation seep into your bones. The camping experience can only be heightened by bringing it to the seaside. The break from routine accompanied by the soothing
sound of lapping waves can only be qualified as a win. Therefore, we are here to bring you a
collection of the best seaside camping sites in Britain.
Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance
Treen’s Farm provides the perfect spot for camping—it’s close to several of Cornwall’s best beaches whilst also being slightly protected by a clifftop. This ensures that your campsite is not too exposed and cold. The nearby beaches of Pedn Vounder, Sennen or Whitesands Bay also provide campers with a host of activities to try out. Enjoy a quiet stroll or picnic at the secluded Pedn Vounder or surf to your heart’s content at Whitesands Bay. Apart from these beachy activities, Penzance also has other indoor activities in the event of wet weather. For example, campers can explore the history of communication systems at the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum.
Available Facilities: Shower, toilets, laundry, and washing-up areas
Places to Eat: Local shop selling meat, vegetables, bread, Treen Farm pasteurized organic milk, camping gas, and beach goods on the campgrounds.
Price: From £2 per child, from £5.50 per adult. Tents from £2 per night and cars £1 each.
Bay View Farm, Cornwall
The Bay View Farm is a cozy camping spot that hosts views to West Looe as well as across the water to St George’s Island. This site is the perfect spot if you’re looking for seclusion and peace. With the beautiful views and the quiet serenity of the area, your camping experience will surely be one that leaves you rejuvenated after. If you don’t own the best 12 person tent or are unwilling to bring one, wooden huts are also available for rent!
Available Facilities: Free hot showers, toilets, wifi and electric hookups (£3)
Places to Eat: Polperro, a beautiful and scenic fishing village, is located just a stroll down the road. Foodstuff or even fresh fish can be bought here. A beach cafe can also be found down the coastal walk at the Black Rock Resort.
Price: Tent pitches from £12 for a family of two adults and two children in winter. £17 in June, and from £20 in July. Wooden Huts from £35 per night in winter and £50 for the period of July-August.
Shell Island, Gwynedd
Shell Island is one of Europe’s largest camping sites at 300 acres. This spot could almost be said to be magical as grass and sand dunes occupy this massive space. Here, campers can choose from a variety of pitching spots from cliff-tops to sheltered fields to the seashore to secret and romantic spaces amongst the sand dunes. This is truly a wide expanse of land that leaves room for campers to engage in relaxation or fun.
Available Facilities: Supermarket, pub, restaurant, shop, hot showers free of charge, laundry, water points, and fire extinguishers.
Places to Eat: A barn has been transformed to serve as a tavern, snack bar, and restaurant.
Price: From £7 per adult per night; from £3 per child per night
Southern and south-eastern London
Grange Farm, Isle of Wright
Grange Farm is situated on high cliffs that border the sandy Brighstone beach. This offers campers the most scenic and sweeping views of the ocean. This high altitude, however, means that the campsite can be somewhat exposed at times. The amenities here then make up for this as free hot showers, toilets and even laundry facilities are located within a heated area. This campsite also offers camping pods, which provide greater protection from the elements.
Engaging activities are also offered as a play area that has trains, a rope bridge, and hay carts, is present. Empty spaces for a game of football or cricket can be found nearby and this ensures that campers of any age group can engage in some fun!
Available Facilities: Free hot showers, laundry, toilets, and a small provision shop.
Places to Eat: The nearby Brighstone village has available eateries.
Price: From £18 – £27.50 (high season) a night for two adults with a car and a tent/motorcar/caravan
East of England
Hooks House Farm, North Yorkshire
The biggest draw of this camping spot is the plethora of activities available. Just nearby Hooks House Farm is Robin Hood’s Bay, the site of a great deal of 18th-century smuggling. A historical location, it is a wonderful place for a stroll. The nearby rocky beach also allows campers to try their hand at rock-pooling, fossil-hunting and or crabbing. Campers on the more active and adventurous side can even cycle or walk down the disused railway track (spanning Scarborough to Whitby).
Available Facilities: Showers, laundry, toilets, sinks, electric kettles, microwave, fridge, and
Places to Eat: Robin Hood’s Bay has several eateries and pubs
Price: From £8 per adult per night; from £3 per child per night Contact: 01947 880283; hookshousefarm.co.uk
Seal Shore Camping and Touring Site, Isle of Arran
If you’re a fan of marine life, the Seal Shore Camping and Touring Site is the one for you! Lying on the southern tip of Arran, this spot hosts an abundance of marine life. Campers can thus observe seals, otters, and even dolphins from the beach. In warmer weather, the beach is also the perfect location for campers to sunbathe or picnic.
Available Facilities: Hot Showers, laundry, toilets, on-site shop, dishwashing and cooking facilities.
Places to Eat: The nearby Kildonan Hotel
Price: £8 for one person and £16 for two people in a 2 man tent; £4 per child (under five years of age). A £20 deposit is required.
Contact: 01770 820320; campingarran.com
Camping is a great way to relax and destress in the arms of Mother Nature. Be sure to visit any of these 6 campsites for a fun foray into wild Britain!