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Camping In The Lake District

With one of the UK’s most glorious landscapes, the spectacular lakes and hills of the Lake District has some amazing camping locations for enjoying camping in the Lake District.

We’re taking a look at those available through the National Trust, Haven Holidays and Sykes Cottages, plus a few independent campsites bought to our attention by our readers and followers.

A word of warning before we start. Although the Lake District has some spectacular and dramatic scenery, always take care to check a local weather forecast before venturing out, as weather conditions can deteriorate very quickly.

Camping In The Lake District

The stunning scenery of the Lake District makes for a great camping holiday location

Camping In The Lake District Courtesy Of The National Trust

Great Langdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Great Langdale Campsite lies at the head of the Great Langdale Valley, below the high fells of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes

Great Langdale Campsite has a wide selection of grassy pitches as well as some wooden camping pods if you are looking for something more sturdy than a tent. There are two toilet and shower blocks here, plus washing-up areas and a laundry and drying room, as well as a bouldering wall and a children’s play area.

A dramatic spot to camp at if you love the outdoor life, you’ll probably be pleased to know that the Sticklebarn pub is just a ten minute walk from the campsite.

Find out more about Great Langdale Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/lake-district-great-langdale

Low Wray Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Low Wray campsite is located on the western shores of Lake Windermere

Low Wray Campsite has a wide range of camping choices including traditional pitches with waterfront, lake, meadow or woodland views plus pre-erected camping pods and safari tents and spaces for campervans and motorhomes. In all there are 153 pitches here.

There is a shop, three toilet and shower blocks, laundry facilities, washing-up areas and a children’s adventure playground. Canoes, rowing boats, sit-on kayaks and paddleboards are also available to hire as well as mountain bikes. In high season, wood-fired pizzas are available on certain nights.

Find out more about Low Wray Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/low-wray-ambleside

Wasdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Wasdale Campsite is just a stone’s throw from Wastwater, England’s deepest lake

Wasdale Campsite has 120 pitches and lies at the foot of England’s largest mountain, Scafell. You can also enjoy views of Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. As well as the option of camping in your own tent, there are also pre-erected bell tents, seven heated wooden camping pods and eleven hard standing campervan and motorhome pitches, complete with electric hook-ups.

There is an on-site shop, a toilet and shower block, washing-up areas, a laundry room and electric hook-ups for tents.

Find out more about Wasdale Campsite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/wasdale-camping

Hoathwaite Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Hoathwaite Campsite enjoys a stunning location overlooking Coniston Water, one of the Lake District’s largest lakes

Hoathwaite Campsite is in a stunning location overlooking Coniston Water, one of the Lake District’s largest lakes. It’s a simple site with no frills, just some basic amenities including a toilet and shower block, washing-up facilities and a chemical disposal point. Other than that, it’s almost “wild camping” with space for tents, campervans and motorhomes.

If you want a step up from that, basecamp tipis and yurts have also been erected here.

Find out more about Hoathwaite ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/hoathwaite-camping-lake-district

Camping In The Lake District Courtesy Of Haven Holidays

Lakelands Holiday Park

Camping In The Lake District

Holiday homes at Haven’s Lakeland Holiday Park

Haven Holidays have one camping park in the Lake District, Lakeland Holiday Park, which is close to Grange-over-Sands, overlooking Morecambe Bay and less than ten miles to the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

As well as the usual top class facilities and amenities you’d expect to see at a Haven Holiday Park such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bar, restaurant and evening entertainment, you can enjoy a variety of water sports on the holiday park’s own lake, including kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and pedalos.

As well as Haven’s own static caravan and luxury lodge accommodation, there are also 177 pitches at Lakeland Holiday Park for tourers and campers, including trailer tents and motorhomes. Free fun passes come with bookings so tourers will be able to enjoy all the amenities that are already available to Haven holidaymakers.

Find out more about booking a stay at Lakelands ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/haven-lakelands-holiday-park

Some Independent Sites For Camping In The Lake District

Here is a small sample of locations for camping in the Lake District which have been brought to our attention by our readers and followers.

Park Cliffe Camping & Caravan Estate

Camping In The Lake District

As well as spacious pitches for touring and camping, Park Cliffe has three well equipped holiday caravans and twelve camping pods. A hidden gem close to Windermere. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Eskdale Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Close to Scafell Pike, Eskdale Campsite has 10 camping pods and pitches for tents, trailer tents, campervans and motorhomes. A 5 star AA Camping Site for the last 7 years, it is close to 3 local pubs. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Mains Farm Caravan Site

Camping In The Lake District

Mains Farm is a family run working farm & quiet touring park, set in the beautiful Eden Valley. Offering pitches for caravans, tents & 6 camping pods. There is a kitchen for campers to use plus clean toilets and showers. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Baysbrown Farm Campsite

Camping In The Lake District

Set in a stunning location, Baysbrown Farm Campsite is about 7 miles from Ambleside in the village of Chapel Stile at the entrance to the stunning Great Langdale Valley in the heart of the Lake District. It .has pubs within walking distance and a nearby bus stop and is close to some great walking trails. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Space doesn’t permit much more information about these camping locations, but TripAdvisor has them all in a handy list for you to browse through (a click to each of the above photos takes you direct to their reviews of each site). If you have a favourite of your own to recommend, why not let us know why so we can add it to this post.

Sykes Cottages

Camping In The Lake District

Wray Green Cottage, on the side of Wild Boar Fell, probably has one of the best views in the entire Lake District

Sykes Cottages have an abundance of cottages for you to stay in, if you are looking for something a bit more substantial than a tent, yurt, pod or caravan, such as Grade II listed Wray Green on the side of Wild Boar Fell pictured above.

Why not browse through the list of what’s available ▸ https://campingholidayparks.com/lake-district-cottages

Disclosure: We have a commercial relationship with the National Trust, Haven Holidays and Sykes Cottages, so if you decide to go ahead with a booking from this page, we might receive a payment from them. Please note that does not affect the price you pay in any way or how your booking is handled, which is totally through the National Trust, Haven Holidays or Sykes Cottages and does not involve ourselves in any way.



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Eurocamp Pulling Out From Several French Camping Parks

Eurocamp are pulling out from several French camping parks. This includes some of their most popular locations such as Les Peneyrals, La Palombiere, La Bastide en Ardeche and Soleil Plage.

The full list they are withdrawing from is as follows:

Le Littoral in Les Sables d’Olonne;
Les Ilates in Ile de Ré;
Les Peneyrals in Salignac;
La Palombiere in Sarlat;
Camping Club Mar Estang in Canet;
Domaine Du Verdon in Castellane;
La Bastide en Ardèche in Sampzon;
Soleil Plage in Vitrac.

For the moment they are all listed on Eurocamp but if you enter any dates at all for them in 2019, they come up as unavailable regardless of which dates in 2019 you choose to enter.

Eurocamp Pulling Out From Several French Camping Parks

La Bastide en Ardèche in Sampzon is one of the camping parks in France which will no longer be available through Eurocamp.

There are a variety of different reasons for Eurocamp pulling out from these locations. Some such as Les Peneyrals and Soleil Plage have been bought up by other camping companies. Sandaya have bought Les Peneyrals and Le Littoral and Tohapi have bought Soleil Plage. Tohapi incidentally are the owners of Canvas Holidays. Others have simply opted to market themselves away from Eurocamp.

It is important to stress that all the camping parks listed above plan to reopen for next year. It’s just that they will no longer be available through Eurocamp. You will still be able to book them directly or through a different operator, such as Sandaya or Tohapi. If booking through an operator or business based outside of the UK that you might not have the same level of payment protection on your holiday such as you would get through ABTA when booking through Eurocamp.

Eurocamp pulling out from several French camping parks

Camping St Avit Loisirs in the Dordogne near Le Bugue, one of over 100 camping parks in France still available with Eurocamp in 2019. Click Here For Booking Details

Eurocamp stress that they are actively seeking alternative camping parks to replace those no longer available through them. To keep things in perspective, there will still be over 180 other camping parks available to book through Eurocamp, well over a hundred of which are in France, with the likelihood of more being added in due course. Watch out for further updates!



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Camping In Portugal

Glamping & Camping In Portugal

Whether it is beautiful woodland settings in the countryside or it’s unspoilt coastline, Portugal makes a great choice for a camping holiday. Here is a small sample of different options for camping in Portugal, including glamping options.

Camping In Portugal

Portugal offers hours of sunshine, miles of unspoilt coastline, acres of golf courses and centuries of history and culture.

Camping Orbitur Guincho (Near Cascais)

Camping In Portugal

Camping Orbitur Guincho is surrounded by a pine forest,within the Sintra Cascais Natural Park and less than a mile from the coast. Click Here For Booking Details

Camping Orbitur Guincho, near the scenic beachside resort of Cascais, is a perfect spot for surfing. Surrounded by a pine forest behind the Guincho dunes, it has some great views to enjoy.

Besides being close to a sandy beach, there is a family pool and a toddler pool on the campsite itself. There is also a tennis court, two table tennis tables and a playground.

As well as a restaurant and a bar overlooking the swimming pools, there is a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and bars used by the locals in nearby Cascais.

For sightseeing trips, both Estoril and Lisbon are within easy travelling distance.

Cepo Verde (Near Braganca, North-East Portugal)

Camping In Portugal

Cepo Verde is in a lovely hillside location in ancient woodland near the north eastern border between Portugal and Spain. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Cepo Verde is situated in the Parque Natural de Montesinho in the north-east of Portugal, close to the Spanish border.

An excellent location for a break if you are heading into Portugal from one of the ferry ports in Northern Spain or driving from the French border, or making your return journey, I had the pleasure of staying at Cepo Verde a few years ago when touring in our folding camper on a family holiday.

The campsite is located in woods on a hillside, about 10 kms from Braganca, amongst chestnut trees, oaks and cherry trees which provide plenty of shade on hot days. It is a very calm and peaceful location with beautiful scenery.

The campsite has about 40 pitches and they are all spacious and offer enough privacy. The sanitary accomodation is clean and comfortable. There’s a café/restaurant that is open all day and there’s a swimming pool to relax and unwind in. The people of the campsite were helpful and friendly. What more can you expect? Well the rates are very reasonable too, you pay about 14 euros a day for a camper and two persons, electricity included.

Yelloh! Village Camping Turiscampo (Algarve)

Camping In Portugal

Yelloh! Village Camping Turiscampo, near Lagos on the Algarve, has been receiving some rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Click Here To Read More

Yelloh! Village Camping Turiscampo, on the Algarve near Lagos, has been receiving some rave reviews on TripAdvisor recently, having gained a reputation for it’s friendliness, it’s facilities and for being spotlessly clean.

With a paddling pool, a huge spa pool, and a very decently sized Californian swimming pool, the pool area caters for just about anyone capable of using it. You should find there are plenty of sunbeds as well as a bar and restaurant next to the pool, and some grass terraces nearby if you prefer a bit more quiet. On top of which Camping Turiscampo is close to some of the Algarve’s biggest and most beautiful beaches.

There is a gym and a playing field for games and sporting activity. A roof has been added to one of the swimming pools. The pools are open throughout the year, though you’re advised to check with the management in case they are closed for maintenance or other reasons.

There is a bus service to Lagos that you can use not far from the campsite if you fancy a trip out without using the car.

Tourers are welcome, though with it sometimes being 75% full even in winter, it is a good idea to book ahead. The campsite is on a slope but the pitches are terraced. Most of them are shaded, which would be welcome on the typical hot days you get during an Algarve summer, though maybe not so welcome if you are a winter visitor.

A range of static caravan options can be booked through Yelloh.

Casa Fontelheira (Near Braga, Northern Portugal)

Camping In Portugal

Casa Fontelheira rents out luxury Glamping tents as well as luxury apartments near Braga in Northern Portugal. Click Here For TripAdvisor Reviews

Casa Fontelheira is a glamping business near Braga in Northern Portugal. You can rent out a luxury glamping tent or a luxury apartment. with luxury facilities including a heated pool. You’ll also enjoy the panoramic views in this charming setting. This is a small luxury holiday park off the beaten track about an hour’s drive from the northern Portugeese city of Braga.

Other amenities include a bowling alley, a table tennis table, a badminton court, a trampoline and a playing field for other sports of your choice.

Around the bar and restaurant area there is free wifi reception. BBQ and stone grill evenings are also amongst your eating options.

Countless olive trees, orange trees, cherry trees, walnut trees and other citrus trees round off this lovely setting.

Getting To Portugal

To get to Portugal by road you will need to make use of the Brittany Ferries services to Santander or Bilbao. The Bilbao service from Portsmouth is usually cheaper but will be longer as it usually stops in Roscoff in Brittany too. Another option is to make the much longer journey from the Channel Ports or the Eurotunnel if you have the time to do so.

If you opt to travel through France as I have done myself a few stops in Western France such as Arcachon and the Loire will make the journey that little bit less onerous.

Alternatively, you can fly into airports such as Faro or Lisbon from UK airports. Eurocamp have a flight finder tool that might be of assistance to you: Eurocamp Flight Finder Tool

If you have a camping recommendation of your own that you think should also be included, then do let us know. We’d be pleased to hear from you.



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Some Great Camping Parks In France For Beaches

My Selection Of Great Camping Parks In France For Beaches

If you love holidaying in France and also love great beaches, what could beat staying at a great camping park in France that backs directly on to one of it’s best beaches? Especially if, once you’ve arrived, you can park the car up until it’s time to leave, unless you’re ready for some sightseeing or retail therapy. Here’s my selection, in no particular order, of some great camping parks in France for doing just that.

1) Camping de la Baie, La Trinité-sur-Mer, South Brittany

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

Enjoy these beachside views when camping at La Plage and La Baie campsites in La Trinite-sur-Mer.
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Forgive me for some personal bias, but Camping de la Plage, located by the small resort of La Trinité-sur-Mer, South Brittany, was the site of my first family camping holiday way back in 1999. It still remains a great favourite.

Camping de la Plage takes both tourers and holidaymakers wanting a pre-erected tent or static caravan. As well as backing directly onto a sandy cove, a beachside bar and restaurant overlooks the bay too. Camping de la Plage also has it’s own swimming pool with waterslides and there are also two tennis courts, three table tennis tables and two boules pitches.

If you can’t get into Camping de la Plage, adjacent Camping de la Baie has similar amenities and access to the same beach via a slightly longer walk. In fact, there’s usually no difficulty using the amenities at both camping parks, regardless of which one you’ve booked to stay in.

The chic resort of La Trinite-sur-Mer itself is just a short walk away, with it’s scenic promenade, bars, shops and restaurants. All in all, a very agreeable place for a camping holiday.

2) Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Languedoc

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

As well as being Al Fresco Holidays top ranked camping park in customer reviews, Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage also backs on to one of the best beaches in the south of France. Click Here For More Details

Based on customer review ratings (9.5 out of 10), Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping park. On top of that, it also has direct access to one of the best beaches in the south of France (as voted by Daily Telegraph journalists).

Amenities include a very popular tropical (heated) lagoon outdoor pool with a bridge and waterslides, a fun pool for youngsters with more waterslides and a pirate ship to play in. There’s also a heated indoor pool for those rare rainy days in the south of France.

There are 2 bars, a restaurant and a takeaway option. In high season, entertainment often continues up to midnight, so if sleep or an early night are a low priority, then this will be the place to stay.

There are plenty of facilities on the site such as a mini market, a butcher, a bakery, a fishmonger and Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage also has an excellent reputation for being a friendly, clean and well-run camping park.

This is a large site, with over a thousand pitches so will be best suited to those looking for an action packed holiday. If that’s not your scene then a visit in a more off-peak period might be more to your liking.

Located just a few miles from Beziers on the Mediterranean coast of France, Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is a very popular campsite for families of all ages. Options for getting there include flying to a nearby airport such as Beziers or Montpellier or driving down from the Channel ports or Eurotunnel which will usually involve an overnight stay on the way down and back, unless you have someone to share the driving with.

3) Yelloh! Village Au Lac de Biscarrosse, Aquitaine

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

As well as being right next to Lac de Biscarosse, the second largest lake in France, Yelloh! Village Au Lac de Biscarrosse also has it’s own superb pool complex. Click Here For More Details

Yelloh! Village Au Lac de Biscarrosse is next to Lake de Biscarrosse, the second largest lake in France & a top camping park for beaches, with 5600 hectares of beach holiday brilliance right on your doorstep when you stay here.

As well as swimming and watersports in the lake, this superb new camping park also has a superb pool complex with slides and a kid’s splash area, an amazing spa and well-being area, top of the range new facilities and an entertainment programme for the evenings in high season. With bungee jumping and kite-surfing amongst the other activities on the lake, there’s no excuse for not finding enough action to enjoy during your stay.

This is a medium sized camping park with just under 470 pitches and is owned by the French holiday operator Yelloh!, one of the very best French camping holiday operators.

4) Camping Club Les Sablons, Portiragnes, Languedoc

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

With direct access you can walk straight from Les Sablons onto Portiragnes Plage, a glorious Mediterranean beach.
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With almost 800 pitches, Les Sablons is a large campsite with an excellent range of facilities: a lovely bar, restaurant, and fabulous pool complex, with no less than five swimming pools, including one for kids and a newly developed one just for over 18s including a water massage bed and Jacuzzi.

There’s a tennis court, a basketball court, no less than eight table tennis tables and two volleyball nets for further sporting options away from the pools and the beach.

In high season, it’s party time with indoor and outdoor discos and other entertainment. Portiragnes Plage itself is an upmarket resort with plenty of bars and restaurants for you to choose from, and a thriving weekly market that’s always worth checking out.

As well as having direct access to the beach at Portiragnes Plage, Les Sablons is also a great spot for walking or cycling along the nearby Canal du Midi. Not surprisingly, it is a popular destination that often gets booked out quickly in high season.

If you want to mix up your stay with one or two drives, Carcassonne and Montpellier are barely an hour away in opposite directions. Indeed the Spanish border is just over two hours away.

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

Night time at Les Sablon’s swimming pool complex.

5) Camping Le Club Farret, Vias Plage, Languedoc

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

Camping Le Club Farret at Vias Plage has it’s own exclusive beach. Click Here For More Details

As well as enjoying direct access to it’s own exclusive Mediterranean beach, Camping Le Club Farret has a lagoon-style swimming pool pool complex with two pools, water fountains and a diving board, a spa and a jacuzzi.

A large site with over 700 pitches, it also has a tennis court, four table tennis tables, three playgrounds, a sports pitch, a basketball court, a volleyball net and a boules pitch. There should be plenty going on here, both on and off the site, to keep you entertained and for people of all ages to enjoy themselves.

Camping Parks In France For Beaches

Part of the pool complex at Vias Plage.

This list is not exhaustive, indeed it’s more a case of me indulging in a handful of personal favourites. Watch out for further additions in the near future, or why not give your own recommendations to add via the Comments box at the bottom of this post? I’d be pleased to add them, together with a mention if you’d like that!



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Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage

Al Fresco Holidays Highest Ranked Camping Park

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage

As well as being Al Fresco Holidays top ranked camping park in customer reviews, Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage also backs on to one of the best beaches in the south of France. Click Here For Booking Details

Based on customer review ratings (9.5 out of 10), Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping park. On top of that, it also has direct access to one of the best beaches in the south of France (as voted by Daily Telegraph journalists).

Amenities include a very popular tropical (heated) lagoon outdoor pool with a bridge and waterslides, a fun pool for youngsters with more waterslides and a pirate ship to play in. There’s also a heated indoor pool for those rare rainy days in the south of France.

There are 2 bars, a restaurant and a takeaway option. In high season, entertainment often continues up to midnight, so if sleep or an early night are a low priority, then this will be the place to stay.

There are plenty of facilities on the site such as a mini market, a butcher, a bakery, a fishmonger and Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage also has an excellent reputation for being a friendly, clean and well-run camping park.

This is a large site, with over a thousand pitches so will be best suited to those looking for an action packed holiday. If that’s not your scene then a visit in a more off-peak period might be more to your liking.

Located just a few miles from Beziers on the Mediterranean coast of France, Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is a very popular campsite for families of all ages. Options for getting there include flying to a nearby airport such as Beziers or Montpellier or driving down from the Channel ports or Eurotunnel which will usually involve an overnight stay on the way down and back, unless you have someone to share the driving with.

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage

Part of the pool complex at Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping holiday park. Click Here For Booking Details



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New Eurocamp 2018 Camping Sites

Introducing New Eurocamp Camping Sites For 2018

Eurocamp have added three new camping destinations to their Eurocamp 2018 portfolio of camping sites. Watch out for others they plan to add to this impressive range.

1) Canyelles, Costa Brava

Canyelles, Costa Brava

Canyelles on the Costa Brava is located just 200 metres from a delightful sandy cove. Click Here For More Details

Canyelles is a new location for Eurocamp on Spain’s Costa Brava. It’s just 200 metres from a delightful sandy cove. The lively resorts of Lloret de Mar & Tossa de Mar are also on your doorstep. This is a beautifully landscaped, hillside terraced camping park. Amenities here also include a large swimming pool, a bar, restaurant and a grocery store.

This is a medium sized camping park with 345 pitches. The Eurocamp accommodation here comes in the shape of the new Azure range of mobile homes. Getting here involves a drive of about 7 hours from the Spanish port of Bilbao, though of course you could also fly to Girona or include the destination as part of a longer trip through France with other stops along the way.

2) Palmyre Loisirs, Gironde

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The fabulous pool complex at Palmyre Loisirs, a new Eurocamp destination for 2018. Click Here For Booking Details

New to Eurocamp for 2018 Palmyre Loisirs has a fabulous pool complex. On top of that, it’s only about a two mile drive to the sandy beaches of the Gironde Estuary, close to where it meets the Atlantic Ocean.

If you have visited Palmyre Loisirs in the past prior to being taken onboard by Eurocamp, you will now see a vast difference with it under new management and keeping up to the high standards required by Eurocamp. The new pool complex replaced the old swimming pool in 2015 and is located more centrally than the old one. Other facilities include a tennis court and eight boules pitches.

Accommodation options include the Azure, Eurocamp’s newest range of mobile homes, complete with decking and more spacious than other accommodation options.

3) Camping de la Plage, Roussillon

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Part of the terraced area by the newly extended pool complex at Camping de la Plage, which is scheduled to be fully functional for the 2018 holiday season. Click Here For Booking Details

New to Eurocamp for the 2018 season, Camping de la Plage is in St Marie La Mer, just to the north of the popular seaside resort of Canet Plage with it’s range of seafood restaurants, cafes and bars, many of which are along the promenade overlooking the beach. St Marie La Mer itself has enjoyable markets, bars and restaurants, and a pretty marina of it’s own to browse around.

The medieval, walled city of Carcassonne, the historic capital city Perpignan and the fishing town of Collioure are amongst several places to visit if you enjoy sightseeing.

Camping de la Plage has direct access to a sandy Mediterranean beach and has an upgraded pool complex due to be fully functional for the 2018 season. Roussillon is the sunniest part of France so there should be ample opportunities to enjoy both during your stay.

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Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks

The Best Camping Holiday Parks As Chosen In Customer Holiday Reviews

Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks

Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks, as ranked in customer reviews. Click Here To See The Top Ten

If you are looking for inspiration on where to book your next camping holiday, where better to look than a list of Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Parks, as ranked by customers in their feedback and reviews?

We’re taking a look at the top five for you, but if you just want the full list of 12 of the best camping holiday parks that you could book, all with a ranking of over 9 out of 10, then you need to head over to ▸ https://www.alfresco-holidays.com/reevoo-customer-reviews

1) Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Languedoc, France

Al Fresco Holidays Best Camping Holiday Parks

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage, Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping holiday park. Click Here For More Details

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is Al Fresco Holidays highest ranked camping park, based on customer review ratings (9.5 out of 10). If that’s not impressive enough, it also has direct access to a magnificent and exclusive sandy beach that has been voted one of the best beaches in the south of France by travel journalists at the Telegraph newspaper.

This hugely popular camping holiday park, run by top French operator Yelloh!, has plenty of amenities. This includes a tropical heated outdoor pool, an amazing spa pool, waterslides, and all sorts of other facilities, including loads of live entertainment, and sports activities. This includes two tennis courts, two table tennis tables, two basketball courts, a volleyball net and much else.

This is a large site with over 1,000 pitches but the facilities and amenities seem to cope comfortably with the number of visitors, even at the busiest periods. If you want to stay at a quieter time, it is usually open from late April through to the last week of September. You can book a range of 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom mobile homes with decking through Al Fresco Holidays and through Yelloh!

Yelloh! Village le Serignan Plage is located in the Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coast of France. The nearest larger cities include Beziers, Narbonne and Montpellier.

2) Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret, Languedoc, France

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Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret, one of Al Fresco’s top 2 camping parks in customer reviews. Click Here For More Details

Ranked as the second highest ranked camping holiday park on Al Fresco, based on customer review ratings, Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret gets a score of 9.4 out of 10. Holidaymakers at Yelloh! Village Le Club Farret enjoy direct access to a beautiful sandy Mediterranean beach. There are two large outdoor pools, one rectangular and one a lagoon, with adjacent toddler pools on the camping park itself.

Sporting options here include a tennis court, four table tennis tables, a basketball court and a volleyball net. There are also three playgrounds and an area for playing football.

The famous Canal du Midi is just a short walk away from this location. as is the resort of Cap d’Agde. Nearby towns, just a short drive away, include Beziers and Sete. Cycle hire is also available as another way to explore the area.

There is also plenty of evening entertainment to join in if you wish to, as well as a bar and a restaurant with a terraced area. This is a large site with over 700 pitches. Holidaymakers can also use the facilities of the neighbouring camping resort of Yelloh! Village Beach Club Farret.

3) Union Lido, Venetian Riviera, Italy

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Union Lido, Al Fresco’s highest ranked camping park on the Venetian Riviera. Click Here For More Details

Union Lido is Al Fresco’s highest ranked camping park on the Venetian Riviera, with a score of 9.4 out of 10. The centrepiece of Union Lido is Aqua Park Laguna, which features 5 swimming pools, a lazy river, water slides, and a Jacuzzi pool within it. What’s more, you also get direct access to a gently sloping sandy Adriatic beach. This is a private beach with a bar within walking distance.

This is a very large Italian style camping resort with over 2,000 different pitches. There is a very good selection of various restaurants on site as well as four bars, so although it will be busy in high season there should still be enough options to for everyone to easily enjoy. The restaurants have also attracted very positive customer review rankings in their own right. There are also shops in different parts of the camping park so you don’t have to walk too far for groceries or takeaways.

Venice itself is about 35 miles away. Lido di Jesolo is nearer. The short bus journey to Punta Sabbioni gives you the option of travelling to Venice by ferry. A visit to Venice is always worth setting time aside for, especially if you’ve not been there before.

4) Camping Le Brasilia, Roussillon, France

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Just across from the yacht harbour at Canet-Plage, Camping Le Brasilia enjoys direct access to the beach.
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Camping Le Brasilia is a large and lively camping park in Canet-Plage across the harbour from the yacht harbour. It scores 9.2 out of 10 in customer reviews.

Camping Le Brasilia enjoys direct access to the sandy beach that it is located along. Canet-Plage is north of better known Argeles-sur-Mer, approximately half an hour’s drive to the north. This is probably not the camping park to choose in high season if you like your evenings to be quiet and peaceful. If you like plenty of entertainment and a party atmosphere however, you will probably love it here.

There is a full programme of cabaret acts and discos in high season. Options for dining include a restaurant, which has a terrace, a pizzeria and a takeaway. There are also two bars. There are plenty of options for your own shopping, including a bakery for fresh bread, a butcher’s shop, a grocery and a sizeable minimarket.

The pool complex has no less than five swimming pools so that all types of visitor, from toddler to adult, are catered for. Waterfalls and waterslides built into the rocks will keep the more active swimmers busy.

Visitors to Camping Le Brasilia generally report it to be a pristine and well run camping park, fully deserving of it’s five star rating. There are over 400 pitches for tourers and almost 300 static caravans of various sizes and grades. For a bit more space why not book one of the larger more spacious Verdi or Vivaldi ranges for a bit more room.

For trips out, the legendary medieval walled town of Carcassonne is within driving distance as is the capital city of Roussillon, Perpignan. The fishing port of Collioure, close to the Spanish border, is only a short drive to get to. If you are feeling even more adventurous, Barcelona is only about three hours drive away.

5) Marina Di Venezia, Venetian Riviera, Italy

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The facilities at Marina Di Venezia, make it a resort village in itself, especially the waterpark complex!
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Scoring 9.2 out of 10 from customer reviews, Marina Di Venezia is a beautiful camping holiday park park with an amazing pool complex. Close to the delights of Venice, which is just a direct ferry service away, and also to miles of Blue Flag Adriatic beaches, this is a fantastic location with plenty of facilities.

Besides the water complex, there are plenty of other facilities here, including a tennis court, seven table tennis tables, a football pitch (plus other smaller pitches) and a basketball court. At the beach, there are no less than five volleyball nets. Windsurfing lessons are also available.

There are four bars, three restaurants, a takeaway and plenty of evening entertainment, often including fireworks and a DJ on the beach, to sample at Marina Di Venezia.

You will probably need a two week holiday to get the most out of everything going on here, especially if you also want to allow time for some sightseeing.

Al Fresco Holidays have a wide selection of luxury 4 metre wide and 3 bedroom mobile homes, including Vivaldi’s with new lounge decking at Marina Di Venezia.

Seven Other Camping Holiday Parks Ranked Over 9 Out Of 10

If you want to delve further, there are no less than a further seven camping holiday parks ranked at or above 9 out of 10 in Al Fresco Holiday options. Locations range from the Vendee to Tuscany and Spain. Get instant access to them all here: https://www.alfresco-holidays.com/reevoo-customer-reviews



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Camping Les Peneyrals, Family Camping Just A Few Miles From Sarlat

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An aerial view of Camping Les Peneyrals

Located just a few miles north of Sarlat, the preserved medieval hub of this part of the Dordogne, Camping Les Peneyrals is perfectly located for exploring the Dordogne as well as being a camping park with plenty of facilities and amenities of it’s own to enjoy.

Having had the pleasure of staying here a few years ago I can confirm it has a lovely spacious feel with static caravans spread around a decently sized fishing lake, a refreshing change from some other locations where they are arranged in rows. Carp and roach populate the fishing lake. Fishing is permitted but the fish have to be returned to the lake after being caught.

The scenic village of Salignac is within easy walking distance of Camping Les Peneyrals. Salignac has some old buildings which give it a traditional Dordogne ambience and a few bars and restaurants as an alternative for dining out away from the campsite.

The campsite itself has it’s own restaurant and bar, including a decking area for eating outside. Evening entertainment is often laid on, particularly live bands, discos and occasionally karaoke.

There is a mini market on site. Larger supermarkets are a few miles away on the main road into Sarlat. Sarlat can get congested to drive into and to park, though if you know the area well there are one or two backstreet routes.

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The view from the top of the large waterslide at Camping Les Peneyrals

Camping Les Peneyrals has a sizeable pool complex, including four outdoor pools, a toddler pool and two waterslides (one large and one small). One of the pools has a retractable roof which is handy for rare cooler or rainy days. During our stay in late August and early September the temperature was usually in the high twenties or even 30C. As a general rule, summer weather in the Dordogne tends to consist of about 4 hot days, a couple of thundery days and then a return to the hot weather again. There are of course exceptions to that but generally you’d be unlucky not to have more warmer days than cool days.

There is a tennis court, available for a small fee, a football pitch, badminton and basketball courts, a volleyball net, several boules pitches, three different playgrounds and a trampoline. Cycles can also be hired to help you explore the local area, so there are plenty of activities to keep yourself and your family as busy and amused as you want them to be.

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The fishing lake at Camping Les Peneyrals gives it a spacious feel, with the static caravans laid out around it’s banks.

The layout of Camping Les Peneyrals definitely helped to make it feel there is plenty of space here, although all the amenities remained within easy reach. With only 250 pitches, this is not a particularly large site.

If you travel on an overnight ferry it’s within a day’s drive of the Channel ports. If you are crossing during the daytime you might want to consider an overnight stop or a second stay to break the journey. Camping Ley Peneyrals is about 400 miles from Ouistreham and St.Malo, and further from Calais or Roscoff.

Activities off site well worth considering are canoeing, as the Dordogne is in such close proximity and just spending time on the riverbanks as there are several sandy beaches along the river. My own favourites are at Gluges, St.Julien and Cenac. Sarlat is great for history, restaurants and shops. Other places well worth a visit include the historic “bastide” of Domme, especially when an evening market is on, La Roque Gageac and the medieval castle at Castelnaud. If you like exploring caves, those near Le Bugue are highly renowned.

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Etang de Tamnies is a lovely spot to get off the beaten track and maybe enjoy a family picnic.

If you fancy getting off the beaten track, there is a lovely lake used by the locals at Etang de Tammies not far from Camping Les Peneyrals. It’s signposted from the main road and is a nice spot to relax with sandy beaches, play areas for children and a small kiosk selling refreshments. It’s an ideal spot for a family picnic. You can find more about it via some reviews on TripAdvisor

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Is any trip to the Dordogne complete without a leisurely canoeing expedition?

If you want to book through a UK operator, both Eurocamp & Canvas Holidays promote holidays at Camping Les Peneyrals:

http://www.eurocamp.co.uk/campsites/dordogne/les-peneyrals
http://www.canvasholidays.co.uk/france/dordogne/les-peneyrals



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Camping In The Vendee With Eurocamp At Camping Les Ecureuils

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Miles of sandy Vendee beaches are just over the road from Camping Les Ecureuils.

In August 2017 we had the opportunity to spend a few days at Camping Les Ecureuils in the Vendee with Eurocamp.

It was a great opportunity to see how a popular camping park was coping with the school summer holidays in full swing.

The holiday camp seemed to be coping quite comfortably despite being full. We managed two hours of tennis on each day of our stay, only needing to book on the morning of each day we wanted to play. The bar was lively and friendly with efficient service in both French and English. There is a small supermarket on site for groceries, especially the ritual morning baguettes and croissants for breakfast.

Other available activities included table tennis tables, which were never too busy to get on to, There is also a nice restaurant called Amy’s House, including a terrace to give the option of dining outdoors as well as inside the restaurant.

The swimming pool is reasonably sized and never seemed overcrowded despite large numbers of holidaymakers making full use of it each day. My one minor gripe was the tendency to unofficially reserve the sun loungers by placing towels on them and then disappearing for several hours before making use of them, but this seems to be the universal thing to do now wherever you are holidaying.

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Poolside at Camping Les Ecureuils. There is also a water slide and a lazy river feature. Click Here For More Details

Camping Les Ecureuils seemed to be particularly geared towards giving young children a good time, with a popular kids club and plenty of activity in the bar area in the early evening geared towards young children.

If you wanted to get away from the campsite, there is an option to hire bicycles to take advantage of the cycle paths in the area. The resort towns of St Jean de Mont and St Giles Croix de Vie are both within easy reach both by cycle and by car. It’s also worth noting that there are miles of sandy beaches straight over the road from the campsite. Despite it being a sunny August weekend there was plenty of space for everyone.

St Giles Croix de Vie has some excellent traditional French restaurants, while the evening market in St Jean de Mont has a lively, vibrant atmosphere to add to the beach culture of the resort. For a trip further afield by car, the island of Noirmoutier, which can be reached by a modern bridge, was a very enjoyable day out. It has some fine beaches and has an old town of some charm and several villages.

For a trip more directly suitable for younger children, the famous historical theme park at Puy de Fou, which we visited some years ago, is about an hour and a half away and should be a special day out for them.

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The spectacular setting that is the main arena at Puy du Fou, an award winning theme park for a very special family day out. Click Here For More Details

We found several bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of Camping Les Ecureuils for either a family meal, a drink, or both.

You’ll find a wide selection of different accommodation options at Camping Les Ecureils including the new Avant style holiday chalets, more traditional Espace and Esprit holiday caravans, safari tents and more traditional camping tents. There’s also room for some tourers which can be booked through Eurocamp Independent.

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The new Avant style holiday caravan, one of several accommodation options at Camping Les Ecureuils.
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The site seemed primarily geared towards Eurocamp visitors with no signs of other operators being present there. The reps were all friendly and helpful during our stay.

Camping Les Ecureuils scores highly on holiday review sites and after our visit I can definitely see why.

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Camping In The New Forest, Camping Sites In Beautiful Countryside

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The New Forest and camping go together for any enthusiast of outdoor living in beautiful countryside. The New Forest is one of the last remaining areas of unenclosed pastures, heathland and forest that still remains in the south of England.

A great area for country walking, free roaming wildlife including deer and horses are amongst it’s most memorable highlights. Several attractive villages, including Beaulieu (home to the famous British National Motor Museum), Burley, Buckler’s Hard, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst also lie within the New Forest and are enjoyable places to visit. It’s also ringed by several attractive country towns such as Downton, Fordingbridge, Lymington and Milford On Sea. Paultons Park, with over 70 rides and attractions, is one of the leading theme parks in the south of England and makes for a great family day out for your children to remember.

Naturally there are many attractive New Forest camping sites to suit all kinds of camping tastes, as well as variations on camping such as chalet caravan accommodation in well maintained holiday parks and luxury log cabin and lodge accommodation. This is not intended as an exhaustive list, so if you have a particular recommendation of your own then why not give it a mention in our comments section at the end of this article?

1) Sandy Balls Holiday Park

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Nestled in 120 acres of beautiful woodland in the New Forest National Park, Sandy Balls Holiday Village has an abundance of activities in a breathtaking setting. Click Here For More Information

Sandy Balls is a five-star holiday village in the New Forest National Park, between Godshill and Fordingbridge, offering accommodation that includes luxury woodland lodges, static holiday homes, camping pods and safari tents as well as fully serviced touring pitches.

On the park itself you will find both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, an adventure playground, a state-of-the-art gym, a sauna and spa jacuzzi, an indoor play area, a family restaurant specialising in Italian food, a bar and a cycling centre, where you can hire cycles to explore the many cycling tracks in the New Forest itself.

There is a wealth of activities to suit all ages and tastes that makes Sandy Balls a perfect getaway for families, couples or groups of friends in a wonderful, unique area of southern England, especially given it’s location, close to some of the best heathland in the New Forest, usually teeming with wild ponies roaming across it.

Sandy Balls is a long established holiday village that has consistently ranked amongst the most popular holiday destinations in the New Forest ….. Read more »

2) Shorefield Country Park

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Shorefield Country Park has a great range of holiday accommodation to relax in. Click Here For More Details

A 5 Star rated multiple award winning holiday park set in 100 acres of delightful landscaped parkland, near Milford-on-Sea, Shorefield Country Park has a perfect location between the New Forest and the Solent, being just a few minutes walk from the cliffside, with lovely views across the Solent to the Needles on the western end of the Isle of Wight, as well as being close to Christchurch.

Accommodation options include chalets, static caravans, luxury lodges (complete with your own private hot tub), houses and cottages. If touring or camping is your preferred option, a stay at nearby Lytton Lawn, set in 8 acres of well maintained parkland, is just a short distance away and entitles you to the use of the facilities at Shorefield Country Park itself.

An indoor and an swimming pool, bar and restaurant and evening entertainment at the Show Bar, tennis courts, an outdoor play area, a fishing lake stocked with carp, are amongst the many amenities on offer when booking a stay at Shorefield Country Park ….. Read more »

3) Cypress Log Cabins

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Cypress Log Cabins, a very popular location for couples. Luxury log cabin accommodation with outdoor decking, many also having their own outdoor hot tub, close to some of the finest New Forest pathways and cycle tracks. Click Here To Get Booking Details

Located on the B3078 country road through the New Forest between Sandy Balls and the Fighting Cocks pub, Cypress Log Cabins caters for adult visitors and is particularly popular amongst holidaying couples. It has a reputation for providing comfortable accommodation, offering a relaxed and informal setting for visitors that’s perfectly located for exploring the New Forest.

There are four rooms, each with a continential in-room self-service breakfast. All the rooms have a private decking area and three of them have their own private hot tub. They all have electric fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

There is an indoor heated swimming pool that is open from late May until the end of September. On-site bike hire and free wifi are also available to visitors ….. Read more »

4) Oakdene Forest Park

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Oakdene Forest Park is situated on the edge of the Hurn and Avon Forest, with direct access into the forest from different points on the park. Click Here For More Details

Oakdene Forest Park is in a tranquil location on the edge of the Hurn & Avon Forest, a few miles to the west of the New Forest itself near Ferndown. Self-catering accommodation here consists of static caravans and lodges.

On-site activities include water-walkerz, archery, body-zorbing as well as a state-of-the-art gym among a diverse array of exciting ways to get active, including a large indoor pool, and a seasonal outdoor pool. There is a restaurant, bar and show bar for evening entertainment, complete with live acts, cabaret, tribute bands, family fun and games from the campsite mascots and entertainments team.

There are plenty of cycle and walking routes for you to explore the area around Oakdene at your own leisure. Oakdene is also the only Go Active + park on the South Coast. Reaching the New Forest itself involves a drive of about ten minutes, depending on the traffic ….. Read more »

5) Hollands Wood Campsite

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Hollands Wood Campsite is a traditional camping location, without electric hook ups, in the New Forest near Brockenhurst. Click Here To Read More

Hollands Wood campsite is set in 22 hectares of beautiful oak woodland just north of Brockenhurst, with touring pitches set amidst the giant oak trees here. There are 600 pitches here, all set on grassland, with a toilet block and showers. The site has no electricity as it is intended as a get away from it all location, ideal if you’re looking for a digital detoxification.

Hollands Wood enjoys direct access into the New Forest via numerous walking and cycle paths, and is within easy reach of a very pretty picnic site at Balmer Lawn next to the Lymington River, a perfect spot for lunch or any other meal, next to an enchanting waterway – with abundant wildlife all around.

Whenever you might feel the need to get back to “civilisation” and offsite refreshments, Brockenhurst and it’s pubs, banks, shops and restaurants are just a ten minute stroll away.

Getting back to nature, near to where horses and other wildlife roam freely is a major part of the attraction of Hollands Walk. An extremely family-friendly campsite, popular with families, groups and young people alike, Hollands Wood has proved a very popular location for campers looking for a traditional camping experience, attracting more than 500 reviews on TripAdvisor Read more »

6) Hoburne Naish

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Hoburne Naish, just to the west of the New Forest, has some glorious cliffside views, is a short walk from miles of sandy beaches. Click Here For More Details

Hoburne Naish is a beautiful holiday park with a clubhouse that was refurbished in 2016, and has a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and takeaway. There is a heated indoor pool, a splash pool for really little ones and a seasonally open outdoor pool, along with a nature trail, mini golf, adventure playground, a tennis court, an amusement arcade and lots more, including a bar and a children’s play area. If you wish to, you can head straight to the beach the moment you’ve checked in!

Hoburne Naish is near to the New Forest town of New Milton and has panoramic sea views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight from its splendid cliff-top location.

Accommodation options include static caravans and lodges complete with hot tubs. There are no options for touring holidays however as in the past this caused some of the facilities here to get overrun in peak periods ….. Read more »

7) Red Shoot Camping Park

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The Red Shoot Inn, a quintessential country pub next to Red Shoot Camping Park, ideal for when you fancy an alternative to the BBQ or just fancy a drink in comfortable surroundings.

In the heart of the New Forest up a country road off the B3078 Cadnam to Fordingbridge road near the hamlet of Linwood is Red Shoot Camping Park. Red Shoot welcomes tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans and can offer a choice of both electric and non-electric grass pitches. Facilities include an on-site shop and bakery, children’s play area, laundry room, under floor heated showers/toilets and family and disabled bathrooms, which are all maintained to a high standard.

The focus is on families and couples so noisy hen or stag parties and large group bookings are not permitted here. Dogs are permitted.

The popular Red Shoot Inn is a quintessential country pub next to the campsite. Children and dogs are welcome in this Wadsworth Brewery pub, which also has it’s own microbrewery where you can sample the likes of Tom’s Tipple and Forest Gold. There’s also plenty of home cooked pub grub for days when you might be bored at the thought of another BBQ or the weather isn’t suitable for al fresco dining.

Red Shoot Camping Park is usually open from March to October. Winners of a TripAdvisor Award for Excellence in 2014, 2015 and 2016, it is a very popular campsite so it is advisable to book in advance in busy periods. You must do that by phoning up as there is no online booking option. Read more »

8) Hoburne Bashley

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Whether it’s the crispness of spring, long summer days or the falling leaves of Autumn, the beauty of nature is close at hand at Hoburne Bashley. Click Here For More Details

Located on the south western edge of the New Forest at Bashley, between New Milton and Sway, Hoburne Bashley has a host of activities and amenities for visitors including an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna & steam room, Satellite TV, a Fitness Room and a WiFi hotspot.

Accommodation here comes in the shape of static caravans. Feedback from visitors are that these are well maintained and Hoburne Bashley enjoys a very good reputation amongst online reviewers, including TripAdvisor and Reevoo.

Golfers will enjoy the 9-hole, par 3 golf course and driving range on this site, complete with a resident golf pro (charges do apply for using this amenity).

A Woodland Centre will encourage youngsters to embrace the natural beauty on your doorstep if you opt for a holiday here. Bushcraft and woodland management are amongst the courses on offer here.

There are plenty of options for walking and cycling on the woodland paths and trails immediately outside the site. As it is only a ten minute drive to the beach, a day at the seaside is an easy alternative to exploring the New Forest if you feel like it.

An entertainment complex with a bar and a restaurant are at your disposal whenever you wish to unwind ….. Read more »

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