The Best UK Camping & Glamping sites still available this Summer by Cool Camping

Cool Camping
28th July 2020

We know that a lot of people will be choosing to holiday a little closer to home this Summer. Parts of Britain can be just as magical as the shores of Europe and the perfect backdrop for a restorative break. We asked Cool Camping to share six of the best campsites to suit every style. From good old fashioned family style camping to a romantic tipi break to a stay in an eco-conscious log pod, these all offer exquisite scenery, new experiences and a little luxury.

Read on for Cool Camping's top six picks, all of which are still available to book this Summer.

Botany Camping, Wiltshire

Two miles from Longleat Safari Park, this family-friendly campsite offers fun of the old fashioned kind: Campfires are encouraged, there’s oodles of space in the middle of the meadow and you can collect eggs from the hens, but there’s no playground or fancy facilities. Comforts come in the form of pre-pitched and furnished bell tents, perfect for those without their own camping gear, and there’s room for five or six small campervans too. Amiable owner Crispin has charmed a 30% discount at the safari park – an offer that’s well worth taking up – and it’s a 25-minute drive to Stonehenge. 

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Botany Camping, Wiltshire

Drymen Camping, Stirling

Lightweight tents dot the small camping meadow at Drymen Camping, thanks to its popularity with walkers and cyclists passing through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The campsite is a matter of yards from the West Highland Way, while the most well-known bike route between Land’s End and John O’Groats also passes nearby. A 40-minute drive north of Glasgow, however, the campsite is also a great spot for escaping the city and hiking the hills around Loch Lomond and there’s a fantastic old pub, dating back to 1734, a couple of miles down the lane. 

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Harry’s Meadow, New Forest

Set in the expansive grounds of the Hale Park Estate in the New Forest, Harry’s Meadow is a brand new site that opened for the very first time this July. The field itself is vast, so, though there’s room for around 100 tents, you can pitch where you please and will always find ample space. The result is a campsite ideal for social distancing yet still with a pleasingly sociable feel, with campfires glowing across the meadow come evening and a laid back atmosphere. Bring bikes to make the most of the national park’s car-free trails or walk the scenic one-mile route to the excellent Horse & Groom pub. 

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Harry’s Meadow, New Forest

Indian Summer Tipis, Norfolk

If you plan to escape the crowds you can’t do much better than this child-free tipi site in rural Norfolk. Set in a daisy-dotted wildflower meadow, within walking distance of the market town of Reepham, the place has a bohemian air – think straw bale seating, rustic candelabras and a banjo you can borrow. Al fresco cooking is encouraged, with a tripod, grill and hanging skillet provided, and the farm is also home to an excellent microbrewery that specialises in quirky, fruit-infused ales. By bike you can cycle a car-free trail to Aylsham, Blickling Hall and Norwich, while, by car, it’s a half-hour drive to the North Norfolk coast. 

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Indian Summer Tipis, Norfolk

Celtic Woodland Camping, Powys

In the woods above Builth Wells, eco-conscious craftsmen Leigh has built a collection of sustainable log pods and fitted them out with real beds, compact kitchens and a lick of light and airy paintwork. Each has a deck with Wye Valley views, while trails lead through the trees to a children’s play area, a campfire glade and the washblock. There’s a clutch of regular camping pitches in the trees too (though no access for campervans) and it’s all within easy walking distance of town, where you can grab a bite to eat in the cosy Cwtch Café or picnic on the riverside.

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Celtic Woodland Camping, Powys

Plumpton College Camping, Sussex

With music festivals cancelled for 2020, events organiser Scott Doane turned his skills (and equipment) to setting up a pop-up campsite instead, set in the grounds of a local college that was also cancelling summer events. The result is Plumpton College Camping, a simple, spacious campsite in the South Downs and a 25-minute drive from Brighton. Ramblers are very welcome – there’s a good hour-long route to the top of Ditchling Beacon (as well as a five-minute to the local pub) – and it’s proving a huge hit with families too.

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Plumpton College Camping, Sussex