The best campsites in the UK for a post-lockdown staycation

Roshina Jowaheer
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The government has announced that campsites in England can reopen from 4 July, giving holidaymakers the green light to start planning a camping trip for the summer.

With camping being added to the government's list of things we can do, we thought we'd take a look at the best campsites in the UK for when the time arrives.

In case you're wondering about the rules until 4 July, they state that you are "not permitted to stay overnight away from the place where you are living for a holiday or similar purpose in the UK or overseas". Stays in hotels and B&Bs will also be allowed from July, with people in England allowed to have overnight stays for the first time since lockdown began in March.

Will be allowed to visit campsites this summer?

Campsites and caravan parks are closed right now but with social distancing in place, they'll be allowed to open from 4 July.

The opening of campsites will be subject to companies showing they are following safety measures. Here are the latest guidelines for England. Please check the government websites for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland as the rules differ for each nation.

Scotland has given a provisional date of 15 July for tourism reopening but the government is yet to confirm when campsites will reopen.

Where are the best campsites in the UK?

When it's time to visit a campsite, you'll want to know the best campsites in the UK for a memorable first break after lockdown. To help you choose the right one for you, we've picked our favourites from the likes of Haven, Shorefield Holidays, Away Resorts and more.

Our selection of the best campsites in the UK include those with beach views, the ones perfect for families thanks to the array of activities and the camping spots for couples too.

Wild Duck, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Best campsite in the UK for a woodland adventure

Wild Duck in Norfolk is something a little special from campsite specialist Haven and the only woodland park it has in its collection. The holiday park is surrounded by endless greenery and affords a picturesque lake at its heart. If you're after a hidden retreat for some much needed R&R, this is the best campsite around for escaping to the woods.

The Norfolk campsite is flat and grassy, dog friendly and has 108 pitches including basic, tent and electric. Nearby, you’ll find the Norfolk Broads and beaches, like Great Yarmouth and Wells-On-Sea, perfect for socially distanced sightseeing. Electric pitches from £8.25 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Tattershall Lakes Country Park, Tattershall, Lincolnshire

Best campsite in the UK for on-site activities

Set in the heart of the gorgeous Lincolnshire countryside, Tattershall Lakes is a tranquil, lakeland campsite with a huge range of activities to keep everyone entertained. There's both fun and relaxation to be had just a 10-minute walk from your pitch, with pedalos, Adventure Golf, the Aqua Splash PlayZone, cycling in the countryside and more.

This is the place to leave the daily stresses of life behind as there are 37 pitches in a secluded meadow surrounded by trees. The generous touring pitches are on flat, well drained ground for a stress-free camping trip. You can bring your dog along too (extra £2) and impressive Tattershall Castle is just a short walk from the campsite. Standard pitches from £5 per person per night, including use of all facilities. FIND OUT MORE

Wilksworth Caravan Park, Wimborne, Dorset

Best campsite in the UK for couples who love history

Looking for a campsite with character? Wilksworth from Shorefield Holidays offers a traditional countryside setting and is based around the 16th-century Tudor Rose House, which was once owned by King Henry VIII. There are both touring and camping pitches, which are framed with trees and offer lovely views of the rolling Dorset countryside.

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You'll find 25 pitches in the tent-only field, with another 39 grass pitches in a touring and camping combined field. While the campsite is family-friendly and there are tennis courts, a football pitch and a heated outdoor pool, Wilksworth is also one of the best campsites for couples looking for a peaceful retreat. Bournemouth is just a short drive away, plus Brownsea Island and the market town of Wimborne Minster are worth exploring. Electric pitches from £21.25 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Perran Sands, Perranporth, Cornwall

Best campsite in the UK for beach views

Situated on the coast, Perran Sands has views to rival some of Britain’s best landscapes. With 344 pitches including basic, tent, electric and euro electric, this campsite from Haven is one of the company's biggest locations. Nestled in the sand dunes right above the magnificent surfing bay of the North Cornish town of Perranporth, this is a campsite on the beach that you'll fall in love with.

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The campsite is dog friendly and has all the on-site essentials too, such as a mini-market, takeaway food options and a launderette. If you're after something that gives the family direct beach access, plus plenty of activities that allow you to take in the gorgeous surroundings, like surfing and sandcastle building, this is the spot for you. Electric pitches from £13.50 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Field 725 Camping, Frome, Somerset

Best campsite in the UK for quirky glamping

Tucked away in the rolling hills of Somerset, Field 725 from Campsites.co.uk is a meadow campsite surrounded by lush countryside. Campfires and acoustic guitars are encouraged and the glamping options include Sky Cabin, the front end of a converted 50s jet aircraft with the cockpit kitted out with a double bed.

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New for this year, the glamping options include a revamped Woodland Yurt and Tiny House on wheels. You'll like the range of accommodation here: there are 35 tent pitches, five campervan and caravan pitches, family yurts, safari bell tents and more. When it comes to exploring the area, you're right between the historic market town of Frome and picturesque village Nunney. Tent pitches from £18 per night, Sky Cabin from £155 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Best campsite in the UK for beach and countryside

Just a stone’s throw from a spectacular beach, Whitecliff Bay is a hidden gem of a campsite. It offers the perfect balance between a coastal and country camping break, with rolling countryside and woodland on one side and a sandy beach virtually all to yourself on the other.

Its wonderful views and pitches surrounded by big open spaces make this campsite ideal for enjoying the great outdoors. It comes with direct beach access, outdoor cinema screenings and sites like Bembridge Windmill and Adgestone Vineyard nearby. There are 58 pitches available and dogs can come along for an extra £2. Standard pitches from £5 per person per night. FIND OUT MORE

Thornwick Bay, Flamborough, Yorkshire

Best campsite in the UK for introducing little ones to nature

Holiday park Thornwick Bay sits on part of Flamborough Cliffs nature reserve and is home to 187 tent, electric and euro pitches. The touring area of the campsite is grassy with some gentle slopes and is perfect for your little furry friends if you're looking to bring the dog.

Nearby, Bempton Cliffs is where you may even spot a puffin or two, while the town of Bridlington with its sandy beach is just around the corner. You'll love getting to know the nature hotspots of the area, whether you're going on clifftop walks or rock pooling with little ones. It's a fabulous campsite for bringing under 5s too thanks to the baby and toddler-friendliness. Touring pitch from £10 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Kiln Park, Tenby South Wales

Best campsite in the UK for Blue Flag beach vibes

Blessed with some of the best views in South Wales, Kiln Park has 107 level pitches with a separate area just for tents. Situated on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast, the park is dog friendly and surrounded by plenty of open space for long walks.

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When you're not soaking up the rays on Tenby's Blue Flag South Beach, there's takeaway and a mini-market open to keep your bellies full. You'll also want a stroll around picturesque Tenby. Electric pitches from £9 per night. FIND OUT MORE

Lytton Lawn Touring Park, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire

Best campsite in the UK for boutique camping

Set on the edge of the New Forest in Milford-on-Sea, Lytton Lawn is one of Shorefield Holidays' smaller campsites, making it ideal for campers looking to get away on a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of large facilities. There are 60 grass pitches for either tents or tourers, with electric hookup as standard.

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This is the spot to take in the dramatic clifftop and views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and the Needles. It's another best campsite in the UK for beach lovers, ideally those who wish to discover the hidden coast of the New Forest. You won't find many facilities at this boutique campsite, park, but everyone get complimentary access to the restaurants and other facilities at the nearby sister site. Electric pitches from £16.50 per night. FIND OUT MORE

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