June is National Camping Month, which means it’s time to pack the tent, grab a sleeping bag, pick up a bag of marshmallows to toast and head out into the countryside! We just can’t wait for the fresh air, stunning views, songs around the campfire and to explore the great outdoors.
If you’ve never been camping before, why not give it a go? It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and you can stay as near or far away from home as you want. Lots of people are now choosing to go camping in the UK as a ‘staycation’ rather than holidaying abroad and it’s a good way to save money. Depending on where you decide to visit (see our recommended camp sites further below on this blog), the facilities you’re after and the number of people you go with, campsites can charge anywhere between £5-£30 per night (just make sure that your chosen campsite allows tents as some don’t).
Here’s our 3 step guide to help you on your way to the perfect pitch:
Step 1: Choose your tent
It’s a good idea to plan ahead when you go camping. Pick a tent that’s always a few berths bigger than you need so you have plenty of space to store your luggage, and check what size of tent the campsite accepts, as some charge for two sites if your tent is extra large. To avoid stress and arguments when you arrive at the campsite, practice pitching the tent in your back garden first. That way you’ll have a much better idea of what to do when you’re there and you can also make sure there are no vital parts missing!
From 4 man tents, perfect for families, to teepee-style tents, we have a wide range to suit all requirements.
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Step 2: Pack the essentials
Now you’ve got your tent, you’ll just need a few other things to make sure your adventure goes without a hitch. To save you the hassle, we’ve pulled together a checklist you can use to make sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need. We’ve even suggested a few luxury items you can pick up to make the experience a bit more comfortable – because we’re nice like that!
Camp or glamp, pack light or pack luxury, it’s up to you. Simply print out our list and tick them off as you pack.
• Sleeping bag
• Blanket – for extra warmth around the campfire or over your sleeping bag if it’s chilly and/or wet outside
• Heavy duty tape – particularly useful in the event of leaky or ripped tents
• Foam mat or airbed (depending on how comfy you want to be!)
• Lightweight folding chair for sitting around the campfire
• Mess tins for cooking
• Picnic plates and cutlery (if you don’t want to eat straight from your mess tins or drink from bottles)
• Can opener
• Torch or lantern
• First aid kit
• Bin bags – grab a roll of these and use them to keep your clothes and possessions relatively dry in the event of a downpour! They’re also great for collecting up your rubbish (obviously) and for putting those muddy wellies in when you’re not wearing them.
You’ll find all of the above in our Camping Equipment & Essentials range.
Step 3: Pick a campsite
Now you’ve got the gear, you’re ready to hit the open road. There are thousands of campsites available all over the UK, leaving you spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our personal favourites:
Deepdale Farm, Norfolk: We love the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Deepdale Farm is a great value eco-friendly campsite which is incredibly flexible – as well as traditional pitches for tents they offer glamping with teepees, yurts and shepherd’s huts. They even have a hostel for those who like the idea of a campsite, but aren’t so keen on sleeping under the stars!
It’s a quiet, family friendly campsite with all the facilities you’d expect, and also Wi-Fi for those who can’t quite leave everything behind. You’ll find two good pubs in the village, and an on-site shop. The best thing about this site is the location – it’s a 15 minute drive away (or 3 hour coastal walk) from Holkham beach, one of the country’s best beaches made famous by the film Shakespeare in Love.
South Lytchett Manor, Poole: A lovely family-run campsite based in Dorset. It won AA campsite of the year 2016 and it’s not hard to see why – situated in the grounds of a grand looking manor house, the abundance of trees, plants and wildlife is simply breath-taking. The site has modern amenities, Wi-Fi, cycle hire and attractive oak-framed buildings, as well as plenty of pitching options including electric pitches with TV hook-ups.
Three Cliffs Bay, Swansea: This fantastic campsite is located on a clifftop, offering stunning panoramic views over Three Cliffs Bay. The beach is only a short distance from the family-run site, and the limited car parking keeps the crowds away. They now offer tent pitches with electric, handy for those who like to take a few home comforts!
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