Five family campsites near London
Why not up sticks and embrace the great outdoors with a family weekender in the surrounding countryside this summer. Here are our favourite campsites near London
Really get back to nature with the stripped back sites at Yamp Camp, offering serene family camping in Sussex with campfires and all within easy reach of the south coast. Firle, its particularly stripped-back camp, is just a stone’s throw from the picturesque town of Lewes and a short drive to the iconic white cliffs of Seven Sisters. Facilities are extremely basic, but the natural ethos means you can park up without pitch allocation and unwind into the night with a fire. Nearby pubs include the Ram Inn and the Rose Cottage Inn.
Surrey Hills yurts, Dorking
Just on the outskirts of Dorking, the Surrey Hills yurts offer Mongolian-style yurts, each decked with locally made wooden furnishings and with wood-burning stoves making for atmospheric evenings. For those who don’t count themselves as a keen camper, this luxury site offers cosy dwellings with yurts that sleep up to six people, with some facilities even including a king sized bed, a chest of drawers, and dreamy lanterns with candles. You’ll be close to Leith Hill and its Gothic tower, and just a breezy one hour 20 minute drive from London.
Golden Swan, Pewsey
A warm welcome awaits at The Golden Swan in Wilcot, a pastoral pub with a large field for camping from as little as £6 per night. The site offers regular quiz nights on the first Sunday of each month, plus steak nights and community events. Food wise, you can grab light snacks and starters from the bar, plus all your usual pub classics offering a host of plenty of locally farmed meats. If you decide midway through the night that camping isn’t for you, the pub also puts people up in their onsite accommodation, plus a full English to wake up to, plus it’s just a two hour drive west of London.
Swiss Farm camping, Oxfordshire
Hidden away from the main town, Swiss Farm is right on the Thames and is a great spot to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with great facilities, staff keen to help with fishing and swimming spots nearby, plus a farm kitchen serving up an array of local fresh food. Dogs are welcome as are little ones keen to run around barefoot.
Town Farm campsite at Ivinghoe
With routes stretching back to the 1930s, Town Farm opened a small campsite in the spring of 2009. Each year since they’ve made small changes to improve their rural facilities. The campsite feels strongly about protecting their natural surroundings and the local environment and encourage users of the camp’s facilities to love the farm and leave no trace.