Create lasting memories with a family-friendly camping holiday
Last year opened up our eyes to travel on our doorstep. Coastal towns were full of tourists, country cottages fully booked and campsites full of laughter and joy. Campsites have come a long way over the years.
Gone are the days of battling against the elements while pitching a canvas tent. Now you’ll find luxury tipis, beautiful yurts and cosy pods. Basic toilet blocks have been replaced with stylish sustainable solutions and outstanding facilities, think firepits and outdoor kitchens.
If you’re eager to create lasting memories, then book a trip to a campsite with family and friends. East Anglia is blessed some of the best child-friendly campsites in the country with attractions and beaches all within easy reach.
For a back to nature experience escape to Round the Woods. Located in peaceful mid-Norfolk countryside, you’ll find two luxury yurts and a newly hand-built roundhouse set in a large wildflower meadow.
The ‘Willow Roundhouse’ sleeps up to seven and features everything you need for a lavish camping adventure. After a day of exploring the 18-acre nature reserve, get cosy by the woodburner and snuggle down in the accommodation’s comfy king-sized beds that have Hungarian Goose Down bedding and sumptuous cotton linen.
There’s an emphasis on ‘off grid’ living and sustainability but comfort isn’t compromised. Yurts include a luxury en-suite compost toilet and separate spacious shower complete with fluffy towels and robes.
There’s plenty to do during the day such as woodland walks, den building and pond dipping, but at night is when the camping magic comes alive with BBQs, storytelling around the firepit and stargazing from the hammock.
Owner Kate said: “Our yurts and Roundhouse are really child friendly and we’re really popular with young families. We have high chairs, travel cots (we ask guests to bring bedding for these) and have plastic plates & cups available.
“The site is great for families, there’s a huge meadow for exploring and running free where parents can easily see them. There’s also a woodland play area which families love and we’re currently putting up a tipi shelter which gives outdoor protection from the elements including the hot sun for babies.”
Discover Cambridgeshire’s heritage and countryside with a break at Waterclose Meadows campsite near Huntington. The riverside campsite provides the chance to get back to nature with friends and family. Set in the grounds of the historic Houghton Mill National Trust watermill, the camp is perfect for making the most of long summer days with plenty of local cycling and walking routes plus water activities such as canoeing. It’s certainly worth packing your dinghy! Alternatively keep it classic and hire a punt or rowboat from Houghton Boats next to the Mill.
At Secret Meadows in Suffolk there’s a choice of glamping accommodation. Luxury lodge tents, a hobbits box, gypsy rest and even a two-storey safari tent. Each accommodation is designed and decorated to reflect an extravagant woodland retreat. You can order extra touches such as breakfast hampers, private hen coops and a hot tub. This is the ultimate glamping experience.
With so much beautiful countryside across East Anglia, there are some wonderful campsites to be discovered with a location to suit all styles and budgets.