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AR Guide to: Camping in England

You don't have to go far to have a great holiday. There are lots of great holiday experiences to have right here in England.

Camping in England is a wonderful experience, in part, because of just how many places there are to visit. Whether you want a walking getaway in the lush green countryside or an adventure-packed holiday full of exhilarating experiences, you have plenty of opportunities without going further than a few miles from your door.

Luckily, we are geared up for camping in the UK and have a long camping history that goes back generations. If you are looking to camp in England, then keep reading; we have a handy guide for some of the things you need to think about before heading out on your next camping staycation.

Make sure you have everything you need

The first step is to ensure you have your camping or caravanning gear in order. What you need will depend on the type of holiday you are taking and whether you are camping in a tent, a touring caravan or motorhome or hiring accommodation.

For those hiring a holiday home, you should find that many of the everyday items you need, such as cutlery and crockery, are provided, but do check because this isn't always the case. Some caravan parks include linen and towels, but the majority do not. So, check the booking carefully and take anything you might need.

If you are camping the old-fashioned way in a tent or caravan, then you will need to make sure your camping gear is all in order and working. Check your tent and make sure you have the necessary accessories and pegs. Matches, lighters, bbq's and camping cooking gear is a must. Don't forget to pack your cooking and eating equipment.

One thing anyone camping is likely to need is food and consumables. You can either pack the essentials from home or pop into a supermarket nearby your destination and stock up on all the food, drink and other products you need.

Don't forget your electronics. Even if you plan to take a break away from your phone and mobile devices, you will still want to charge them and use them if you need to. Invest in some solar panel chargers or battery packs that will last your holiday.

Couple on Brighton beach

Prepare for the English weather

When it comes to the weather in England, only one thing is certain - that the weather is always changeable! It isn't uncommon to experience bright sunshine, heavy rain and even storms all in one day. You will need wet weather clothing, warm layers and sunscreen and sunhats. It is always best to pack for all weathers when going camping in England! When packing for your camping trip, take items and clothing suitable for all weathers.

Choose your activities

The next thing to consider is your activities when you are camping. Take a few moments to consider the types of things you might like to see and do while on holiday. Do you want lots of historical and cultural landmarks? Or, perhaps you want to pack your walking boots and water bottle and head out into the hills? You might prefer to book lots of high energy activities such as gliding, white water rafting and more. There are lots of exciting things to do; you just have to look for them!

Once you have chosen the type of things you want to do, you can start considering the location. If you want to visit a particular attraction or spot, you will need to look for a suitable campsite nearby or within travelling distance.

When thinking about your activities, don't limit your thinking to the big things you want to see and do; think about the relaxation times and quiet times in between too. Those cosy evenings in your tent or caravan are perfect for spending time with your loved ones or relaxing on your own, so plan some games and activities and pack what you need.

Choose your location and pick the right campsite

The last thing we are covering in this article is probably the most important - where you choose for your camping holiday and picking a suitable campsite or caravan park to stay.

You want to be in the right location with access to everything you want, but you also want a campsite that suits your needs. Luckily in most locations, there are plenty of campsites to choose from with a range of facilities and amenities, from the quietest of campsites with a 'back to nature' approach to campsites with lots of things to do right on-site.

To start the process of choosing your campsite, firstly pick your location. You can easily choose your location and filter out campsites based on the type of holiday you want and the facilities you want nearby. Then you can narrow down the options from there. We even have a handy online campsite finder to help you.

No matter where you live in the UK you can easily travel to almost anywhere in England by car. You may find the process more manageable if you choose a distance you are willing to travel and then research what's in the area.

Lake District, Cumbria
Lake District, Cumbria


Cumbria is one of the most beautiful places you can visit in England. Although if beauty is on your list of important features, then most areas in England have beauty spots worth visiting!

Cumbria is famed for the Lake District and for being home to much-loved children's author Beatrix Potter. You can make the most of the beautiful countryside, take plenty of walks, participate in a whole host of lake and water activities or explore the area's tourist attractions.

River Cam, Cambridge

East of England

In the East of England, you will find lots of walks in the glorious green countryside. The area is generally flat, perfect for young families or those in wheelchairs or less-abled. The area is rich in culture and history, with the historic towns of Cambridge and Peterborough in the heart of the region. There is also a wonderful coastline to explore.

Potteries in Stoke on Trent, Midlands

The Heart of England

In the Heart of England, you can expect to explore an incredible mix of urban cities and towns situated within rolling hills and stunning countryside. If history and tourist attractions are what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed. This is an area with something for everyone. However, if you are looking for coastlines and days on the beach, this isn't the area for you - but not every holiday needs to be a beach holiday.

Peak District, North West England

North West England

The North West is the place to head if you want to take a trip to some of England's more iconic holiday areas. Here you can visit Blackpool and the surrounding coastlines that have been popular camping holiday destinations for generations. This area also has plenty of opportunities for walks in the Peak District, or you can take a day trip into one of the bustling cities in the region.

Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire

Yorkshire and Northumbria

The far north of England is home to perhaps some of the country's most beautiful and rugged scenery. There are plenty of campsites and caravan parks to choose from in Yorkshire and Northumbria. Both regions have lots to offer in terms of outdoor activities, beautiful scenery, and tourist attractions.

Polperro, Cornwall

South West England

An ever-popular holiday destination, this area has a rich camping and caravanning history, with people travelling far and wide to experience the area's beauty. Inland, you have several ranges of hills and moors to choose from for your walks and outdoor pursuits. Along the coast, you can visit sandy beaches or fascinating rocky and pebble beaches for exploration and even a spot of fossil hunting.

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

South East England

In the South East, you get the best mix of sunny weather, Victorian resort beaches and pleasant towns and cities to explore. Take a trip to one of the nearby coastlines to walk and laze the days away. This area is considered the driest in England so you might get lucky and avoid the rain.