With bank holiday dates changing every year, you can be forgiven for having let our next long weekend creep up on you. But now you’re getting the heads up, there’s no excuse not to plan a fun-filled, four-day family adventure, even if it’s planned at the last minute. Bank holiday camping can be busy, given much of the country tends to have the same idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience one of the best last-minute bank holiday trips you’ve ever booked! All you need is a little inspiration…
1. Baystone Bank Farm Campsite – The Lake District
Sitting just within a corner pocket of The Lake District National Park, Baystone Bank Farm offers a lot in the way of things to see and do. The remote waterside location is home to both mountains and forests nearby, perfect for family walks and exploring. Caravans, campervans and campfires are permitted for the seasoned camper, while it’s host to plenty of pitches for those going it rough.
Things to do in the area: Head north to go deeper into The Lake District National Park, or opt further south to Barrow-In-Furness, a town home to the remote, 50-acre Piel Island – boasting its own castle ruins and pub!
2. North Lees – The Peak District
A remote, dog-friendly, tent-and-lodge-only campsite offering woodland camping and nearby natural pursuits, The Peak District’s North Lees is one of those last-minute bank holiday camping ideas you won’t live to regret. Surrounded by trees and rustic brick walls, it’s a perfect getaway for those looking for a quiet getaway with the family.
Things to do in the area: A short distance from Stanage Edge, the climbing enthusiasts can enjoy the famous location, sitting 458 metres above sea level. For the less daring, picturesque walks are on offer too.
3. Cosy Cocoons – Oxfordshire
Take the rough out of camping with Cosy Cocoons in Oxfordshire. The purpose-built lodgings are ideal for families who want a little comfort knowing that the kids can be warm and comfortable, while the site itself has a children’s playground, and welcomes dogs. A last-minute bank holiday trip perfect for all the family!
Things to do in the area: Sitting just northeast of The Cotswolds, depending on how much driving you’re willing to commit to, there’s a whole host of natural beauty available in the surrounding area. Alternatively, you can explore the gardens, museums and castles of Banbury nearby.
4. Big Bear Lodge – Shropshire
Sitting just on the Welsh-English border in Oswestry, the Big Bear Lodge is a quaint campsite home to glamping pods while also permitting tent pitches and campervans. With disabled facilities, electrical hook-ups (and welcoming dogs), the site ticks all the family boxes – you can even take advantage of the on-site B&B for an indulgent breakfast in the morning!
Things to do in the area: Stay this side of the border and head into the beautiful town of Shrewsbury for a day’s exploring or jump into Wales and explore the delights of Welshpool.
5. TrwynYr Wylfa Camping – Conwy
The only Welsh feature on our list sits on the outskirts of Snowdonia National Park while overlooking the Conwy coastline. Feel free to show up in a caravan, campervan or to pitch your own tent – with beautiful wide-open green spaces there’s room for all. Situated only a short walk to the local pub, the beach and fishing spots, there’s something for all the family. And best of all, it’s dog friendly too.
Things to do in the area: A campsite worthy of the drive it takes to get there, you can enjoy being within driving distance of Bangor, Anglesea and Llandudno, while also being able to venture deeper into Snowdonia National Park if it takes your fancy.
So there you have it, a family camping list spanning far-and-wide across the UK, ideal for those last minute bank holiday trips.
Get equipped for your family camping trip in style with all the camping accessories you’ll need to tackle the elements in confidence. From compasses and head torches for the leaders amongst the family to camping essentials like the folding bowl and tripod stool. Whatever accessories match your camping style, be sure to keep them safe, dry and organised in outdoor rucksacks that suit your family best.
When it comes to bank holiday camping ideas, Hawkshead has you covered.