5 eco-friendly UK camping holidays with children

by Tracy Stokes on May 31, 2007

in Responsible Travel, Sustainable Lifestyle

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I’m planning my family’s summer holiday. We want to stay in the UK to avoid flying, and will probably drive in our reasonably fuel-efficient Citroen Picasso diesel to make getting around easy, and we’d like to camp partly to keep costs down, and partly for the adventure of it. Here is our short-list of 5 possible holidays:

1. Keveral Farm – Keveral Farm is an organic farming community near Looe in Cornwall. They have a small, sheltered campsite in their orchard (maximum of 6 tents) and they have yurts and tipis for hire. There is a compost toilet and solar shower, and the campsite is a car free zone. There are plenty of walks in the local area, as well as the beach, and a Monkey Sanctuary just over a mile away from Keveral Farm. Camping in August will cost you £4 per adult, £2 per child, and vehicles £3 per day. Please see the website for yurt/tipi hire prices.

2. Sharpham Barton Family Camp – For this year (2007) the Sharpham Barton Family Camp runs from Saturday the 4th of August until Sunday the 12th of August, on a bio-dynamic farm near Totnes in Devon. The camp happens once a year, and you are encouraged to camp together as families in small village groups around a large communal camp fire. There are workshops and activities for adults and children, as well as supervision for children while adults are taking part in workshops. The facilities are basic (toilet and hot and cold water, but no showers) and firewood is provided. The cost for the camp is £130 per adult and £70 per child over 2.

3. South Penquite Farm – We’ve stayed here before and can thoroughly recommend it. South Penquite is an organic sheep farm on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, with a low-density campsite and solar showers made from recycled plastic bottles and yoghurt pots. There is a lovely walk on the farm, and it’s ideally situated for cyclists. £5 per adult and £3 per child per night (under 5’s free).

4. Huntstile Organic Farm – An organic farm in Somerset with a small campsite (only 5 pitches) with solar shower fed from the stream. Camping costs £7.50 per night for 2 people, £2 per extra person. There are ECOTENTS available for hire through the summer in a separate car-free nature area complete with composting toilets, solar showers and purpose built wood burning barbecue area. ECOTENT hire is around £550 per week and each tent sleeps between 5 and 12 people.

5. The Big Green Gathering – The biggest, greenest gathering in Europe. It runs from 1st to 5th August 2007 and costs £110 per adult and £30 per child over 5. Green travel is encouraged, so if you are driving, make sure you lift share with others. There’ll be lots of entertainment and lots to do. Sounds like fun! Oh, I nearly forgot to say it’s near Cheddar and Weston-Super-Mare.

Before heading off for the big camping adventure, here are some must have camping gadgets:

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Al Tepper June 4, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Hey Tracy

Just picked you as my carnival pick of the week…great post.

Cheers

Al

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Hayley Jones September 21, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Can definitely recommend South Penquite Farm as we stayed there earlier this year. Lovely showers (using rainwater and solar heated), everything very clean, loads of space, and even Ecover shower gel and washing up liquid for campers to use. The yurts looked gorgeous too if you want a bit more comfort!

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bob November 9, 2007 at 9:28 am

good site

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Alice Middleton May 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Hey folks, it’s a long shot, but any recommendations for nice little campsites near Watergate Bay, Cornwall? please email me if you do! [email protected] 🙂 Thanks

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martin callaby March 25, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Hi good see we re not alone,we re just opening a small 5 pitch eco site in pembrokeshire wales,north lodge near boncath,on or 3 acre organic smallholding,along with tents set up ,to turn up and camp/ideal for first timers or people wishing to travel light/buy train etc. regards Martin.

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suzanne barbour April 6, 2009 at 6:03 am

Some lovely looking sites.

For those of you wanting a little more sun come and stay on our organic olive farm and donkey sanctuary.Beautiful bell tent for hire or mountain tents.Collect water from mountain spring with the help of a friendly donkey.mail me at
[email protected]

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KRIS ACTON June 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

hi,
I was hoping that we could include our campsite on your site, its located on a managed registered organic farm & habitat site.
thank you
kris acton

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Tracy Stokes June 11, 2009 at 6:50 am

@Kris: Thanks for the comment. Feel free to add your campsite to our directory too.

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Deanna June 22, 2009 at 10:54 am

Hello, My husband and I have a small place in rural Spain in the mountains. We are looking to allow a few campers on the lower teirs of land as they are quite private and beautiful. Each tier has olive trees and almond trees growing and our property is right along the long trail that goes from quite a ways inland all the way to Castellon on the coast. We are just not sure how to advertise for this as it is not like other places. There will be no fires at these camping sites nor any facilities that you see on the coast only all natural camping. I was not sure if it would be considered eco camping but I found this site and thought I would ask!

Thank you
Deanna

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Cris March 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hey all,

I would like to start an eco-camp in a Romania village and would like to ask for your advice and best practies.

Thx,

Cris

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karma-sister March 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hi Cris, thanks for the comment. I would recommend checking out some of the websites of the campsites mentioned in this blog post for their eco-practices, and perhaps get in touch with them directly for more info if you have questions.

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LIndsey Fear May 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm

WE have a small [2 yurts only] eco friendy yurt camp on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. We are just in the process of putting in a fire pit for our campers so that they can have an open fire at night and thought some of your readers would be interested to check us out on our web-site http://www.luxurycornishyurts.co.uk. We offer our guests free pick up from the station in Liskeard as well as a 10% reduction in our rates if our guests use public transport. We also offer free bikes for the duration of their stay….added to that our solar powered showers and commitment to recycling all the camp waste we think we would appeal to all those families out there who would like a holiday away from the TV a and pressures of modern living….with a touch of luxury!!!

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wildish May 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Sounds amazing Lindsey.

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yurt holidays July 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Great article. Thanks for sharing your top picks. Let us know how it goes after your holiday.

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Cornwall holiday cottages July 17, 2010 at 3:53 am

Camping in Cornwall is perfect for the kids! 🙂 The last time we were there, we stayed at a holiday cottage beside a lake and the kids enjoyed fishing! And the views from the cottage is really stunning!

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dan August 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

These places are perfect for a get away holidays especially for kids.Got to bring my kids here next summer.I know they more have fun doing camping.

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Matt August 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

I had to come back and tell you that after I read this post recently I booked to go to South Penquite Farm with my family and we had a fabulous time. Thanks for the tip, we’ll be going again!

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yurt holidays March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thanks for sharing your camping adventures. I would definitely try out one of the places you suggested.

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Celli March 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hi just to let you know that Cerenety Eco Campsite is family friendly with lots of nearby animals and wind turbines and solar panels powering the showers. Its very close to all the Bude beaches and only a 10 minute walk from Bude town, despite being in the middle of the countryside.

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top sites March 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

Good post. I’m an old visitor of your website and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the nice site.

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