How to enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors in late summer and early autumn.

Whether you’re pitching your own tent, bunking down in a camper van or living it up in a luxury tipi or yurt, camping is most definitely cool again – and what better time of year to make the most of it than in August, before the cooler weather sets in once more? This week, in tribute to sleeping in the great outdoors, we’ve picked our favourite sites for camping, glamping and everything in between.

FOR UK CAMPSITES


PITCHUP

www.pitchup.com


Since the recession hit, camping and caravanning holidays in the UK have been enjoying something of a renaissance and there are few places better to find one to suit you than at Pitchup.com, a comprehensive guide to 5,000 holiday parks and campsites across the UK and Ireland. Whether you're after a site by the beach with excellent water quality, one near to a National Park, one with campfires allowed, a 5 star site with wifi, or one with tennis nearby, Pitchup.com can help.

FOR UNUSUAL UK CAMP SITES


COOL CAMPING

www.coolcamping.co.uk


One campsite is not the same as another and if you’re expectations are high, there’s only one place to go to ensure you’re getting the best pitch and that’s Cool Camping. This attractively put together site covers a hand-picked selection of outstanding tent-oriented campsites, with an emphasis on scenic beauty, quality local produce and comfort. With customer reviews and excellent photography accompanying each entry on the site, any Cool Camping experience is sure to be a good one.

FOR GLAMPING


GO-GLAMPING

www.goglamping.net


Glamourous Camping or ‘glamping’ is a relatively new trend, but one that looks set to stay, especially with sites such as Go Glamping thrown in the mix. This luxury camping directory is the place to come if you want more than polyester and baked beans from your camping experience, and an excellent guide to the best yurts, tipis, safari tents, airstream caravans and more across Britain and the world.

FOR CORNISH YURTS


YURTWORKS

www.yurtworks.co.uk


Yurtworks was one of the first companies to offer yurt camping in the UK and has continued to grow in popularity each year. There are four different sized yurts here, each situated in their own, entirely private field, with spectacular views and countryside surrounding. Expect burning log fires, local produce, tea lights, stunning bathing facilities and total all-round comfort, as well as courses on Bushcraft skills, Wild Food Cooking and Basket Making. Mongolian yurts are also for sale.

FOR CAMPSITES BY THE BEACH


BEACH CAMPSITES UK

www.beachcampsitesuk.co.uk



A free online guide to the best British campsites situated on or very close to a beach, Beach Campsites UK is an excellent resource for those looking to make the most of a British summer and coastline. Browse by county to find a unique site for your camping holiday, be it near the smooth pebbly beach of Whitstable Bay in Kent or the activity-rich beaches of Croyde in North Devon.

FOR CAMPSITES IN FRANCE


BEST FRENCH CAMPSITES 

www.bestfrenchcampsites.com



This charming site covers reviews of some of the best French campsites in Brittany, Vendee, Provence, Cote d’Azur, Languedoc Roussillon and more. Each campsite review covers a description of the locations of sites, the local activities and places to visit nearby and how to book or reserve your holiday. Don’t miss the French language section with phrases and words that will prove useful when camping in France.

Best for Boutique Glamping


Unique hideaways

uniquehideaways.com


As any experienced hand will know, not all glamping experiences are created equal. Classic Glamping from Unique hideaways specialises in the very highest end examples. Expect romantic stays in unique accommodation, from shepherd huts to cabins to boathouses. Getting back to nature need not mean roughing it.

Updated August 2021

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