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Complete Guide to Camping on a Budget

Rebecca Bebbington·Jul 9, 2020

2020 has certainly thrown some unexpected twists thus far – and one of those you’re probably bearing the brunt of now the summer months have ascended is the absence of your summer holiday abroad. Yes, the travel industry has taken a huge blow this year, and if you’re one of the millions who’s sadly had their summer vacay cancelled, you may be wondering how you’re going to salvage some summer fun.

Well, not to worry. The UK weather may not be on par with the Costa Del Sunshine, and you might not feel as boujee as you would wondering through tiny avenues in Europe – But there is plenty of fun to be had right here in the UK with a Camping Holiday.

Whether you’re from a family of camping and outdoor enthusiasts, or you’re swapping the beach for fields for the very first time – camping is a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors, provides fun for all ages and is typically inexpensive compared with flying overseas.

We’ve comprised a helpful guide on all the info you need to get started, including popular camping locations, backpack essentials, camping on a budget as well as great deals on staple items from our favourite stores including Millets, Blacks, Winfield Outdoors, Regatta and many more – so have a read if you’re considering taking up a Camping Break this summer!

Top 10 UK Camping Destinations

Before we touch on what you will need to pack, or what tent is best for you, first and foremost, you will need to decide where exactly you’re going. There are thousands of campsites across the UK to choose from, but lucky for you, we’ve listed 10 of the most popular destinations ranging from those with glamping on offer to campervan-friendly spots.

You will need to remember that each campsite varies in size and amenities so it’s important to do your research, pack accordingly and choose wisely! Please also remember that due to COVID-19 extra restrictions may be in place and large groups are not accepted at some locations.

1) Bryher Campsite, Isles of Scilly

Bryher Campsite, Isles of Scilly

If you’re wanting to feel like you’re in paradise without even leaving the UK, the Bryher Campsite in the Isles of Scilly is the perfect spot. Sitting in a sheltered area between two rolling hills, you will truly feel like you’re in another world here. Revel in salty views overlooking Hangman Island and head to the beach at Green Bay, or for a swim at Rushy Bay. Bring your own tent for traditional camping or kick back and relax in one of the fully-equipped rental Bell Tents on offer! Bryher Campsite is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Isle of Scilly so it’s no surprise it has tipped our list as one of the UK’s best Camping Destinations. As well as great surroundings, there is also a selection of fantastic facilities on-site such as lavatories, basins, coin-operated showers, hairdryers, washing machines and more, to make your stay as comfortable as possible. There are also some cosy pubs nearby to enjoy an evening tipple or two.

Prices: £10.25pppn with Under 4’s Free

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2) Hooks House Farm, Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Hooks House Farm, Robin Hoods Bay, Yorkshire

Set up camp in the beautiful Hooks House Farm, situated high up on the hill above town, you couldn’t wish for a better view. Steeped in mystery and romance, Hooks House Farm prides itself on its first-rate views and grassy fields sloping down towards the salty see. Hooks House is really close-by to Robin Hoods Bay and there are plenty of shops and pubs to get lost in on your adventures, and it even a family play area. Tents, Caravans and Campervans are welcome here and basic facilities are available on-site too.

Prices: From £9 – £11pppn / Kids (3-15) £3pcpn
£4 per electric hook-up per night, £3 extra car per night

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3) Petruth Paddocks, Cheddar, England

Petruth Paddocks, Cheddar, England

This self-proclaimed ‘Live-and-let-live’ campsite promises fun and laughter in abundance. Petruth Paddocks encourages kids to be kids, music, campfires and more making it the perfect destination for a traditional camping trip. Set up camp and make memories to last a lifetime at Petruth – the Free Range camping vibe means you’re free to wander around and make new friends! There are plenty of shops, pubs and activities to get involved in as well as great on-site facilities like toilets, showers, water points, campfires, barbecues, washing machines and much more. If you don’t fancy bringing your own tent, Bell Tents, Electrical Hook-ups and Huts are all available to pre-book online.

Prices: £12pppn / Kids (0-3) Free / Kids (4+) £6pn
Extra costs for hired tents & electricity.

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4) Burnbake Campsite, Dorset

Burnbake Campsite, Dorset

The sheer amount of holidays makers who return each year to Burnbake is a testament to the charm of this campsie. Boasting 130 pitches close to the sandy Studland Bay Blue Flag Beaches, excellent cycling paths, coves, ridges and valleys – Burbake is a magical woodland oasis where rabbits hop at your feet and birds sing, bliss! Corfe Castle and Swanage and just 6 miles away too. Children have the freedom to explore at Burnbake and as twilight falls, marshmallows await to be toasted beside the crackling campfires.

So, whether you prefer the traditional charm of camping or a touch of luxury with a stay in one of their chic lodges, kick back, relax and enjoy a back-to-nature adventure in Burnbake’s great outdoors. As well as a great selection of activities, there are also on-site cafeterias and local shops to enjoy some delicious treats, as well as on-site facilities, like showers, washing machines, toilets and more.

Prices: £12pppn Basic Pitch / Kids From £2

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5) Slapton Sands Camping and Caravanning Club, Devon

Slapton Sands Camping and Caravanning Club, Devon

Boasting a generous 115 pitches on stunning, manicured grass, if you’re looking for that little extra sparkle in our next camping trip, Slapton Sands is your ideal spot. As well as a variety of immaculate facilities, this site also features beautiful views over Start Bay. A few miles up the road you will find Dartmouth, where you can take a boat trip up the river to Tortnes. With plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas, Slapton Sands has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday this summer. The excellent facilities include toilets, showers, washbasins, laundry and a children’s playground. Tents are welcome and you can pre-book electricity hookups or fully equipped tents.

Prices: From £7.15 ppp

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6) Ten Acres Vineyard Camping, Devon

Ten Acres Vineyard Camping, Devon

Camping and a Vineyard? Count me in! Ten Acres Vineyard includes just a small 10 pitches with spaces for campervans too. Here you can enjoy a tour around the Vineyard overlooking Dartmoor as well as a guided wine-tasting of the site’s homemade produce! But when you’re not sipping on vino, there is plenty of exploring to be done in the local area including the Dartmoor National Park or the Lydford Gorge Waterfall. There are plenty of facilities like toilets, showers and basins as well as a kids playing field and much more. Glamping is also available at Ten Acres for an extra cost, with 2 Bell Tents and a furnished safari Tent on offer.

Prices: £8pppn / Kids (5-16) £4 / Under 5’s & Dogs Free

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7) Deepdale Backpackers & Campers, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

Deepdale Backpackers & Campers, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

With around 80 pitches and six luxury Tipis and Huts, it’s no surprise Deepdale is a firm favourite with campers. There is always an array of events happening at the Deepdale farm including stargazing, cookery classes and muchmore. Explore the wonderful beckoning beaches and great coastal walks in the surrounding areas. Tents, campervans, motorhomes & trailer tents are available here as well as fantastic newly built facilities including electric hook-up connections, chemical toilet disposal points, fully serviced hard standing pitches, and underfloor heated toilet & shower blocks.

The tipis are equipped with cast-iron chimineas for heat, kindling and fuel for the fire, foldaway chairs, a barbecue and a lantern if you’re looking for a more luxurious stay.

Prices: £5-£8pppn / Kids £3-£4

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8) Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance

Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance

Just a short distance from some of Cornwall’s best beaches including Whitesands Bay and Pedn Vounder, Treen Farm Campsite sits in a sheltered field back from the cliff top. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied during your stay including the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum for wet days or the open-air auditorium cut into the rocks. You can also expect great facilities on-site including showers, toilets, laundry areas and much more!

Prices: £5.50pppn / £2 per child
Tents from £2 per night, cars £1 each

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9) Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall

Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall

If you’re dreaming of boho vibes for your next camping adventure, Cornish Tipi is your spot. Here you will find tent pitches amongst the glorious meadows with boho style tipis available to hire too. Known for it’s pretty pitches, The Cornish Tipi Campsite sits in a woodland valley beside a clear lake with 20 acres of greenery and wildlife to admire. Head to the beach just 5 minutes away from the campsite or head out fishing.

This campsite is perfect for everyone – family, friends, couples, whatever you are celebrating, The Cornish Tipi will make it special. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful location and fantastic facilities on-site to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Campervans are welcome here and you can choose whether you pitch in a secluded area of the woodland or a more sociable spot surrounded by other campers.

Prices: £18-£22pppn / Kids (2-12) £9-£11

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10) Moss Side Farm Campsite, Ulverston, Cumbria

Moss Side Farm Campsite, Ulverston, Cumbria

The wide open views overlooking the wooded hillside are what make Moss Side Farm such a hit with campers, hikers, walkers and holiday makers alike. Get lost down the many footpaths which lead from the farm or head to the lakes for some splashing fun. This small, family friendly campsite holds just 30 pitches and doesn’t welcome large groups so the only noise you will hear when the sun comes down is the crackle of the roaring campfires. Just down the road in Broughton-in-Furness, you’ll find some great pubs, cafes and shops.

If you prefer to stay inside a Hut, or Bunkhouse, Moss Side has various ‘glamping’ options for those who prefer a more comfortable retreat. Most campers love to hike up the Old Man of Coniston during their stay or, if you prefer to relax during your stay, you could head to Haverigg or Silecroft Beach, both just a short distance away from the campsite.

Prices: £18pppn

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5 Camping Essentials You Will Need for your Trip

So, you’ve decided where you’re going! Now, what do you need? If you’re a camping novelist, we’ve listed all the essential items you will need to ensure your time is as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.

You’re guaranteed to find a huge array of offers on essential items at NetVoucherCodes, including Millets discount codes and Blacks voucher codes plus many more money-saving deals to help you secure great savings on the items you need! Just head over to our outdoors category for all the latest codes to help you save money on your next camping trip.

A Tent

First things first, you need a Tent! Tents come in all shapes and sizes so make sure you buy one big enough for the whole clan – or it will be a tight squeeze. Some tents are more complex than others and can vary in price, but if you’re serious about camping, it’ definitely worth investing in a high-quality waterproof tent because nobody likes a soggy camper.

2 Man Tent
EUROHIKE Tamar 2 Man Tent. Image:

We’ve chosen a few tents at different price points to give you an idea of what to expect when purchasing yours. This EUROHIKE Tamar 2 Man Tent is priced at just £46 reduced from £90 and is ideal for couples or friends enjoying a night or two outdoors.

6 Man Tent
EUROHIKE Sendero 6 Family Tent. Image:

Alternatively, if you’re looking for something bigger to fit a group of friends or family, a 4-8 man tent is recommended. This EUROHIKE Sendero 6 Family Tent is priced at £139, again on sale and is the perfect size for large families looking to get away for the weekend – there is even a separate compartment to store your essentials.

Berghaus Tent
Berghaus Air 6 Man Tent. Image:

Lastly, if you don’t mind forking out a bit extra, this Berghaus Air 6 Man Tent is a fantastic investment for campers. Whilst the £569 price tag may seem steep, this is a brilliant investment and will last many camping trips to come. It inflates easy and the bedrooms are ventilated to ensure you keep cool – the extra large windows with integrated curtains are an extra perk.

So, depending on which tent you go for will determine the price, but the most important thing to consider is comfort, safety and functionality.

A Sleeping Bag

It’s one thing having a roof over your head, but keeping warm and comfortable while you put your head down is another matter altogether. A Sleeping Bag is another absolute staple when it comes to camping. Even during the summer months, it’s always wise to pack your sleeping bag as you never know when it’s going to cool down, especially in the UK. Some even like to pack an air bed or sleeping matt for added comfort, but that is entirely up to you.

You can buy sleeping bags pretty much anywhere on the internet – Argos, Amazon, Ebay and even your local supermarkets stock affordable sleeping bags perfect for camping. However if you’re looking for something a little more specialised that will last much longer, you will find high-quality sleeping bags at the likes of Blacks, Millet or John Lewis.

Brown Sleeping Bag
Outwell Campion Lux Double Sleeping Bag. Image:

This Outwell Campion Lux Double Sleeping Bag is great for couples or someone looking for some extra space. Featuring 2 layers of insulation and soft, cosy material and pockets to keep your phone or torch – this is a fantastic sleeping bag worth investing in at £55.

Mummy Sleeping Bag

If it’s something more affordable you’re after, this Eurohike Snooze Mummy Sleeping Bag is just £11 and comes with all the essentials you need for a snug nights sleep.

Keeping warm and comfortable is key to a good night’s sleep in your tent so you may even wish to pack thermal covers or blankets for extra warmth.

A Torch

Camping Torch

You may not even consider packing a Torch on your next camping trip, but take our word for it, you will be kicking yourself if you don’t. Some campsites are relatively well lit at night, however others are not – you are sleeping outdoors after all. Navigating your way around your tent and the outdoors can be pretty tricky come nightfall so a torch will come in super handy – especially for trips to the toilet during the night. Lucky for you, Torches are fairly inexpensive – you can even buy pocket sized ones which are great for the kids or head torches to keep your hands free.

Food & Drink

Camping Stove

Make sure to pack plenty of snacks and fluids on your next trip and try not to rely too much on the on-site facilities. In most cases, access to food & drink can be a fair trek from your campsite so it’s wise to stock up! However, every campsite is different so do your research before you arrive and pack accordingly. Camping stoves come in a variety of shapes and sizes and is a must for the obligatory bacon butty, sausage, egg and beans for breakfast.

Another important thing to consider is how you’re going to store your food and drink. The last thing you want to do is attract insects to your tent so make sure your food is stored away in a cooling box or even your car.

A Set of Earplugs!

Ear Plugs

While it’s not essential to take earplugs on your next camping holiday, it’s certainly wise if you appreciate a good night’s sleep. You never know what type of crowds are going to be on your campsite (you could even end up pitched up next to someone who snores!) and while some have curfews – some don’t! If you’re not fond of noise from other campers or even the outdoors, earplugs are a staple for you.

Anything else?

So, these are just a few of the staples we recommend you certainly pack on your next trip! But, there are plenty more things you may wish to consider if you’re staying for longer periods of time, or simply want to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Portable Shower

For instance, a portable camping shower is a great purchase if you don’t wish to pay to use the on-site communal showers, plus you get to avoid the morning ques! Amazon has a great selection, including this Portable Shower Head Hose priced at just £39.99. This will certainly last many camping trips to come and is super easy to use.

Hand in hand with the portable shower, you may want to purchase a portable camping toilet. There are many different types of portable toilets so do your research to find the best one for you. This Leisurewize Need A Loo Excel Portable Camping Toilet looks a fantastic investment at just £24.99 as it’s easy to use, clean and even comes with a toilet roll holder.

In short, be wise! If you’re only camping out for a night or two, try not to over pack. But, if you are planning a week or so trip to the outdoors, ensure you’re equipped with the essentials and more. Toiletries, Buckets, firewood, cooking utensils, BBQ’s, insect repellent, sun cream, games & activities, folding tables and blankets are just a few more ideas. Of course, only pack what you feel is essential and within your means, but most importantly, enjoy yourself, whatever the circumstances!

How to go Camping on a Tight Budget

Camping with Friends
Sharing Equipment with Friends is a great way to save money. Image: Freepik

At NetVoucherCodes we are all about ways to save, so it’s only right we discuss the best penny-saving tricks and tips when it comes to camping! Whether you’re feeling frugal or you’re on a tight budget this summer, there are plenty of ways to save money on your next camping adventure and we’re here to share them all.

Borrow Camping Equipment

Have a friend or family member that camp often? Ask to borrow their gear! The worst they could say is no but it would make a huge difference to your budget if they say yes. Whether it’s their tent, sleeping bags, or more – borrowing equipment will save you a heap of cash and is perfect if it’s just a one off trip.

Just remember to look after it and pack it all away nicely (and clean!) and then you’ll be able to borrow it again!

Buy Second Hand

Second Hand Tent
We found this second hand 2 man tent on eBay going for just £45! Bargain.

If you’re not fussed about having brand new camping gear, why not buy them second hand? People are forever selling their old tents and matts that they may not have even used. Check out your local buy and sell sites – Facebook Marketplace and eBay are great for this, or ask friends and family if they’re selling any of their old gear, you could even head out to a local Car Boot Sale.

Utilise your home essentials

While sleeping bags are recommended, they’re not always essential! Grab your pillows and duvets from home and it can be a much cheaper way to keep warm and comfortable in moderate conditions. Also, don’t spend fortunes on specialist cookware, use your old pan and some essentials from home to save heaps of money.

Share your things

If you’re camping in a big group, it’s wise to share the cost of all the essentials. There’s no need to duplicate some of your camping equipment when you can easily share!

Plan your meals

Be forward thinking when planning your next trip. Plan what you will eat and pack accordingly. The last thing you want to be doing is spending over the odds in on-site shops for over-priced goods you could have easily brought with you. Also, try and plan meals which are simple and low-cost.

Bring your own Firewood

Campfires are great BUT always make sure you are allowed to start a fire with your campsite BEFORE you make a fire!

Many campgrounds charge for their firewood so the costs can soon add up if you are cooking on the campfire each night. You could either bring your own or alternatively spend the afternoon wood collecting once you have set up camp. Afterall, most campsites are situated in wooded grounds so make the most of your surroundings.

Buy a Portable Grill

You may be tempted to bring a few disposable bbq’s with you on your next camping adventure. However, not only can the price rack up if you’re buying 3 of 4, but they are also bad for the environment. Portable grills do the exact same job and are pretty inexpensive so they’re definitely worth the money.

Camp during the off-season

Not only is it less busy during the off-season, but at the bigger campsites, facilities typically cost a little less during these periods so it’s wise to visit during these times if possible to save some extra cash.

Camping Hacks

In reality, there are hundreds of ways to save money on camping which we can’t possibly cover right here. Simply search ‘Camping Hacks’ on Google and you will discover a plethora of creative ways you can camp on a budget.

Round the Campfire

Camping vs Summer Holidays Abroad

With the average costs of a 7 day summer holiday abroad (based on a family of 4) during the August Summer Holidays costing in excess of £500pp, families are turning to camping trips in a bid to save money, and experience the beauty of their own country.

However, you will need to bear in mind that if it’s your first camping trip, consider the initial costs of all the essentials you will need including your tent, sleeping gear and all of the other camping essentials. Of course, these prices can vary depending on what type of equipment you go for – or you could be savvy and use our money-saving hacks to enjoy a budget camping trip!

In short, camping is a great money-saving alternative to flying overseas, and once you have all your camping gear, you’re good to go for years to come, meaning all trips after your first will be significantly cheaper.

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