Cheap family holidays – save money and go camping

Fancy a family holiday but can’t afford it? What to get away from it all for a few days, refresh and recharge but don’t want to go too far? Why not have a cheap family holiday and go camping.

Didn’t you hear? Staycations are in! But even a few days away in a hotel can get pretty pricey these days so be kind to your bank balance and take a trip into the woods.

Ways to save money with a camping trip

1. Stay local

Choose a campsite that isn’t too far from home. The right campsite will make you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, away from lifes worries – but will be just a 1-2 hour drive from home. This will save travel costs and time getting to and from a holiday destination. Try searching Cool Camping for campsites near you.

2. Avoid expensive campsites

An easy one to help keep it a cheap family holiday. You don’t need a bar and a play area. You don’t need slides and nightly entertainment. The great outdoors is the perfect place to break away. Let the woods be your playground and the campfire be your tv/stove/social area.

3. Cook on the campfire

No need to splash out at restaurants. Your campfire will give you all the flavour you need. Try baked potatoes cooked in foil cooked right in the coals of the campfire. The ultimate cheap and easy dinner.

Check out our campfire recipe ideas

4. Free things to do

Going on holiday can often mean spending on activities and entertainment for the kids. Even a trip to the 2p machines in the arcades can add up! We have a whole host of free activities for you in the woodland. Try den building, bug hunging or visit a local town or beach.

5. Borrow camping equipment

Are you new to camping? Borrow equipment from friends and family. Any camper will be keen to introduce you into their world of cheap family holidays! Alternatively, try glamping. More expensive than camping but still a good amount cheaper than a hotel.

Read about our glamping bell tents

6. Invite friends

Share the costs of firewood and food with friends and family. Check to see if your chosen campsite accepts groups and invite your favourite people along to share in the experience.


So how much will a camping holiday cost?

Keeping things simple with a trip to the campsite means you can be looking at around £76 per night, including your meals! Now that is a cheap family holiday. Add to this the incredible benefits of camping and we certainly think you should consider a camping staycation for your next family holiday.


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Coronavirus Update

Based on Government guidance we have opened both Beech Estate and Wild Boar Wood Campsites on July 4th, 2020. *** Please note any new bookings made after July 6th, 2020 until further notice, that are unable to commence due to Government guidance regarding COVID-19, will be offered credit notes for 18 months. This applies to booking made directly on our website only. ***