Seaside camping breaks to escape lockdown blues

Are you looking forward to the day when you can pack the car up and whisk the family off on a seaside holiday?

Why not use the opportunity of lockdown to look at the available choices for places to stay which don’t cost the earth.

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Leading outdoor accommodation platform www.pitchup.com has rounded up top suggestions for coastal getaways around the UK to suit smaller budgets.

Camping offers great value for money, with sites available for as little as £5 per night. It’s also an ideal way for people that have been cooped up in their homes for weeks on end to get back out into nature and fresh air.

Once families get the green light that they can travel again, they will be able to find and book last-minute accommodation or take advantage of Pitch-up’s availability alert service for each site.The current restrictions on non-essential travel means that accommodation is only available to book from May 7, 2020, with many sites opening later in the year at various points. For further information, check the website www.pitch.up.com

Meanwhile, take a look at these sites for ideas of where your family could spend ts first seaside holiday after lockdown:

Birchington Vale Holiday Park, Kent

Birchington Vale Holiday Park is set amongst 100 acres in the beautiful Kent countryside but it’s only ten minutes from traditional seaside favourite Margate. Pitch up with your own tent, or book a family-sized wooden camping pod. Hit the sandy beaches of the north Kent coast, or head to attractions like Howletts Wild Animal Park.

Back on site, there’s plenty of entertainment to be had including an indoor pool with a flume, adventure playground, amusement arcade, crazy golf, pottery classes and archery. A clubhouse with a restaurant hosts entertainment for all ages.

Lee Meadow Farm, Devon

Lee Meadow Farm in Devon is only a few miles from the sand and surf of Woolacombe and within walking distance of the secluded beach at Lee Bay. When you’re back from the beach, the site’s 27 acres with woodland views on one side and hills to the other mean that there’s plenty of space on site for kids to run about. This site has a farm shop and tearoom and offers e-bike and cycle hire.

Atlantic Surf Pod at Bude.

Atlantic Surf Pods, Bude

Atlantic Surf Pods in Cornwall might look like something from Teletubbyland but they’re a smart choice for anyone heading to the breakers around Bude.Each of the luxury pods has a decked area with outdoor furniture, gas barbecue and giant bean bags, while inside there are king-size beds and underfloor heating. Families are well catered for away from the beach with a playground and ball game area, and the neighbouring field is filled with friendly farm animals.

North Shore Holiday Centre, Skegness

North Shore Holiday Centre in Lincolnshire is a family-friendly site where the sandy beach and pier offer plenty of entertainment close to home. The holiday centre is a ten-minute walk from the centre of Skegness and the town’s museum, nature reserve, aquarium and theme park are all less than 15 minutes drive away.

Becks Bay Camping, Tenby

Becks Bay Camping is close to the Welsh, Pembrokeshire and Tenby coasts as well as the isolated cove that gives it its name. Bell tents are available in two sizes, all come with a campers kitchen, beds and bedding and most importantly, a hammock from which to admire the stunning scenery.Many of Pembrokeshire’s renowned beaches are within easy reach - it’s a 15-minute walk to the sands of Lydstep and half an hour’s amble – or ten minutes by car – to Tenby’s South Beach. The on-site farm shop and cafe are bursting with produce and provisions to eat in or take away.