At the end of 2019, AA Publishing released the winners list for the UK’s best camping sites in their AA Caravan and Camping Guide 2020. Each year they send out representatives to score sites on their customer service, facilities, opening times and pricing to determine where they’ll land on the list.
We’re delighted to announce that a number of our UK Parks members have been featured and celebrated for their fabulous hospitality, sensational facilities and beautiful locations. Here, we take a look at some of the parks that have met and surpassed the AA’s high standards.
Set in 247 acres of stunning park and woodland, Plassey Leisure Park is nestled within the beautiful Dee Valley. When you consider the amazing facilities, it’s no wonder that this park was named the overall winner – 30 deluxe, fully-serviced pitches, complete with central heating, individual washrooms, and even Digital and Satellite TV services.
A stroll round the park and you’ll come across beautiful Edwardian buildings that are home to boutique shops stocking handmade crafts, the Shippon Restaurant, landscaped gardens and panoramic views over the Dee Valley.
Plassey Holiday Park also provides a 9-hole golf course, luxury heated indoor swimming pool, table tennis, badminton course, coarse fishing, coffee shop and two miles of footpaths to explore.
After going through an impressive refurbishment in 2018, Eye Kettleby Lakes offers a number of accommodation options from Scandi-style lodges and wooden pods, to touring fields and even a glamping forest.
With mature hedging and ample spacing, the pitches provide plenty of privacy and most are fully-serviced. Special care is taken to keep facilities to a high standard and you’ll be delighted at the cleanliness of washrooms and showers.
Eye Kettleby Lakes prides itself on the outdoorsy facilities that include nature areas, winding paths, water features, nine fishing lakes and stunning landscaped grounds.
With views over Chesil Beach and the sea, East Fleet Touring Park is a gem on the Dorset coast. The family-run park sits on organic farmland, but if you prefer a little more hustle and bustle, the quaint seaside town of Weymouth is only three miles away.
On site you’ll find a games room, play area, barn, pubs and festival food area which provide entertainment for everyone in the family – and dogs are allowed to stay with you too. The luxury amenity blocks are newly-constructed, complete with a brand-new disabled shower room and large family shower rooms too.
Perfectly placed for visitors to experience the Oxfordshire countryside, as well as the Cotswolds, Lincoln Farm Park is a lovely place to escape the stresses of everyday life. On site, you’ll find a fitness suite, leisure centre, shop and children’s play area, all surrounded by landscaped grounds and vibrant hanging baskets.
The future appears even brighter for Lincoln Farm as plans are underway for a new pétanque court and hairdressers.
If you’re considering staying at Clippesby Hall, you’ll be faced with a glorious selection of accommodation options at the sprawling country house estate. As well as camping and touring facilities, the spacious park is also home to holiday cottages, apartments, shepherd huts and pine lodges – and you can even choose between open fields or woodland camping too.
The incredible facilities provided include a tennis court, mini golf course, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and adventure park for the little ones.
If you’re looking for a getaway with sustainable and eco-conscious initiatives in place, Hendra Holiday Park is just the place. With a focus on friendly, family fun, they’ve created a true haven that can be enjoyed by holidaymakers of all ages.
The jewel in Hendra’s crown is undoubtedly Oasis Fun Pools, the entertainment extravaganza that features indoor water slides, fountains and geysers. Once you’ve dried off, you can take advantage of the extensive entertainment including a Pirates Academy, zorbing and Segway tours too.
Touring and camping pitches sit in the 15 acres of wonderfully landscaped grounds at Huntly Castle, only a ten-minute walk into the town centre nearby. With the River Deveron not far from the campsite, you can unwind and make the most of the scenic strolls.
This peaceful and quiet campsite offers clean and tidy shower facilities and the grounds are pristine and well-maintained. Pitches are ample and well-marked, and with shrubs and trees dividing the areas and giving privacy, it never feels overcrowded.
Another winner when it comes to sustainability, The Quieter Site is carbon neutral. The family-run park is nothing short of idyllic and is in an ideal position to tour both the North and South lakes.
This secluded glamping site, nestled in the cinematic landscape of the Lake District National Park, gives you the opportunity to truly get back to nature and experience the fells, lakes, walks, shops and chocolate box towns and villages nearby.
The natural world is at the heart of the ethos and planning of the park. Solar energy powers the complimentary hot water for the showers and baths, there’s a children’s adventure playground featuring grass mounds and tunnels, and there’s even a stunning dog walk through a wild meadow.
A stay at Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan & Camping Park provides breath-taking views across the Yorkshire Dales and a charming stay. The great pitch sizes are divided by hedges to give visitors their own private plot and provide plenty of room for large motorhomes with awnings.
The park is a lovely area to exercise your four-legged friends, and you can easily pop into town via a riverside walk. If you prefer to stay on site for dinner, the restaurant has a diverse menu full of delicious treats to keep you fuelled for adventure.
Situated between Bakewell and Buxton, and not far from the gorgeous valley of Cheedale, you’ll find the family-run Beech Croft Farm. The Peak District draws visitors from all over with its rolling landscape and sweet villages, and this park is the best base from which to see it all.
The fantastic facilities include an environmentally friendly toilet and shower block, complete with underfloor heating – a true treat if you’re visiting during the colder seasons! There are two children’s play areas to cater to little ones of all ages, and a dog exercise field is perfect for letting your pooch stretch its legs.
You’ll find this compact, yet quaint adult-only park in a peaceful Lancashire hamlet, and it is in fact a working farm. Surrounded by rural farmland and stunning meadows, you can spend your stay spotting wildlife, walking or even cycling if you want to up the pace.
With only 10 pitches, Charoland Farm certainly feels exclusive, and the screened BBQ and picnic area that sits at the heart of the park is a great place to cook up your own delicious recipes and watch the sun go down.
From barbeque fire pits to private wet rooms, 100% cotton bedlinen to Freeview, Llanfair Hall is the ultimate glamping getaway. Whether you want to stay in one of the bespoke glamping pods, log cabins or even the incredible 1720s barn conversion (complete with jacuzzi), you’ll certainly have a memorable experience.
Family is certainly at the heart of the park, so the owners don’t implement peak prices during the summer to enable parents to enjoy fantastic family holidays, no matter the time of year.