Destination ideas for Summer!

If you are a caravanner, you have better reason than many to plan for those good times ahead – the time when you can hitch up the ‘van, take to the roads, and explore pastures new or long-time favourites.

So, here are some destination ideas for the Summer to whet your appetite!


Not for nothing is this corner of the country described as the Garden of England. The orchards, hop fields and verdant landscape make Kent a county to visit at any time of the year but in particular in the summertime.

In addition to the quiet and peaceful countryside, Kent has more than its fair share of castles and historic monuments, fantastic beaches – some of the best in Europe, according to the local tourist board – and a treasure trove of family entertainment.

The Camping and Caravanning Club campsite at Canterbury makes an ideal base from which to explore the whole county.

Southwest England

There can be only few seasoned caravanners who do not already know the lure of Devon and Cornwall. If you are new to the pastime, you might soon discover the attraction.

An extensive and varied coastline offers mile upon mile of stunning walks and trails, there are any number of glorious beaches with water sports for the more adventurous, and you can escape to the more remote and tranquil corners of rural England inland.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to pitch your caravan. It may be among the smaller sites, but Magic Cove Touring Park – between Padstow and Newquay on Cornwall’s north coast  – has just the name to conjure up the allure of the west country at its best.

When the sun is out, of course, the natural place to head towards is the beach – where glistening sands and shimmering seas hold out the prospect of cooling breezes. But even on cooler days, the fantastic views and rugged landscape can be enjoyed.

In Devon, the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Slapton Sands campsite is situated on the impressive South Devon Heritage Coast and makes the perfect base for a family holiday by the beach.

The New Forest

Of course, you might want to play it completely safe and get the best of both worlds – the beach and the sea if the weather forecasts prove accurate, but somewhere more sheltered when unpredictability brings in the rain.

That makes the New Forest an ideal location – offering sheltered woodland walks if it turns to rain, but the nearby south coast beaches of Boscombe, Highcliffe and Hordle when the sun and sea beckon.

The Caravan and Motorhome’s New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Site is set just a mile or two from the village of Bransgore, with forest walks in one direction and beaches in the other!

The Lake District

Also likely to stay cooler than any pitch near the beach, the Lake District remains an all the year-round favourite with caravanners – and for good reason too.

The lakes themselves provide a perfect setting in which to pitch your tourer and, after a drop or two of rain, the rugged majesty of the peaks and fells are softened to a glorious green.

Park Cliffe Touring Park is a stone’s throw from the largest of the lakes, Windermere, and the section for touring caravans is on a slight hill to maximise the lakeside views from hardstanding pitches which come with 10-amp electric hook-ups.

Mid Wales

Both North and South Wales have their steadfast caravanning champions – so why not break the mould and visit Mid Wales?

Mid Wales offers you paths and trails less visited – and some breath-taking views along the way. Whether you choose to sit back and take these in from under the shade of your tourer’s awning or take to horseback, a mountain bike, or good old shank’s pony, Mid Wales holds many a treat in store.

Fforest Fields, near Llandrindod Wells, in Powys, offers a mixture of all-weather, hard-standing and grass pitches in a peaceful and tranquil setting, with free use of canoes and kayaks on the nearby lake.

Yorkshire Dales

Kick back and enjoy and altogether quieter pace of life as you pitch your caravan on one of the many sites in the Yorkshire Dales.

You can be certain of a more peaceful and more relaxed break away from home than the beaches to the east or even the ever-popular Lake District to the west. The Yorkshire Dales offer the perfect escape from it all.

For beautiful views across the whole of Wharfedale and the prospect of outings to Bolton Abbey and Skipton, pitch your caravan at the Howgill Lodge Caravan Park.

Northern Ireland

Once you’ve boarded the ferry, it’s almost like venturing forth on some foreign holiday – with the blessing that everyone still speaks English.

Make Northern Ireland your destination this summer and you’ll be likely to claim a holiday that’s different to many taken by the caravanning fraternity. Rolling farmland and valleys, rugged coastlines and historic castles and monuments all put their unique stamp on the province.

At the end of a busy day’s exploring, retire to your touring pitch at Ballyness Caravan Park, near Bushmills, Coleraine and Portrush on the coast.


Yet another “foreign” holiday within the British Isles is just north of the border into Scotland.

It’s a big country, too, that deserves a whole chapter all to itself if you are planning your next summer holidays.

For now, then, let’s just suggest that you first make yourself the welcome guest of Scottish hospitality in the Border Country at the Melrose Gibson Park Caravan Club Site near Melrose in the scenic Eilden Hills.

From the far southwest to the north of the British Isles – and everywhere in between – you can be assured of variety and contrasts wherever you take your touring caravan.

For many caravanning families, of course, sun, sea and sand might not be all they’re cracked up to be, and cooler climes in more majestic settings may be the order of the day.

Loch Lomond is probably one of the most recognised destinations when you travel north of the border and Lomond Woods Holiday Park is a beautiful place to pitch up.

Or you might want to visit Loch Ness Shores in Scotland – it offers a total of 99 pitches and is one of the few places along the shores of the famous loch where you can launch small boats.

For more destination inspiration, check out some of our Guides here.