Cool campsite in Kent with bushcraft sessions; ropeswings, woodlands and kiteflying | Bedgebury Camping

This cool campsite in Kent is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Bedgebury Camping is perfect for families with plenty of open space, woodlands and a small stream to keep children amused for hours on end. Opening for only 28 days during the summer months this site is also perfect for exploring Bedgebury Forest with its cycling, walking and riding opportunities plus adventure play and Go Ape.

At Bedgebury Camping simply there are several fields for choosing your pitch, campfires are allowed and there is a wonderful shop on site where you can buy marshmallows for toasting, yummy cakes, local produce and even glowsticks. On Saturday evenings you can stroll to the communal tepee to indulge in local catering which could be fish & chips followed by waffles & ice cream with free live music. Every Saturday and Sunday bushcraft sesssions run for both children and adults.

Campers with tents and campervans only. Prices are per person – from £8 per night adult and from £4 per night per child over three years of age. £5 vehicle charge. Pets are £3 per night.

Create happy family memories with a trip to Bedgebury camping.

Family Safari Kenya: fly-in adventure camping from £1,470 8 days for your own private journey | Wild Frontiers

This is one of those family holidays that makes me want to pack my bags and go today. This outdoor wildlife adventure is perfect for families that want an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience but at a fraction of the price. It’s great value as there’s an element of “roughing it” staying in small basic adventure camps. The experience incorporates walks with Maasai warriors, opportunities for night game drives and high quality 4×4 game viewing escorted by top class guides in exclusive wildlife conservancies away from the tourist minibuses.

Adult prices from £1,470 excluding international flights and £2,070 including flights from the UK. Discounted price for children under 12 (please check). The price includes 1 night in a luxury tented camp in Nairobi National Park, 6 nights in wilderness adventure camps, light aircraft charter flights, conservation and park fees and 7 breakfasts/lunches/dinners. Recommended for children aged 10 and over.

Kenya Safari Adventure | Adventure Travel in Sub Saharan Africa | Wild Frontiers.

Save up to 20% on summer American family adventures; discover national parks, canyonlands & play at cowboys & indians | Grand American Adventures

Grand American Adventures has some great adventure experiences lined up for you and your family this summer. To really tempt you they are offering a saving of up to 20% on their American family adventures.

One of the most adventurous tours is their 10 day Canyon Family Discovery holiday exploring five beautiful national parks and canyonlands of Arizona and Utah. This adventure also includes a once in a lifetime overnight rafting trip down the Colorado River. You can save up to £353 per person on this holiday. A trip departing on the 31 July 2013 is now £1416. Children 16 years and under will receive a 10% discount.

Or perhaps a 10 day Canadian Family Discovery tour which is the perfect outdoor adventure with rafting, canoeing, biking and hiking. Save up to £111 per person on this holiday. A trip departing on the 30 July 2013 is now £1008. International flights are not included in the prices.

Save up to 20% on Family Adventures.

overnight Whipsnade safari

If you would like a taste of an African safari without having to leave the country then ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s overnight animal encounter experience delivers just this. When the park gates close to the general public, a fully hosted event for small group of families kicks off with a welcome glass of bubbly, an evening safari truck park drive, a delicious bbq followed by a torchlit walking tour back to Lookout Lodge for a comfortable night’s sleep. And the fun doesn’t stop there. In the morning it’s back in the truck for one more tour  with a few animal feedings and a cheeky chimpanzee display thrown in before the masses arrive.

It was our first visit to ZSL Whipsnade, one of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation parks set on the edge of the Chiltern Downs in Bedfordshire and we will definitely be back. WIth approximately 600 acres the animals have good sized enclosures and the antelopes, white rhinos, asian elephants and zebras all enjoy huge paddocks. Australian wallabies and South American Maras (the largest relatives of the guinea pigs) all roam freely oblivious to the presence of humans and cars right by (the park is so huge that day visitors can choose to either drive or walk around).

At 6.00pm our evening tour of the park started with an open-sided camouflage safari truck drive stopping for an encounter with the charismatic meerkats before moving on to admire the Zoo’s pride of lions who were slumbering in the warm, early evening sunshine a mere foot away on the other side of the viewing glass. After dinner, children and adults were equipped with torches for an hour long walk back to the camp via the flamingos and wolves. Accommodation was in wonderfully warm wooden camping pods sleeping our family of four cosily. The kids went to bed looking forward to the chimpanzee, brown bear and wolverine morning feedings. The children loved being so close to the animals and being able to ask question after question, their inquisitive minds set alight by getting to know the Zoo’s inhabitants up close and personal.

My daughter’s verdict: “It was fun. I enjoyed feeding the animals and seeing the wolverines and the cheetahs. The flamingos could stand up on one leg and they eat from a barrel and it gives them their colour. Then I liked walking to see the tigers and putting my coin in and making it spin round. Mine spinned for the longest and it was really fast. When I was in the car [on the way there] I was imagining what it would be like and I liked the ice cream van. It was a Smartie ice cream and I liked my monkey I bought as I saw it in real life You could go to the fence and a lemur was sitting there but you couldn’t touch it because it was so old and it could get your germs. I liked my Lodge. It was small. I liked the sofa and I liked the drinks and I played outside with some torches and that was fun”.

And my son: “It was a brilliant experience. It was great. My favourite crazy bit was seeing the chimps. My favourite animal was the wolverine. I liked it when we fed the animals. They had a load of them. When we went there they had some baby boar and the cheetahs were sleeping most of the time. We got on a truck and we saw some animals. We had a walk with some torches at nine at night and it was good as we saw the flamingos”.

Respect goes out to the knowledgeable hosts who never tired of the children’s endless questions. It was a privilege to spend the night at ZSL Whipsnade and to share the park with just 2 guides and a handful of like-minded families. For more information visit


Last minute availability on Cornwall wigwam breaks on an organic working farm; from £42 a night May half term | Penbugle Farm

If you are looking for a last minute escape this May half term then how about a Cornish wigwam holiday on a working organic farm with native rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs and laying hens? With its rugged coastline and beautiful moorland, the south east part of Cornwall is a great area to explore.  The Eden Project is also just a few miles away.

These Cornwall wigwams are set in a small grass paddock behind the farmhouse and each wigwam can accommodate 5 people. The wooden wigwam provides warmth and comfort which is not always guaranteed with conventional camping. What I love about this place is the ‘little extras’ that can be provided to make your life easier as well as allowing you to ‘taste’ Cornwall – yummy breakfast boxes with organic eggs and award winning local apple juice; packed lunches with a locally made pasty and homemade cake and even a bottle of Cornish wine or beer can be sourced for you.

A four night wigwam break starting on Friday 24 May is £232 for a family of four; a three night break starting Saturday 25 May is £174.

Penbugle Farm Wigwams and Bell tents – Glamping and camping on an organic working farm in Cornwall.

Save 15% on July stays: luxury safari tents in a beautiful, unspoilt region of Spain; river swimming, mountain villages & castles | Finca las Cañadas


Close to the Portuguese border in western Spain you will find Finca las Cañadas – an eco property offering safari tent holidays. You will be welcomed by the owners to share their rural finca, a sheep farm situated between two lakes in Extremadura. Each tent is fully equipped and there is a swimming pool on site.

If you and your family enjoy the great outdoors, and your kids would love the opportunity to collect eggs from the chickens, hunt for lizards in the undergrowth and help out with the sheep then this is the holiday for you. To make your stay even more enjoyable, home baked pastries and bread for breakfast can be ordered, an organic vegetable box is supplied, plus dinner can be booked in advance.

In the surrounding area are natural swimming pools, mountain villages and castles to explore. The environment is to be respected here as all energy supplies are generated on site and the finca has its own spring water. Price is 675 euros per week for a tent sleeping up to six and 575 euros for a tent sleeping up to four (before the discount). The finca is a two and a half hour drive from Madrid. Stay in July and save 15% on your summer glamping in Spain.

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Mongolian Yurt stay Cornwall from £360 for a June weekend break plus free surf lesson for 2 | East Thorne Cornwall

Glamp in true style at East Thorne a yurt based camping experience set in the beauty of the Cornish countryside. Here you will find 10 luxury sustainable sourced Mongolian yurts complete with handmade beds, log burning stoves, individual undercover cooking areas, stylish bathroom area and roaring camp fires. For kids there is an adventure playground, games room and plenty of space for simply burning off energy.

East Thorne is situated near the seaside resort of Bude which was recently voted the 7th best beach destination in the UK by TripAdvisor. East Thorne is currently offering a free surf lesson for 2 with all 3 night weekend Yurt breaks through June. Quote ‘Hang Ten’ on booking.

From £360 for a 3 night weekend break in June 2013; full week and mid-week packages also available. Four luxurious cottages are also available. If you are glamping with young children then high chairs and cot beds can be provided.

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Book now to get free bike hire for one week at a Siblu Holiday Village in Southern Brittany | Siblu

Domaine de Kerlann offer

If you are finding it hard to choose your France campsite for your holiday this year then how about booking a stay at Siblu’s Domaine de Kerlann campsite and benefit from a weeks free bike hire plus free linen.  The free bike hire is for two adults and two children. Non-riders can replace the free bike hire with either a pampering massage session lasting 15 to 20 minutes or a sports pack containing an introduction to archery session, a round of mini golf for four people and one hour of tennis.

Bookings must be made by the 31 May 2013 using the PLEGER offer code. This offer excludes holidays taken in the two week period from 17 August.

Domaine de Kerlann is a Siblu holiday village in southern Brittany and is close to several stunning beaches. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a large splashzone, five outdoor playgrounds and free football tournaments.

Domaine de Kerlann offer.

Canvas Holidays now offers FREE FamilyExtra activities at 12 of its campsites; plus 40% off at May half term

Looking for an action-packed family campsite this year? Canvas Holidays offers a great FREE activity programme for children and parents at selected campsites in conjunction with outdoor specialists In2Action. A range of exciting activities are on offer from watersports to gentle arts and crafts with sessions to suit all ages.

FamilyExtra activities are available on 12 selected campsites between 25 May – 1 September 2013 mainly across France but also at atheir campsite in Tuscany, Italy and Interlaken, Switzerland.

Canvas Holidaysi is also offering a tremendous 40% of May half term holidays for all holidays starting by the 30 May 2013 for 7 nights duration. Jura – Lac de Chalain has a stunning lake for watersports & swimming, a superb pool comlex with waterslides and also offers FamilyExtra – 7 nights starting 25 May in a Classic (2 bed) with deck is now just £397 per family (was £643).

Family Camping Activity Holidays & Campsites | Canvas Holidays.

Save £270 on a May half term break at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, Devon; now just £399 for the whole family

Woolacoombe Bay Holiday Parks has a fantastic last minute deal for May half term. A 7 night stay at Easewell Farm Holiday Village starting on Friday 24 May is now just £399 –  a saving of £270.

Easewell Farm Holiday Village is set in beatiful countryside overlooking the sea. There is an indoor heated pool and paddling pool, adventure playground, bar and restaurant. Guests can also ‘park hop’ and enjoy 40 free activities at the other three Woolacoombe Bay Holiday Parks which includes indoor/outdoor pools. saunas and steam rooms, cinema, children’s clubs and nightly entertainment.

The offer of £399 is for a Bronze Apartment sleeping up to 4. There are also 3 and 4 night breaks available over the May half term starting from just £189 (arriving 24 May – saving £110). All the latest offers are here:

May Half Term Breaks – Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.