When we go away with our tourer caravan one of the things at the top of our list of musts is a beach. But along with finding a good family friendly site finding a beach that’s really close to a beach can also be a complete minefield. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I thought that I was looking at a site with beach access only to realise the seaside is actually a 10 minutes drive away.
I solved my problem with finding a good family friendly caravan park via a whole lot of research, a good bit of crowd sourcing and a lot of hours writing up my very popular review – 30 Best Family Caravan Parks in the UK – Highly recommended.
So I have treated this post in pretty much the same way in the hope it will not only help myself but all my fellow caravan and camping people. If you own neither but are looking for a site with static caravans or other accommodation options I will state if other accommodation is available.
These are in no particular order. I have simply started near the bottom of the UK and worked up.
30 Great Caravan Parks on or Very Near to a Beach – UK
1. Perran Sands Haven – Near Perranporth Cornwall England
“It has its own beautiful beach and although it does offer entertainment as all the Haven parks do, you can easily avoid that and just enjoy its wonderful surroundings, they have their own nature ranger too who runs activities for the children such as nature trails and orienteering. We’ve been across three years and had a wonderful time each year.” by Jennifer Dixon at www.mymummyspennies.com
Tourers and campers are welcome. Plus they have a variety of accommodation on offer static caravans, beach houses, chalets and glamping.
2. Dove meadows – Marazion Cornwall England
“No club. Quiet. Showers etc. Come out of van 1/4 mile down Lane cross road beach. Walk up road good pubs Causeway to mount. Cream teas want more.” by Susan Ford
They have touring caravans, motorhome and tent pitches available. According to the website the beach of Mount’s bay is a four minute walk away.
3. Holywell Bay Parkdean – Newquay Cornwall England
“Holywell bay nice park beach within walking distance …and you have to pass the pub to get on the beach” by Bex Cooper
The site offers touring and camping pitches. They also have accommodation to rent such as glamping, lodges and static caravans. The website states that the beach is a short stroll away.
4. Mother Iveys Bay Holiday Park – Trevor’s Head, nr Padstow, Cornwall England
“Beautifully kept site with superb views. It has its own secluded beach and is within a short walking distance to 3 others (Harlyn Sands, Boobies Bay and Constantine Beach all good surfing beaches). No Bar or club just peace, nature and relaxation. I love to walk the cliff path in both directions. You cannot beat North Cornwall coastline.” by Alain S Bodin
The site allows touring caravans, motorhomes and campers.
5. Budemedows Touring Park – Widemouth near Bude Cornwall England
“They take all kinds of tourers & tents. Hardstanding and Grass pitches. Childrend Play area. Heated Swimming Pool. Bar & Shop. Two couples run it and are extremely helpful & friendly. Free Wi-Fi (upgrade available for a fee) Well looked after, but to the n’th degree. Thoroughly recommend this site.” by Chris Arscott
Looking at this site it doesn’t sit besides the sea but looks to be a short walk to the sea. Their website states that it is 1 mile away. The site allows campers, caravans and motorhomes.
6. Pentewan Sands – North Cornwall England
“Wonderful free pool complex, clean shower blocks, eateries on site, beach adjacent, entertainment if you want it, all you’d want from a commercial campsite, rallies held there by the CMC. No dogs on beach or site.” By Julie Hardy
The site has pitches available for touring caravans, tents and motorhomes. You can also rent static caravans from them.
7. Ladram Bay – Devon England
Quote from review “The beach is absolutely beautiful and definitely somewhere you want to head to if the weather is dry. It’s accessed down a slope and fortunately the hubby couldn’t navigate his way down on crutches. There are lots of picnic tables all along the front so we parked him up here with a coffee while me and b went off to explore. The beach is pebbly but don’t let that put you off. I actually like pebbles because it means we can throw them into the sea and hunt for cool stones and shells. Sand is so overrated – it gets everywhere! The tide times are published opposite the beach shack so if you time it right, you might get a bit of sand to dig in.” by Emma Dowey at MeandBmaketea – full review here.
The site allows touring caravans and campers. They also rent our luxury lodges, static caravans and glamping pods.
8. Freshwater Beach – Bridport Dorset England
“Amazing indoor pool and splash pool activity pool for the kids and slide. Walk over the hill (it’s a big one!) to West Bay to the beach. Gets very busy at peak time but entertainment and restaurant onsite with bowling for wet days. Lovely clean showers with toilet and basin included in the cubicle. Pebble beach.” by Claire Collins
The site allows touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. They also have static caravans that you can hire.
9. Camber Sands – ParkDean – East Sussex England
“I would really recommend camber sands Parkdean! The actual camping part of site is kept very clean and the shower blocks well looked after. The camping area is at the entrance so the closest to the beach which is amazing! Sand goes on for miles. Also if you want there is so much on the site” by Amy Nash
Camber sands allow touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. They also have static caravans, lodges and chalets available for hire.
10. Naze Marine Holiday Park Dean resorts – Walton on the Naze Essex England
Quote from review “The beach is less than a 5 minute walk and the town is very accessible on foot – only a 10/15 minute walk, there is a Co-op and Tesco in the town as well as pharmacies, shoe shops, cafes, charity shops and your usual small seaside town shops selling all manner of bits and bobs.” by Clare Nicholas over at emmysmummy.com you can read her full review here.
The site allows touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. You can also hire a large variety of static caravans from them.
11. Doniford Bay Haven – Somerset England
Small excerpt from a blog review “Doniford Bay holiday park is right on the coast with a mud, brick beach on the edge of the site. With all the rocks dotted around the beach, and the hours of low tides, the beach is perfect for rock pooling” by Angela Spicer at The Life of Spicers. You can read her review for the park here.
The site has pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. They also have static caravans available to rent.
12. Hendre mynach Touring and caravan park – Barmouth Wales
“Really close to beach and lovely west Wales town of Barmouth. Kids love it and they can access beach and town without crossing a road as there is a promenade” by Nick Dann
The site has pitches available for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. They also have static caravans available to rent. The site is alongside a train track which has small trains operating on it.
13. Abererch sands – North wales
“It’s literally a hop skip and jump to beautiful stunning white sands also has indoor heated pool 50p for the day. It has a railway station right outside the site entrance which travels down the coast to lovely little towns and villages” by Lindsay Field
This site has pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents.
14. Wirral country Park CMC – Thurstaston North West England
“Wirral country park CMC site, overlooks West Kirby beach (with views out to Wales). A lovely site set in the Wirral Country park close to West Kirby. The country park has some great walks/cycle routes and a hide for bird watching. For young families there is a farm park within walking distance from the site” by Julia Garner, Liverpool
The site only has pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes.
15. Searles Leisure resort – Hunstanton Norfolk England
“Just a short walk from a lovely beach with a promenade running alongside it. There is so much to do onsite as well. There’s an outdoor pool with a slide and a fab splash park Play areas, pedal karts, crazy golf. There’s even a land train that takes you to Hunstanton centre” by Julie Parker
The site has pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. They also offer lodge, cabin and static caravan rental.
16. Long Beach Touring Park, Hemsby, Norfolk England
“88 steps from my caravan door to the dunes!” Small excerpt from Pack the PJ’s review “Long Beach Camping and Touring Site is located in Hemsby, Norfolk. It is within the boundary of a private estate, which also includes part of the Winterton Great Valley and over 40 acres of rolling sand dunes and a beautiful sandy beach. The Winterton Great Valley is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.” You can read more of Pack the PJ’s review here – Long Beach Camping and Touring Site, Hemsby, Norfolk
The site has pitches for campers with tents, touring caravans and motorhomes. They also offer bungalows to rent.
17. Caister-on-sea Haven – Norfolk England
“Gorgeous site right on the beach. Our caravan last year was literally on the beach, you walked out the door & instantly hit sand dunes, was beautiful. They have touring on site too.” From Claire Bayliss over at bigfamilybigfunblog
Haven has pitches for touring caravans, campers with tents and motorhomes. They also have static caravans, deck houses and chalets available to rent.
18. Pinewoods – Wells next the sea Norfolk England
“Great site for kids- woods to explore and playground, shop and reception which was very friendly. The beach was a 2 minute walk and was beautiful sand with gorgeous beach huts and seals! Also very friendly volunteer coast guard station who, after watching my 4yo and I on beach for a few hours in the cold, shouted us in on way back and made me a cuppa and had a biscuit for the boy! At weekend and bank hols there’s a little train to take youthe half mile to the tiny harbour town where there are cute shops, nice pubs, ice cream parlours and a ship which doubles as a pancake bar. Massive playground up there too. Very lovely beach cafe next to camp site too.” by Marie Claire
The site has pitches for tourers. They also have accommodation available to rent such as static caravans, beach huts and lodges.
19. Seashore Haven – Great Yarmouth Norfolk England
“We had a massive prestige caravan and the site was so clean with lots of fun family entertainment. The site is right on the beach and about half a mile from Great Yarmouth seafront which has some brilliant attractions such as sealife centre, miniature village, amusement and rides.” By Maria Hughes over at www.happymummy.co.uk
The site has pitches available for touring caravans, campers with tents and motorhomes. They have a variety of static caravans available to rent.
20. Thorpe park Haven – Cleethorpes Lincolnshire England
“It’s a haven site. Very near a dog friendly beach. Had an entertainment complex very near to touring site and a shop. 3 shower blocks. Had grass pitches and services hard standing pitches.”by Elaine Sayles.
I have stayed at the tourer park here myself and the beach is a very short walk away from the tourer area. They have pitches available for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers with tents. You can also rent a variety of static caravans through them.
21. South Cliff – Bridlington North Yorkshire England
“The beach is a 5-10 minute walk depending on where you are located on the site. It’s a lovely long stretch of beach and if you are feeling particularly energetic you can walk up to Bridlington. The site has evening entertainment plus soft play and a large playground” By Suzy from Ourbucketlistlives
The site has pitches for campers with tents, touring caravans and motorhomes. They also have glamping, static caravans and lodges available to rent.
22. Reighton Sands Haven – Filey North Yorkshire England
“Access to the beach is down a steep hill near to the sites facilities. If you can’t manage the walk up or down – or both there is a free train that runs throughout most of the day. This was just as much fun for us as going down to the beach. If you arrive with your bucket and spades expecting sand make sure you check the times of high tide first. When we went down at 10am the tide was in and only pebbles were to be found. If we had visited at 1pm there would have been a good stretch of sand. Tide times vary every day. Jamie loved throwing pebbles into the sea” by Suzy at Ourbucketlistlives
23. Whitby Holiday Park – Whitby North Yorkshire England
“Whitby Holiday park – On the cliff small beautiful beach below plenty of History on it …another world sat there…visited 4 times over 2 years” by Nicky Royle Leggitt
The site has touring pitches and you can also rent static caravans from them. This site is one I’ve been meaning to visit for a while now. It looks lovely and I adore Whitby.
24. Eyemouth Park Resorts holiday park – North east England
Quote from blog review “The holiday park is located next to a quiet fishing port, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The caravans on the front of the park have amazing views over the sea and sandy beach, and there’s a pleasant stepped walk down to the beach from the edge of the site” by Cat Elizabeth at Rockandrollpussycat. You can read more of her review here.
The site has pitches for motorhomes and touring caravans. You can also rent static caravans from them.
25. Beadnell Bay C&CC site – Northumberland England
Quote from website “The magnificent dunes and golden sands of Beadnell Bay, just minutes from our campsite, are excellent for bird watching. Walkers too will enjoy beach walks to nearby Beadnell and Seahouses. Catch a boat from either to the beautiful Farne Islands where you will some more birdlife and colonies of seals. If you’re in to cycling the Coast and Castles and National Cycle Routes pass the site.”
The site has touring pitches and tent pitches available.
26. Springhill farm Seahouses – North east England
“Springhill farm in Seahouses offers a short walk to the beach. There are gorgeous coastal views from the site and you can see Bamburgh Castle in the distance.” by Big Stevie Cool at www.bigsteviecool.co.uk
The site offers touring pitches. They also have a range of accommodation to rent such as wigwams, a hide, cottages and a house that sleeps up to 32 people which can be used as a hostel or rented out as a whole house.
27. New England Bay Caravan and Motorhome Club Site – Stranraer Scotland
“Our favourite is New England Bay Caravan Club site, Scotland, it is a little windy up there but you have the dog friendly beach to yourself really, lovely and quiet.” By Carrie Hollingworth
The site has 131 touring caravan and motorhome pitches.
28. Muasdale Holiday Park – Kintyre west coast Scotland
“Muasdale holiday park – small touring site literally a couple of feet from the beach,. Lovely and quiet – no bar, no club” by Lee Botham
The park has touring caravan, motorhomes and campers with tents pitches. They also have a mini lodge and Victoria villas available to rent.
29. Dunnett Bay Caravan and Motorhome club site – Scotland
Quote from website “A good choice for those who enjoy solitary tranquillity, at Dunnet Bay Club Site you can admire the stunning views over clean washed sands to lovely Dunnet Head, the northernmost point of the British mainland. Located in Dunnet, Thurso, the caravan park is in an area of vast natural beauty – it’s a perfect location to unwind from the bustle of day to day life”
The site offers touring and tent pitches.
30. Sandilands caravan park – Co.down Northern Ireland
“Right on the beach, great for kids, lovely small park so not too busy, very clean and very strict about any noise after hours which is very appealing to us as a family. People who run it are lovely and very flexible. We have caravaned and camped and the facilities are all brilliant and very clean. Wee site shop sells most essentials, but close to a small town if you want an asda or other shops” by Chantelle Michael
The site has pitches for touring caravans and motorhomes.
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