There’s something uniquely special about a caravan and camping holiday. We all have fond memories of roaming around a campsite as children, making friends, having adventures and enjoying the freedom it offers. It’s wonderful for adults, too – is there really a better way to enjoy a cup of tea than sitting outside in a camping chair with birdsong all around you? Camping is a great way to get out into the great outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine - and if you’re not so lucky with the weather, you can always curl up in your cosy caravan and play cards, listening to the sound of the rain drumming on the roof. Here are our top picks for camping holidays this summer:

Best for … Tranquillity: Sherwood Forest Holiday Park

An award winning 52-acre campsite in Robin Hood Country, Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is a peaceful, picturesque site with an abundance of wildlife and mature trees. The site has been carefully landscaped into smaller distinct areas for an intimate, peaceful feel ideal for young families and couples. Guests can enjoy relaxing walks by the River Maun and around the on-site lake, and facilities include a shop and visitor reception, a play area, toilets and shower blocks, a launderette and more.

Best for … Family Fun: Thornton's Holt Camping Park

    

                                                                      

A family camping park in the rural hamlet of Stragglethorpe, Thornton's Holt offers spacious pitches on level grassland, carefully landscaped with mature trees, fruit orchards and gardens. Kids will love the friendly farm-type atmosphere with cheeky free-range hens wandering throughout the park, resident horses Spike and Spartacus, the border terrier Pickle and three cats who specialise in reception duties. There’s an indoor heated swimming pool, a children’s play area and free WIFI in the reception area. Bikes are welcome, too.

Best for … Picturesque views: New Hall Farm Touring Caravan Park

New Hall Farm Touring Caravan Park offers peace and tranquillity for the discerning adult visitor. This 25-pitch site set on a working, family-run conservation farm is spacious and well elevated, offering spectacular panoramic views across open countryside. Situated on the New Hall Ridge some 100 metres above sea level, the secluded site is set amongst mature oak, ash and beech trees, making it ideal for getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Best for … Adventure: The National Water Sports Centre - Camping & Caravan Site

Situated within 270 acres of Country Park, the 18-acre caravan and campsite at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of The National Water Sports Centre offers an ideal location for water sports, holidays and access into Nottingham city centre. The campsite was redeveloped in 2018 and now has a new café and refurbished shop, playground, new shower block and refurbished toilet facilities. You can stay in the Deluxe Camping Arches, ready-made wooden tents with added home comforts for camping without the fuss!

Best for … Fishing: Smeaton's Lakes - Touring, Caravan and Fishing Park

Set in approximately 90 acres of lakes and parkland, Smeaton's Lakes is a quiet, rural haven of peace and tranquillity for fishing and nature walks. The viaduct over the River Trent is known as Smeaton's Viaduct and forms an intrinsic part of the identity of the campsite. The sympathetically developed site is a veritable nature wonderland for walkers and dog lovers alike to explore the great outdoors, with prime fishing and beautiful views over both of the lakes and the River Trent.

Best for … Dogs: Milestone Caravan Park


Milestone is a very pretty award-winning site on the outskirts of the small village of Cromwell, near Newark. The local area offers plenty of wonderful dog-walking routes; you can stroll around the onsite fishing lake or head to Sherwood Forest Country Park and wander through forest pathways. There are plenty of dog-friendly country pubs nearby too. Milestone prides itself on being a very dog-friendly site, and even offers a new dog shower so that you can wash your dog’s muddy paws after the walk!

So there you have it – our top pick of Nottinghamshire’s finest caravan and camping holidays just waiting for you and your loved ones to enjoy this summer. Dust off your wellies, dig the tent out of the shed and head out into the great outdoors. What are you waiting for?

This blog was written by Sophie Milne, Communications Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire

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Sherwood Forest Holiday Park
Camping & Caravan Site
Sherwood Forest Holiday Park

Sherwood Forest Holiday Park is a peaceful, picturesque site with an abundance of wildlife and mature trees. We are on the banks of the River Maun and there is also a lake on the site which is home to ducks, swans and all manner of creatures.

Thornton's Holt Camping Park
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Thornton's Holt Camping Park
New Hall Farm Touring Caravan Park
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New Hall Farm Touring Caravan Park
National Water Sports Centre - Camping & Caravan Site
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National Water Sports Centre - Camping & Caravan Site in Nottingham

Situated within 270 acres of Country Park, the caravan and campsite at Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of The National Water Sports Centre offers an ideal location for water sports, holidays and access into Nottingham city centre.

Smeaton's Lakes - Touring, Caravan and Fishing Park
Camping & Caravan Site
Smeaton's Lakes - Touring, Caravan and Fishing Park

Set in approximately 90 acres of lakes and parkland Smeaton's Lakes is a quiet, rural haven of peace and tranquillity for fishing, nature walks, caravans, motorhomes and tents.

Milestone Caravan Park
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Milestone Caravan Park

Milestone is a pretty site with a coarse fishing lake and picnic area. There are also specialist fishing lakes in the village, which makes the site ideal for walkers and anglers alike.

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