The South East has plenty to offer when it comes to campsites, but with Berkshire’s vast countryside and greenery, it couldn’t be a better destination to spend some quality time with the whole family.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of luxury glamping or roughing it in the wilderness, Berkshire has something for everyone.
As spring and summer begin to draw closer and Easter is upon us, what better time to gather the essentials and head out into the country.
The campsites and campsites we’ve listed have come highly recommended by reviewers for each of their specific characteristics.
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1. Glamping at Hollington Park
If you fancy going a little further west, this Newbury campsite has been awarded the number one best value campsite in Berkshire with four and a half stars.
Although not quite in the wild, this family-style glamping site offers a shared lounge and is located less than 5 miles from Highclere Castle.
It received five stars for cleanliness, four and a half stars for service, and four stars for location. This dog and pet friendly site would be perfect for a first family camping trip or a romantic camping weekend.
One person said: “They went 2 days without a screen (there is no electricity in the tent) and everyone said they didn’t miss the TV! The tent was well equipped, comfortable and warm at night. The fire pit was fun and the kids enjoyed collecting firewood.
“There are lots of lovely local walks and we also found a great pub. We will definitely book again.”
2. Hurley Waterfront Park
This family hotel style caravan park and campsite is located along the River Thames in the picturesque village of Hurley, near Maidenhead. The venue has been run for four generations and has excellent access for picture-perfect walks along the Thames.
For a Covid safe environment, the site currently uses contactless check-in and has advanced cleaning procedures across all sites.
The park has everything from the internet, an electric vehicle charging station, self-service laundromat, and is dog-friendly.
For those with a boat or canoe we have two slipways and for those without we have over a mile above the river for picnics.
They recently won the prestigious David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation over the past 15 years and even won their rare Special Distinction Award.
One reviewer said: ‘We have stayed at this site several times and have just stayed another two weeks.
“The site is always well maintained, the toilets and showers are spotless and all the facilities are excellent. All the staff are very friendly and helpful.
“Thank you to all the existing goalkeepers and good luck to the new goalkeepers for the upcoming season.”
The site is 10 minutes from Marlow and Henley and includes a small shop with basic goods.
3. Heritage Family Naturist Club
It’s no surprise that in the small village of Crowthorne there is a five-star nudist club. This place really has it all. Not only does it offer camping facilities for caravans, motorhomes, tents and caravans between the months of April and October, but it also has a rental chalet that can accommodate up to four adults and 2 children.
Those staying on the pitch will have access to the club which includes a
Located close to London, Windsor and Oxford, this site would be the perfect getaway for those looking for a campsite with just a bit of luxury.
The one thing to remember though is that dogs are not allowed on site and they have very specific rules regarding photography and body jewelry. Be sure to check out the tips and advice page on their website before booking.
One person said, “I’ve been several times when I have a few days off and the forecast is good. They have caravans for rent but I always take a tent (there are pitches with electricity).
“There is a wonderful large heated indoor pool to swim in and nearby grassy areas to lay out after and dry off.
“The ‘club house’ has a cafe where you can eat if you wish and there is a bar with a good selection of drinks at very reasonable prices.
“Woods to walk in, grass to lay in, a pool to swim in and a bar to drink in, what more could you ask for?”
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4. Oakley Farm Caravan Park
If you’re looking for a clean, value-for-money, family-style campsite, then Oakley Farm is the place. With 30 pitches for all types of camping, it has received four and a half stars on Tripadvisor from 44 reviewers and is minutes from the A34.
One camper reviewed saying, “Really great site with hard and grass pitches. Electrical connection available. The recycling point was also good news, as many other sites insist that you take your trash with you.
“Shower/toilet block available and very clean. I used the washing machine facilities which was a bonus. The caretaker Mick was very helpful and gave me a quick tour of the site and how to use the washing machine which cost £3.00.”
Another said: “Perfect spot on a cold March night. Clean campsite with all facilities needed. Quiet site despite easy access to the A34. Warm welcome from our host Mick. Walking distance to Woodpecker Pub which offers good healthy pub food.”
5. California Chalet & Touring Park
If you fancy a little more luxury in East Berkshire, Finchamstead Park not only offers camping facilities, but also the option of staying in your own chalet.
The pet-friendly property offers miles of forests and stunning local areas to explore if you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle.
The site offers nature trails, picnic areas and in summer a playground for children and a paddling pool. Attractions such as Legoland, Paultons Park and Ascot Racecourse are also nearby if you wish to venture further afield.
Although not the highest-reviewed site, the location has received a four and a half rating from critics on Tripadvisor.
A former visitor and reviewer said: ‘We have just returned home with our caravan after a 5 night stay. We were in a group of 3 other caravans.
“The reception staff were helpful and extremely friendly, making us feel welcome. Pitches were a good size and will be introduced to us. Gorgeous environment extremely quiet at night where you could hear the nightlife.
“Nice walks around the lake. The only downside that there was not much you could do about was the constant mowing of the lawn in the afternoons, plus a leaf blowing machine that the operator might have been aware of where he was blowing because he wasn’t much fun sitting in the sun under a rain of grass and dust. Would recommend and probably stay again”