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With darker autumn nights closing in, we look towards the Milky Way and ask the folks from coolcamping.com for their tips on where to camp for the very best of the night sky.
August has been and gone, days are getting shorter and temperatures are getting cooler. You could be forgiven for thinking the time to put away your tent is drawing near. Don’t be too hasty, however. After a rainy summer, the weather is finally starting to brighten up across the UK and with the coming of early evening darkness comes some of the extra joys that a camping holiday brings – evenings keeping warm around a campfire, mornings sleeping in and dark, starry skies where you can hunt for shooting stars and satellites. To help you find the best spot for enjoying the night’s sky, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of five fantastic places for stargazing in the UK…
All aboard! We’re heading downriver on a voyage of campsite discovery with James Warner Smith, editor of the Cool Camping guidebooks, as he picks his top five waterside campsites.
Whether it’s wild swimming, stone skimming or simply messing about in boats, there’s nothing quite like camping beside a river. The wide, flat meadows and green spaces that surround our British waterways seem ready-made for camping and it is often here, in these beautiful areas, that the UK’s best campsites can be found. To help you find your next watery wonderland, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their pick of the very best riverside campsites in the UK. All you need to do is pick your favourite and hop ashore…
It’s time to wave goodbye to the changeable summer weather and seek out shelter in the trees. James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com chooses his top five woodland campsites for getting back to nature.
Sun, rain, cloud, thunder-storms… so far this summer we’ve had it all and, when it comes to going camping, it’s always wise to read the weather forecast to make sure you’re prepared for what’s in store. As well as gathering all the right camping equipment from your local Go Outdoors retailer, one guaranteed way to make the most of changeable weather is to find a sheltered campsite among the trees. Whether it’s the sound of the dawn chorus, the smell of campfire smoke or the sight of dappled sunlight as it dances through the leaves, it’s tough to beat sheltering away at a forest site. To help you find the best woodland spots, we’ve asked the experts from coolcamping.com to pick five incredible UK campsites where you can pitch your tent in the trees…
It’s National Parks Week! And to help you get out and enjoy the nation’s breathing spaces, we asked the folks from coolcamping.com for their pick of the national parks’ best campsites.
Famed for their natural beauty, Britain’s national parks are best appreciated by getting in among the undergrowth, breathing in the fresh country air and soaking up every inch of the scenery. So it’s no surprise that these revered places, from the North York Moors to the South Downs, are some of the most memorable places to go camping. To help you immerse yourself in the UK’s most famous locations, we’ve asked James Warner Smith from coolcamping.com to pick his very favourite national park campsites…
New Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Camping Recipes
Following the success of the first edition of our FREE to download camping recipes released in 2016, our latest version of The Camping Cookbook has been refreshed with some delicious and easy-to-make meals that you can prepare and eat on your campsite or even at home this year.
GO Outdoors Welcomes Pits & Bits, NEW for 2017
Pits & Bits is a fun range of liquid soaps and shampoos that wash you effectively without additional water or rinsing. Pits and Bits is ideal for post race washing, cycling to work, camping, hiking, camping and festivals. No more muddy legs, sweaty pits or facing those awful festival showers.
So how does it work?
Looking for a different kind of holiday in 2017? Why not try a festival?
Finding a festival that’s suitable for you and your children to attend can be a challenge, not to mention expensive. So we’ve taken the hard work out of searching and provided 60 of our top picks and best of all they’re all family friendly!
If you’re planning on attending a festival this year then be sure to read out our Festival Checklist
If the Six Nations countries faced off in a battle of the outdoors? Who’d win?
As we welcome in February, along with it comes the Six Nations rugby tournament. We’re not so much into rugby, but we do love the six nations that take part. So we got to thinking, what if the six nations taking part faced off in a head to head vote with the best of their outdoors on offer? So that’s exactly what we’re going to do:
Take your imagination on an adventure with these books
When the day is done and you want to put your feet up in front of the fire, kick back in your camping chair under the stars, or lay out on the beach – there’s nothing finer than a good adventure story to whisk your mind away with tales of exploration and discovery. So we’ve compiled a list of some recommended books to take you on the trip of a lifetime.
How To Shoot Outdoor Photos Like A Pro – Whatever Your Device
You’re new to the outdoors and you want to show your friends and family just what they’re missing out on. So how can you entice them to join you on your countryside walk or mountain biking trip? By capturing incredible, high-quality images that reflect exactly how you saw the landscape – striking, colourful, and dramatic.
We’re so glad it’s Blue Monday!
Apparently we’re supposed to be miserable on Blue Monday, but that doesn’t seem very fun. So when Blue Monday hit we decided to get excited about the new 2017 range of Hi Gear Elite tents, because they’re #BackInBlue. Take a look at the range below as we go over what you can expect from the Hi Gear Elite range this year. Read more
Looking for a New Years Resolution? Challenge yourself!
As the New Year approaches and we’re all guilty of making those loose new year’s resolutions that have often fallen by the wayside by the end of January, why not set yourself a challenge in 2017? We’ve pulled together a list of ideas for your outdoors resolution. Set a target and smash it this year!
10 Places to GO Camping on Pembrokeshire Coast
If you’re looking for a short holiday break, with family or friends, we’ve compiled a list of 10 campsites to try in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Spend a night in a truly stunning area of the UK.
Spend the night camping in Cairngorms
If you’re going to experience the great outdoors, what better way is there to do it than by camping out underneath the millions of stars – all visible in the night sky that fills the Cairngorms. Throw into the mix the possibility to see the Northern Lights at certain times and you’re all set for a brilliant time away. Check out some of our favourite campsites and other forms of outdoor accommodation:
Make sure your tent is in great shape before it hibernates for another year
Caring for your tent is the key to making sure it stands the test of time. Often tents are packed away damp, or tossed in the garage and owners find that they’ve got some issues to rectify come the next time they need it. Caring for your tent couldn’t be simpler, and with these tips you’ll get plenty more use out of it.
13 Camping Desserts to Tempt the Sweet Tooth
If you’re like me, then dessert is the best meal of the day. We’ve put together a list of 13 desserts that are worth trying on your next camping trip. Some take some at home prep, some can be made at your tent – but all can be devoured outside your canvas home. Now I must warn you – I am not here to be your diet’s friend, and I’m not even sorry.
Can you identify a Kingfisher? If so, you’re one of few Brits who can
In a survey* carried out by holiday expert Camping in the Forest, figures reveal what we’ve all long suspected – we’re a nation of nature ignorant and ‘beWILDered Brits’.
Dads, lets not get too competitive now.
Inspired by the 2016 games in Rio, we were thinking how fun it would be to host your own family games on the campsite this summer (you could even get your fellow campers involved to up the competition). Here we’ve put together some ideas for events to host in your own games, but the beauty is, the event can be as big as you like.
Check out these New Forest Campsites, a favourite spot for families
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sleeping under the stars. Pitching a tent, building a campfire and spending a few nights living closer to nature can be a great way to unwind and escape the stress of day-to-day life.
Renowned for its natural beauty and wildlife, New Forest is a brilliant destination if you’re planning a camping holiday – here are our top 10 picks for campsites in the area.