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5 Pop-Up Campsites in England

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If you’re always on the look-out for a new place to pitch your tent, how about trying one of these pop-up campsites open during the school holidays only? Picked out by Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com, each of these campsites opens for less than a month each year, ensuring a brief but brilliant camping existence…

Flowers aren’t the only things that pop up and lend a bit of colour to the countryside in summer. The good weather and school holidays also see temporary, tent-only campsites spring to life across the country. Whether you fancy camping in the New Forest National Park, among the remote dunes of a Northumberland beach or in a rural area of outstanding natural beauty, these 28-day-long campsites are a great way to visit places that are usually out of bounds. The experts at coolcamping.com have been keeping an eye out for new arrivals and have put together this little collection of some of the best sites popping up this year…

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5 Great Dog Friendly Campsites in the UK

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Camping holidays could have been invented for dogs and their owners. The fresh air and long walks make for waggy tails and big smiles all round. Amy Woodland from coolcamping.com picks out five of the best dog-friendly campsites…

Looking for a pet-friendly place to go on holiday can be a tiresome task for dog owners. You think you’ve found the ideal accommodation only to come across the dreaded words: “Sorry – no dogs allowed” in the small print. We know how frustrating it can be, so we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com to put together a ‘ruff’ guide to some of the best places to go camping with a dog in the UK. Here’s what they’ve come up with…

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5 Reasons to Visit the Forest This Summer

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Five reasons why you should head to the forest this summer 

Each season in the forest has something special to offer. The forest is alive in the summer! Our friends at Forest Holidays have gathered a few reasons why – and especially for GO Outdoors customers, you can even have a 5% discount on breaks this summer.
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Hike these National Trails and Stay at YHA for less

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Enjoy a scenic hiking holiday this spring and get 15% off YHA stays 

Want to experience the Great British countryside at its most beautiful? Pack your rucksack, tug on your hiking boots and tackle the unspoilt wilderness by foot. From picture-postcard villages, to dramatic sea-torn cliffs, here are five great National Trails just waiting for your footprints and camera snaps. Even better, most of these breath-taking long-distance walks are near to a YHA hostel so you can enjoy a well-deserved rest in friendly surroundings after your trek.

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Family Friendly Festivals in the UK in 2018

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Some of our favourite family-friendly festivals on offer in 2018

Family holidays and camping trips can get quite similar after a while and that sometimes means that they lose their magic. Rather than going to the same campsite with the same local amenities and doing the same activities, try one of the many fantastic family-friendly festivals taking place in the UK this year instead!

Finding a family-friendly festival isn’t always easy and you don’t want to spend hours searching for one that’s right for you only to find it sold out months ago. So, to help you to start planning, we’ve compiled a list of the leading family-friendly festivals in the UK in 2018 – in date order – for you to choose your favourite.

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The UK’s Top Endurance Events for 2018

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Find out where some of the best endurance events are taking place this year across the UK.

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Do you like to push yourself to the limit? We’ve put together a perfect list just for you. Here you’ll find over 80 grueling, challenging and even muddy events for you to throw yourself into in 2018. Why not test yourself and smash your goals this year?

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Over 150 Great Walks in the UK

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A selection of some walking routes to try around the UK 

If you’ve found yourself inspired by ‘Britains Favourite Walks’ on ITV and you’re looking for somewhere to get your boots muddy this weekend, we’ve compiled a few lists that might help you find what you’re looking for, with over 150 walks to choose from, there should be something for everyone.

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15 Birds to Look Out For In Your Garden

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Get involved with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and look out for these birds in your garden this weekend

Each year RSPB hosts their Big Garden Bird Watch to get a count of bird sightings in the public’s gardens around the UK. This vital information can give them great insight into how different bird species are fairing year on year. So we’ve come up with a list of 15 birds that you might be able to see in your garden this weekend. Read more

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15 Mountains You Should Climb in the UK

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The mountains are calling!

We Brits love a challenge, and you don’t have to travel very far to put yourself to the test. There are plenty of mountains in the UK ready for you to conquer, and there’s something for every level of ability, so there are no excuses not to give it a go. Here we have collected 15 mountains around the UK that we think are must-climbs, from the big three to some slightly lesser climbed peaks that have a lot to offer. Read more

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5 UK Campsites for Stargazing

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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…

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12 Scenic Road Trips in the UK

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Travel the UK by road and make some stops along the way on these scenic routes 

While it may be easy to associate British roads with bumper to bumper traffic and reserve the rose tinted road trip for roads like Route 66 in the USA, there are some truly scenic routes in the UK. In the age of Satnavs we’ve become so accustomed to the quickest possible route, that we’ve forgot about the treasures that can be found on the ‘scenic’ route.

While discussing the merits of Britain’s ‘A’ roads may sound a little Alan Partridge, hear us out. Check out these 12 scenic roads in the UK – we’ve even found something to see or do on each one. Read more

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5 Waterside Campsites to Try in the UK

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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…

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Beginners Guide to Geocaching in the UK

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Discover geocaching, a fantastic way to get the whole family outdoors.
What is it? How do you get started? Where can you go? We’ve got you covered!

If treasure hunts and walks in the British countryside sound like the kind of activities that you and your family could get into then it’s time to seriously consider taking up geocaching, one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the UK today. All children love going on a treasure hunt, even if it’s just a small one at home, and if you’re looking for a new way to get them out into the countryside then this is certainly the way to do it.

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5 Woodland Campsites to Try in UK

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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…

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22 English Heritage Events for Summer 2017

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A selection of summer events in some of England’s historic landmarks 

There are hundreds of events happening over the summer at English Heritage locations around the country, celebrating history in different ways. Here you’ll find a number of recommended events for you to check out, from medieval jousting shows, to travelling storytellers to a World War II weekend. Ideal family days out for over the summer holidays in England.

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5 Campsites to Try in UK National Parks

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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…

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World Heritage Sites to Visit in the UK

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Places to visit in the UK deemed to have ‘outstanding universal value’ 

2017 saw the addition of the Lake District to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the first UK National Park to receive the honour and the 31st location associated to the United Kingdom. We’ve picked out the ones that you can visit in England/Wales/Scotland/Northern Ireland, If you’re looking for fantastic day trips in the UK, then it’s worth checking out some of these places:

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5 Seaside Campsites to Try in UK

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Fancy a beach break? We asked the folks from coolcamping.com for their pick of the best seaside campsites in the country.

Summer is here and now is the time to pack your flip-flops and head for the coast. To help you find the very best camping locations by the sea, we’ve asked James Warner Smith, editor of the Cool Camping guidebooks, to select his top five coastal campsites. So grab the beach ball, take your tent and hit the beach this summer…

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6 Staycation Ideas for the Summer from YHA

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YHA share 6 ideas to have a fantastic summer 

Are you in need of some summer inspiration? Fear not! Our partners at the Youth Hostel Association have curated 6 ways to have an amazing summer in England and Wales. Even better, if you want to stay close to the action, YHA have rooms available from £29 per night at each of the locations featured.

So there’s no excuse to miss out on making the most of the sunshine!

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15 Family Friendly Cycle Trails in the UK

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Family friendly bike trails around the UK 

There is no easier way to get the kids out and enjoying the outdoors than on a bike. It’s an easier sell than a walk as it’s arguably closer to play than other forms of exercise. Here we’ve compiled a list of 15 fantastic family friendly cycle trails around the UK for you to try, and while most of the trails also accept walkers and even horse riders – you can’t go wrong with taking them on, on two wheels.

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