Increase in Bewl Water camping speaks to a growing trend

Campers are snapping up spots at the 80-pitch campsite at Bewl Water in Lamberhurst, as a leading holiday booking website finds more people are looking to escape from everyday life by taking an off-grid break…


Home to southeast England’s largest reservoir, Bewl Water’s back-to-nature breaks are here to stay after already receiving hundreds of pre-bookings for their 2023 camping season, which returned on Monday May 1.

Operations Manager Kevin Parker said: “The campsite has long been a firm favourite amongst families and couples, and bookings are up 11% on last year.”

The news comes as no surprise to the reservoir as travel giant says 55% of travellers want to spend their vacations off-grid this year. Results also revealed holidaymakers are becoming more budget-conscious, with 68% paying close attention to how much they’re spending on their adventures.

“Almost 7,000 searches are conducted monthly for ‘cheap holidays UK’, showing a clear desire for affordable getaways,” said Bewl Water’s Digital Marketing Assistant James Broom.

Those looking to get closer to nature at the reservoir can stay for as little as £15 per night. Pitches are set out in an open space with lots of room for children to play, quiet areas to doze in and plenty of communal space to meet with fellow campers.

Showers and toilets are just a short walk away, alongside fresh cold-water stations in the main camping field. Fine dining restaurants, breweries and country pubs can also be found nearby, or campers can refuel at the Waterfront Café where light bites, sweet treats and more hearty lunch items are served.

“One of the major reasons camping continues to be so popular at Bewl Water is that those who visit see it as a time to relax and enjoy quality, undisturbed time with friends and family,” Kevin explained.

Fitness-friendly activities like fishing, bike hire, laser tag, soft play, and water sports like the Aqua Park will keep Bewl Water’s visitors busy during their stay, and this year they’ll save 20% off as the reservoir offers exclusive discounts for campers.

Kevin said: “Those booking for this season will automatically receive 20% off all activities. They will be emailed a unique code after booking their pitch, which can then be used to redeem the discount.”

Camping at Bewl Water runs from May- September 2023 and bookings can be made

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