As the finer weather is now here it’s a great time to go camping. And where could be better to pitch up than the scenic serenity of Bewl Water…
2020 marked the year of camping – from endless travel bans to plenty of lockdowns, tents and sleeping bags became the answer to those looking for safe ways to leave the house during COVID-19. But little did we know, three years later, the great outdoors would remain the top travel destination as it firmly holds on to its pandemic popularity. And as one of the most affordable options out there, it’s no surprise so many holidaymakers want to spend their vacations off-grid this year…
Combining the peace and quiet of sleeping under the stars with the opportunity to disconnect and spend time with loved ones, there are few things better than pitching up with only nature for company.
And whether it’s the lush wilderness and marvellous landscapes that bring you here, or the great selection of British pubs on offer, southeast England is by far one of the most popular camping destinations with something on offer for everyone – from secluded coastlines and fairytale forests to picturesque lakes including our largest, Bewl Water.
The 800-acre reservoir in Lamberhurst straddles the Kent & Sussex border and is best known for its healthy, outdoor attractions, including its campsite. The facilities are impressive for an off-grid venue, where roomy pitches are scattered throughout nature-rich meadows. There’s lots of room for children to play, quiet areas to doze, and plenty of communal space to meet with fellow campers.
Hot showers and toilets are close by too, and only a stroll away from any pitch, alongside fresh cold-water taps. Fine dining restaurants, breweries and country pubs can also be found nearby, or campers can enjoy something to eat from the dog-friendly Waterfront Café.
Here, delicious snacks and hot food is served to keep you well fuelled throughout your trip, or you can treat yourself to something sweet from the ice cream parlour.
Operations Manager Kevin Parker said bookings are already up 11% on last year after Bewl Water’s camping season reopened for 2023 last month.
“The campsite has long been a firm favourite amongst families and couples, there’s so much to do here which gets people returning year after year.”
Activities on offer include paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, and fishing alongside a giant inflatable obstacle course – the Aqua Park.
Over on dry land, campers can also book laser tag sessions, hire a bike, or explore the self-guided walking routes that span 12 ½ miles around Bewl’s ancient woodland. An outdoor adventure playground featuring a giant pirate ship can be found overlooking the waters too, or there’s soft play inside next to the café.
“All campers will enjoy 20% off our activities” Kevin explained.
“They’ll get their unique discount code sent within their camping confirmation email, which can then be redeemed when pre-booking any activity – this offer is valid for those staying in our yurts too” he continued.
If you love the idea of reconnecting with nature but aren’t too keen on the basic living arrangements, then glamping at Bewl Water will have all your boxes ticked. It’s camping but with added luxury, style, and fun.
Home to two beautifully furnished Mongolian yurts, each of Bewl Water’s glamping options is suitable for up to four guests. They feature a huge double bed plus two super comfortable singles, all dressed in crisp white linen ensuring the most comfortable night’s sleep.
You can also expect interiors lined with bunting, stunning rustic furniture, a wood-burning stove, your very own tea and coffee-making facilities and a viewing point for stargazing!
Bewl Water’s camping season runs until September 2023, and bookings can be made at bewlwater.co.uk/book-now. Prices per night cost from £8 per child, or £15 per adult, or for a luxury getaway in the yurts, just £125 per night based on a 2-night stay.