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Looking to escape to the great outdoors and try a night under the stars this year? Why not get closer to nature and enjoy camping for the whole family, in beautiful rolling countryside.

Five reasons why camping is the holiday for you

  1. It’s cheap!
    Current Covid-19 restrictions mean it’s unlikely we’ll be enjoying a holiday abroad this year. But fear not, as there are so many amazing places to camp and visit across the UK. If you’re craving a break away with your whole family, but you’re on a budget, then camping is the one for you. Prices can start from as little as £6 per person per night at Waddow Hall and some sites even have camping equipment you can hire.
  2. It’s great for family bonding
    Camping is a great way to spend quality time together as a family. You can focus on having fun in the great outdoors, without the distractions faced at home. It gets you working together to problem solve, put up tents, make a campfire and more, so it’s a great opportunity to catch up with what’s been going on in each other’s lives!
  3. It’s good for your health
    Whilst camping, you’ll be moving around a lot more and exploring new surroundings. This is good, particularly if you usually lead a sedentary lifestyle, sitting or standing for long periods. You might even find yourself trying new activities: cycling, walking, swimming, or, if you visit Waddow Hall, more adventurous activities, such as kayaking, archery or ziplining!
  4. It’s beneficial for children’s education
    Camping introduces children to a whole new world and encourages them to try new things and problem solve. Getting involved in a different set of challenges not only keeps children’s brains healthy but leads to increased learning opportunities. A UK study from the Institute of Education at Plymouth University found an overwhelming majority of parents believed that camping had a positive impact on a child’s education.
  5. It’ll make you happier!
    Camping can go a long way to improving your mood – the fresh air, being in nature relaxing, and trying new things will all help. Not to mention the extra vitamin D you’re likely to get. All of these things will help to boost your serotonin, the chemical in your body that helps to make you happy.

Take a break and experience the great outdoors!

Looking to escape to the great outdoors and try a night under the stars this year? Why not get closer to nature and enjoy camping for the whole family, in beautiful rolling countryside. Our national Activity Centres can offer a range of experiences, from back to basics, through to fully equipped camping. We offer a shop for essentials and snacks, on-site catering, BBQ facilities, marquee hire and lots of exciting activities.

Waddow Hall – Clitheroe, Lancashire

Tented village
Waddow Hall is a 17th-century manor house set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Ribble. Our nine campsites are set in picturesque surroundings and include a tented village campsite with ready-pitched tents. You can experience an extensive range of exciting outdoor activities under supervision of qualified instructors, including abseiling, archery, canoeing, climbing and kayaking.

Prices for camping start from as little as £6 per person per night. Give us a call on 01200 423186 or email us at waddow@girlguiding.org.uk – we will work with you to plan the perfect adventure package for your visit, tailored to your budget.

Glenbrook – Peak District, Derbyshire

Glenbrook campsite
Nestled in the Hope Valley, we couldn’t be better placed for fun and adventure in the Peak District. Close to Edale and popular walking routes at Padley Gorge and Mam Tor, there’s so much to explore. With campsites with an amazing view, we’ve something for everyone.

Prices for camping start from £7.50 per person per night. Give us a call on 01433 651567 or email us at glenbrook@girlguiding.org.uk to book and plan your perfect camping getaway.

Silver Sapling – Silverdale, Lancashire

Silver Sapling is located in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Natural Beauty and is divided into four camping areas; Pepper Pot and Silver Birch which are both equipped (pans, hot water boiler, table chairs, fridge) sites, and Helens Field and Little Crooklands, unequipped (green field and a tap). Silver Sapling has numerous activities and equipment stored on site for your group to enjoy. Alongside these we have also listed other activities that have been on site before and can be a great addition to a weekend camping trip.

Prices for camping start from £6.50 per person per night. Email Silversaplingbookings@outlook.com to book and plan your perfect camping getaway.

Midgley – Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Midgley is a greenfield site in rural Wakefield and is located near the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Bretton Country Park. There are lots of local attractions nearby including Public Swimming pool at Scissett, Stocksmoor Common Nature Reserve, Bretton Country Park, Pugney Country Park, Kirklees Light Railway, Hepworth Gallery, National Coal Mining Museum.

Prices for camping start from £25 a night (midweek) for up to 12 people, and £50 a night (Friday to Sunday) for up to 12 people. An additional surcharge of £2 and £5 per extra person per night respectively applies for groups of over 12 people. Email midgleybookings@gmail.com to book your perfect camping getaway. Midgley are open for family camping and youth group bookings only at this time. No large single sex group bookings allowed.

Looking for camping essentials for your exciting family adventure? We have it covered.

We’re proud to be partnered with GO Outdoors, our recommended outdoor retailer. All Girlguiding members, including parents, receive a discount at GO Outdoors stores and online, (and at Blacks and Millets too!) using our member benefit code or uniform. For more information, including terms and conditions visit our GO Outdoors partnership page.

Night under the stars badge

Celebrate all the times you’ve spent discovering and exploring nature, whether it’s in your own garden or at one of our Activity Centres with our Night under the Stars badge, available now from the Girlguiding online shop.

Generation Green

Girlguiding are proud to be a part of the Generation Green project, connecting young people to nature. To find out more about Generation Green and the Access Unlimited coalition visit the Generation Green webpage on the Girlguiding website.

This project is funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Green Recovery Challenge logo

 

Centre information

Glenbrook

The ideal place to get away from it all in the picturesque Peak District.

Waddow Hall

Waddow Hall is a 17th-century manor house set in 180 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Ribble.