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April 6, 2023

Is Tent Camping Or Camping In A Caravan Park Better?


Camping is a great way to get out and explore nature, but there are plenty of different ways to do it: wild tent camping or staying in a caravan park. Camping offers a range of great benefits to get outdoors and connect with nature.

Staying on a caravan park and staying on an affordable camping pitch near the Lake District is a great way to get out in the wild but have some comforts close by with facilities near to your pitch.

Wild camping and on park camping both offer unique advantages and disadvantages, one may be more suitable than the other depending on your personal preferences. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of both so you can make an informed decision about where to spend your next outdoor adventure!

Camping in a Tent 

Camping is one of the most traditional ways of getting out and experiencing the great outdoors. Whether you choose to wild camp or stay in a designated campground on a holiday park both offer the opportunity to get away from it all and reconnect with nature.

Today, most camping experiences are far different from the traditional ‘roughing it’ style of days gone by, with caravan park camping pitches offering a range of amenities such as running water, electricity and even wifi.

Advantages of Tent Camping

Some of the main benefits of tent camping include:

  • It’s a great way to get back to basics and truly appreciate the beauty of nature. Waking up each morning surrounded by nature is a great way to recover from the hectic schedule of modern life.
  • When wild camping, you have the freedom to explore and move around. Wild camping is becoming harder each year, with fewer and fewer areas available in the UK.
  • Tent camping is usually much cheaper than staying in a static caravan in a holiday park. Taking up a pitch at a caravan park is an extremely affordable way of enjoying the great outdoors with your family.
  • If you choose to camp in a holiday park, you’ll have access to the amenities of the park, meaning you can keep your electrical items charged, shower, shop and access any other entertainment options available at your chosen park.

Disadvantages of Tent Camping

While tent camping can seem like a great idea, it does have significant downsides when compared to the comfort of staying in a static caravan.

For example, some of the most noticeable disadvantages of tent camping include:

  • Tent camping can be very uncomfortable, especially in bad weather. Wind and rain can make a night’s sleep difficult, so it’s important to bring the right gear, which can be extremely expensive.
  • It can be time consuming to set up the tent, particularly if you have a large family. Larger tents can be incredibly complex, and without experience in setting them up, it can take much longer than anticipated.
  • Wild camping is becoming increasingly hard to do due to restricted access and limited camping spots.
  • Wild camping is much less safer than staying in a caravan park, as there are no security guards to watch over you.

Caravan Park Camping Pitches Vs Wild Camping

Choosing to stay in a caravan park or wild camp really depends on your own preferences and the activities you want to do while camping.

If you’re looking for a more comfortable and secure way of camping, then staying in a caravan park is the better option. You can still enjoy being outdoors, but with access to amenities such as running water, toilets and even wifi, it can be a much more luxurious and enjoyable experience.

On the other hand, if you want to get back to basics and enjoy a traditional camping experience, then wild camping is the way to go. While more difficult to do due to restricted access, there are still plenty of spots in the UK where you can wild camp, provided you have the right permissions.

So when it comes to deciding between tent camping or staying in a caravan park, it really comes down to your own personal preferences.

Staying On A Caravan Park

Holiday parks offer a great way to experience the outdoors without sacrificing too much of your home comforts.

Most caravan park camping pitches come with access to electricity and running water, meaning you can charge electronics, shower and cook meals.

Caravan parks also usually have a range of amenities onsite, such as swimming pools, playgrounds and cafes. This means you can enjoy an active holiday with your family but still have the opportunity to relax in a comfortable environment.

Advantages of Staying On A Caravan Park

There are plenty of advantages to staying on a caravan park, including:

  • You can enjoy the outdoors while still having access to home comforts such as running water and electricity.
  • Holgates caravan parks in the Ribble Valley are all located in picturesque locations, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore nearby nature spots.
  • Caravan parks often have a range of other amenities available onsite, such as swimming pools, cafes and playgrounds.

Disadvantages of Staying In A Caravan Park

Unlike camping, there aren’t really any disadvantages of caravan park stays, other than the fact that they are usually more expensive than tent camping. However, with that additional cost, comes the wide range of benefits you see above.

Camping With The Family At A Holgates Caravan Park

If you’re looking for a relaxing, or energetic, holiday with the family, camping will surely cross your mind. It is an affordable and fun way to get away from your everyday life. Whether you choose to pitch up in a caravan park, or even enjoy glamping in a comfortable pod, camping will bring the family together and provide plenty of adventure.

Camping can be a great way to bond with your children and explore areas you’ve never been before. Here in the Ribble Valley, for instance, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get involved with, and beautiful locations to visit.

For more information about camping with the family at a Holgates caravan park, or staying in one of our luxury glamping pods, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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