Pop-up campsites & almost wild camping UK – 2023 Guide

As the next level of lockdown is phased in and we look forward to the summer of 2021 we find the government relaxing the rules around pop-up campsites across the uk as they expect a huge demand in campsites due to the restrictions in foreign travel.  It is thought that over 500 temporary campsites could be seen to "pop up" across the uk.  The new relaxed rules will allow people to host a pop up without permission for 56 days!  This could see stately homes, farms and pubs hosting there own mini camping experience.

We have put a list together of some of the pop ups we have found and like wild camping sites.  As always it is best to check in advance before arriving and book in advance, ask any questions to them of concerns you may have and please please take your rubbish home if needed let's preserve our beautiful planet and the nature within it

Please note - Not all images are of the actual campsites, some can be booked direct with the site or through pitchup.com

Kendal Rugby Club

Cumbria - Opens 17th May

On the edge of the Lake District National Park and only 20 minutes from Kendal not your usual place you would think to camp but a good base for exploring, no electric and tents and trailer tents only.

*photo from their website

Sandfold Pop-Up Camping

Cumbria - Opens 20th May

At the foot of Lake Windermere this is a simple campsite just 20 minutes from Coniston Water.  This is a no-thrills campsite for tents only and no electric.

*not photo of this site

Broomhill Farm

Derbyshire - Open

Family run on a working farm this site is just 20 minutes from Ashbourne, not too far from Alton Towers and their fab water park too, a rural retreat with non electric or electric pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes.

*photo from their website

Coleridge Farm 

Devon - Opens 11th June

A peaceful site with views over the sea, this site is 5 minute drive to Torcross beach and 20 minutes to Salcombe. Available for tent or motorhomes with no electric.

*not photo of this site

Knoll Farm Campsite

Dorset - Opens 1st July

Situated in Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve with views towards castles and sea this farm is just 0-minute drive to Wareham and 25 minutes to Poole, firepit hire and kindling! Non electric pitch for tents only.

*photo from their website

Ragmarsh Farm

Essex - Opens 25th June

Direct beach access within minutes walk from this farm they even own some of the beach! Just five minutes' drive from Mistley and 15 minutes from Harwich. Non electric pitches for tents only.

*photo from their website

The Plough Inn

Gloucestershire - Opens 9th July

A country pub 5 minutes from the M5, Central Bristol and Weston-super-Mare within a half-hour drive. Non electric tents only.

*not photo of this site

Stockbridge View

Hampshire - Opens 9th July

Wild-style camping in the Test Valley, less than a mile from Stockbridge town centre a few minutes walk from some good basic amenities and campfires, barbecues and firepits are welcome. Non electric tent only.

*not photo of this site

The Chequers Inn

Isle Of Wight - Open

In the centre of the Isle of White connected to a classic pub offering meals and a play area just 20-minute drive from beaches, Osborne House and the zoo. Offering grass and gavel electric pitches for caravans and motorhomes.

*not photo of this site

Longfield Farm

Lincolnshire - Opens 28th May

Rural farm-style camping with views of the Humber Bridge, dogs allowed and box of local produce available to order which is nice. 5 minutes drive to Barton-upon-Humber. Non electric pitches for tents only.

*not photo of this site

Belan Bluebell Woods

Powys  - Opens 15th April

An off-grid back to nature site in a secluded wildflower meadow, 10-minute drive from Llanidloes and 45 minutes from Aberystwyth they offer locally sourced meat hampers. Non electric pitches for tents and trailer tents only (they do have a shepherd's hut for hire too)

*photo from their website

Emmetts on Exmoor 

Somerset  - Opens 30th April

A scenic site from the highest farm in Exmoor National Park. A 20-minute drive from the coast and Exmoor Zoo they offer tennis court hire and free range eggs for sale. Non electric tent or trailer tent only.

*not photo of this site

Wild Riverside Camping

Suffolk  - Open

On a working farm with views over the River Deben estuary, 15-minute drive from Sutton Hoo and Woodbridge they also have a private river beach and fresh veg and fish boxes to order. Non electric pitches only for tents.

*not photo of this site

Little Thakeham Farm

West Sussex - Opens 30th April

On a peaceful farm site near Storrington, a 20-minute drive to the coast and Arundel Castle and 40 minutes to Brighton the nearest pub is a 15 minute walk away. Non electric tents only.

*not photo of this site

Swithens Farm 

West Yorkshire - Opens 21st May

A family friendly site with a cafe and farmshop next door just 20-minutes drive from central Leeds; 45 minutes from York. Non electric pitches tents only.

*photo from their website

Longscroft Manor

Wiltshire - Opens 3rd July

In the grounds of a  400-year-old manor house, five minutes' drive from Bradford on Avon, 20 minutes from Bath and 5 minute walk to the marina and bar. Non electric pitches for tents or motorhomes.

*photo from their website