Spring camping – reasons why it’s the best season to camp

Lots of people describe themselves as “fair weather campers” and shun the idea of spring camping. Sure, it’s lovely to camp in the summer when you imagine long days in warm sunshine – but this is Britain so that sunshine is never guaranteed! Why not try spring camping for your holiday this year? Here are a few of the many great things about spring camping that might help to tempt you to try it…

Bluebells

A bell tent among the bluebells during spring camping at The Secret Campite Beech Estate

The English countryside is ablaze with blue in the springtime and The Secret Campsites are some of the best places to enjoy them. Bluebells flower between April and May when the sunlight has a chance to reach the forest floor before the canopy grows overhead. It’s a beautiful time to be in the woodlands and creates what we think is one of natures most incredible displays. Waking up to a carpet of bluebells outside your tent is enough to set you up for a day in the countryside.

Best for bluebells: The Secret Campsite Beech Estate

Wildlife

Spring camping in Sussex

Nature quite literally springs into life. Out in the countryside you’ll see young lambs and it’s the best time to see the birdlife at our campsites as the adults are out and about trying to find food for their babies. At each of the campsites we see young great spotted woodpeckers, families of fledgling great tits, robins and more. Last year we even spotted a baby tawny owl at Wild Boar Wood. Check out the RSPB’s website for all the different birds you can spot around springtime.

Fewer Insects

Camping Activities for kids

Many of our campers love bugs! We even have tips on bug hunting activities for the kids. However, lots of campers are worried about insects on summer evenings. Although we don’t tend to have a problem at any time of the year – spring is noticeably quieter on the insect front so no need for that bug spray. So for the campers in your lives that are worried about creepy crawlies, see if you can tempt them on an earlier trip.

Campfires

A group of friends around the campfire during a spring camping trip at The Secret Campsite Beech Estate

There is simply nothing like having a fire when you’re camping and somehow a campfire seems improved and more appreciated when the air is cooler and its warmth a necessity. When you’ve cooked your delicious campfire meal and set down for an evening of watching the fire and chatting with family and friends, a fire is an absolute must. All of our campsites allow fires, in fact they are positively encouraged. Warming your toes against the heat before climbing into your sleeping bag and snuggling down is a welcome treat.

Learn how to build the perfect campfire

Cosy Tents

Inside a bell tent at one of The Secret Campsites

Although we promote ‘wild glamping’ and ‘real camping’ and like to keep things simple, we’re not barbarians. Our glamping options at all three sites should keep you nice and cosy on a spring glamping stay with us. We don’t provide the bedding so this is where you come in. We fully recommend layers and snuggly blankets but we’ll keep you dry and off the floor. This is what camping is all about.

Campsites are peaceful and less busy

Isolated, secluded bell tent in Sussex campsite

 

 

You’ll never feel crowded as each pitch has its own space. But good weather and school holidays mean there are inevitably more people around in the summer. Come in spring and beat the crowds. Peaceful and quiet campsites with lots of space and just the sound of the birdsong. When everything is beginning to grow, just sit and watch the world come to life.

Fresh air and April showers

A rainbow at The Secret Campsite Wild Boar Wood

Cooler breezes make for fresher air and even April showers can be welcome. It brings out the glorious smell of the earth that you just don’t get when the suns been beating down for days. Preparation is key, make sure you’ve bought your wellies and rain jackets and just enjoy the sensation of the rain!

Unpredictable British Weather

A welly making a splash in a muddle

Occasionally this can work in your favour. Book a spring camping holiday to enjoy all of the above. Come prepared for rain and then if the weather turns out sunny (as it often does in spring) it’ll be the cherry on the cake! On the other hand you can feel like you’ve been cheated if you’ve planned an August break and it pours with rain. We do wish we could control the weather but unfortunately the camping gods have not given us this gift. Be prepared for any eventuality and make the most of it all. If you get caught out on a rainy camping weekend check out our suggestions for Rainy Day Activities.

Spring camping leaves time to return

Spring camping at Wild Boar Wood

 

Most of us don’t want our holidays to end and yet another great thing about spring camping holidays is that there will be time to return later in the year and do it all over again! It’s a great test run of a new site, or new tent. A great way to see if friends and family will enjoy it. When everyone leaves with muddy hands, smiling faces and the smell of woodsmoke on their clothes, you’ll be sure to return again later in the year. But book quickly as we sell out fast!

 

What are you waiting for? Head to the booking page now and secure a spot for spring camping at Beech Estate Campsite or Wild Boar Wood.

 

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