When it comes to camping, Kent ticks all of the boxes. Known as the Garden of England, Kent has an abundance of rolling green hills and beautiful scenery. You’ll find countryside and coast, both within close distance to historic towns and cities, ancient castles, scenic trails and some of the UK’s best vineyards. Here is our guide to the best campsites in Kent.
School House Farm Camping
Set in the heart of the Weald of Kent, School House Farm Camping is a lovely campsite within easy reach of the M20 and channel ports. The 4 acre level field is bordered by bluebell woods and ancient hedges, so the campsite is nicely sheltered. There is also a fishing lake tucked away in one corner of the field. Onsite, you’ll find a male and female toilet block with hot and cold water, a shower room, freshwater point, chemical disposal point, fire pits for hire, fridges and freezers. There’s also a country pub within easy walking distance.
Badgells Wood Camping
Situated above the Kent North Downs in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Badgells Wood Camping is the perfect place to immerse yourself in ancient, untouched woodland. Spread over 30 acres within a 250 acre wood, the campsite is ideal for kids (and dogs) to run around in. Facilities include hot showers, composting loos, washing up facilities and biodegradable shower gel and washing up liquid. There is also a small shop onsite where you can buy the basics. There are plenty of things to get involved in at the Badgells, including a nature trail, woodland games, forest bathing and exploring the old WWII training ground.
Hop Farm Camping and Touring Park
Set in over 500 acres of open fields and woodland, Hop Farm is one Kent’s best campsites. Facilities include showers, toilets, washing facilities and a shop. Kids will love the Hop Farm Family Park, complete with cafes, bars and restaurants. The campsite lies on the River Medway, and you’re free to canoe and kayak along the river. If you fancy getting out and about, the site is very close to Paddock Wood mainline station.
Bedgebury Camping is located in a beautiful valley, with a stream and woodland oasis running by the site. Facilities include showers, children’s bath, washing up sinks, eco toilets, fresh water drinking taps and a small shop. On the weekends, there is a popup barista bar and catering vans selling food like fish and chips and pizza, as well as live music on select Saturday evenings. The campsite is a great base for exploring the surrounding attractions. A short drive away, you’ll find sites like Bedgebury Pinetum, Bewl Water, Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst Gardens, Hastings and the pretty village of Goudhurst.
Broadhembury Holiday Park
Since 1969, this family-owned holiday park has been welcoming campers from all corners of the globe. The site offers a Family Park and separate Adults’ Meadows, each with their own facilities. These include toilets, showers, disabled toilets and showers, a family bathroom, babies’ room, kitchens, laundry room and wifi. Despite only a 10 minute drive south of the town of Ashford, the campsite is nestled in peaceful countryside. There are plenty of exciting days out nearby, including the Kent & East Sussex Railway, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, historical towns like Tenterden and different hikes and trails.
Tanner Farm Park
Tanner Farm Park is a peaceful 5-star award winning park in the Kent countryside, set over 26 acres. Surrounded by woodland, farmland and apple orchards, there are plenty of walks right from the campsite. Facilities include toilet and shower blocks, laundry and dishwashing facilities, reception and shop, wifi and bikes for hire. The park is ideal for kids, and there is a playground for under 10s, a wooden adventure play area, a playing field and a recreation room for wet days.
Homing Park sits on the beautiful Kent coast, just two miles from the seaside town of Whitstable and 15 minutes walk from the nearest beach. The park has been awarded 5 stars by the Tourist Board for its facilities, which include toilets and showers, tennis court, laundrette and kids play area. Onsite you’ll also find the privately run The Clubhouse which is open for drinks and food. There is a swimming pool which is accessed through The Clubhouse.
Fallow Fields Camping
Ever wanted to camp on a working fruit farm? Fallow Fields Camping is set over 6 acres of farmland, nestled between pear, apple and cherry orchards. This family-friendly site has plenty of things going on, from bushcraft during the school holidays, to yoga on the weekends. Facilities include a newly built washroom, rainy day spaces and a small shop with all the essentials. The site is perched on the eastern edge of the North Downs, and attractions like Richborough Roman Fort, Walmer Castle and Sandwich are a short drive away.
Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site
If you want to explore the historic city of Canterbury, then this is the campsite for you. The city is only one mile south of the city, and if you don’t fancy driving, there’s a bus stop right outside the campsite. The campsite is also within easy access to the coast and countryside, and the seaside town of Whitstable is a popular destination. Facilities include toilets, showers, a washing up area, children’s play area and good dog walking.
Palace Farm Campsite
This small, family-run campsite is dedicated to sustainable stays, and has been awarded a Green Tourism Gold Award. Situated in a rural area near the village of Doddington, the campsite is surrounded by wooden valleys and farmland. Facilities include an environmentally friendly toilet block, showers and washing up area. There are traditional pubs and local shops in Doddington.